Update: Ben Surtees, the original developer of Bartender wrote the sale and state of the app: A New Chapter for Bartender

Bartender, one of my all-time favorite macOS applications, recently sold without giving existing customers a heads-up.

Popular Mac app Bartender appears to have been quietly sold approximately two months ago, with neither the prior owner nor the current owner providing customers or potential customers with information on the sale.


I’m running Bartender 4 because I am still running macOS Ventura. Bartender 5 runs on macOS Sonoma and was mentioned as being impacted.

I turned off “Check for Updates Automatically” under the Advanced tab to be safe until we know more about the new owners.