SelfControl
SelfControl
2.3

3.2

SelfControl free download for Mac

SelfControl

2.3
23 October 2019

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.

What's new in SelfControl

Version 2.3:
Improvements:
  • Fix crashes on macOS Catalina (10.15)
  • Add "Extend Block Timer" feature
  • Add Danish translation (courtesy of Helmuth Mikkelsen)
  • Various localization fixes/improvements
  • Other minor improvements and bugfixes

68 SelfControl Reviews

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Annelynguris
15 October 2015

Most helpful

Hate this app. I was supposed to be on facebook and pinterest today, instead, I cleaned my house, finished my website, cooked for a month ahead, and swept the driveway. I also learned a new language.
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Version 2.0.2
Mikael-B
10 September 2019
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.
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Version 2.2.2
kevin-139
09 September 2019
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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Version 2.2.2
TomM4006
22 December 2018
It doesn't block subdomains, so it's more or less worthless.
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Version 2.2.2
vdtrinh27
06 September 2018
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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Version 2.2.2
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
24 February 2018
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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Version 2.2.2
2 answer(s)
martin.boeddeker
martin.boeddeker
24 February 2018
Try FindFocus as an alternative.
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leo-sokol
leo-sokol
02 March 2019
Yes it does, read the FAQ
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Mikaelf
09 August 2017
Shouldn't it be called LackOfSelfControl?
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Version 2.2.1
kevintardis
16 April 2017
Let me say, this app is GREAT and it's FREE. It gives what it says, and it's perfect when you have to focus in any work. It save me in more than a way. Congrats to the creators and, in my case, the app is fully functional. Plus, you can change the standard time block limitation to months, which I use it. I do not write reviews but this app deserves it.
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Version 2.1.1
bianca96000
28 February 2017
I really liked the fact that it's FREE and useful, the only thing is i mistakenly using the whitelist and found all the site i add still can open, and the other sites are all blocked, i contact the support and figured it out, still a good freee app.
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Version 2.1.1
sagehouston
18 December 2016
only way i can ever do homework done! very amazing app and would recommend to everyone. very important to keep whitelist and blacklist separated however
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Version 2.1.1
Mikael-B
29 October 2016
Unfortunately, this time SelfControl managed to block all the net for all apps and not just the sites in my black list. It worked great just a few weeks ago. This app has still been quite useful before so I hope this is not something that will happen again.
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Version 2.1.1
1 answer(s)
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
29 October 2016
OK. Had to hack around in the system to get back my internet. I'm not going to base a review on this sole experience., but there seems to be some kind of incompatibility with OS X 10.11.6 at least. But it worked fine on this just a few weeks ago and for 15 minutes just the other day.
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3.2

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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