Dato is a replacement for the system menu bar clock.

By default, it looks exactly the same, but when you click it, you get a small calendar, calendar events, the current time in various time zones, and more.

Dato supports all the locales and languages that macOS supports for dates, times, and the calendar, but the menus are English-only.

# Features

- Calendar, optionally with week numbers and event indicators.
- Your upcoming events for the next week (customizable) at a glance.
- Time zones, optionally with custom names.
- Fully customizable.
- Search time zones by city (15k cities included offline).
- Supports all calendar services that the system Calendar app supports (iCloud, Google, Outlook, etc).
- Lots of in-app keyboard shortcuts for power users.
- Global keyboard shortcut to open/close the app.
- Supports calendar events with HTML formatted notes.
- Show seconds in the menu bar clock. (Optional)
- "Join Zoom Meeting" button on Zoom meeting calendar invites.

# Tips

- Double-click a day in the calendar to open that day in the default calendar app.
(Supports: Calendar, Fantastical 2, BusyCal)
- Press the arrow keys to change days in the calendar.
- Press the Space key to select today in the calendar.
- Swipe with two fingers on the calendar to change months, or press the left/right arrow keys while holding the Option key.
- Press the left/right arrow keys while holding the Shift and Option keys to change years in the calendar.
- Hold the Option key while clicking the calendar arrows to jump a year instead of a month.


## How can I toggle AM/PM for the time?

Dato adheres to what you have set in “System Preferences › Language and Region”.

## Can you add support for Google Calendar?

It's already supported. Just add your Google calendars to and then enable the calendars in the Dato preferences.

## How can I change the first day of the week?

Dato adheres to what you have set in “System Preferences › Language and Region”.

## Can you localize the app into my language?

All the date and time output and the calendar adhere to your locale preferences. I have no plans to localize the app itself.

## I added a calendar to the Calendar app but it doesn't show up in Dato

You need to enable the calendar in “Dato › Preferences › Calendar Events”.

## Can you add support for showing an analog clock like the system clock?

I have no plans to add that, but you can make it work by unchecking the "Time" preference in Dato and keep the system clock.

## Can you add support for flashing the time separator like the system clock?

I have no plans to add that, but you can make it work by unchecking the "Time" preference in Dato and keep the system clock.

## Is it possible to pin Dato so it's always visible?

This is unfortunately not possible as Dato uses a menu, not a popover, which can’t be pinned.

## Dato doesn't show up in the menu bar

When the menu bar grows too large, macOS hides overflowing items, so Dato might have been hidden. Try to close some of your other menu bar apps. There’s, unfortunately, no way for apps to detect this and warn the user.

## How can I make my calendar refresh more often?

Open the Calendar app, open its "Preferences", go to the "Accounts" tab, choose the relevant calendar service in the left sidebar, and then change the "Refresh Calendars" preference. Ideally, it should be set to "Push", but not all services support that, like Google.

## Why the name "Dato"?

It means "date" in Norwegian. I just wanted a short, unique, and relevant name.

## So this is like iStat Menus?

iStat Menus does all the things. Dato is focused on date and time only. Dato also looks better.

I'm happy to receive feedback in the form of suggestions and bug reports through the “Preferences › Send Feedback…” button in the app.

What’s New

Version 1.7.0

This release has some major usability improvements and fixes a bunch of bugs. Some of the improvements in this release are only available on macOS 10.15 because they use technologies only found in the latest macOS version (SwiftUI).

General changes:
- The event list now shows today's past events in a submenu. Previously, these events were not shown at all.
- The event list now shows a header for the selected day even if that day doesn't have any events. This makes it easier to scan events when switching between days.
- Dato now correctly gives focus back to the previously focused window when you close the Dato menu.
- Performance improvements.
- If you disable showing the current time in the menu bar, the current time is now shown in the menu. (Caveat: The time in the menu is not updated while the menu is open and it doesn't show seconds if you that enabled. This is a temporary limitation.)
- When double-clicking a day in the calendar, the Calendar app (if that's your default calendar app) is now switched to the “Day” view when revealing the event.
- Fixed calendar keyboards shortcuts. They should now work more reliably for everyone.
- Fixed Zoom meeting URL detection when the event doesn't have event notes.

macOS 10.15 only:
- New time zone management. It's now a proper window. You can easily reorder, delete, and rename time zones.
- The event list has been rewritten to take better advantage of the available space and to be more readable.
- You can now set a global keyboard shortcut to open/close Dato.
- In the time zone list in the menu, the time zone abbreviations are no longer shown by default. You can reveal it by hovering the mouse over the time zone. This was done as it's not something you need to see constantly and it made the list noisy.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Ryan Poolos ,

Excellent Replacement for standard clock

This feels exactly like how Mac OS's built in clock should work.

I'd love to see a better preferences experience, maybe a preferences window. Since its drop downs typing to skip in the list etc didn't work. When picking multiple timezones, it'd be nice to just type a city and it figure out the right timezone.

I'm very into the idea that this will show minimal calendar events for the selected calendar day. Hope that works out.

Developer Response ,

Version 1.2.0 has a much improved time zone picker where you can search by city.

jimniels ,

The Date/TIme You've Always Wanted

I used to use Itsycal for Mac and considered it an esesential app for my daily use. It was similar to Dato in concept, but I like the execution of this app even more. I really enjoy that it doesn't try to be overly graphic/aesthetic in its representation of information. It really does feel like the native date/time functionality apple would've (should've) built into the menubar.

5 stars. Would buy again.

William Lubelski ,

Small Perfect App

This app rules. It's like when you go to a restaurant and there's this really small menu and you're like "ah man, but I want pickles on my sandwich!" or whatever, but once you try your dish, you realize it's because the chef knows exactly what their restaurant is about and anything that doesn't deliver on that is unnecessary noise.


Sindre Sorhus
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macOS 10.14.4 or later, 64-bit processor

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