So the weather widget apple includes with macOS no longer works. It's been broken for a while now, I suspect it's never coming back. Especially since it was powered by Yahoo. Also Apple's "dashboard widget" directory hasn't been updated in 10+ years. So that's useless.

I'm looking for a simple little widget that will give me current conditions and a 7+ day forecast. Nothing complicated. But it is really useful and it's a bummer not having it.

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I modified Apple's Dashboard widget to use an entirely different weather API. You can download it from https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/i-fixed-apples-broken-weather-dashboard-widget.2225715/.

You'll need to grab API keys from DarkSky and MapQuest and add them to the top of weatherParser.js inside the modified widget. This process is extensively documented in Widget's readme.

Alternately, you can also use the FairWeather widget. It's not quite as pretty as Apple's widget, but it gets its weather data directly from the NOAA's servers, so I suspect it's less likely to break than something which pulls from a private company.

Sadly, the original download link is broken, so I uploaded it here: https://macintoshgarden.org/apps/fair-weather

  • FairWeather also available through archive.org: web.archive.org/web/20160809080707/http://ch4productions.com/… I confirm that it works fine on 10.14.6.
    – iled
    Commented Jan 26, 2020 at 17:47
  • @iled I just tried it out in 10.14.6 but it's not working. I typed in my zip code but i can't get it to check MY weather, it only checks Cupertino weather. Is there a trick to it?
    – l008com
    Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 4:59
  • @l008com The Tiger-modified widget broke literally a couple weeks after I posted. :( Use Fair Weather! Commented Feb 27, 2020 at 14:27
  • And now you can use the original widget again, because I fixed it! @l008com Commented Mar 6, 2020 at 16:52

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the weather widget seems not to work on my 10.13.6... lands in a infinite Validating loop...

  • As IconDaemon said this isn’t the place for this. But, given your screenshot, my first question would be if you added api keys as the instructions indicated. Commented Mar 11, 2020 at 2:38
  • yes of course... just according the instruction...
    – Musa Bos
    Commented Mar 28, 2020 at 16:53
  • If it does this for any location you enter, something is wrong with your MapQuest API key. If you post in that that MacRumors forum thread I can help you further, or you could theoretically ask a new question here. Commented Mar 28, 2020 at 16:59

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