Apple MacBook Pro TouchBar (NSTouchBar) Cheat Sheet
How to enable the TouchBar simulator
To enable the
TouchBar simulator you need
Xcode Version 8.1 (8B62) and
macOS 10.12.1 build
12B2657. You can update Xcode via AppStore. To check your macOS build type in your Terminal
$ sw_vers ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.12.1 BuildVersion: 16B265
If you are running the previous build of
10.12.1 (16B2555), you have to manually update from Apple Support: https://support.apple.com/kb/dl1897?locale=en_US
Assumed you did the previous steps, open Xcode and the Window menu should look like
so you should see the
Show Touch Bar option just after the Organizer option.
The TouchBar Cheat Sheet
Launch the Touch Bar simulator programmatically
The TouchBarLauncher Xcode program in Swift, let you run the Touch Bar simulator programmatically and it's very handy. Made by Sash Zats it uses the simulator host window controller
IDETouchBarSimulatorHostWindowController to leverage the TouchBar.
Touch Bar integrations
- React Native TouchBar is a React Native component that adds support for the macOS
TouchBarin React Native.
- Electron, Support MacBook Touch Bar API
- NW.js aka NodeWebKit
The NSTouchbar is an object that provides dynamic contextual controls in the Touch Bar of supported models of MacBook Pro.
Touchbar Examples API
- NSTouchBar Catalog, Creating and Customizing NSTouchBar
- ToolbarSample, ToolbarSample: Using NSToolbar to construct a window toolbar
- TouchBarScreenshotter, easily snap screenshots of the currently presented Touch Bar in macOS
- TouchBarDemoApp, Allows you to use your macOS Touch Bar from an iPad (through USB connection) or on-screen by pressing the Fn-key.
Touchbar Example Apps
- KnightTouchBar2000, KITT 2000 chaser animation for your MacBook Pro TouchBar.
- TouchFart, A fart app for the new Macbook Pro's Touch Bar
- Touchbar Nyancat, nyancat animation on your +$2k MacBook Pro's Touchbar