Horo is the best FREE countdown timer for the Mac!

Horo is the timer app you need for your menu bar. It’s easy to use, fast, and gives you exactly what you need.

Boost your productivity. Stay on task. Keep track of time. Use Horo.

Start a timer in faster than you can blink using Horo’s Natural Language timers. Just type in how long you want your timer and hit Return!

Your timer will start counting down in your menu bar. Once the timer goes off, you’ll get an alert. Too easy!

Some examples of Horo’s flexible Natural Language support:
– “1:30:45” starts a timer for 1 hour, 30 minutes, and 45 seconds
– “1.5h” starts a timer for 1 hour, 30 minutes
– “45m” starts a 45 minute timer
– “1h 15m” becomes an hour and fifteen minutes
– “60s” will play a sound in a minute
– Leaving the input blank will start a stopwatch
– “@3pm” will set a countdown timer to go off at 3pm

You can use '#hashtags' to sort your timers into projects.

Perfect to use as a:
– Pomodoro Timer
– Focus Timer
– Productivity Countdown Clock
– Washing Timer
– Cooking Timer
– Simple Alarm Clock
– Simple time tracker for freelancers
– Task timer for work
– Stopwatch

Pro version:
– Stats and reporting charts for time tracking
– Full History explorer and CSV export
– Custom keyboard shortcuts to create timers
– Custom alert notification sounds

Start using the fastest, easiest, simplest, and best countdown timer for your Mac menu bar

What’s New

Version 2.0.6

– Improved the repeat timer functionality so it's faster to use

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

PirateJesus ,

No Menu Bar icon, but it works

My biggest gripe is I wish it had an actual Menu Bar icon instead of just "00:00". Otherwise, it does what it's supposed to do, simply and easily. It's light on resources, which is great, but it's also light on features. The alert sound is nice, but there is no option to change it. There is no alarm clock and no stopwatch either - not a big deal to me, timer is all I really need. Being able to type in "30s" or whatever, instead of dealing with individual fields for hours/minutes/seconds is a godsend.

davidzerba ,

Simple but very much needed!

The app works exactly as described. A simple, elegant, non-intrusive, easy to use timer for Mac. Couldn't have asked for more.
Natural language may seem like an easy to overlook obvious feature, but after trying many other timer apps that use buttons to click through 5 minute intervals or fiddly sliders, I gotta hand it to Horo for how quick it is to just set a timer.

There's not much to it, it just works. Great app Matthew!

(Pro Tip: Horo timer doesn't take up that much space at all on the menu bar by itself, but if you like to use multiple timers at the same time, it can easily start to fill up the upper portion of your screen. I use the app Vanilla -also by Matthew- to hide the timer and reveal it only when i need to see how much time i have left or to add another timer.)

Jonnysuzie ,

Exactly what I needed

Thank you! So amazing. I really don't need anything complicated, and this fits nicely. It's not an unnecessary extra window on my desktop, and it does exactly what is described. Punch in your time and hit enter. There's a neat little click to let you know your time has begun, and the alarm at the end is easily silenced with one click. You can even choose general volume setting on the free version. Love it. Thanks again!


Matthew Palmer
9 MB

macOS 10.13 or later, 64-bit processor



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In-App Purchases
  1. Horo Pro $5.99


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