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Editors' Review

Butler for Mac allows you to create a number of custom menus, shortcuts, and abbreviations for your Mac's desktop that speed up how you use your computer. From adding search interfaces to the menu bar to creating shortcuts that actually learn as you use your machine, Butler's goal is to make your Mac easier to use for you.


Wide range of customizations: Butler's customization options are plentiful. The file launcher is found in many other apps, but in Butler it learns from your uses and starts providing shorter and more accurate abbreviation support. Combined with a central bookmark manager, menu-based Web search, and extended clipboard so you can store multiple things at once, it's a very useful tool.

Fast and lightweight: In our tests, Butler had a minimal impact on performance or battery life. It sits in the background and only appears when the selected hotkeys were pressed. This made for a very interactive, but unobtrusive support tool.


Interface needs work: Built into Mac's preferences template, Butler doesn't look all that pretty when you open it to make adjustments. Finding specific options can be hard as well, and Help menus often look like blocks of text. It's not impenetrable, but it will take time to set up your shortcuts, initially.

Bottom Line

With the exception of the sometimes cumbersome menu, Butler is a fast, incredibly handy tool that offers a range of solutions to problems that you might have with your Mac. Combining the touch key tools that many other apps have into one solution, Butler is a must try for anyone who wants to be more efficient on their Mac.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Butler for Mac 4.1.17

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.3.2

  • Volumes Smart Items now sort volumes alphabetically.
  • Firefox bookmarks support is now a visible-by-default feature again. Note that you still have to jump through an extra hoop to make Butler actually see your Firefox bookmarks.


Publisher Many Tricks
Publisher web site
Release Date April 11, 2019
Date Added April 11, 2019
Version 4.3.2


Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion

Download Information

File Size 2.25MB
File Name butler432.dmg


Total Downloads 24,255
Downloads Last Week 1


License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $20
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