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macOS command line utility for displaying a menubar item with a popover web view, while simultaneously running a process

The popover is a locally hosted webview. You can give MenuBarTrigger more than one web view and command to present, in which case it will move on to the next pair once the previous command finishes executing. If the web view content has form input elements, eg. a checkbox, placed within the

tags, MenuBarTrigger can send the input value to standard output. Each webview/command pair can have an icon allocated to it, so that the menubar icon changes as MenuBarTrigger progresses along the webview/command chain.

It is written in Swift 3 and has been testedd and confirmed to work on macOs 10.12.6 up to 10.14.3

You can get the latest pre-built MenuBarTrigger dmg from here


MenuBarTrigger displays a webView pop-over while simultaneously executing a command. Once the command finishes executing MenuBarTrigger moves on to the next webView/command pair.


The local HTML file or HTML string to display -f, --file OR -html, --html


The command to execute. Command can be a shell command or a jamf binary command.

Example shell commands: 'sleep 5'


"/usr/sbin/installer -package '/tmp/CocoaDialog v2.1.1.pkg' -target /"

Note the single quotes to wrap around the filename with spaces.

Accepted jamf commands: All jamf verbs, although be warned that MenuBarTrigger has only been tested with jamf binary versions 9.61 - 9.97, so far. Note: MenuBarTrigger assumes that the binary is in /usr/local/bin/jamf. Specify fullpath if you relocated the binary. MenuBarTrigger needs to be run as root to run jamf commands.

Example jamf commands:

"policy -trigger 'microsoft office'"

"policy -trigger vlc"


There is one special MenuBarTrigger commands: wait

wait displays the webView until a particular link on the presented HTML. WEBVIEW wait

What occurs once the link is clicked depends on the url:

  • A link to "next", eg. <a href="http://next">NEXT</a>, makes MenuBarTrigger proceed to the next web view/command pair.
  • A link to "formParse", eg. <a href="http://formParse">Submit</a>, will inspect any form values and return the results to stdout. before proceeding to the next web view/command pair.
  • A link to "quit", eg. <a href="http://quit">Done</a>, terminates MenuBarTrigger. Be sure to add http:// in the link URL (required by macOS 10.12.4+)

COMMAND --icon

Changes the menubar icon at the same time as the command is being run. Icon image file should be .png format and 16x16px in size.


If an output file is specified (see '-o, --output' option below), all named commands have their stdout and success status written to this file. A command is named by appending a comma followed by the name in quotations. eg. "policy -trigger mcafee","McAfee Security Agent"


--icon Sets menubar icon. Icon file should be .png format and 16x16 pixels in size. If this option is not set then the MenuBarTrigger icon is displayed instead.

-h, --height Height, in pixels, of content window. Must be within the minimum and maximum height of the content window. The range for this display is 20 - 701 pixels. Default height is 420px.

-w, --width Width, in pixels, of content window. Must be within the minimum and maximum width of the content window. The range for this display is 20 - 801 pixels. Default width is 420px.


/usr/local/ --file /tmp/o365_installation_progress.html "policy -trigger o365 --icon /tmp/o365-icon.png" --width 325 --height 190

/usr/local/ --file /tmp/zoom_installation_progress.html "policy -trigger zoom --icon /tmp/zoom-icon.png" --icon /tmp/setup-icon.png

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