goldenchaos-btt-full

Take back the Touch Bar.

I love the Touch Bar. That's why I was so upset that Apple just sat on its useless its user interface. So, inspired by Vas3k's popular blog post on the subject, and determined to make good on the promise that Apple broke, I've spent a (ridiculous) amount of time reworking the foundations of the Touch Bar into GoldenChaos-BTT: a true general purpose Touch Bar UI with support for tons of apps that's intuitive enough to make you love your Touch Bar again - or, more likely, for the first time.

Want to buy me a coffee? You can donate here: https://paypal.me/GoldenChaos

Thinking about buying BetterTouchTool because of this preset? Use this link and I'll get 40%. 🙂

Need help or have a feature request? Visit the GC-BTT thread on the BetterTouchTool forums and make a post!

Latest stable version: GoldenChaos-BTT 3.392

Verified by the BetterTouchTool developer, thoroughly tested by the community.
Download link not working? Try the GitHub mirror.
(Jun 30 2020 - Release Notes) Fully tested on macOS Big Sur; New GC macOS menu bar item, context menu, and about window; Support for BusyCal; Always show media controls; Support for more Sony headphones; Improvements to running app detection performance

Latest experimental version: None

Newer features, but less tested. Generally stable, but read the release notes first.

How to Install

  1. Make sure you're using the latest version of BetterTouchTool.
  2. Follow one of the two release links at the top of this post and click "Direct import to BTT".
  3. Say yes to BTT when it asks if you want to import the preset.
  4. [Upgrades only] Say yes when BTT asks if you want to overwrite your existing GC-BTT.
You're all set! Use the built-in settings window to customize GC-BTT to your liking.

Nice words about GoldenChaos-BTT

"Singlehandedly vindicates the Touch Bar's existence." kdhyde on the BetterTouchTool forums
"Whenever someone calls the Touch Bar useless, I just show them this." KungFuJoe on the BetterTouchTool forums
"The way Apple should have implemented the Touch Bar in the first place." @wowthatisrandom, developer of Forecastbar and InstaCal
"What I would have wanted the Touch Bar to be stock." truublue on the BetterTouchTool forums
"SUPERB." u/townfox on Reddit
"Genius." Harrumph on the BetterTouchTool forums
"INCREDIBLE." peripatew on the BetterTouchTool forums
"A very big preset" Andreas Hegenberg, developer of BetterTouchTool

Screenshots

Home Strip

The default key set when nothing is open. Fullscreen doubles as escape key; tap for escape, long-press for fullscreen.

Open a browser, and browser controls appear in the Home Strip.

Open more apps to reveal a wide range of dynamic controls and widgets. Close apps to dismiss their controls.

Modifier Menus

Hold command, option, or control to access the app switcher, control strip, or window snapping controls.

Dynamic Menu Bar

Dynamic Menu Bar with three size options lets you dedicate as much or as little space to widgets as you like.

Widget Groups

Widget Groups like Emoji Picker, Browser Tabs, and Language Switcher replace the Home Strip, but not the Menu Bar.

Modal Widgets

Access expanded-view Modal Widgets by long-pressing on Weather, Now Playing, Reminders, Calendar, Volume, and more.

Dock Badges

Dock Badges appear on the left side of the Touch Bar and remain sticky.

Built-in Dock Badge support for all of your favorite third party apps; enable or disable them in the GC-BTT Settings menu.

Dock Badges also support handoff!

Convenient Settings Window

The straightforward GC-BTT Settings panel (⌘⌥⇧P) makes it easy to deeply customize your Touch Bar.

Previous versions

Only install the latest version unless you have a specific troubleshooting reason. If you do need to install an older version for whatever reason, make sure the version of BetterTouchTool you're running is greater than or equal to the GoldenChaos-BTT version you're installing.

Notes

  • Versions 3.186 and earlier require icalBuddy (brew install ical-buddy) for the reminders widgets to work.
  • Versions 3.065-4 and earlier require icalBuddy (brew install ical-buddy) for the calendar and reminders widget to work.
  • Versions 2.543 and earlier require the Python Requests module (pip install requests) and Locateme (brew install locateme) for the weather widget to work.
  • Versions 2.531 and earlier require the calendar widget to first be edited to include the names of the calendars that you wish to display.
  • Versions 2.516 and earlier require Location Helper and JSON Helper for the weather widget to work. Not compatible with macOS Mojave.

Version history