SelfControl
SelfControl
3.0.3

5.0

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SelfControl3.0.3

13 September 2020

Block distracting websites for predetermined periods of time.

Overview

SelfControl is a free, open-source application that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start." Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites even if you restart your computer or delete the application.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in SelfControl

Version 3.0.3:
Improvements:
  • Compatible with macOS Big Sur
  • Minor bug fixes

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5
Mikael-B
10 September 2019
Version: 2.2.2

Most helpful

I use this on macOS 10.12 and it works great for Safari. Unfortunately other browsers may connect differently, so may inadvertently route around the block. Other types of blockers have the same issues in that case, so no blame on SelfControl. A great open source project and the source code is available at https://github.com/SelfControlApp/selfcontrol. You want it improved? Go at it.
(2)
5
wmatt2010
18 June 2020
Version: 3.0.1
Someone below said that this app doesn't prevent you from accessing Blacklist sites while you're using a VPN. I almost didn't download SelfControl because of that review. However, SelfControl works great with the VPN that I use all day nearly every day. Perhaps they've updated the app, or maybe it depends on the specific type of VPN you use? In any case, it works perfectly for me.
(0)
1
paulrobertconnor
15 May 2020
Version: 2.3.2
Doesn't block twitter
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4
elityyyy988
25 November 2019
Version: 2.3.1
Staf
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5
r-b-2
25 November 2019
Version: 2.3
Love this app! New update though is misfiring. I can access every page on Safari. I tried: Adding pages again to blacklist while block is running (didn't help). Clearing cache and rebooted safari (didn't help). Trying if maybe the pages were blocked on chrome (they weren't). MacVersion: Mojave. I am open for suggestions if anyone has one! I guess Imma need to be strongminded today by myself and not allow myself to click on the blacklist pages.
(0)
colewhetstone
27 October 2019
Version: 2.3
For some reason, with the new update, I'm no longer able to block sites when using Google Chrome. Sites will be blocked on Safari, but is there some way around this?
(0)
5
Mikael-B
10 September 2019
Version: 2.2.2
I use this on macOS 10.12 and it works great for Safari. Unfortunately other browsers may connect differently, so may inadvertently route around the block. Other types of blockers have the same issues in that case, so no blame on SelfControl. A great open source project and the source code is available at https://github.com/SelfControlApp/selfcontrol. You want it improved? Go at it.
(2)
3
kevin-139
09 September 2019
Version: 2.2.2
Works. But at the same time doesn't. You can easily access any blocked site simply by using a VPN. Even the free one that comes with Opera.
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1
TomM4006
22 December 2018
Version: 2.2.2
It doesn't block subdomains, so it's more or less worthless.
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5
vdtrinh27
06 September 2018
Version: 2.2.2
An open-source application with a very simple interface that does what it is intended to do: temporarily block distracting websites for up to 24 hours while you accomplish other tasks on your computer. Very useful for those of us who want to block access to YouTube or Netflix while studying lecture slides or writing documents during a work session (and who wish to be able to use these sites after working). Perhaps less useful for those who already have self control over their impulses for binge watching everything Netflix or your favorite dance YouTube channel has to offer.
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2
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
24 February 2018
Version: 2.2.2
It doesn't indefinitely block specified websites - for up to a day max. What is the purpose of a website blocker that doesn't block malicious websites for once and all?
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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