Caffeine
Caffeine
1.1.3
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Caffeine free download for Mac

Caffeine for Mac1.1.3

07 August 2020

Don't let your Mac fall asleep.

What is Caffeine for Mac

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 1.1.3:
New:
  • Support for macOS Mojave, Catalina (including Dark Mode)
  • Release is now Notarized by Apple.
  • Hardened Runtime enabled for security.
  • Updated menu bar icons to improve appearance on Retina displays.
  • Improved experience when prompting for accessibility permissions.
  • Added Help & Feedback area to enhance user support.
Fixed:
  • Icon occasionally remains highlighted after closing menu on macOS Sierra and later.

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jakupivalon
jakupivalon
Apr 13 2021
1.1.3
1.0
Apr 13 2021
1.0
Version: 1.1.3
Didn't work. Mac slept right away with this app on.
finayil602
finayil602
Jan 27 2021
1.1.3
5.0
Jan 27 2021
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
This is awesome. You know why? I can sleep now and my Teams app still will show my status as "active".
r9171979
r9171979
Jan 24 2021
1.1.3
5.0
Jan 24 2021
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
Its great.
hirokoby
hirokoby
Sep 7 2020
1.1.3
5.0
Sep 7 2020
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
I've used a couple of these "no sleep" apps and found Caffeine to be simple and effective with minimum setting !
andile-meshack
andile-meshack
Sep 6 2020
1.1.3
5.0
Sep 6 2020
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
I can download anything and go to sleep whilst my computer is working and in the morning all is done. Thanks
oklair1
oklair1
Aug 14 2020
1.1.3
5.0
Aug 14 2020
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
It does one job, simply and intuitively.
Aargl
Aargl
Aug 7 2020
1.1.3
5.0
Aug 7 2020
5.0
Version: 1.1.3
The typical situation when I need Caffeine is when practicing a song, reading lyrics on the screen. Well, I generally forget to launch it the first time, though... :-D
maferose00
maferose00
May 26 2020
1.1.2
5.0
May 26 2020
5.0
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!
jstnbreen
jstnbreen
Jan 4 2020
1.1.2
5.0
Jan 4 2020
5.0
Version: 1.1.2
I’ve been using this app forever, and so happy it still works. Thank you to the makers and developers!
fleur2metaline-1
fleur2metaline-1
Aug 21 2019
1.1.1
5.0
Aug 21 2019
5.0
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
northernmunky1981
northernmunky1981
Aug 12 2017
1.1.1
0.0
Aug 12 2017
0.0
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.
demyson-and
demyson-and
Aug 11 2015
1.1.1
4.0
Aug 11 2015
4.0
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.
Mcr
Mcr
Aug 9 2015
1.1.1
0.0
Aug 9 2015
0.0
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.
TCalhau
TCalhau
Jan 18 2015
1.1.1
0.0
Jan 18 2015
0.0
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
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
Nov 12 2014
1.1.1
4.5
Nov 12 2014
4.5
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.
Shadokuss
Shadokuss
Mar 28 2014
1.1.1
4.5
Mar 28 2014
4.5
Version: 1.1.1
Works, do what it is intend to, simple, efficient. What else?
Maxruehl
Maxruehl
Jun 9 2013
1.1.1
0.0
Jun 9 2013
0.0
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?
Jstgermain
Jstgermain
Apr 15 2013
1.1.1
3.0
Apr 15 2013
3.0
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.
Deebster
Deebster
Apr 11 2013
1.1.1
0.0
Apr 11 2013
0.0
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.
gorges
gorges
Mar 20 2013
1.1.1
5.0
Mar 20 2013
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Great time saving and useful app. IMHO must have. Love it. Works perfectly on Mountain Lion 10.8.3
Sheagirl
Sheagirl
Dec 29 2012
1.1.1
4.5
Dec 29 2012
4.5
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?
theredqueentheory
theredqueentheory
Dec 21 2012
1.1.1
0.0
Dec 21 2012
0.0
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.
Thomas-Svendsen
Thomas-Svendsen
Dec 15 2012
1.1.1
5.0
Dec 15 2012
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Works just great. Computers need no sleep, people do.
Danco
Danco
Aug 17 2012
1.1.1
3.0
Aug 17 2012
3.0
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.
sebthedev
sebthedev
Apr 25 2012
1.1.1
5.0
Apr 25 2012
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Simply brilliant, though I dislike the icon, so I made my own ones: http://www.zibity.com/othergoodies#caffeine
Doug-S-
Doug-S-
Apr 14 2012
1.1.1
1.0
Apr 14 2012
1.0
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.
r-owen
r-owen
Apr 11 2012
1.1.1
5.0
Apr 11 2012
5.0
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.
crosstrainer
crosstrainer
Mar 9 2012
1.1.1
5.0
Mar 9 2012
5.0
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.
zuluwarrior
zuluwarrior
Jan 27 2012
1.1.1
5.0
Jan 27 2012
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Fantastic and free. Thanks.
dieselman
dieselman
Nov 5 2011
1.1.1
0.5
Nov 5 2011
0.5
Version: 1.1.1
could not download.
Mruben
Mruben
Jul 29 2011
1.1.1
0.0
Jul 29 2011
0.0
Version: 1.1.1
Seems not to work anymore under 10.7 Lion. Any news of a pending update?
Rshorts
Rshorts
Apr 29 2011
1.1.1
4.5
Apr 29 2011
4.5
Version: 1.1.1
Probably the app I use the most on my Mac. Just perfect.
iminlalaland
iminlalaland
Jan 13 2011
1.1.1
5.0
Jan 13 2011
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Caffeine is fantastic! Very simple and convenient. User-friendly as well.
Beamy
Beamy
Dec 2 2010
1.1.1
0.0
Dec 2 2010
0.0
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).
Zaraxul
Zaraxul
Oct 13 2010
1.1.1
5.0
Oct 13 2010
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
An unambitious but valuable little app. I like it and use it often.
Smactron
Smactron
Sep 15 2010
1.1.1
0.0
Sep 15 2010
0.0
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.
Utrunn
Utrunn
Apr 19 2010
1.1.1
5.0
Apr 19 2010
5.0
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.
CollinBl
CollinBl
Mar 13 2010
1.1.1
5.0
Mar 13 2010
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
Works as advertised and on 10.6.2 and is indispensable for me.
Cyborgsam
Cyborgsam
Mar 13 2010
1.1.1
5.0
Mar 13 2010
5.0
Version: 1.1.1
The perfection of minimalism: fully functional, does one thing perfectly. I use it every day & it works fine.
Josh-Rodgers
Josh-Rodgers
Oct 15 2009
1.1
5.0
Oct 15 2009
5.0
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.
Oak
Oak
Sep 17 2009
1.1
0.0
Sep 17 2009
0.0
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.
Wcitymike
Wcitymike
Sep 4 2009
1.1
0.0
Sep 4 2009
0.0
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.
Ayub
Ayub
Jul 17 2009
1.0.4
5.0
Jul 17 2009
5.0
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. :)
Jr23
Jr23
Jul 9 2009
1.0.4
5.0
Jul 9 2009
5.0
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?
Biker4mac
Biker4mac
Apr 28 2009
1.0.4
5.0
Apr 28 2009
5.0
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!
Drdul
Drdul
Jan 16 2009
1.0.4
5.0
Jan 16 2009
5.0
Version: 1.0.4
What a useful little app! The addition of a setting for a default duration makes this even easier to use.
Haleakalari
Haleakalari
Dec 13 2008
1.0.4
0.0
Dec 13 2008
0.0
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.
Umijin
Umijin
Jun 4 2008
1.0.3
0.0
Jun 4 2008
0.0
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.
Jadder
Jadder
Jun 4 2008
1.0.3
5.0
Jun 4 2008
5.0
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.
Nickel
Nickel
Apr 12 2008
1.0.2
0.0
Apr 12 2008
0.0
Version: 1.0.2
Hint: For those of you who want the old menu bar icon you're in luck. All you have to do is CONTROL - click the application and select Show Package Contents. Then find the menu bar icons and replace them with the old ones. Just trying to help.
Nickel
Nickel
Apr 12 2008
1.0.2
0.0
Apr 12 2008
0.0
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.
F451
F451
Apr 12 2008
1.0.2
5.0
Apr 12 2008
5.0
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?
D3isme
D3isme
Apr 12 2008
1.0.2
5.0
Apr 12 2008
5.0
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.
Iscream
Iscream
Apr 12 2008
1.0.2
0.0
Apr 12 2008
0.0
Version: 1.0.2
Back to old 1.0 ZzZ icon PLEEEASE !!!
Deltanick
Deltanick
Feb 10 2008
1.0.1
0.0
Feb 10 2008
0.0
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.
Wcitymike
Wcitymike
Jan 26 2008
1.0.1
0.0
Jan 26 2008
0.0
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!
Magosilvan
Magosilvan
Jan 25 2008
1.0.1
0.0
Jan 25 2008
0.0
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!
mathuaerknedam
mathuaerknedam
Jan 25 2008
1.0.1
0.0
Jan 25 2008
0.0
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.
Akrobat
Akrobat
Jan 24 2008
1.0.1
3.0
Jan 24 2008
3.0
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!
chrismessina
chrismessina
Jan 24 2008
1.0.1
0.0
Jan 24 2008
0.0
Version: 1.0.1
Yay! I'm personally super-thrilled to see the new coffee cup icon in the Menubar. So, +1 from me!
Papain
Papain
Jan 24 2008
1.0.1
0.0
Jan 24 2008
0.0
Version: 1.0.1
Useful ! But please, back to the "old" icon !!!!!
Iscream
Iscream
Jan 24 2008
1.0.1
0.0
Jan 24 2008
0.0
Version: 1.0.1
Useful but needs choice for menubar icon. Don't like the new one !
anonymous-python-5399
anonymous-python-5399
Sep 23 2007
1.0
5.0
Sep 23 2007
5.0
Version: 1.0
Works like a charm. Unobtrusive and very useful.
Osxi
Osxi
May 2 2007
1.0
0.0
May 2 2007
0.0
Version: 1.0
Hi, Does Caffeine also prevent the hard drive from sleeping? Thanks : )
Pmcnett
Pmcnett
Mar 24 2007
1.0
0.0
Mar 24 2007
0.0
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
Copiloto
Copiloto
Feb 19 2007
1.0
0.0
Feb 19 2007
0.0
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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