GeekTool Now Available in the Mac App Store


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Unix geeks everywhere rejoice; GeekTool is now available in the Mac App Store. In case you didn’t know, GeekTool is a very powerful system preferences module that lets you do all sorts of cool things to your Mac’s desktop.

Want a live clock displayed on your Mac’s desktop? How about a weather widget? CPU usage? GeekTool is for you.

GeekTool isn’t for everyone, and if you’re familiar with what Macgasm calls “command-line-fu,” you’ll be able to do all sorts of things to your desktop that you never thought possible.

Features include:

  • File plugin to monitor MacOS X activity with /var/log/system.log, or any file that you want to follow.
  • Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands like “df” to check space left on filesystems or “uptime” to monitor load on your machine.
  • Finally, image mode helps you monitor bandwidth usage, CPU load, memory availability on your server with tools like MRTG or RRD.

If you’re feeling up to the challenge, GeekTool will take your Mac from a boring Prius to a tricked out Hummer. Download it for free in the Mac App Store.