White clock for OSX

I really like the Obsidian Menu Bar that Max has created for Lion. It basically just changes the OSX menu bar into black which makes it blend very nicely with the Apple displays. The problem is that it doesn’t change the color of the clock and therefore forces users to install iStats or some other application that offers more customizable clock. Although iStats is a great application, when you only need a clock $16 might feel a bit too much.

I decided to use an hour or so and create a free alternative for those of us who just want the clock. It’s hardly fanzy or optimized any way, but it works and gives a nice white clock on the black menubar just the way I want it.

You can download it from here.

UPDATE: Download 2.0 with font selection support

White clock was briefly mentioned in the MacFormat magazine. :)

MacFormat Magazine

  • Shaun

    If you can remove that full stop after the date, I would insta-download :)

  • Ryan

    Love this clock w/ Max’s Obsidian Menubar mod! Thanks so much. Suggestion/request: I don’t know if it’s possible to toggle/drag the position of the clock to be in the same position as the standard clock? It’d be a nice addition to a great little app, but I don’t mind the position that much to warrant not using it :-) Thanks again!

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      Unfortunately, as far as I know, Apple doesn’t provide API for forcing the position of the status items. They appear in the order they were started. You can reorder Apple’s own items since they all run in one process and they are not really status items in the sense as third party items are.

  • Ryan

    Ah, gotcha. Oh well, still looks great :-)

  • Ivan Wonderbra

    Is any chance to get version for 10.6?


    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      Sorry, but I just quickly put it up together for Lion. There are no plans for earlier OSX versions.

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  • Letabilis

    Unfortunately it’s not possible to drag the position like the iStats clock …

  • George

    Your app is awesome! Thanks a lot for making it available. It also works perfectly with obsidian. I have a suggestion though. Could you remove the period at the end of the day?

  • Matheus

    Hey, i can’t install… I run the app and nothing happend.
    I’m doing wrong?

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      Are you using OSX Lion? If so, are you using the black menubar since the clock is white by default it might be hard to see it on white menu bar. There is no application window for the clock. It just appears to the top-left corner of your screen.

  • Matheus

    Yes i’m in the Lion, and using a Obsidian. But nothing happen… it just click then?

  • Matheus

    The clock appears in my menubar O.o yesterday i tried a lot and nothing happend… So thanks for the Clock and thank you Lauri and Happy New Year.
    (Sorry by my English)

  • David

    Your work is very good! I wanted to know if it would be to difficult for you to add OS X Snow Leopard support? I don’t have any interest in switching to Lion at the moment because I’m still using some old Rosetta programs, but if you could add Snow Leopard support that would be great! Thanks!


  • Marcos

    Please make it as a PreferencePane

  • danielmbcutler

    hi i really love the obsidian toolbar
    but i dont like lion is there a way to use the white clock for snow leopard?

  • joran

    The clock will not automatically open when I turn computer on. I don’t see a setting for this. Can anyone help? Its a pain to run the application every time just to see the time!

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      You can setup applications to start on boot from System Preferences. Open System Preferences and select “Users & Groups”. From there you should be able to find “Login items” tab that allows you to set clock to start right after OSX is booted up.

  • Bart

    Will there be a white battery perentage solution?…

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      Sorry, but I have no plans at the moment to extend White clock to support battery status or any other indicators.

  • Bro

    Please remove the period!

    Wed 13. Jun 3:49 PM makes no sense.

    Wed 13 Jun would be great!

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      It makes sense in Finland. :) Date format is here a bit different and since I wrote this to myself first, it has the period. I’m aware that this is not a global format. Let’s see if I can still find the source and have time to make it optional.

  • Friend

    Just wanted to say thanks for making this! Finally made the Obsidian mod worth using :)

  • JP Foster

    Great app! Thank you very much!

    There are 2 things which would make it a better sleeker and more commercial app.
    1. take the period off the day.
    2. Make it so we can place the timestamp to the most right. Like the OSX time stamp.

    Great app thanks for this!

  • nass2001

    Will this work with OS X Mountain Lion v.10.8.2? I’m trying to install it but the clock stays the same… Any tips on how to get this working? Thanks!

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      I use 10.8.2 myself at the moment and it works just fine. Have you removed the default clock from System Preferences -> Date & Time and then executed the white clock?

  • Borna Salman

    Works great. Just one nitpick. When I do a full shutdown and restart, I have to run it again, otherwise it is not present. Is there a way to make it start on startup?

    • Tanish Kumar

      use the mac’s system preferences – go to users and groups and add this to login items.

      Hope this helped!

  • Hasan

    Excellent work, thanks so much for an easy FREE solution!

  • Scott

    Clock is great for Obsidian!!! Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://aspirethesenses.tumblr.com Tony

    Why is it not able to be dragged to a different place on the status bar? Other status bar item can be dragged with a CMD drag yet this is unable to.

    Please add this feature.

  • Brandon

    I would use this if you could re-arrange the placement, having the clock all the way to left is awkward.

  • Serge

    Great app, only one remark (same as Borna Salman, see above), White Clock needs to be restarted each time you log out/shut down. Can this be fixed?

  • Elf Zig

    Great little app, thank you!

    If you’d make a “pro” version that has a (translatable) fuzzy clock (http://www.objectpark.org/FuzzyClock.html), I’d gladly pay for it :-)

  • Jelo

    how do you undo it? like put it back to normal?

  • Fran

    I’m with Jelo. If I want to revert back to the stock black, how do I go about doing so? I’ve tried removing the application from the startup menu, but that does not seem to work.

    Thank you in advance.

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      Just remove the app and restart. Shouldn’t come back to haunt you. :)

  • Josh

    I cannot get this to work with 10.8.4. I don’t know if I am doing something wrong or if it’s not compatible or what?

  • Shannon

    When I try to delete the app, it says I can’t because it’s open. Any suggestions?

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      You should be able to quit it from the menu that comes up when clicking on time in the menubar. If that doesn’t work for some reason you can always force it to quit by selecting “Force quit…” from Apple menu (the same one you use to shutdown the computer).

      After that you should be able to remove it from disk.

  • Shannon

    It doesn’t show up when I click on the time in the menubar, nor does it show up when I try to force quit. Wonder if I messed up somehow…

  • Milo

    Thank you :)

  • Steve

    To my great dismay 10.9 Mavericks broke MenuBarFilter, a fantastic little app I had been using in ML.

    Due to it not working i found Obsidian, and now on to you.

    As far as I know, it is possible to position custom menu bar items amongst the other default icons with a little trick.

    The trick is to get it working as a Menu Extra, that way it will act like the default Apple ones. ┬áMenuMeters uses this technique, and i can place it wherever i want. <a href=”http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/”>http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/</a&gt;

    It is open source so the key is somewhere in the code!

    If you could do this, it would be absolutely amazing. But for now, I can’t stand having the clock in the wrong place so it’s back to a white menu bar for me.

    Thanks, xeni

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  • YT

    Hi there,

    I found this to be really good, but it just didn’t work well with my setup.

    The trouble is I’m now using the standard white bar again, and when I use some applications like Excel, the menu on the top left goes white and I cannot ┬áread the menus. It seems that this is happening after I’ve tried the white clock yesterday. Would there be a way to completely uninstall white clock?

    Thanks in advance



    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      You can simply remove the application from your Applications folder and reboot. Or kill the process from the Activity Monitor. I find it hard to believe that the clock would cause your problems, but it doesn’t cost anything to remove it and see if it fixes the issue. Hopefully this was helpful answer.

  • Hallvar Hauge Johnsen

    Thank you! I really appreciate it.

  • Frodo

    KIITOS!! This saved my day :)

  • Scott

    Is there anyway to completely remove White Clock? I have tried everything and I am still plagued with a white clock which is difficult to see. The closest that I have come is having the clock flash, which is just plain distracting.

    Any help would be extremely appreciated. Thank you folks…s

    • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

      Please see previous answer about removing the White Clock: http://www.taimila.com/?p=1221&cpage=1#comment-10606

      • Scott

        That has been done long ago. Unfortunately, my clock is still white. I just don’t get it. I must have done something different because I am obviously not just using the clock from the White Clock app

      • http://www.taimila.com Lauri Taimila

        That does sound like unrelated issue to White Clock. White clock is a separate app and does not modify your system anyway (for example change color of the real clock apple provides). I hope you are able to solve the issue!