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SelfControl
SelfControl
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SelfControl free download for Mac

SelfControl

Version 4.0.2

Block distracting websites for predetermined periods of time.

3.6
Based on 66 user ratesRead reviews & comments
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SelfControl 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 version 4.0.2

Updated on Nov 02 2021

Version 4.0.2:
Improvements:
  • Fix issue with permissions for Homebrew users

Information

License

Free

Size

7.4 MB

Developer’s website

https://selfcontrolapp.com/

Downloads

417220

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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SelfControl qualities

Value
1.0
Ease of use
5.0
Features
3.0
Reliability
1.0
Customer support
3.0
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shadow707x
shadow707x
Sep 16 2022
4.0.2
0.0
Sep 16 2022
0.0
Version: 4.0.2
Update: Changing my review. It works on blocking Google.
shadow707x
shadow707x
Sep 16 2022
4.0.2
0.0
Sep 16 2022
0.0
Version: 4.0.2
Needed something to keep me from getting distracted & stay focused on studying. Discovered this software. It's very lightweight & super simple to use. And it works! My only concern is it doesn't block Google. And I wish the developers changed the Icon.
kotecamacho
kotecamacho
Aug 16 2021
3.0.3
0.0
Aug 16 2021
0.0
Version: 3.0.3
5 minutes working and already loving it and healthier, thanks, humans
katricekrebs
katricekrebs
Mar 17 2021
3.0.3
5.0
Mar 17 2021
5.0
Version: 3.0.3
Work perfectly after the update. Don't hesitate using, if you have the same problem as me((
wmatt2010
wmatt2010
Jun 18 2020
3.0.1
5.0
Jun 18 2020
5.0
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.
paulrobertconnor
paulrobertconnor
May 15 2020
2.3.2
1.0
May 15 2020
1.0
Version: 2.3.2
Doesn't block twitter
elityyyy988
elityyyy988
Nov 25 2019
2.3.1
4.0
Nov 25 2019
4.0
Version: 2.3.1
Staf
r-b-2
r-b-2
Nov 25 2019
2.3
5.0
Nov 25 2019
5.0
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.
colewhetstone
colewhetstone
Oct 27 2019
2.3
0.0
Oct 27 2019
0.0
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?
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
Sep 10 2019
2.2.2
5.0
Sep 10 2019
5.0
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.
kevin-139
kevin-139
Sep 9 2019
2.2.2
3.0
Sep 9 2019
3.0
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.
TomM4006
TomM4006
Dec 22 2018
2.2.2
1.0
Dec 22 2018
1.0
Version: 2.2.2
It doesn't block subdomains, so it's more or less worthless.
vdtrinh27
vdtrinh27
Sep 6 2018
2.2.2
5.0
Sep 6 2018
5.0
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.
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
Feb 24 2018
2.2.2
2.0
Feb 24 2018
2.0
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?
Mikaelf
Mikaelf
Aug 9 2017
2.2.1
0.0
Aug 9 2017
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
Shouldn't it be called LackOfSelfControl?
kevintardis
kevintardis
Apr 16 2017
2.1.1
5.0
Apr 16 2017
5.0
Version: 2.1.1
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.
bianca96000
bianca96000
Feb 28 2017
2.1.1
3.5
Feb 28 2017
3.5
Version: 2.1.1
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.
sagehouston
sagehouston
Dec 18 2016
2.1.1
5.0
Dec 18 2016
5.0
Version: 2.1.1
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
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
Oct 29 2016
2.1.1
5.0
Oct 29 2016
5.0
Version: 2.1.1
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.
Mikael-B
Mikael-B
Sep 1 2016
2.1.1
5.0
Sep 1 2016
5.0
Version: 2.1.1
People actually are successfully using this on 10.11 El Capitan? I couldn't see a way to get it to work.
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