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gfxCardStatus is a free menu bar application that keeps track of which graphics card your MacBook Pro is using at any given time.


  • Simple, clean "i" and "n" icons that signify Intel HD Graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics, respectively.
  • Automatically updates when the GPU switches, in real time.
  • Dependent process list: see which applications are currently using the 330M, if it's the active GPU! more...

What's New

Version 2.3:
  • New in this version: Notification Center support!
  • Fixed the garbled screen issue that 2010 MacBook Pro users were seeing after switching to Integrated Only mode.
  • Fixed some of the issues with sleep people were seeing.
  • Added a warning dialog when switching to Integrated Only while apps are in the Dependencies list.
  • Now localized in Korean!
  • more...


  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • MacBook Pro with dual-GPUs (2010 Intel HD/NVIDIA GeForce 330M GT
  • 2008-2009 NVIDIA GeForce 9400M/9600M GT)

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Freezer Member IconComment+3

You know what would be really nice? A settable list of applications/processes that are allowed to use discrete gfx with all others being forced to use integrated. It would basically function like it was in "integrated" mode for all apps that were not on that list. This I would pay for.

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Version 2.3
Molamola Member IconComment+120

Unfortunately german localization is broken in the 2.3 build, which was confirmed by the author in 10/2012 and promised a fix "relatively soon". I believe it is corrected in the sources for ages now, but the official built is still broken since more than a year - which is why I am still on 2.2.1.

Please, publish a build which fixes the issues of the 2.3 release, not everybody wants/is able to build from sources.

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Version 2.3
Bb553 Member IconComment+23

Since a lot of MacBook Pro users with NVidia graphic cards have been able to get second displays - including even analog televisions, detected with gfxCardStatus (when nothing else worked), I've been asked if there is a version of gfxCardStatus or any similar utility for:

a) Intel CPU Mac Pro Towers
b) G5 and G4 PowerPC Towers
c) G4 PowerPC Powerbooks ?

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Version 2.3
ellmo Member IconComment+0

I honestly registered just to say thank you for this little app. I dunno how, but it single-handedly solved a problem I had with my brand new MBP - it would insist on running integrated Intel gpu when running World of Warcraft (which resulted in 9-11fps).

I tried everything in system preferences (I started with forcing the system to use dedicated gpu - no effect), then I used your app. Forced dedicated for a second. Ran the game.

Et voilla. Now I can not only enjoy my hardware's full capability, I can also see which gpu is used when and what forces it. That is above great!

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Version 2.3
Nontroppo Member IconReview+515

Great update, working very well on a retinaMBP on 10.8.2, thanks for a great little utility...

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Version 2.3
Drdul Member IconComment+448

Bummer! The one feature I used gfxCardStatus for has now been removed. It's no longer possible to force my MacBook pro to use the integrated graphics when running on the battery. According to the dev's blog, it sounds like 10.8.2 is much better at controlling use of the discrete graphics, plus the feature sounds like it was buggy, so I can understand why it's been removed. The dev advises leaving the app set on dynamic switching and using it purely as an informational tool. If that's really all it's suitable for, I no longer have much reason to use gfxCardStatus.

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Version 2.3
Frank_Martin Member IconComment+16

This version (2.3) requires Lion. Won't start up under Snow Leopard.

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Version 2.3
Michael Haeusler

Yup, and it simply updated, and now I can't launch it. Is there a link to an earlier version somewhere? (If I find one, I'll post it here.)

Michael Haeusler

Okay, version 2.2.1 is still available here: http://is.gd/CklYt7

Cody Krieger (Developer)

Sorry about that Frank! I meant to make update checker only present the update dialog if you were on 10.7 or newer. Fixed. :)


That's a shame, the link for 2.2.1 there has been updated to 2.3. Any chance of getting a 2.2.1 link on your website, Cody?


As of right now, this links are active if you want v2.2.1 - I have results; working great on my MVP 17" Intel Core i7 (late 2011) running Snow Leopard:



JoaquimN Member IconReview+14

I have been using this app for quite a long time and after this last update I can already see some improvement running on ML 10.8.2.

I would love to see a new feature in order to decide which apps use either discrete or integrated graphics card. That would be amazing!

Anyone would suggest me something?

Thanks, keep the good work, mate.

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Version 2.3
DarkLoki Member IconComment+0

I was running the previous version of this on my Macbook Fine, until I updated today. Dedicated works, however switching to intel messes up. It goes to a black screen with white lines on the top right hand corner. Does this mean my Intel is Fried? I highly believe this to be a software error because I mean I just ran an update and then these problems came up. TAke me back to the old version :(

FYI I'm running the GT 330m Nvidia i7 2.66

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Version 2.2.1
Ythara Member IconReview+52

I admit I leave it on Dynamic most of the time. But it's great even just to keep an eye on which apps request the GPU and which don't. Thanks to gfxCardStatus I've been able to choose what apps to use, so I don't risk having some little software that does very simple tasks switching my whole system to the discrete card and holding it like that all day long. I'm perfectly fine with Photoshop asking for the NVidia card, but it's pretty stupid when a little Twitter client does it.

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Version 2.2.1
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Version 2.3
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Version 2.3
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Version 2.3
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Version 2.3
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Version 2.2.1
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Version 2.1
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Version 2.0.1
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Version 2.0
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 64,062
Version Downloads 37,121
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 24 Sep 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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