Mac Media Keys for the Masses



BeardedSpice is a menubar application for Mac OSX that allows you to control web based media players with the media keys found on Mac keyboards. It is an extensible application that works with Chrome and Safari, and can control any tab with an applicable media player. BeardedSpice currently supports:

If you want another supported app supported, simply open an issue with the tag 'app support'. Or, if you are feeling extra feisty, implement the handler yourself!

Read about the implementation of the Handler here.


Setting an active tab

Tell BeardedSpice to control a tab by either clicking the menubar icon and selecting a tab from the dropdown, or by pressing the 'Set Active Tab' shortcut when a browser window is active. The shortcut defaults to ⌘+F8, and is configurable in the preferences panel. Switching active tabs will pause the currently active tab (if there is one).

In Chrome you must reset your active tab if you move your tab to a new window. With Safari, reset your active tab when changing the order of your active tab or moving it to a new window.

Disabling certain handlers

From the preferences menu, uncheck any types of webpages that you don't want BeardedSpice to have control over. By default, all implemented handlers are enabled.


Download the latest release, or find previous released binaries here.

Also you can find older releases here.

Mac OS X 10.8 or greater required.