Jack highlighted three very useful Mac apps; especially useful if you want to block ads and trackers on your Mac. I decided to go in the other direction. My Freebie Wednesday app is free, but decidedly on the geekier side of your Mac life. Think Terminal.app.
Experienced Mac users who know their way around a keyboard also know their way around the Mac’s built-in Terminal.app and Bash (the command line interface shell of choice). Bash is what pops up when you open Terminal.app. But that requires some effort. Open the Utilities folder, scroll down to Terminal, double-click.
Oh, the humanity! Such effort requires an easier, faster way to gain Terminal access. Enter BashBar. This useful little utility lives in the Mac’s Menubar, hence the name. It also provides one click access to run various shell or terminal commands without digging into the Utilities folder or worrying about where Terminal is on the Dock.
There isn’t much going on with BashBar other than convenience.
When you hit Preferences you’ll be presented 10 tabs which you can use to enter up to 10 commands under each tab or just one command for each tab which creates single menu entry.
That’s 10 different shell commands, each one runs with little more than a click. You control the Label and the Script or Command. BashBar even works with sudo which will ask for the administrator password when needed.
What’s not to like? BashBar is free, seems to get updated often enough to avoid the abandonware monicker, and– for Mac users unafraid to use Terminal.app and with a few shell scripts to get this or that done in the background– can’t be beat.