If Y Combinator is your first and only stop for tech news or just a great way to keep up with the world of technology, Hacker Bar will keep you up to date.

Hacker Bar lives in the Mac menu bar and provides a steady stream of the top news stories from the Y Combinator news aggregator. Here are some of Hacker Bar’s great features.

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- Grabs the top stories from Y Combinator and seamlessly refreshes them as they update using the Hacker News official API.
- Puts a check mark beside each viewed story. Never again wonder if a link has been visited and use this feature to quickly jump back to any interesting article.
- Allows multiple stories to open in a new tab by group linking articles. If the web browser is open and the active application, stories will open in the background without closing the Hacker Bar menu.
- Gives easy access to comments with a click of the comment count bubble. Here, registered users can up-vote articles and get flame wars started even faster!
- Can be set to auto start on login, never missing another great Y Combinator story!

Hacker Bar will keep every person interested in the tech world hooked into the news from Y Combinator in seamless simplicity. Download the App today to quickly and discretely check Hacker News.

Hacker Bar and Off The Grid Apps, LLC are not affiliated with Y Combinator or Hacker News. This application is Open Source!

What’s New

Version 1.2.0

- Updated to use the official Hacker News API
- Support for Yosemite "Dark Mode"
- Speed improvements and other misc fixes.

Don't forget, Hacker Bar is open source! Check out the whole change list here:

Ratings and Reviews

Jeff Manislaw ,

Out of the way

I know it’s crazy but I love not having to open a browser tab just to see what is currently on the front page of Hacker News. Super easy to click the Y in the menu bar and then either follow a link or just close out and get back to work.

PouncingSquirrel ,

Gets stuck

The tool seems to work for a while, and then it will stop updating with a perpetual spinner going on the Y in the menu bar. Instead of giving any indication in the list of articles that it hasn’t updated when you click the Y, it just shows stale results.

MatProX ,


This is exactly what I was looking, if you read Hacker News, grab this app.


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3.2 MB

OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
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