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Bartender 3

Organize your menu bar apps

Release Notes

Bartender 3 3.0.45

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Adding in compatibility for more unusual app setups.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

UI Fixes and improvements

Small things, such as typo fixes and better explanations. Added remove button for menu item settings.

Fix for Airplay Display still moving

Airplay Display could still change position if set to "Always show in menu bar" this has been fixed.

Fix for individual item control of Setapp version of iStat Menus

The Setapp version of iStat menus could not be individually controlled, this has been fixed.

Fix for crash in previous test build

Version 3.0.36 had a crashing bug, this has been fixed.

Google Backup and Sync and other apps without a name in localised languages

Apps that do not have a process name in a localisation would not be controlled by Bartender, this has been fixed.

Bartender deactivating Screen Saver

It was possible for Bartender to deactivate the screen saver if manually activated. But only in the initial 40 seconds. This has been fixed.

Show for updates activating on screen change

It was possible for Bartender to show show for update items when activating another screen, this has been improved, but is still possible in some specific situations, this will be fixed in a coming update.

Better Amphetamine compatibility

It was possible for Bartender to not be able to control Amphetamine in some setups, we have worked around this.

Search menu hotkey bug

If you pressed the search hotkey more than once the menu would reappear for each extra hotkey press. This has been fixed.

Notification Center Activating

For a few users, Notification Center could sometimes activate by mistake, this should now be fixed.

Private Internet Access V77 Support

Previous versions of Bartender 3 could not control PIA V77 die to changes to the PIA app, We have now added support for PIA version 77.


Bartender 3 Test Build 3.0.45

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Adding in compatibility for more unusual app setups.

RTL Support

Bartender 3 would not work on a RTL setup mac, as all logic assumed menu items on the right of the screen, this is a initial attempt at adding RTL support.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

UI Fixes and improvements

Small things, such as typo fixes and better explanations. Added remove button for menu item settings.

Fix for Airplay Display still moving

Airplay Display could still change position if set to "Always show in menu bar" this has been fixed.

Fix for individual item control of Setapp version of iStat Menus

The Setapp version of iStat menus could not be individually controlled, this has been fixed.

Fix for crash in previous test build

Version 3.0.36 had a crashing bug, this has been fixed.

Google Backup and Sync and other apps without a name in localised languages

Apps that do not have a process name in a localisation would not be controlled by Bartender, this has been fixed.

Bartender deactivating Screen Saver

It was possible for Bartender to deactivate the screen saver if manually activated. But only in the initial 40 seconds. This has been fixed.

Show for updates activating on screen change

It was possible for Bartender to show show for update items when activating another screen, this has been improved, but is still possible in some specific situations, this will be fixed in a coming update.

Better Amphetamine compatibility

It was possible for Bartender to not be able to control Amphetamine in some setups, we have worked around this.

Search menu hotkey bug

If you pressed the search hotkey more than once the menu would reappear for each extra hotkey press. This has been fixed.

Notification Center Activating

For a few users, Notification Center could sometimes activate by mistake, this should now be fixed.

Private Internet Access V77 Support

Previous versions of Bartender 3 could not control PIA V77 die to changes to the PIA app, We have now added support for PIA version 77.


Bartender 3 Test Build 3.0.42

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Adding in compatibility for more unusual app setups.

RTL Support

Bartender 3 would not work on a RTL setup mac, as all logic assumed menu items on the right of the screen, this is a initial attempt at adding RTL support.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

UI Fixes and improvements

Small things, such as typo fixes and better explanations. Added remove button for menu item settings.

Fix for Airplay Display still moving

Airplay Display could still change position if set to "Always show in menu bar" this has been fixed.

Fix for individual item control of Setapp version of iStat Menus

The Setapp version of iStat menus could not be individually controlled, this has been fixed.

Fix for crash in previous test build

Version 3.0.36 had a crashing bug, this has been fixed.

Google Backup and Sync and other apps without a name in localised languages

Apps that do not have a process name in a localisation would not be controlled by Bartender, this has been fixed.

Bartender deactivating Screen Saver

It was possible for Bartender to deactivate the screen saver if manually activated. But only in the initial 40 seconds. This has been fixed.

Show for updates activating on screen change

It was possible for Bartender to show show for update items when activating another screen, this has been improved, but is still possible in some specific situations, this will be fixed in a coming update.

Better Amphetamine compatibility

It was possible for Bartender to not be able to control Amphetamine in some setups, we have worked around this.

Search menu hotkey bug

If you pressed the search hotkey more than once the menu would reappear for each extra hotkey press. This has been fixed.

Notification Center Activating

For a few users, Notification Center could sometimes activate by mistake, this should now be fixed.


Bartender 3 Test Build 3.0.39

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Adding in compatibility for more unusual app setups.

RTL Support

Bartender 3 would not work on a RTL setup mac, as all logic assumed menu items on the right of the screen, this is a initial attempt at adding RTL support.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

UI Fixes and improvements

Small things, such as typo fixes and better explanations. Added remove button for menu item settings.

Fix for Airplay Display still moving

Airplay Display could still change position if set to "Always show in menu bar" this has been fixed.

Fix for individual item control of Setapp version of iStat Menus

The Setapp version of iStat menus could not be individually controlled, this has been fixed.

Fix for crash in previous test build

Version 3.0.36 had a crashing bug, this has been fixed.

Google Backup and Sync and other apps without a name in localised languages

Apps that do not have a process name in a localisation would not be controlled by Bartender, this has been fixed.

Bartender deactivating Screen Saver

It was possible for Bartender to deactivate the screen saver if manually activated. But only in the initial 40 seconds. This has been fixed.

Show for updates activating on screen change

It was possible for Bartender to show show for update items when activating another screen, this has been improved, but is still possible in some specific situations, this will be fixed in a coming update.


Bartender 3 3.0.32

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Some apps have old preferences remaining from previous versions etc, Bartender now better detects this correctly.

Crash fix

We have had reports of a crash, we believe we have fixed this.

Multiscreen setups

Bartender now works more reliably on setups with multiple screens.

Autohide on App Switching

Autohide would only trigger on mouse events, we now also autohide when a new app becomes active (say via keyboard app switching).

Better checking for removed items

Bartender checks for items removed by menu bar apps, but was producing some false positives in some situations, causing items to not be shown, we have improved on this.

Menu item positions saved

We now save menu bar positions (previously we relied on macOS to do this) this should help maintain positions between Bartender restarts/reboots.

Esc and Enter Keys while searching

Pressing esc while searching will now exit search and reset the menu bar, pressing enter will start keyboard navigation.

Bartender Icons

Fixed the vertical positioning of the ●●● icon. Other icon options now display a variation of the icon when Bartender is showing Bartender items in the menu bar.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

Expanded menu bar not always showing

For some users Bartender would not always expand the menu bar when needed (remove teh left menu so all items could be seen) this is now fixed.

Items messed up in menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly.

For a small number of users, items can become messed up in the menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly (we are investigating the cause still). With this version Bartender should be able to reset them.

Bartender transition speed

Bartender should be slightly faster at switching states for some users.

Airport Displays Position changing

We have added in more fixes to try and get Airport Displays to not jump position.

Licenses with white space not accepted

Bartender 3 license checking is a bit more stringent than Bartender 2, if a user had trailing white space in there license name from Bartender 2 it would fail to verify in Bartender 3.

Small UI fixes

Fixes for UI issues in Preferences, and spelling mistakes

GiFox compatibility message

Version 1.4.0 of GiFox is compatible with Bartender 3, we have updated the message shown for older versions of GiFox, letting them know if they update it will work.

Private Internet Access compatibility message

Version 72 of PIA is compatible with Bartender 3, we have updated the message shown for older versions of PIA, letting them know if they update it will work.

Bartender already running check

Bartender was not checking to see if another version of Bartender may be running, this has been fixed.


Bartender 3 3.0.27

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Some apps have old preferences remaining from previous versions etc, Bartender now better detects this correctly.

Crash fix

We have had reports of a crash, we believe we have fixed this.

RTL Support

Bartender 3 would not work on a RTL setup mac, as all logic assumed menu items on the right of the screen, this is a initial attempt at adding RTL support.

Autohide on App Switching

Autohide would only trigger on mouse events, we now also autohide when a new app becomes active (say via keyboard app switching).

Better checking for removed items

Bartender checks for items removed by menu bar apps, but was producing some false positives in some situations, causing items to not be shown, we have improved on this.

Menu item positions saved

We now save menu bar positions (previously we relied on macOS to do this) this should help maintain positions between Bartender restarts/reboots.

Esc and Enter Keys while searching

Pressing esc while searching will now exit search and reset the menu bar, pressing enter will start keyboard navigation.

Bartender Icons

Fixed the vertical positioning of the ●●● icon. Other icon options now display a variation of the icon when Bartender is showing Bartender items in the menu bar.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

Expanded menu bar not always showing

For some users Bartender would not always expand the menu bar when needed (remove teh left menu so all items could be seen) this is now fixed.

Items messed up in menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly.

For a small number of users, items can become messed up in the menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly (we are investigating the cause still). With this version Bartender should be able to reset them.

Bartender transition speed

Bartender should be slightly faster at switching states.

Airport Displays Position changing

We have added in more fixes to try and get Airport Displays to not jump position.

Licenses with white space not accepted

Bartender 3 license checking is a bit more stringent than Bartender 2, if a user had trailing white space in there license name from Bartender 2 it would fail to verify in Bartender 3.

Fix for crash in Test Build 3.0.20

Bartender 3 3.0.20 had a crashing bug we discovered shortly after releasing it as a test build, this has been fixed.

Small UI fixes

Fixes for UI issues in Preferences, and spelling mistakes


Bartender 3 3.0.25

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Some apps have old preferences remaining from previous versions etc, Bartender now better detects this correctly.

Crash fix

We have had reports of a crash, we believe we have fixed this.

RTL Support

Bartender 3 would not work on a RTL setup mac, as all logic assumed menu items on the right of the screen, this is a initial attempt at adding RTL support.

Autohide on App Switching

Autohide would only trigger on mouse events, we now also autohide when a new app becomes active (say via keyboard app switching).

Better checking for removed items

Bartender checks for items removed by menu bar apps, but was producing some false positives in some situations, causing items to not be shown, we have improved on this.

Menu item positions saved

We now save menu bar positions (previously we relied on macOS to do this) this should help maintain positions between Bartender restarts/reboots.

Esc and Enter Keys while searching

Pressing esc while searching will now exit search and reset the menu bar, pressing enter will start keyboard navigation.

Bartender Icons

Fixed the vertical positioning of the ●●● icon. Other icon options now display a variation of the icon when Bartender is showing Bartender items in the menu bar.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

Expanded menu bar not always showing

For some users Bartender would not always expand the menu bar when needed (remove teh left menu so all items could be seen) this is now fixed.

Items messed up in menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly.

For a small number of users, items can become messed up in the menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly (we are investigating the cause still). With this version Bartender should be able to reset them.

Bartender transition speed

Bartender should be slightly faster at switching states.

Airport Displays Position changing

We have added in more fixes to try and get Airport Displays to not jump position.

Licenses with white space not accepted

Bartender 3 license checking is a bit more stringent than Bartender 2, if a user had trailing white space in there license name from Bartender 2 it would fail to verify in Bartender 3.

Fix for crash in Test Build 3.0.20

Bartender 3 3.0.20 had a crashing bug we discovered shortly after releasing it as a test build, this has been fixed.


Bartender 3 3.0.20

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Some apps have old preferences remaining from previous versions etc, Bartender now better detects this correctly.

Crash fix

We have had reports of a crash, we believe we have fixed this.

RTL Support

Bartender 3 would not work on a RTL setup mac, as all logic assumed menu items on the right of the screen, this is a initial attempt at adding RTL support.

Autohide on App Switching

Autohide would only trigger on mouse events, we now also autohide when a new app becomes active (say via keyboard app switching).

Better checking for removed items

Bartender checks for items removed by menu bar apps, but was producing some false positives in some situations, causing items to not be shown, we have improved on this.

Menu item positions saved

We now save menu bar positions (previously we relied on macOS to do this) this should help maintain positions between Bartender restarts/reboots.

Esc and Enter Keys while searching

Pressing esc while searching will now exit search and reset the menu bar, pressing enter will start keyboard navigation.

Bartender Icons

Fixed the vertical positioning of the ●●● icon. Other icon options now display a variation of the icon when Bartender is showing Bartender items in the menu bar.

Improved reliability on some systems

For some users Bartender has been underperforming/not working correctly. With a lot of help from a user (thank you) to debug/log this, it should now work correctly and performance should be better. We are still working on improving this.

Expanded menu bar not always showing

For some users Bartender would not always expand the menu bar when needed (remove teh left menu so all items could be seen) this is now fixed.

Items messed up in menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly.

For a small number of users, items can become messed up in the menu bar, not aligned to each other correctly (we are investigating the cause still). With this version Bartender should be able to reset them.

Bartender transition speed

Bartender should be slightly faster at switching states.


Bartender 3 3.0.14

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Better compatibility with some app setups

Some apps have old preferences remaining from previous versions etc, Bartender now better detects this correctly.

Crash fix

We have had reports of a crash, we believe we have fixed this.

RTL Support

Bartender 3 would not work on a RTL setup mac, as all logic assumed menu items on the right of the screen, this is a initial attempt at adding RTL support.

Autohide on App Switching

Autohide would only trigger on mouse events, we now also autohide when a new app becomes active (say via keyboard app switching).

Better checking for removed items

Bartender checks for items removed by menu bar apps, but was producing some false positives in some situations, causing items to not be shown, we have improved on this.

Menu item positions saved

We now save menu bar positions (previously we relied on macOS to do this) this should help maintain positions between Bartender restarts/reboots.

Esc and Enter Keys while searching

Pressing esc while searching will now exit search and reset the menu bar, pressing enter will start keyboard navigation.

Bartender Icons

Fixed the vertical positioning of the ●●● icon, and added an initial showing bartender bar items version of the other options.


Bartender 3 3.0.12

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen issues

With previous versions there was a bug that would effect setups with multiple screens (items out of position, showing as not working, slow transitions), this should now be fixed. We recommend restarting macOS after updating if you use multiple screens.

AppleConnect menu item not controllable

This now works.

Menu item positioning

Some users have been experiencing items not keeping their position (especially AirPlay Display), this version should improve on this, if not totally fix it, we are still working on getting this spot on.

Search not searching all items

Search would only search items with settings, this has been fixed.

Search not displaying correctly

When Bartenders menu item was hidden the search menu would not display correctly, this has been fixed.

About window showing trial info after licensing

The about window would show trial information after a license was applied. This has been fixed.

Not able to change System Item Settings in Preferences

Version 3.0.9 could not change the preferences of System items. This is fixed.

Show for updates issues

A number of bugs when showing for updates have been fixed, this should be a lot better.

Quit Button in Preferences

Previously if you have the Bartender menu item hidden, you could not quit Bartender, we added in a Quit button to the About Preferences tab.

Items showing for updates on space change

Items should no longer show for updates on a space change.

In Preferences some menu items would sometimes show in Apps with Settings instead of Active Menu Bar Items

This has been fixed.


Bartender 3 3.0.11

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen issues

With previous versions there was a bug that would effect setups with multiple screens (items out of position, showing as not working, slow transitions), this should now be fixed. We recommend restarting macOS after updating if you use multiple screens.

AppleConnect menu item not controllable

This now works.

Menu item positioning

Some users have been experiencing items not keeping their position (especially AirPlay Display), this version should improve on this, if not totally fix it, we are still working on getting this spot on.

Search not searching all items

Search would only search items with settings, this has been fixed.

Search not displaying correctly

When Bartenders menu item was hidden the search menu would not display correctly, this has been fixed.

About window showing trial info after licensing

The about window would show trial information after a license was applied. This has been fixed.

Not able to change System Item Settings in Preferences

Version 3.0.9 could not change the preferences of System items. This is fixed.

Show for updates issues

A number of bugs when showing for updates have been fixed, this should be a lot better.

Quit Button in Preferences

Previously if you have the Bartender menu item hidden, you could not quit Bartender, we added in a Quit button to the About Preferences tab.

Items showing for updates on space change

Items should no longer show for updates on a space change.


Bartender 3 3.0.9

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.

iStat Menus Individual item control

We 💚 iStat Menus and now Bartender 3 can control iStat menus items individually.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen issues

With previous versions there was a bug that would effect setups with multiple screens (items out of position, showing as not working, slow transitions), this should now be fixed.

AppleConnect menu item not controllable

This should now be controllable.

Menu item positioning

Some users have been experiencing items not keeping there position (especially Air Display), this version should improve on this, if not totally fix it, we are still working on getting this spot on.

Search not searching all items

Search would only search items with settings, this has been fixed.

Search not displaying correctly

When Bartenders menu item was hidden the search menu would not display correctly, this has been fixed.

About window showing trial info after licensing

The about window would show trial information after a license was applied. This has been fixed.


Bartender 3 3.0.8

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Compatibility improvements

Some apps could interpret Bartender control as a click, this has been improved.

Gap on second screen when Bartender item hidden

This is fixed.

Hide left application menu when needed

This has been improved and should now reliably remove the left menu when needed to show all Bartender Bar items. Also added an Advanced setting to disable this.


Bartender 3 Public Beta 3.0.7

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Fix for Harvest App from App Store

This used a different bundle ID to direct download, both should work now.

Search window appearing in wrong place on multi screen setups

This is fixed.

Known bugs

We have 2 known bugs that we needed more logging in to investigate, bartender not removing the left menu when needed (to show all items), and apps not working with Bartender after a period of time on some systems, the extra logging is now in for these.

Apple Keychain

Previously we could not control the Apple Keychain item, this is now working.

Fix for wrong icon shown for Bartender menu item icon

If you set your own image for the Bartender icon, then selected another item, it would still show your image as selected, this is now fixed.


Bartender 3 Public Beta 3.0.6

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Fix for Little Snitch on macOS Sierra

Bartender could not control Little Snitch on macOS Sierra without GUI Scripting enabled, this has been fixed.

Apple Eject menu item

This item was not controlled on macOS Sierra due to a naming change, this is fixed.

Harvest App Compatibility

Bartender would activate the Harvest popup, this is fixed.

Items changing position

If a menu items position had not been specifically set at any point, it could swap places with other menu items set to the same position, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple show for update items showing

It was possible that a copy of a menu item could remain visible when showing for updates, this should be fixed.

Fix for crash reporting

With version 3.0.5 we added extra information gathering about how Bartender was controlling items when sending feedback, this could cause a crash when sending a crash report, this has been fixed.

Spelling Fixes

Fixed Typos in a few places.

Crash

We had one new crash reported, this has been fixed we hope.


Bartender 3 Public Beta 3.0.5

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Licenses not being accepted

There was a bug that licenses manually entered would not be accepted, this has been fixed.

in.Sip app compatibility

Bartender would activate the popup of this app, this has been fixed.


Bartender 3 Public Beta 3.0.4

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Apps with a sandbox container but not sandboxed would not be controlled

This could happen if an app went from being sandboxed in previous versions, to not sandboxed in new versions, we now detect this and work with apps like this correctly

Removed menu items not detected

If an app removed a menu item in a specific way, Bartender would not detect this and would even bring it back into the menu bar, this is fixed.

Search menu moving off screen

If the search menu opened to the right of Bartenders menu item, it was possible for it to end up partially offscreen, this has been fixed.

Mouse stutter while dragging

It was possible to get some mouse stutter if a show for update item appeared/disappeared while mouse dragging, this has been fixed.


Bartender 3 Public Beta 3.0.3

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Items rearranging in menubar/bartender bar

Items would start migrating or jumping positions, 2 issues have been fixed that resolve this, please let us know if you still experience this.

Apps not working with Bartender initially

Its possible for some apps to not work with Bartender until they are restarted once, this is now indicated in preferences when this happens. With instructions to restart the effected app.

Show for updates not displaying for extended time when item changes again

If an item changed again while showing for updates, the display time was not being extended, this has been fixed.

Typo in Preferences

"custome" instead of custom, thanks for reporting.

Hotkeys hard to set

There was an issue with clearing hotkeys and setting them, this is now fixed.

Visual glitches on second screen when opening/closing bartender bar

Visual glitches where present on second screens in some setups, this has been fixed.

Setting multiple items at once caused issues

Setting multiple menu items at once in Preferences could cause issues, this has been fixed.

Crashes

We have had 3 separate crashes reported, we believe these are fixed.


Bartender 3 Public Beta 3.0.2

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Issue with Bartender 3 not hiding any items

This was caused by a setting from Bartender 2 for hiding Bartender's menu item, this has been fixed.

Typo in Preferences

"vidible" instead of visible, thanks for reporting.

Crashes

We have had 2 separate crashes reported, we believe these are both fixed.

Little Snitch compatibility

Bartender 3 now works correctly with Little Snitch.

Slow transition/animations when a menu item is not controllable

If a menu item cannot be moved Bartender 3 will wait until its timeout to display the items, in this version we will start ignoring non controllable items after a certain number of attempts, at this point transitions will be faster.


Bartender 3 Public Beta 3.0.1

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.


Bug Fixes

Issue with Bartender 3 not hiding any items

This was caused by a setting from Bartender 2 for hiding Bartenders menu item, this has been fixed

Typo in Preferences

"vidible" instead of visible, thanks for reporting.

Crashes

We have had 2 separate crashes reported, we believe these are both fixed.

Little Snitch and GUI Scripting

Little Snitch being a security product by default disables GUI Scripting of itself (to prevent an app being able to disable it), Bartender 3 uses this to control the menu items, we do not want to bypass this control so instead have a message to users of Little Snitch letting them know what they can do: Enable GUI Scripting in Little Snitch, or set Little Snitch to "Always show in the menu bar"

Slow transition/animations when a menu item is not controllable

If a menu item cannot be moved Bartender 3 will wait till its timeout to display the items, in this version we will start ignoring non controllable items after a certain number of attempts, at this point transitions will be faster.


Bartender 3 Public Beta

Bartender 3 has been rewritten for modern macOS.
Using the latest technologies and best practices Bartender 3 is more reliable, capable and lays the foundation for future innovations.

Bartender 3 is a FREE update for all Bartender 2 users.

This is a Beta release, so if you experience anything unusual, please do let us know.

New Features / Improvements

Completely rewritten for modern macOS

Bartender 3 has been completely rewritten from the ground up in Swift using best practices to work with modern macOS, it also paves the way for many new features we have planned.
The biggest change is we no longer require a helper to be installed in menu item apps to control them. This means we no longer do anything that SIP (System Integrity Protection) is interested in and can work with any menu bar app including those with increased security (Such as Apple System items).
What this does now mean though is that Bartender is no longer able to display the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar but instead displayed it in the main menu bar removing normally shown items to display the Bartender Bar items.

macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Full macOS High Sierra compatibility. We did consider calling it High Bartender but thought better of it.