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SelfControl Reviews3.0.3

13 September 2020

Block distracting websites for predetermined periods of time.

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Mikael-B
10 September 2019
Version: 2.2.2

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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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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.
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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
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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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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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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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Mikaelf
09 August 2017
Version: 2.2.1
Shouldn't it be called LackOfSelfControl?
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5
kevintardis
16 April 2017
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.
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3.5
bianca96000
28 February 2017
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.
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5
sagehouston
18 December 2016
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
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Mikael-B
29 October 2016
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.
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Mikael-B
01 September 2016
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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5
kothari-sanika
05 April 2016
Version: 2.1.1
its great
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5
noisdesign000
08 March 2016
Version: 2.1.1
Do what it does.
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5
PolkadotsAllOver
19 January 2016
Version: 2.1.1
Great app. The half star reviews sound a bit like white- and black-list have mistakenly been confused.
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shhj65
06 January 2016
Version: 2.1
Is there a way in this app to limit the total hours in a day that is spent on a website? Is there another free app to do this in mac? Thanks
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0.5
davidzeboulon
03 January 2016
Version: 2.0.2
This definite turd is leaving me with a damaged mac, which can never again access facebook, regardless of how much bull$*t FAQ and troubleshooting, restarting browsers, clearing caches, restarting computer, "removing block manually" which systematically claims to have produced a killer file that doesn't exist anywhere, and general time wasting I had to go through. I'll try and find comfort in the thought that i haven't blocked any other site... I still think they should write on their page that the purpose of this piece of crap is to permanently wreck your computer, so people could make an informed decision.
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5
BigBadGlen
02 December 2015
Version: 2.0.2
This app is a lifesaver for me. It sounds like a number of reviewers here have gotten tripped up on the distinction between a white list (allow me to visit only these sites) and a black list (don't allow me to visit these specific sites, such as Facebook, Youtube, etc.). White listing is a bit dangerous, because you end up shutting down all sorts of network services -- mail, messenger, etc. This is great if you truly want to block out the internet, but it can make it very hard to get normal work done. Unfortunately, the interface around white listing vs. black listing is not great, so be careful and maybe restrict your first blocking session to 15 minutes so that any mistakes aren't catastrophic. Contrary to some other reports here, I've had no trouble with the app on any flavor of Mac. OK, time to turn on SelfControl and get some work done...
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5
baarbr
08 November 2015
Version: 2.0.2
Love it, works great on Mavericks and Yosemite. Simple and effective!
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0.5
danjdawsonva
06 November 2015
Version: 2.0.2
Warning: do NOT download this piece of crap software. When I activated the timer, it did not block the three websites I put on my blacklist but, rather, stripped my computer completely of internet functionality. Additionally, it made my browser and several other programs with internet functions (such as itunes and the mail app) crash, unable to be reopened. Luckily I had the foresight to do a 15-minute test run before using it any longer, but even after the timer for that went off nothing changed. Using the "stop block manually" button was no help either. Only after restarting did my computer go back to normal. This software ended up wasting plenty of my time, rather than than saving any.
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4.5
jiggamahninja
05 November 2015
Version: 2.0.2
Just so you know, it's difficult (if not impossible) to stop the timer after you start it. I had to learn that the hard way after I accidentally set it for 6 hours. I tried "force quitting," turning off my computer, closing the app but nothing worked. Anyway, it's a great app! It's the only way I can do my work. Very simple to use. And you can have a blacklist (or whitelist) so you make sure you won't succumb to temptation. I'd only recommend that they move the "start" button away from the timer scale.
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5
Annelynguris
15 October 2015
Version: 2.0.2
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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4.5
louisemblundell
06 October 2015
Version: 2.0.2
Love this App! Someone recommended it to me, to help from being distracted when I was trying to study and it is brilliant! And you can't get around it once it's blocked - which is fabulous! I of course tried 'o) Thank you! My only suggestion would be for it to have a function where you could preset the timer, so you can't be tempted to have a quick peek BEFORE setting the SelfControl Timer when you first sit down at your computer.
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0.5
eduardo-schafer
12 August 2015
Version: 2.0.2
This used to be a great app, but i heard it wouldn't work on yosemite. When they released version 2.0.2 i gave it a try again. The websites on my blacklist haven't been available for 2 days now, i don't know what to do. Its a shame.
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0.5
acred
19 March 2015
Version: 2.0.2
This used to be perfect and work without a hitch - blocking only the listed websites for the specified time. Since the most recent update, however, this now completely blocks all internet functionality on my mac (running OSX 10.7.5) and then eventually goes on to take up all processing power, causing my mac to grind to a halt, require a forced shut down and restart. I tried to get the app to work on a few occasions and this has been the result every time. Avoid.
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0.5
michael-lasker17-1
08 March 2015
Version: 2.0.2
The whitelist is too complex to operate and the blacklist doesn't work well because if you want to watch something you don't even have to use what you blocked. 0.5/5
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0.5
tofurkyjunior
15 December 2014
Version: 2.0.2
So I was hoping this would be a great app, as I'd heard good things about the Cold Turkey app for the PC, and was hoping this would be the same thing. After installing it and blacklisting about 7 or so sites, I set the timer for 3 hours and then tried to go on those sites to make sure everything was working properly. Trouble was, I could still access the sites I'd blacklisted. Instead, every other site (except Google, for some weird reason), was blocked. Sites I needed for studying, such as Wolfram Alpha, Desmos, etc., were blocked along with literally everything else. Luckily I had my phone and I could look up tips for how to bypass the app. My mac's clock is now set 3 hours ahead and everything's working properly, but needless to say I'll be uninstalling the app and won't be using it again.
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0.5
hughhai
07 December 2014
Version: 2.0.2
I had high hopes for this app. Unfortunately, instead of just blocking Facebook for me (yes, I followed the instructions properly), it blocked all access to the Internet completely: all browsers, Messenger, Mail - everything. I lost an entire day of work instead of reducing my distractions. Even worse, I could not upload files to meet a work deadline. Fortunately, once the timer ran out, everything is working normally. I am uninstalling immediately.
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5
Monkeyjunkey
13 October 2014
Version: 2.0
Awesome software. It allows for a distraction free work experience. If you come from procrastination-nation and keep visiting websites while you should be working, this software is for you. Best part, it's open source :)
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4
GowthamanA3647
19 November 2013
Version: 1.5.1
It works reliably and easy to control facebook and other social networks
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4.5
Mikael-B
19 May 2013
Version: 1.5.1
Under OS X 10.6.8 Self Control works reliably and very well. No issues what so ever. I find the "unbreakable" block to relieve me of my pointless web browsing during work hours. Great Value!
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5
kennethchung
22 April 2013
Version: 1.5.1
I like it, this is a type of utility that I was looking for. It works great!!!! There is some stability issues, but it is good!!!!
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4.5
Jynto
30 March 2013
Version: 1.5.1
Nothing else like it. I've tried browser-based blockers, and they don't work because you can just switch to another browser. But this... just works. The interface could do with a little work. I'd prefer if it lived in the menu bar, rather than the dock. And it would be better if there was an option to extend the time period before the previous period runs out.
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boobear
30 March 2013
Version: 1.5.1
Is it possible to block skype?
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leen8738
05 December 2012
Version: 1.4
Error -60031 received from the Security Server. How do I fix this??
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0.5
jmdeamer
14 November 2012
Version: 1.4
Useless. Works inconsistently or not at all.
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REMitchell
12 November 2012
Version: 1.4
Yes, you can always bang your head against the wall, uninstall the software, restart your computer, figure out a sneaky way around it, or whatever -- but the activation energy to do that is way higher than it would be just to get back to work :-p It works fantastically for me, whenever I get frustrated by work, I tend to go to Facebook/Reddit out of habit. No more! It's really saved my sanity, and hours of my time!
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xxcourt
27 September 2012
Version: 1.4
I love selfcontrol! It has helped me get through homework several times...but now I have a problem. I guess the program is frozen, because the time is not counting down. I set it for an hour about 3 hours ago, and the clock is still stuck at 59 minutes. I've restarted the computer, restarted the app, etc trying to see if I can get it "unstuck" and get it to count down...but no luck thus far. Any help?
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Pik80
03 August 2012
Version: 1.4
1.4 is not a universal app. Why does MacUpdate get this wrong so often?
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0.5
Alicedi
26 July 2012
Version: 1.4
As pointed out, its just too intrusive. Blocks sites but then blocks even the associated sites. You cannot unblock them once blocked. And it frequently crashed. I have been using Qustodio (www.qustodio.com) for a while and shall keep using it. Given that its free, it has a whole lot of features such as data tracking, site blocking, and even monitoring activities. I am a firm believer in the fact that in order to accomplish total parental control, you need complete programs and not just extensions.
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5
generalmike23
08 June 2012
Version: 1.3
So far have had no problems, it blocks what i want and for how long i want. Other websites work fine. So far in college this app has helped me quite a bit. I would recommend this app, PLUS ITS FREE! Thanks for everyone who made it the app it is today and thanks for the creator for updating it!
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gsm54321
31 May 2012
Version: 1.3
This is a very dangerous program that interferes with more than just the select sites. I put this on for 4 hours, and like it should, it blocked the blacklisted sites. It also blocked a random assortment of pages like GOOGLE DOCS, and caused pages like wikipedia and EBSCO Host to render oddly, to the point where they couldn't be used. This program is dangerous and you should be very carful when using.
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trest90
23 May 2012
Version: 1.3
https://twitter.com/ doesn't seem to be blocked? i have copied and pasted it from safari into the blacklist but nothing seems to happen..?? thanks.
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5
Apowell-64
14 May 2012
Version: 1.3
I love this app, but it blocks proquest and I can't seem to figure out why (I don't have it set to be blocked). It remains blocked even after I turn off the "block common domains" feature
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5
sapphire
23 March 2012
Version: 1.3
I love this app! However, I think it would be great if we could block websites for longer though, for maybe a week or two, for those of us in college who need the time during finals week? Intervals would be nice too, like if it could block the blacklist for say, 5 hours, then it gives us a 20 minute break, then it blocks it again. Also, I can't seem to block YouTube without blocking Google Docs! I assume it's because the accounts are linked, but for some reason it's just Docs, Gmail and Google stay fine...
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2.5
epimacuser
09 January 2012
Version: 1.3
you can still access Facebook in Chrome via "Access a cached copy" under the "Additional Suggestions" can you fix this?? totally relying on you for my Self Control. great idea for an application, though!
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