smcFanControl
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Control Intel Mac fans to make them run cooler.   Free
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smcFanControl controls the fans of every Intel Mac to make it run cooler.

smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your Intel Mac run cooler. However in order not to damage your machines smcFanControl doesn't let you set a minimum speed to a value below Apple's defaults.
What's New
Version 2.4:
  • Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Gatekeeper
  • Support for Retina Macbook Pro
  • smcFanControl is now a 64 Bit application
  • AutoStart works now without AppleScript
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.4 is deprecated
  • The source code for smcFanControl is now available at Github
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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smcFanControl User Discussion (Write a Review)
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DL8112 reviewed on 28 Feb 2014
Very nice! I have an Early 2009 Mac Mini with 5 gigs of ram and ever since the Maverick OS it's been running a lot warmer. This brought it back down to around 150dF raising the minimum fan speed by 500 rpm. Really happy with this result!
[Version 2.4]


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AustinC8410 reviewed on 17 Feb 2014
I'm currently running smc FanControl on my Mac Book Pro retina and the program was working on both fans. being stupid i downloaded HDD fan control thinking i had another fan but in doing so it now wont make my RPMs go higher on my right fan. i deleted all of the apps and folders for HDD fan control but smcFancontrol still wont work on my right fan but will control my left! i tried restarting my computer and shutting it down and hitting the power button to start up and nothing works Please help!
[Version 2.4]

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AustinC8410 replied on 17 Feb 2014
i needed something to be able to cool down my mac while doing audio editing so i downloaded macs fan control off of this site as a temporary thing. i would still like to and prefer to use smcFanControl because i like its different things u can set. please help to fix this
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Springheelmac replied on 21 Mar 2014
Sounds like you need to reset your SMC. This can happen with multiple fan programs all assessing it. Here are the steps: shut down your Mac. Plug it in if it was on battery. Press the LEFT side shift, control and options keys and then the power button at the same time. Hold for a second, then release them all at the same time. Your mac should then restart, if not press power. This SHOULD reset your SMC settings and your fans should be back to normal. After that just use one or the other and do these steps if you change fan programs. I would un-install the one you aren't going to use as well. If it doesn't work google "reset MacBook SMC" in case I missed something, but I think that covers it. Hope this helps.
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Mark3785 reviewed on 21 Oct 2013
Ok program, but it tends to lose control of the fans every so often. I tried contacting the developer, but with no success. I'm now beginning to think that this is orphanware since no questions have been answered on the program's website in over a year. If it turns out that it is still supported I'll up my overall rating, but until then I can't give better than one star.
[Version 2.4]


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VRevs reviewed on 07 Aug 2013
A very simple apps to keep the Macbook Pro cold.
[Version 2.4]


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sambear1965 reviewed on 02 Aug 2013
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
Great simple control of exhaust and view of temp
[Version 2.4]


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Macfleckno reviewed on 29 Jul 2013
Couldn't get it to open.
[Version 2.4]

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Macfleckno replied on 30 Jul 2013
I take it back: it opened in the Menu Bar without my noticing. Seems to work well
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Colossus9 reviewed on 04 Jul 2013
Fantastic app. It has been stable for me under Lion. The big perk of this app is a user may create a name for their settings. I have created several settings; one for when I'm ripping with Handbrake (HB), and two I have all the fans set at maximum settings. I run this setting for about 10 minutes. This high setting will help blow the dust out of the Mac. The "HB" setting helps cool the processors.
[Version 2.4]


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Petersphilo reviewed on 02 Jul 2013
This is a great little menu bar app..
Perfect if you just want to set your fan speed yourself, and you don't want to deal with temperature curves and all the rest that more complicated apps offer.
This is simple: if i want to play a game, or do an After Effects render, i just set my fans on their maximum speed for the duration, then bring them back down to a rotation speed that suits me when i'm done...
This is the perfect companion to a MacBook Pro
[Version 2.4]

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Colossus9 replied on 04 Jul 2013
You and I are on the same page on how to use this app. I run it only during high processing sessions. I.E. Handbrake, gaming, and AE.
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Petersphilo replied on 05 Jul 2013
I forgot to mention: you can't beat the price!!!
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MR.MacGuy3132 reviewed on 23 May 2013
this shit fucked up my mac,the fan is instantly on, i suggest: do NOT download!
[Version 2.4]

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Aristocat replied on 06 Jul 2013
You should not use shit when your mac is fucking. I suggest an education.
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Moog Modular reviewed on 22 Apr 2013
It says above that it is now a 64 bit application, but the FAQ and requirements say "any Intel Mac" and "10.5 and up."
I was running 2.2.2 and updated to 2.4.
Nothing worked. No change to fan speed and had to enter my password for every change I made, including ones I had already tried.
Replaced it back with 2.2.2 and things are running properly again.
Running 2010 32 bit Intel Imac with 10.5.8
[Version 2.4]


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Dovidls had trouble on 28 Feb 2013
I wonder if and how ap impacts Apple Hardware Test. I ran diagnostics following 2 kernel panics. apple hardware test displayed an error with the harddrive fan motor tho fan control prefs were set at apple default. After booting from another hd partition, the hardware test message was gone. This is on a 2008 imac.
[Version 2.4]


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dudong had trouble on 25 Sep 2012
always to type admin password twice after login,any way to solve this problem?
[Version 2.4]


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mbze430 had trouble on 20 Aug 2012
I have a Mid-2012 13" Macbook Pro. Running v2.3... I don't know if this is by default but I had assumed that the Minimum RPM is the lowest setting it will use and increase fan speed when the CPU/GPU starts to heat up.

I just did a quick test using Handbrake to convert a small video. The CPU/GPU was all the way to 79C/102C respectively and it was sitting at my minimum setting fro 5mins until I pushed it to my other setting profile which pushes the fan to 6200RPM.

My question is, am I always have to monitor my CPU/GPU Temp and MANUALLY move the Fan RPM? Or does your App actually supposed to increase fan speed as CPU/GPU load increases?
[Version 2.3]

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mbze430 replied on 20 Aug 2012
Forgot to mention I am on Mountain Lion 10.8
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Apche123 had trouble on 29 Jul 2012
I had installed smc into my macbook pro, but the temperature display as 0 degree, of course I'm not staying in north pole. Any idea how to solve this problem?
[Version 2.3]


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Mrwojo1 had trouble on 20 Jul 2012
Installed app but every time I open System Preferences I get;

"To use the “Fan Control” preferences pane, System Preferences must quit and reopen. CANCEL --- OK"

What is the fix?

iMac-27 Model iMac 11,3
Intel i5
OSX 10.7.4
[Version 2.3]


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Saber64 had trouble on 29 Jun 2012
Have a late 2011 15 inch macbook pro and i already had it shut down twice due to overheating. I found this program, installed it and set the minimum RPM to 3000. Clicked save and the fans then go to approx. 3000 RPM for 2 seconds and then goes back to the standard 2000 RPM again.

I tried reinstalling the software and resetting the SMC command thingy by pushing shift+control+option+the power button. However the problem remains, how can i solve this?

Many thanks in advance
[Version 2.3]


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Hippeman had trouble on 29 Apr 2012
It looks like this little gem is delaying some menu items (top right) in showing up after booting my mac. Anyone else experiencing this?
[Version 2.3]


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Chorusfrog had trouble on 09 Sep 2011
I downloaded smcFanControl and sent the unzipped folder to my App folder. I opened the folder and clicked on smcFanControl.app. "smc..." appeared briefly in the menu bar, then disappeared. Apparently it is not loading. There is no logo for it in the menu bar. I am using an iMac, model 10,1, with Intel Core 2 Duo, processor speed 3.06 GHz, running under OSX 10.6.5.
I downloaded the software to see if I could do anything with my fan speed. Actually the fans have been running silently since I have had the machine -- could not tell if the fans were even running. My adn CheckUp told me the temp was about 123 (I assume F). I was having another problem and it was suggested I redo the SMC; I followed the instructions and did so. It did not help my other problem, but ever since I did that, the fans have been running constantly, at high speed, very noisy and irritating. The CheckUp says the temp is 90-91, with nothing much running, and the air being pushed out at the top of the Mac is not very warm, so the 90 must be F.
Since I cannot get smcFanControl to launch, what else can I do to reduce the fan speed to a quiet level???
[Version 2.3]


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9393Jo had trouble on 01 Jul 2011
It seems to work well. But could anyone advise what is the best setting to apply in order to get fantastic results? Default or Higher and what is the minimum speed should be set out?

ALSO EVERY TIME I PUT MY LAPTOP LID DOWN, AND LATER RE-OPEN IT, I USUALLY HAVE THE SETTING TO TYPE IN MY PASSWORD BEFORE I CAN RESUME ACTIVITY. HOWEVER ONCE I PUT MY COMPUTER PASSWORD IN, YET ANOTHER PROMPT APPEARS THIS TIME ASKING FOR THE SAME COMPUTER PASSWORD BUT THE PROMPT BOX HAS THE ORANGE "SMCFANCONTROL" LOGO IN IT. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO GET RID OF THAT?
[Version 2.2.2]


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Robert Poland had trouble on 17 Jun 2011
Hendrik Holtman says "For official support of iMac/MacPro in a for future release please send me your ModelName and min/max speed for every fan.

However "me" is not a valid email address and I see no other on any of the site pages. Comment on official page has died waiting for approval.
[Version 2.2.2]



OskarS3554 rated on 27 Mar 2014

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Lightning rated on 22 Nov 2013

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Roes rated on 07 Sep 2013

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dufreyne rated on 20 Aug 2013

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Fabio Milocco rated on 24 Jul 2013

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bjcalvert rated on 21 Jul 2013

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OSX-FTW! rated on 01 Jul 2013

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MR.MacGuy3132 rated on 23 May 2013

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Voitagi rated on 13 Apr 2013

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Teak42 rated on 05 Apr 2013

[Version 2.4]


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Version Downloads:1,152,169
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:21 Aug 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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smcFanControl controls the fans of every Intel Mac to make it run cooler.

smcFanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your Intel Mac run cooler. However in order not to damage your machines smcFanControl doesn't let you set a minimum speed to a value below Apple's defaults.


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