Public Beta

Bartender 4Public Beta

Take control of your menu bar

Bartender 4 is our biggest update yet, specifically created for macOS Big Sur.
Bartender 4 is currently in Public Beta as more exciting new features are added.
It is free to use whilst in Beta. It will then be a paid upgrade.

Download Free Trial
Unlimited in Beta
Buy Now $15
USD $15 + local taxes, Upgrade discount available

Bartender 4 is for macOS Big Sur

If you are using an older version of macOS, Bartender 4 will not work.
Would you like to see Bartender 3 for your version of macOS?

See Bartender 3

New in Bartender 4

macOS Big Sur Support

Bartender 4 is designed for all the great changes in macOS with Big Sur.
Bartender 4 is the only app capable of positioning menu bar items and keeping them where you want.

Menu bar layout

More powerful and refined, with the new layout screen you have full control of your menu bar items.
You can have them hidden but still easily accessible, set your most important items to always be visible, and define the exact order of items for your workflow.
Bartender will keep your items ordered as you want, even after macOS restarts.


With the power of the new Triggers in Show for Updates you now have options when an item shows.
Triggers include: any change, icon matching, or a script.
Allowing you to show menu bar items exactly when you need them.
Bartender also includes some unique Triggers for:

  • Battery - show when on battery power, or at specific levels.
  • WiFi - show when not connected to a WiFi network.
  • Time Machine - show while time machine is backing up.

Quick Reveal

Lightning fast access to your menu bar items is now possible with Quick Reveal.
Get instant access to your hidden menu bar items simply by moving your mouse to the menu bar, or if you prefer by clicking the menu bar.

Quick Search

Quick Search will change the way you use your menu bar apps.
Instantly find, show and activate menu bar items all from your keyboard.

Bartender Bar

The Bartender Bar is back!
Access your hidden menu bar items in the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar, great if you need more room for all your menu bar apps.

Menu Bar Item Spacing

Reduce the space between menu bar items using Bartender, allowing you to have the same spacing as previous macOS versions, or even less, allowing you to have more menu bar items.

Hot keys for any menu bar item

Add hot keys for any menu bar item, this can show and activate any menu bar item, via any hotkey you assign.

Menu bar Spacers

With Spacers your menu bar is uniquely your own, with the ability to customise menu item grouping and display labels or emoji to personalise your menu bar.

AppleScript support

Use apple script to show and activate menu bar items, fantastic for some advanced workflows.

More space on small screens

Swap shown items for your hidden ones to take up less menu bar space, allowing you to have more menu bar items on a smaller screen.

Search and Activate menu bar item using Spotlight

Search and Activate menu bar item using Spotlight. Just start your search with keyword "Bartender "

New menu bar items

You can choose where new menu items will appear in your menu bar; shown for instant access, or hidden for less distraction.

Much more still to come....


When will you release the non-beta version of Bartender 4?

Unfortunately we do not have a date for this.
Due to the huge changes in macOS Big Sur, Bartender 4 had to be completely written from its core out to work with the new macOS. However some of our planned features are not yet ready, as such we are releasing as a public beta with the core features as we continue work on more exciting features. As soon as these are in we will release the full version.

Can I use Bartender 4 on macOS Catalina or earlier?

Bartender 4 is only compatible with macOS Big Sur. Because of the massive changes in macOS Big Sur Bartender 4 could only be designed to work with the new version of macOS.

Is Bartender 4 free?

No Bartender 4 is not free. It has an unlimited trial while it is in Public Beta. After this Bartender 4 will be $15, and will have a great discount of 50% for users with a license to any previous version of Bartender.

I recently bought Bartender 3 do I need to pay for an upgrade?

If you bought Bartender 3 after April 2020 you are entitled to a free upgrade to Bartender 4, Bartender 4 will accept and use your Bartender 3 license.

How do I update from a previous version?

You need to be on macOS Big Sur, then you can download Bartender 4 from the website, open the disk image and move Bartender 4 to your applications folder. You can then delete any previous versions of Bartender you have and launch Bartender 4.

How do I buy an upgrade from a previous version?

Click Buy Now, then select Upgrade to Bartender 4. You will be prompted to enter your previous license details, once submitted and instantly verified you will be able to purchase a Bartender 4 license with a 50% discount.

When will the trial end?

While Bartender 4 is in Public Beta it is in an unlimited free trial, after this it will revert back to a 4 week trial.

I am having a problem with Bartender 4

Please contact us with as much information as possible by sending feedback in Bartender or by emailing [email protected] Screen recordings and screen shots always help a lot.