Caffeine
Caffeine
1.1.2

4.6

Caffeine free download for Mac

Caffeine1.1.2

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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58 Reviews of Caffeine

5
Drdul
16 January 2009
Version: 1.0.4

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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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5
maferose00
26 May 2020
Version: 1.1.2
Love it.... I can work on multiple PCs and not worry about one of them going on hybernation and needing to log in again!
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5
jstnbreen
04 January 2020
Version: 1.1.2
I’ve been using this app forever, and so happy it still works. Thank you to the makers and developers!
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5
fleur2metaline-1
21 August 2019
Version: 1.1.1
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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northernmunky1981
12 August 2017
Version: 1.1.1
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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4
demyson-and
11 August 2015
Version: 1.1.1
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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Mcr
09 August 2015
Version: 1.1.1
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.
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TCalhau
18 January 2015
Version: 1.1.1
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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4.5
Donmontalvo
12 November 2014
Version: 1.1.1
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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4.5
Shadokuss
28 March 2014
Version: 1.1.1
Works, do what it is intend to, simple, efficient. What else?
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Maxruehl
09 June 2013
Version: 1.1.1
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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3
Jstgermain
15 April 2013
Version: 1.1.1
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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Deebster
11 April 2013
Version: 1.1.1
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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5
gorges
20 March 2013
Version: 1.1.1
Great time saving and useful app. IMHO must have. Love it. Works perfectly on Mountain Lion 10.8.3
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4.5
Sheagirl
29 December 2012
Version: 1.1.1
This program works great for me with Mountain Lion. Does just what it is supposed to do. I have a backup routine set up to run in the middle of the night and prior to installing this it was always interrupted by power sleep. Once I installed this and set it up to prevent sleep my backups work wonderfully. Power Nap has its place but unfortunately the power nap mode does not respond to most non apple applications once engaged. This resolves that problem. It always amazes me that people read a developers statement about what his/her app is supposed to do and then download it expecting it to do something very different…and then write a bad review because you did not believe the developers description of his/her product? I fully understand giving suggestions on possible improvements etc but to rate the app down because it was not built and tailored to meet your needs? Especially on a free app. Software is like anything else buyer beware and do not throw a temper tantrum because you failed to research what you are buying/ downloading. Sorry for ranting but it is just such a waste of time to read some reviews. However real feedback, suggestions for improvement and reviews that point out things the app promises to do but either fails to do or fails to do appropriately are so helpful and I very much appreciate this site for providing a forum for access to the same. I think that the misplaced reviews are also a result of poor reading comprehension as some can not tell a comment from a review?
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theredqueentheory
21 December 2012
Version: 1.1.1
Doesn't work on Airbook 10.7.5 after multiple downloads. Have done everything else, the only way my mac stays bright is if I keep the color LCD display window OPEN on the brightest level. The minute I close it, it changes itself to the dim menu. When I open it back up, the slider is back to dim. This is with Caffeine running.
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5
Thomas-Svendsen
15 December 2012
Version: 1.1.1
Works just great. Computers need no sleep, people do.
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3
Danco
17 August 2012
Version: 1.1.1
I found Caffeine extremely useful in Snow Leopard. Have never used Lion, but on Mountain Lion it does not seem to disable sleep, due to a change in the way the system handles sleep. Still, no harm in downloading it and trying.
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5
sebthedev
25 April 2012
Version: 1.1.1
Simply brilliant, though I dislike the icon, so I made my own ones: http://www.zibity.com/othergoodies#caffeine
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Doug-S-
14 April 2012
Version: 1.1.1
Stability and features are just fine. Assuming it worked and even a free app is still a bad value if it doesn't do anything.
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5
r-owen
11 April 2012
Version: 1.1.1
Very useful for preventing sleep while giving presentations, watching videos or downloading large files. It does exactly what I want and does it well with a nice simple user interface and no problems.
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5
crosstrainer
09 March 2012
Version: 1.1.1
I love this program! My Mac is plugged in 99% of the time when I am not travelling. With one click, Caffeine allows me to keep my Mac alive and disable the power-saving options. Very useful when background tasks (like Picasa photo uploads) are running, or when I don't want the hassle of waking the Mac back up from sleep. Free, simple, and easy to use.
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5
zuluwarrior
27 January 2012
Version: 1.1.1
Fantastic and free. Thanks.
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0.5
dieselman
05 November 2011
Version: 1.1.1
could not download.
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Mruben
29 July 2011
Version: 1.1.1
Seems not to work anymore under 10.7 Lion. Any news of a pending update?
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4.5
Rshorts
29 April 2011
Version: 1.1.1
Probably the app I use the most on my Mac. Just perfect.
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5
iminlalaland
13 January 2011
Version: 1.1.1
Caffeine is fantastic! Very simple and convenient. User-friendly as well.
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Beamy
02 December 2010
Version: 1.1.1
This is a great program. I like it a lot ! I would like to have an option, so that it prevents the CPU from sleeping (programs keep running) but lets the screen sleep (LCD turns off).
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5
Zaraxul
13 October 2010
Version: 1.1.1
An unambitious but valuable little app. I like it and use it often.
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Smactron
15 September 2010
Version: 1.1.1
I love Caffeine. Any way future versions could incorporate the option to disable other things too? If it could talk to Growl and disable Growl notifications, or disable other clutter, it would be indispensable for things like watching a movie, giving presentations, et cetera.
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5
Utrunn
19 April 2010
Version: 1.1.1
I use it all the time. It's a great little app that works excellently. I don't know what I'd do without it.
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5
CollinBl
13 March 2010
Version: 1.1.1
Works as advertised and on 10.6.2 and is indispensable for me.
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5
Cyborgsam
13 March 2010
Version: 1.1.1
The perfection of minimalism: fully functional, does one thing perfectly. I use it every day & it works fine.
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5
Josh-Rodgers
15 October 2009
Version: 1.1
I downloaded this software so I wouldn't have to change my system preferences every time I wanted to watch a movie. This little app is excellent! It was exactly what I was looking for and program use couldn't be simpler. Just click on the coffee cup and that's it! Returning to regular mode works exactly the same! It's a great little free program. Simple, straight-forward, easy to use.
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Oak
17 September 2009
Version: 1.1
Have you ever heard the old saw, "Never look a gift horse in the mouth"? Caffein is FREE. When one pays for an App one gets the right to complain about it.
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Wcitymike
04 September 2009
Version: 1.1
I can't say I'm a fan of Lighthead Software. Caffeine's latest icon incarnation is horrible: you are supposed to look at the very small pixel area of a coffee cup and go, "Is that full, or empty?" Its prior incarnation -- a black Zzz that either had an X over it (i.e. no sleep) or did not -- was easily identifiable at a moment's glance, and also fit in with the diagrammatic and black feel of most other menu bar icons. So, I sent a handful of very obsequious support e-mails, spaced evenly quite a long time: might you be willing to send me a copy of the old application? Or, failing that, on a larger scale, might you be willing to offer the older icon to those of us who want it via a preferences choice? I never heard a response. Then, one day, I learned that some URL hacking revealed the earlier version of Caffeine I needed. To clarify: it was on their site all along. All they would have had to do to make my day is to just once respond to the e-mail by mailing me its URL; it wouldn't have required any particular effort to make new things available. They completely ignored a (potential) customer's requests, requests that I then learned would have taken them nearly zero effort to answer. The mark of a truly sucky company, in my opinion. P.S. For those of you who want the older icon: download http://files.lightheadsw.com/releases/com.lightheadsw.Caffeine/Caffeine1.0.zip and extract active.png, hiliteactive.png, hilited.png and inactive.png from it.
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5
Ayub
17 July 2009
Version: 1.0.4
Great! Was looking for it. Sometimes while reading a complex document relaxing on my chair I need the sleep/display-sleep disabled without going to PrefPane. This application does exactly what is needed in such cases. Keep it up. :)
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5
Jr23
09 July 2009
Version: 1.0.4
This is a wonderful little utility. I frequently attend webinars, and use SnapzPro to do a video capture. I would always forget to turn off both the screen saver and power saver (I'm on a MacBook, 10.5.7) at the beginning of the webinar. Now, I just click the coffee mug in the menu bar, and I'm good to go. Feature request: this is probably a whole other can of worms, but I'd love a single-click utility with Caffeine's function that also includes the option to pause things like iCal alarms, system alerts, etc. In the meantime, anyone know of a utility that does this other function?
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5
Biker4mac
28 April 2009
Version: 1.0.4
For the simple act this program performs, not only does it perform it well without a clutter of "extra" and unneeded features, but one doesn't realize how useful this simple act can be until they start using Caffeine. I use my computer off and on throughout the day. So things are set so that if I'm away for more than a few minutes the screensaver clicks on. If I'm away for fifteen to twenty minutes the computer goes to sleep. Based on my work habits, that works well for me. But getting into the system preferences to deactivate the screen saver and sleep mode if I'm doing something without input for awhile gets to be a pain. And although iTunes deactivates these settings if you're watching a video, watching something online with a browser doesn't have that benefit. South Park online is a guilty pleasure, I must admit. So Caffeine's little coffee cup sits in my menubar and is very easy to click on when I need it. If only it were that easy to keep myself awake and alert for those late night pushes for a deadline!
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5
Drdul
16 January 2009
Version: 1.0.4
What a useful little app! The addition of a setting for a default duration makes this even easier to use.
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Haleakalari
13 December 2008
Version: 1.0.4
there seems to be a minor interface glitch with this version of caffeine (1.0.4). under os x 10.4.11, when command clicking on the icon, the submenu which allows one to activate caffeine for a specific period of time, does not display text. just thought i'd let you know.
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Umijin
04 June 2008
Version: 1.0.3
Hmmm - new download doesn't seem to have a way to install. Can't quit the menubar applet to allow a drag and drop replace. No info I can see on the developer site on how to update, AFAIK.
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Jadder
04 June 2008
Version: 1.0.3
This is a great little program that does exactly what it says. I find it very useful to use when giving presentations.
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Nickel
12 April 2008
Version: 1.0.2
Very nice app. It could use a different menu bar icon but it's fine. I would like to be able to move it around on the menu bar, perhaps that feature could be added. Anyways, nice application.
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5
F451
12 April 2008
Version: 1.0.2
A non intrusive great little does-as-you-wish app for when you want to keep your computer from sleeping that works well. What else can I say?
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5
D3isme
12 April 2008
Version: 1.0.2
I like the cup icon. I find it easy to see (on 13" laptop) and the rounded shape looks good in the menu bar next to the Awake and Time Machine icons. I don't think it's any less intuitive than the ZzZ - it's just what you're used to. Perhaps a choice could be possible? Needing to reopen on restart is a pain, but at least it's just a matter of tapping the icon. Love this app. It makes everything easier.
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Iscream
12 April 2008
Version: 1.0.2
Back to old 1.0 ZzZ icon PLEEEASE !!!
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Deltanick
10 February 2008
Version: 1.0.1
After installing Caffeine 1.0.1, I found that each time I start/restart my Mac, Cafeine is turned OFF. I don't want it turned off, I want it ON! I'm reinstalling Caffeine version 1.0. At least it stayed ON.
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Wcitymike
26 January 2008
Version: 1.0.1
The new icon is *horrid* and very non-functional. It was easy to tell at a quick glance whether your Mac was sleeping before. Now, you have to squint and try to figure out if the cup's full or not. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad!
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Magosilvan
25 January 2008
Version: 1.0.1
I agree with GPAPAIN: Useful, but please return to the "old" icon: the new one is less intuitive, or at list let the coffee cup become red when the Mac can't sleep!
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mathuaerknedam
25 January 2008
Version: 1.0.1
The old icon was ugly and the new one is much more attractive. However, it isn't as easy to notice that the computer is caffeinated without intentionally looking to see. Maybe if the caffienated cup was red it would help.
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Akrobat
24 January 2008
Version: 1.0.1
My MacBook constantly starts the screensaver after about 3 minutes for some reason even if I have the settings to 'never'. Been trying to figure out what the problem is but to no avail. This app is a pretty handy solution!
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chrismessina
24 January 2008
Version: 1.0.1
Yay! I'm personally super-thrilled to see the new coffee cup icon in the Menubar. So, +1 from me!
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Papain
24 January 2008
Version: 1.0.1
Useful ! But please, back to the "old" icon !!!!!
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Iscream
24 January 2008
Version: 1.0.1
Useful but needs choice for menubar icon. Don't like the new one !
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5
Zwei
23 September 2007
Version: 1.0
Works like a charm. Unobtrusive and very useful.
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Osxi
02 May 2007
Version: 1.0
Hi, Does Caffeine also prevent the hard drive from sleeping? Thanks : )
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Pmcnett
24 March 2007
Version: 1.0
I spent some time with AppleCare yesterday and googling around, and downloaded and evaluated a few tools here such as Sleepless, Insomnia, Caffeine, and Doze. None of these work for my particular problem, which is that my MacBook just insists on going to sleep when I close the lid, and I don't want it to do that. I understand that Apple has some cooling issues with running the laptop with the lid closed, but I'd love a hidden preference to enable keeping the system awake, if only for a minute or two. I wrote up a blog entry on this, and would be interested if anyone has any thoughts. http://paulmcnett.com/blosxom.cgi/2007/03/23#Apple_MacBook_Sleep_Lid_Closed_Problem_Solution
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Copiloto
19 February 2007
Version: 1.0
I have been using Jiggler for the same actions, but I believe Caffeine is better: it has an unobtrusive icon in the menu bar and there is nothing to configure (unlike Jiggler). You just click on it when you want to activate and de-activate it. Excellent.
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