Dashboard Widget icon

The Dashboard

Dashboard is an application for Mac OS X (starting with 10.4 "Tiger") that allows users to perform small tasks in mini-applications called "widgets". Activated by clicking the icon in the Dock, a semi-transparent layer appears over the desktop and widgets pop up.


Widgets are small web pages housed in a .wdgt package that can be created with Apple's Dashcode widget creation software (included with Apple's Xcode, downloadable from here). The stock widgets are:

  • Address Book
  • Business
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Dictionary
  • ESPN
  • Flight Tracker
  • Google Search
  • iTunes Controller
  • Movies
  • People Finer
  • Phone Book
  • Ski Report
  • Stickies
  • Stocks
  • Tile Game
  • Translation
  • Unit Converter
  • Weather
  • Web Clips
  • World Clock

iPhone 4s

iPhone 4S Deals More widgets, third-party developed, are downloadable from Apple's Dashboard Download Page.