LightsOff App - Activate / deactivate Dark Mode for Mac Apps individually

Are you already using macOS 10.14 Mojave diligently on your Mac and are annoyed that you can only turn the system dark mode on or off, but not assign it individually for each app? Then the LightsOff app, which you can download from the developer website, should help you. After installation, the tool sits in the menu bar and helps you to assign the macOS Mojave Dark Mode to individual apps with a simple list for ticking off the programs to be assigned. So you can use between light and dark mode without constantly changing the design.

Update 02.12.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX: The app is no longer available!

I just got the feedback from a reader that the app is no longer available. I couldn't find them either and the developer website was deleted as well.

With the LightsOff app you can assign dark mode to individual apps under macOS 10.14 Mojave or deactivate it for individual programs.
With the LightsOff app you can assign dark mode to individual apps under macOS 10.14 Mojave or deactivate it for individual programs.

Assign Mojave Dark Mode individually - LightsOff App

The small tool for the Mac, iMac and MacBook was developed by Bastian Kohlbauer. This allows you to assign dark mode to individual apps under macOS 10.14 Mojave or disable it when you use it. Should Mail, Pages, Keynote, maps and similar programs for everyday office work shine brightly, but Safari for evening Netflix pleasure or iBooks for reading before falling asleep have a rather dark appearance, then you can try LightsOff by Bastian Kohlbauer ;)

macOS 10.14 Mojave - more than just light and dark

Here in the blog you will find numerous other helpful articles, guides and instructions for the Mac operating system from 2018 in addition to the LightsOff app. From the presentation of macOS 10.14 at WWDC 2018 to the September keynote from the Steve Jobs Theater to viewing and Solving Mojave problems is all included. Here is a small list so that you are more familiar with the current operating system with Dark Mode, LightsOff and HomeKit:

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10 comments on “LightsOff App – Enable / Disable Dark Mode for Mac Apps individually”

  1. Could it be that this app or website no longer exists? Safari suppresses them with a message indicating that the connection is not secure; the page with (missing content) is also not displayed under Windows.

    1. Yes, the SSL certificate no longer exists and you are suddenly redirected to a strange page if you only prefix http instead of https. It doesn't look serious to me ... I wouldn't buy anything or enter my email address. The app may actually have been discontinued. I'll see if there is an alternative to LightsOff. Then I'll add it here!

    1. Yes, I can't say whether it's really something dubious. But I personally do not access such strange occurrences of the websites and rather keep my hands off them.

    1. Hi Dirk! That looks good. With the app, dark mode can also be switched on and off based on the app. Exactly what LightsOff did. Thanks for your recommendation.

  2. Yes, thanks for the tip. The only problem I have is that after closing the defined app it does not switch back to the original mode (dark for me). This then has to be done manually again.

  3. I found another alternative (Gray), in which only the respective app window is changed to light or dark mode. The menu bar remains in the mode configured via the system. With NightShade I occasionally had the problem that the Finder would jump back and forth when switching windows. I was only able to fix it by forcibly terminating NightShade.


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