[Un]MuteMic but make it 2023

Jul 9, 2023 - ⏱️ 1 minute to read

[Un]MuteMic is one of my favorite macOS utility apps. It's simple: a button placed on the menu bar that lets you toggle the microphone status. Since we are in the age of teleconferencing, it's a handy app, but it got compiled a long time ago, about four years B.A.S. (Before Apple Silicon).

One of the first things I did after I got my new MacBook was to compile the app for aarch64. It worked great!

Then I started adding a feature: global hotkey. I added this feature on the existing codebase, initially written in Objective-C.

I've never really bonded with Objective-C. I find the syntax unnecessarily verbose, so two days ago, I decided to rewrite the entire app in Swift and SwiftUI.

At WWDC2022, Apple introduced MenuBarExtra, a Scene that renders a persistent item in the system menu bar. It seemed appropriate to rewrite the app using this new Scene.



macOS app to mute & unmute the input volume of your microphone. Perfect for podcasters.

brew install eliseomartelli/eliseomartelli/muteunmute


  • The app is compiled as a Universal Binary, no more Rosetta!
  • Complete rewrite in Swift and SwiftUI using MenuBarExtra.
  • Accessibility Service so you can decide to have a global hotkey.
  • The app icon is redesigned. It feels right at home on modern macOS.
  • What input am I using? Now you can know.
  • SFSymbols so everything is pixel-perfect.

The app in action:

UnMuteMic in action

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