40 Dashboard Widgets Still Worth Using

With the introduction of OS X Lion, Dashboard widgets seem to be on their way out of the OS for good. While many of us still use them everyday, lots OS X users rarely do — some of them don’t even know about Dashboard widgets. That is quite a shame, though. Dashboard widgets can be very helpful when you don’t want to fire-up a bigger app just to get one single and simple task done.

For those who still use widgets as well as those who don’t, we have a sweet list of formidable widgets you can download today. They are small, useful, and some even look really, really good. Give them a chance if you don’t already have them installed.

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iStat Pro

iStat Pro

iStat Pro is the first on the list for a very good reason. It isn’t only one of the prettiest Dashboard widgets, but it is also the most useful and well known widget around. If you need a quick glance at how your computer is behaving be it fans, memory, or hard drive space, iStar Pro is your widget.

iStat Nano

iStat Nano

Meet the little brother of iStat Pro, iStat Nano. iStat Nano is here if you need to overwatch a handful of computer behaviors.

App Update

AppUpdate

As the title may suggest, App Update is a widget all about app updates. It let’s you know which of your apps needs to be updated, so if not all your apps are from the Mac App Store, you have this handy widget to rely on.

Amazon Album Art

Amazon Album Art

Amazon Album Art is the one widget I personally use all the time. It simply searches for the album art of the currently playing song, and simply places the art into the song’s details.

Binary Clock

Binary Clock

Binary Clock is a rather geeky way to look at the time. It, as you may imagine, displays the time in binary form from the OI THE ONE watch collection.

Time Machine Buddy

Time Machine Buddy

Time Machine Buddy is a nifty widget that organizes and displays system logos generated by Time Machine. That way, you can tell exactly what is going on with your Time Machine backups.

Binary Calendar

Binary Calendar

Like Binary Clock, Binary Calendar is a calendar that displays information in binary form. If you are a fan of this sort of things, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Dashquit

DashQuit

This widget is a bit ironic, but either way, it is actually a good one. When you have too many widgets on your Dashboard, they can take up quite a bit of RAM. If you would like to quick the Dashboard, this widget does just that.

Nike+

Nike+ Challenge Widget

For those into staying fit and working out, this app is perfect. This app let’s you check and keep track of your Nike+ challenges from your Dashboard.

Status Face

Status Face

If iStat has too many numbers on it, or you just want to be amused, Status Face is a quite comical way to display your computer status info. Status Face basically displays a face, be it angry or lazy, based on your computers performance.

USPS Tracking

USPS Tracker

I currently have a few packages from Amazon being shipped to me through USPS. Every time I want to track them, I have to go to their site and paste the number in (if I even have it on the clipboard). I know, it’s a whole process. Instead you could get this widget and all you’d need to do is paste the tracking ID there and track away.

WoW Status

WoW Server Status

WoW Server Status is pretty much just that, a server status notifier. If you are a WoW player, and you want to know if your connection is failing you, or if it is actually Battlenet’s servers, then this widget is for you.

Email & Messaging

Adium List

AdiumList

Many OS X users need to keep in touch with their friends over a wide range of Instant Messenger clients, and Adium is one of the ways they do it. This simple widget shows your online contacts from Adium.

DB Droplet

Dropbox Droplet

If you use Dropbox, this little companion widget has the ability to upload any file and give you a URL of the public file in return. Give it a try, and you might just want to drop Dropbox competitors.

Mail Widget

Mail Checker

The always handy mail checking widget appears in our list in the form of Mail Checker. This widget let’s you know if you have any Gmail or Yahoo! emails on your inbox.

Tumblr Widget

Tumblr Widget

If tumbling is your thing, look no further. This widget grants you the ability to quickly and effortlessly post things to Tumblr.

Twitter Trends

Twitter Trends

For those OS X users out there who enjoy the latest Twitter trends, this widget lists all current trending topics for you on your Dashboard. That way, you wont be able to miss any awesome trends that may emerge.

Dashbird

Dashbird

If Twitter Trends wasn’t enough, Dashbird is here to display Twitter updates for you. Take a look at your timeline with automatic updates, and growl support.

Twitter Widget

Twitter Search

Want to know about something going on in the land of Twitter? This little widget can help you do just that. Input whatever it is that you want to know about, and the widget will find the relevant information for you.

Calculations

Microsoft Points Calculators

Microsoft Points Calculators

No one knows exactly what Microsoft was thinking when they decided to use “Microsoft points” for their transactions on Xbox Live Marketplace or Zune, but if you have no idea how much 1000 MS points are worth, give this widget a try.

Calc widget

Advanced Scientific Calculator

If you are in need for a heavy duty calculator, this bad boy here has your back. With this handy calculator you’ll be able to solve algebra, trig, and engineering math problems.

Bitrate Widget

Bitrate Pro

Bitrate Pro calculates storage requirements for video capture or data rates for encoding. This widget isn’t just a great tool, it also looks great on your Dashboard.

color converter

Color Converter

Color Converter is a handy tool that makes it extremely easy to convert color formats. Give this one a try if you need your hex converted to RGB. Perfect for web or graphic designers.

Currency Converter

Currency Converter

If you ever need to convert currency whilst on your Mac, this widget gives you an easy solution to the problem. It may not be as polished as the many awesome apps for the iPhone, but if you need it on your Mac, it is here.

Mortgage Calc

Mortgage Calculator

This widget is strictly for the home owners out there that need to calculate their mortgage. This Widget let’s you know how much you need to save each month and so on.

Developer

Analytics Widget

Analytics Widget

If you are a website owner, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about Google Analytics. If so, you are in luck. This widget let’s you track that information right on your Dashboard.

ColorBurn

ColorBurn

ColorBurn is a rather handy widget if you are a designer in need of inspiration. Just go over to your Dashboard, there the widget will sit and show you a new color palate every day along with the hex color values.

ColorMod

ColourMod

This one, unlike ColorBurn and the Color Converter widgets, let’s you pick a color and then it gives you the code of the color you selected. It resembles the little color picker from Photoshop. If you don’t want to hop over to Photoshop each time you need the value of a color, just use this widget.

Git Widget

Git Commands Cheat Sheet

Ah yes, Git. To those new to the Git camp, this widget is probably a good reference guide. It, as the title says, provides you with a cheat sheet of commands for Git. Try it out!

Github

GitHub Widget

One can’t talk about Git without mentioning GitHub. Due to that fact, here we have an awesome GitHub widget that displays the latest participations in the world of GitHub. Not to mention that this is actually a really pretty widget.

HTML Entity

HTML Entity Character Lookup

Some developers love to implement HTML entities into their work, but many have to figure out what is the correct markup used to display said entities. This widget will help you with just that.

Tags Widget

Tags CSS, HTML, PHP

These three little widgets give you a list of tags based on what you input on the provided field. If you need some kind of reminder or cheat sheet, look no further. it comes in CSS, HTML, and PHP flavors.

Terminal

QuickCommand

Quick command is a small dashboard widget that grants you the ability to execute four of the most often used UNIX commands without opening a shell. Looks rather cool too.

Others

Digg Widget

Digg.com Widget

If you are all about the news, you probably love Digg. If you do, check this sweet widget out. It provides you with Digg’s top stories so you can always stay up to date with the latest digs.

RSS Reader

RSS Reader

Ever wanted to quickly view and check your RSS feeds? RSS Reader has your back. This small widget let’s you scan through your feeds and keep up with your favorite websites.

Lyrics Widget

Harmonic

Harmonic is a widget that is a perfect companion to the Amazon Album Art widget. This widget focuses on the lyrics of the song you are currently listening to and tries to get the lyrics for you.

xCuts

xCuts

If you are like me, you do (or at least try) to do everything with your keyboard. Sadly there are many keyboard shortcuts. Worry not though, this little widget can come in handy. It shows you all of OS X shortcuts.

Password Generate

iPassword

This one is simple and to the point. Need a password? Generate one with this widget, copy the password, and use it. It is that simple.

Multi Dash

Multidash

Multidash is a rather interesting widget that basically brings the Spaces functionality to your Dashboard. Give it a try.

Have a Studio

Have a Studio

Have a Studio is a sweet virtual piano that let’s you use your keyboard to play the piano. It comes packed with different beats so you can happily enjoy this little guy.

And that’s all for now

There they are, a bunch of useful and powerful Dashboard widgets for you to download and install at will. If you have some widgets you’d like to share with us, feel free to comment bellow and leave us your must-have widgets. Also, let us know what you think may happen to widgets in future iterations of the OS.


  • http://www.premiumstuf.net Kev

    Dashboard*

  • http://punklabs.com Skunkie

    How on Earth was Delivery Status left out! Probably the only reason I even use my Dashboard still. Plus it has an iOS companion, Delivery Status Touch that can push delivery notifications to your iDevice.

    http://junecloud.com/software/mac/delivery-status.html

    Other than that, it seems a lot of widgets get left in the dust these days. I used to find quite a few useful, but development has ceased. :(

    • Ralph

      Was just about to post the same statement re/Delivery Status. I have the iOS version (iPhone/iPad) but still a quick click to see what’s up re/the myriad of deliveries I have to keep track of across multiple couriers, US and International. Nice piece of work, that app.

      Regarding abandoned Widgets, by far the one I miss most is Radar in Motion — actually, that’s not true; it still works, and I still use it, but it gets wonky from time-to-time. Sure, there’s a jillion websites I could go to for current weather radar but, again, it’s still great to have it a quick click away when I’m working.

  • Sean

    USPS Tracker and not Delivery Status? (http://junecloud.com/software/mac/delivery-status.html)

    That makes no sense to me.

  • MacGeek
  • http://www.liquidvisual.com Mitch

    Unfortunately the Dash Bird link is dead, so the widget can’t be downloaded. I’m really looking for something to replace Twidget, the scrolling is agonisingly slow and the design could be a lot better.

    Anyone know of any decent Twitter dash apps?

  • Bharad

    Top 3 widgets for me:
    1. Weather

    2. Amazon compact search [http://www.teraom.com/projects/amazon-compact-search/]

    3. Basket ball – total stress buster

  • Renaud

    I tried the WoW Server Status widget but it’s broken. It doesn’t load the list of servers (US or EU).

  • Tim
  • Jamie

    Lion Widgets….the software equivalent of a ginger haired stepchild.

    …well, those and Safari extensions.

  • Matt
  • http://iynque.com iynque

    No Delivery Status? That’s like the ONE widget still worth using.

    Binary clock and binary calendar? Really?

    I am disappoint.

  • TimTam

    StatusFace looks cool.

    Unfortunately, the link to it has been hijacked.

  • Hawk

    A lot of the widgets aren’t downloadable anymore, at least when you click “Download” on Apple’s site. E.g. “Git Commands” and “Status Face”.

  • RJ

    DashNote is a pretty handy Simplenote widget. Supports pinning, but not tags.

  • David

    Really looking forward to Git Commands and Multidash. Neither work. Either host them yourself and link to give credit, or remove broken links from your page.

  • SM

    A lot of people still use others, this whole post implies that the dashboard is almost a useless tool when it isn’t. I use at least 3 that aren’t mentioned here at all.

  • wiggo

    Don’t forget that you can easily create your own widgets by opening a web page in Safari and use the menu option ‘File->Open in Dashboard’. You can then drag a rectangle do select what portions to show in Dashboard. Very nice for weather diagrams etc.

  • http://wmassag.de/ W_

    I really like the dashboard and wish Apple would integrate it more. I’d like to be able to have some widgets on my first Desktop, some on my second etc. These tiny helpers are life savers for me all the time!

  • krystina

    50% of these are outdated – as in they don’t work, or you can’t even download them. what is happening to all the widgets and apple dashboard? apple should at least update their own widget website (remove the widgets that are not working or downloadable). of all companies I feel that apple would be on top of maintaining one of their websites. I really like widgets and am sad that it seems so many are history. Any reasoning behind this or news in the apple dashboard world would be helpful. thanks!!

  • Red Dwarf

    A must have is the TV forcast widget. My personal favorite!
    http://www.bigbucketblog.com/tv/

  • http://pcalc.com Jon

    Much better widget, PCALC scientific calc and it’s free! OSX and iOS version available too but those are paid apps well worth it thought. Been developed for over 20 years!

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/tlasystems/PCalc-Widget-3.7.1.zip

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