TeaTimer is a simple timer designed for steeping tea. When launched the app will place an icon in the menu bar. Simply choose the steeping time and an alert will pop when the time is up.

I wrote this to thwart overly steeped tea caused by too many distractions on my computer. I hope it allows you to enjoy tea as it should be. Cheers!

Download - Install - How To Use - Change Log - Feedback


Version 1.6 for Mac OS X 10.7 to 10.10


1. Download

If your browser hasn't expanded it, you'll have a .ZIP file to double click to expand. You'll be then left with a TeaTimer or TeaTimer.app file.

2. Copy to Applications directory

Simply drag it to your Applications directory. You might be prompted by your system for an administrator password.

3. Launch as needed

Just double click and you'll see the tea cup in your menu bar. See below for more.

4. (optional) Set as startup item

To get TeaTimer to appear on startup, open System Preferences and in the Accounts preferences, add the Login Item for your account.


How To Use


When launched, TeaTimer will show in the menu bar.

Set the time with the up and down arrows. Select "Start Timer" to begin the countdown. Re-opening the menu will show the time left. Once time has elapsed an alert or notification will pop letting you know the timer is done.

Press Option key and click arrows to advance time in larger increments.

The last 10 timers will appear in the history list. You can also cancel the currently running timer.

Hold Option key while opening menu to reveal "Clear History" option.

Change Log

Here is the version history of the app.

  • version 1.6
    • Increased history to last 10 timers.
    • Added "Clear History" functionality - hold Option key while opening menu to reveal.
    • Updated to run on 10.7 through 10.10.
  • version 1.5
    • Updated to run on 10.7 through 10.9.
  • version 1.4
    • Updated to run on 10.6 through 10.8.
    • New vector menu icon for Retina display.
    • Specify time in hours, minutes, seconds.
    • Use Option-click to increment/decrement counters in large increments. (suggested by Matt H)
    • Makes uses of Notifications in Mac OS X 10.8.
    • Current time setting saved when quitting.
    • Saves history of last 5 timers.
  • version 1.3
    • Compatible with Gatekeeper.
    • Bug with initial time.
    • Flashing menu bar icon while timer is counting down.
  • version 1.2
    • Fixed problem with launching with Path Finder.
  • version 1.1
    • Added adjustable time.
    • Time remaining now updates when menu is open.
  • version 1.0
    • Initial version.


Let me know if you have any problems with using TeaTimer or if you have suggestions for future versions. My time to answer emails is a bit spotty to say the least but I'll try my best to answer your questions.

Special Thanks

I'd like to thank Erik Porter for the great icon!


If you are enjoying perfectly steeped tea because of TeaTimer and would like to make a donation, click on the PayPal button to make a donation from your PayPal account or from a credit card.


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