“HBClock (former: UBClock)”, an app that displays a simple analog clock on your Mac

Updated : Dec 02, 2021

December 2, 2021 Updated

Rewritten to support “HBClock” version 1.9.0 updated in November 2021.

I will introduce the simple analog clock app “HBClock (formerly UBClock)” for Mac.

It’s not multifunctional, but it’s an app that adheres to the basic functions and doesn’t get in the way of your work.

This page is based on 1.9.0, which was upgraded in 2021 for the first time in 9 years.

It seems that the previous “UBClock” has been renamed to “HBClock”.


Differences between HBClock and UBClock

Version1.9.0 or later1.8.4 or former
Compatible macOS11.3 Big Sur or later?
Compatible CPU・Apple Silicon Mac
・Intel Mac
・Intel Mac
・PowerPC Mac
AutostartupNo (The solution, later)OK
Mr. Otter
Mr. Otter

What has changed in the version upgrade for the first time in 9 years is that it has a name, Apple silicon support, and no automatic startup.

Also, does the fact that it supports macOS 11.3 Big Sur or later mean that it doesn’t work on 10.14 Mojave or 10.15 Catalina?

I think there are still many people using 10.15 Catalina…

Little devil fox
Little devil fox

As of December 2021, the old version of “UBClock” is not distributed on the App Store, so it cannot be newly obtained.

So, in order to use the latest version of “HBC lock” from now on, 11.3 Big Sur is indispensable.

It may be a bit severe request, so that’s a disadvantage.


Advantages and disadvantages of “HBClock”


  • Simple and refreshing impression
  • Operation is stable (because other analog clock apps often crashed)
  • It has all the basic functions such as resizing and moving the position



How to get the app

Click the link below to get it from Apple’s App Store.

‎Connecting to App Store
‎Connecting to Apple Music.

How to use the app

When you launch the app, you’ll see an analog clock on your desktop and a clock icon in your Mac’s menu bar.


To set the app, click the clock icon on the menu bar and select “Preferences…” from the menu that appears.


The following is a description of each setting item.

Let’s take a closer look at only the commonly used “General” and “Display”.

The following are the “General” settings.

・Clock size・Set the size of clock
・Locked on desktop
・Locked on top
・Can be moved
・Fixed on the desktop
・Fixed on the top layer
・Linear engine
・Balance spring
・Pulse engine
・Railway style
・How to display
the movement of
the hands of the clock.
These are difficult
to explain in words,
please actually change
the setting and check.
・Natural Style
・LED Style
・Normal style
・LED like style
・Show Clock
in menu bar
・Small analog clock
display on the menu bar
The following is the old version
“UBClock” only
・Launch automatically
at login
・Autostart when login

The following are the “Display” settings.

 ・Railway style
・Second hand
 ・Only needle
 ・Needle and circle
near the tip of the needle
・Digital time
 ・12h AM/PM
・Digital time
 ・24 hour display
 ・AM/PM and 12 hour display
・Day of week・Day of week
・Dial・Scale display on the dial
・Background with border
・Background display

The following are the “Tuning” settings.

You can set how much shadow is added to the date display on the hands and dial.


The following are the “Colors” settings.


How to set autostartup

In order for HBClock to start automatically when your Mac starts up, you need to set it in “System Preferences”.

Below are the steps.

Mac "System Preferences"
Mac "System Preferences" -> "Users & Groups"
Mac "System Preferences" -> "Users & Groups"
Mac "System Preferences" -> "Users & Groups"
Mac "System Preferences" -> "Users & Groups"

Reference information

Below is a link to the official website. (German display)


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