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BitBar Plugins

Password Bar

Password Bar plugin screenshotThis BitBar plugin generates human-friendly strong passwords for you to copy from your Mac menubar.

Inspired by a Mac app called Arcana by Tekuris.


Install BitBar, if you haven’t already, and then install the Password Bar plugin from BitBar (or GitHub if the latest update hasn’t filtered through to the BitBar website yet). If all else fails it’s also available here.

PHP is installed and running on Macs by default these days, so Password Bar should work straight out of the box.


Grab a password

The menu will present you with ten randomly generated passwords. To copy one to the clipboard, simply select it.

Can’t see anything you fancy?

The passwords will be changed every 5 minutes but you can force the issue by selecting Regenerate.

Password format

By default, the passwords are generated with a format of 3,n,5,p,4 – this is a 3 letter word, a digit, a 5 letter word, a punctuation character, and a 4 letter word (e.g. Tig5Pesky?Muff). Use the Set Format option to change. See Help for more detail on the characters used.

Peace of mind

The generated passwords are not stored anywhere, unless you copy them to the clipboard. Once regenerated they’re lost forever.

Queries or issues?

Let me know on GitHub or send me some feedback.

Behind the scenes

There’s a file created in /private/var/tmp: