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I already know how to view network activity using Activity Monitor. But today I saw someone with network statistics displayed in the menu bar:

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How is this achieved?

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    It could be Little Snitch. I use it and there's a lot of info it provides. – fsb Sep 23 at 0:22
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As you can see in your screenshot, that Mac has a number of applications that use the menu bar - I can recognise 1Password, Docker, Dropbox, CreativeCloud. But, in addition, an app can display changing information in the menubar. It can, like the one shown, collect system information and display it - in this case network stats and probably disk use/free information.

I don't recognise the one being used here, but I thoroughly recommend iStat Menus which as well as showing configurable statistics in the menu bar, shows further detail in dropdowns.

The application's home page iStat Menus shows dropdowns and menu bars.

This is the app against which all menu bar displays are measured.

I am an enthusiastic user.

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