Apple stuffs time, date, username, sound, Airport, and other useful utilities into the Menubar. What’s missing is what MenuMeters brings for free. A one glance way to check on what’s going on inside your Mac.
Meters In The Menu
MenuMeters is a rather simple utility which displays CPU, memory, storage, and network monitoring in the Menubar (all four or any one).
One glance is about all it takes to get an idea of what’s happening inside your Mac, either memory or CPU, or storage or network.
The charts and graphs displayed in the Menubar can be re-ordered and will remember their location even with a restart.
CPU Meter – This displays your Mac’s system load as a total percentage, or by user and system time, and it can be set to graph each, or display load as a colorful thermometer.
Disk Activity – This works on both hard disk drives and SSDs in newer Macs and displays any activity, read or write, to or from storage. It only works on the Mac’s storage, though, not on connected storage.
Memory Meter – This displays the current RAM usage and in multiple ways– pie chart, thermometer, history graph, or simple used and free totals, including virtual memory, but can be set to display a paging indicator light (good for Macs with modest amounts of RAM).
Net Meter – This is my favorite. Network throughput is displayed as arrows, bytes per second, or as a graph. Arrows and graph scale based on actual link speed or peak traffic to and from your Mac.
What’s it all look like on your Mac? Simplicity. Here it is in actual size.
Preferences, while not complicated, are extensive, but once setup they’re pretty much in set it and forget about it mode.
For example, here’s preferences for the Net Meter settings.
MenuMeters has been around for years and trusted by many Mac users. I mentioned that it’s free. Actually, it’s more donationware. Free, as in free speech or free as in beer, but donations are accepted.