Tired of launching the macOS Calculator app and stepping through menu paths or launching the fullscreen OS X Dashboard just for doing a simple currency conversion? Maybe even without having to move your fingers from the keyboard? Here's the solution:
"Exchange Rates" is a small currency calculator residing in the macOS status bar – always available and always up to date. Nothing more, nothing less.
Everything can be done using keyboard shortcuts, so you can easily convert an amount between two currencies without interrupting your current workflow by using the mouse or launching another window-based application.
And just in case you would like to know what your paper currency is worth in sound money: Exchange Rates now also offers precious metals for conversions - each in grams and troy ounces.
In addition to all important world currencies
Exchange Rates also offers the current rates of IMF Special Drawing Rights
, the U.S. Dollar Index
and (starting with version 3.3.0) the SPDR Gold Shares
ETF as well.
All euro predecessor currencies with their fixed exchange rates are available as well, for example the Austrian Shilling or German Mark.
Exchange Rates also shows the prices for various built-in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Monero or Ripple. You can choose from a variety of supported currency exchanges, other currencies and exchanges can be added easily in the app preferences (custom cryptocurrencies are only available in version 3.0 and newer, see the FAQ section for more informations about that).
You can also check what your paper currency is worth in sound money: Exchange Rates shows the prices of the 4 precious metals gold, silver, platinum and palladium
in either grams
or troy ounces
. Exchange Rates can alternatively show the official LBMA fixing prices of gold and silver from Quandl instead. This requires an additional API key, which is freely available at www.quandl.com
You can also create notification rules for any currency pair or precious metal to be notified whenever an exchange rate ex- and/or deceeds a specific threshold.
Exchange Rates 3 also includes a today widget for the macOS notification center showing a list of your favorite currency pairs. On macOS Catalina and earlier, two more widgets are available as well: a tiled overview of you favorite currency pairs and a simple yet powerful currency converter. Please keep in mind that due to the profound changes in macOS Big Sur and several new functional limitations the latter two are unfortunately not available any more on macOS Versions 11 and later.
Exchange Rates is also available from within other macOS applications - like for example Safari - by offering two macOS system services to convert any amount to either local currency or to all your favourites without the need of copying and pasting it first. Keyboard shortcuts for these system services can be configured in the macOS system preference pane "Keyboards".
Track Your Favorites
Favorites help you to keep track of all your favourite exchange rates by allowing you to add any currency pair you wish to follow - be it of common world currencies, a cryptocurrencies or a precious metals. You can also choose a separate quotation (direct or indirect) for each favorite. This favorite exchange rates selection is then used for the menu bar panel and the today widgets inside the notification center, and they offer additionally informations about the up-to-dateness of the exchange rate data.
Everything is updated automatically in the background, so the most recent rates are immediately available in the macOS status bar and the notification center (on OS X Yosemite and newer).
Simple & Efficient
Exchange Rates offers lots of keyboard shortcuts, so you can control basically all features of the app without the need of a mouse and thus interrupting your current workflow for a rather basic task like converting an amount to a different currency.
The user interface is focused on the essentials to keep it simple and its usage as efficient as possible. It helps you keeping track of all those currencies which are important to you - always available and always up-to-date.
No unnecessary data collection
No user tracking or any additional data acquisition of any kind (e.g. via Google Analytics, Flurry etc.) is done by this app. The only network comunication done is for updating the exchange rates from the respective servers, these requests may be tracked by the respective server owner. The update frequency can be changed in the application's preferences, more informations about the loaded feeds can be found on the FAQ page.
Please note: Exchange Rates is a research tool, it cannot trade foreign exchanges on your behalf. It is however a fantastic tool to keep an eye on the market, so all exchange rates and precious metal prices are provided for informational purposes only, and do not constitute financial advice of any kind. Although every attempt is made to ensure their quality, currentness, validity and availability, no guarantees or warranties of any kind can be given - so please use them at your own risk. The data is sourced from various providers with public-facing APIs, so copyright may apply. The resale of any data is prohibited.