Menubar Countdown

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Menubar Countdown is a simple countdown timer that displays itself on the right side of the Mac OS X menu bar.

To set the timer, click the display and select the Start... menu item. A dialog will appear that allows you to specify the countdown time in hours, minutes, and seconds. The dialog also allows you to specify which of the following forms of notification you want when the timer gets down to 00:00:00:

  • Play the system alert sound
  • Display an alert window
  • Make a spoken announcement. You can specify the text to be spoken.

Growl notifications are supported as well, if Growl is installed. Use the Growl panel in System Preferences to configure those notifications.

Menubar Countdown Settings

System Requirements

Menubar Countdown requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or 10.6 Snow Leopard (or newer). It will not work on OS X 10.4 or earlier.

Support for Growl notifications requires Growl 0.7 or later. (Note that Growl is not required; Menubar Countdown will work fine without it.)

Release Notes

v1.2 (2009/06/22)

  • Add support for Growl notifications. The Announcement text specified in the Start dialog will be displayed in the Growl notification window.
  • New application icon
  • Command-X, Command-C, Command-V, and Command-A now work in the text fields in the settings dialog
  • Command-R is now a shortcut key for the Restart Countdown... button in the alert window
  • Add option to hide seconds in menu bar
  • Show start-timer dialog when application launches (behavior can be disabled in Settings dialog)

v1.1 (2009/04/20)

  • timer-expired alert window floats above other applications' windows
  • added application icon
  • added Doxygen comments to source code

v1.0 (2009/04/09)

  • initial release


Menubar Countdown is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.


If you have any problems with or questions about Menubar Countdown, please send email to or visit the support forum.

Source Code

Complete source code is included in the download package. You may redistribute and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

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