Is there a way to invert the colors on the menu bar at the top of the screen, as well as the title bars of all the windows is OS X? I have a lot of Terminals open usually, and the the light menu bar stands in the way of the vibe I want.

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You can do this with Obsidian Menu Bar:

Obsidian Menu Bar

A hack that makes your OS X menu bar black. And yes, it blends.
Ready for 10.9.2!


With OS X Yosemite, you can change a setting in System Preferences so that the menu bar and Dock appear dark.

Go to System PreferencesGeneral and check Use dark menu bar and Dock.

Use dark menu bar and Dock

The menu bar looks like this when in Dark Mode:

Dark menu bar

The Dock looks like this when in Dark Mode:

Dark Dock


There is also a hidden preference for using a black menu bar in full screen:

defaults write -g NSFullScreenDarkMenu -bool true

It only affects full screen windows though. Some menu extras and status menus don't have graphics for a black background:

  • Works in Catalina!
    – crobicha
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 23:11

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