Hacker Pad is a convenient scratch pad that allows everyone, especially developer, to quickly jot down ideas and snippets. This comes from the need of my colleagues who struggle with how to quickly write down notes in a convenient way.

Hacker Pad lives in the menu bar for quick access, with multiple dark themes to choose from. Features includes

- Built exclusively for the Mac, written in pure Swift and requires no system permissions
- Quick save and load notes. All notes are saved securely on disk. There is no remote sending, so the notes you write remain safely in your machine.
- Easily add and remove note
- Support many dark themes like solarized, Nord, dark, one dark, ...
- Highlight many languages like C++, Swift, Kotlin, Ruby, Python, Java, ...
- Recent note moves to top for easy navigation
- Smart text input that auto includes closing brackets and auto indentation
- Auto save
- Scale default window to 1.5x and 2x
- Minimal design that focuses on your content

What’s New

Version 1.4.5

- Improvements

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Lt_Sherpa ,

Needs work, but still useful

Like someone else said, this app is useful for taking quick notes without having to context switch.

That said, the app could use some polish.
- Theme selection is not currently working
- Doesn't remember selected window size after restarting app
- Some wonky text editor behavior. e.g., when text is selected, you cannot click the selected text to deselect. You instead have to click some portion of the unselected text. However, if you've selected the entire text, this isn't possible. You instead have to double click some word to deselect the remainder of the text, and then you can click somewhere else to get back to the normal text cursor.
- Odd cursor pointer behavior. The app seems to be confused as to when it should display the text cursor vs the normal mouse pointer. e.g., hovering over the empty portion of the notes list will switch back and forth. This also affects multiple screens. One screen has the inconsistent behavior, while another is locked to the regular mouse pointer.
- Context clicking a note does not have a visual indicator that the note has been focused, so it's not 100% clear if you're deleting the correct note.

It's a bit disappointing - the app is useful, but hindered by a ton of minor usability bugs. A little bit of polish would go a long way.

Developer Response ,

Hi, thanks a lot for the review. Currently I'm revamping Hacker Pad for better experience

Tyler D Clark ,


Very convenient having a notepad in the menu bar. I like the syntax highlighting, and the markdown previewing.

Few things I wish were fixed/ added:
-Notes have been wiped after restarts I think 3 times now (local storage?)
-Would love auto-correct integration because of my monkey brain
- more highlighting/color/customization for my non-code notes.

While this app is useful for *temporary* snippet storage, it has the potential for much more. A few key improvements could make this app better than anything else similar on the app store.

OldManLurker ,

Great for Context Switching

I was in search of something like this and I finally found it with Hacker Pad!
I'm not a developer but I am in a position where I need to track my time through out the day. Having the ability to quickly select Hacker Pad from the upper task bar to leave a quick note before switching to something else has dramatically improved my performance and work credibilty.

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