Caffeine
Caffeine
1.1.2

4.5

Caffeine free download for Mac

Caffeine

1.1.2
03 September 2019

Don't let your Mac fall asleep.

Overview

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menubar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu.

The menu now has a sub-menu for deactivating Caffeine automatically after a number of minutes.

What's new in Caffeine

Version 1.1.2:
New:
  • Caffeine is now maintained by IntelliScape Solutions.
  • Requires macOS Yosemite (10.10) or later.
Fixed:
  • Now prompts for Accessibility permissions when running on macOS Mojave or later.

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Drdul
16 January 2009

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What a useful little app! The addition of a setting for a default duration makes this even easier to use.
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Version 1.0.4
fleur2metaline-1
21 August 2019
Still run fine with Mojave (exept a very little aesthetic detail with the menu bar icon) ; the lightweight caffeinate app : 261 KB ! Amazing ! Thanx 2 dev
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
IntelliScape Solutions
IntelliScape Solutions
04 September 2019
You'll be happy to hear that improvements in the menu bar icon are on the way :-)
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Version 1.1.2
northernmunky1981
12 August 2017
Just discovered that this function is built in! Just type 'caffeinate' into a terminal window. Add “-t xx” to specify duration in seconds. So -t 3600 for an hour.
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
Crunc
Crunc
17 November 2017
Oh, that's awesome. Thanks for the heads up on this!
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demyson-and
11 August 2015
It just does what it supposed to do. One of the first apps I always install on new Macs. But currently, on Yosemite, it keeps "selected" after a click to make it Active.
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
ronaldpr
ronaldpr
07 January 2017
Strange. It worked fine for me in Yosemite, and in El Capitan, and now again in macOS 10.12 Sierra. It does indeed stay selected when I right-click (or control-click) the menu icon. But I never need to do that. I simply click to activate and click again to deactivate.
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Mcr
09 August 2015
I tried the following programs Amphetamine, Caffiene. Anti Sleep. I like Anti Sleep best, especially for the new MacBooks with Haswell chips that no longer have a 'Never Sleep' option under Power Preferences. Here's what I like in Anti Sleep:
1) has a auto launch/auto activate on system startup option, great for remote systems, like a laptop, that need to be always on for access. No human needed to activate.
2) Has options to only activate when powered by AC, versus battery, or both. Again, great for laptops.
3) Display sleep can be set separately from machine sleep.

I provide remote assistance to family. When they need me to look at something on their system, I just need to tell them turn on the laptop, plug it in, leave the lid up. They don't even need 'activate' since it is set to auto launch and activate if AC power is on. I can then log in anytime thereafter, even late night. I set options auto launch/activate at startup, activate only when AC is on, and stay awake indefinitely.
Like (1)
Version 1.1.1
2 answer(s)
Smayer97
Smayer97
11 March 2016
Re option 1) You can do this manually by adding to Login Items in Accounts preferences (System Preferences) . The app just does it for you more easily
Options 2 & 3 are nice options
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Mcr
Mcr
12 March 2016
"Re option 1) You can do this manually by adding to Login Items in Accounts preferences (System Preferences) "

Yes, true, and for geeks like us, that's okay, but for non-techies, like in my family, I try not to encourage them to mess with Login items. True story, I showed an in-law once about Login items. Week later, he calls me complaining his system has a virus, he's been hacked, etc. I asked, "what makes you say that?" He says, "It's really slow when I turn it on, and I can't do anything for several minutes, and the beachball spins, like somebody is accessing my computer." Well, he had added like 20+ apps to Login Items at startup. "Why did you do that?" I said. "These are the apps I use the most, I want them all available as soon as my machine is turned on." And funny, when I tried to explain why that would slow down his mac at boot, he just couldn't grasp it, because when he launches indivdually, they load (from his perspective) almost instantly. LOL...so yeah, gotta be careful not to give people too much rope :-)

also for non techies, I believe it is critical to have the program recognize if the mac is running on battery and have an option to disengage. Non techies who just unplug power and close the lid, without thinking, will risk draining the battery dead and worse, overheating the laptop.
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TCalhau
18 January 2015
After the apparent abandonment of Caffeine by its developer and its not support the retinas screens and Dark mode on Yosemite, I decided to look for a replacement the height! I found the incredible Wimoweh also that works perfectly and has several more options including: not let Mac sleep but allow the monitor to sleep. Found it amazing! S2
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Version 1.1.1
Donmontalvo
12 November 2014
I love this app...but it needs to be updated for Yosemite. Sometimes the menu icon blacks out and the only way to fix it is to exit/relaunch.
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
vio-stll
vio-stll
17 January 2015
there's another app called "theine" which supports the yosemite darkmode and also retina.
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Shadokuss
28 March 2014
Works, do what it is intend to, simple, efficient. What else?
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Version 1.1.1
Maxruehl
09 June 2013
Is there a way to suppress the preferences window at launch? It's a bit of an annoyance to have to manually close the prefs window every time the app launches--they can be accessed via right clicking the menu bar icon, so I see no reason we should be faced with the prefs every time the app starts. Is there a way to change this that I'm missing?
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Version 1.1.1
Jstgermain
15 April 2013
Does what it says. It wont let the comp sleep, unless you close the lid. I wanted something where I could close the lid too, and this just inst the solution. NoSleep seems to do the job better.
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Version 1.1.1
Deebster
11 April 2013
Not working for me on 10.8.3 and a late 2008 iMac. Seems to be doing nothing at all, as my Mac is still sleeping based on Energy Saver preferences.
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Version 1.1.1
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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