gfxCardStatus
gfxCardStatus
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gfxCardStatus free download for Mac

gfxCardStatus for Mac2.5

01 February 2021

Keeps track of which graphics card your MacBook Pro is using.

What is gfxCardStatus for Mac

gfxCardStatus is a free menu bar application that keeps track of which graphics card your MacBook Pro is using at any given time.

Features:
  • Simple, clean "i" and "n" icons that signify Intel HD Graphics, and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics, respectively.
  • Automatically updates when the GPU switches, in real time.
  • Dependent process list: see which applications are currently using the 330M, if it's the active GPU!
  • Growl support, so you know right when the GPU switches.
  • Tiny footprint doesn't sit in your menu bar and hog RAM or CPU cycles.
  • Automatic application updating checks for downloads and installs new versions of gfxCardStatus automatically!

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 gfxCardStatus

Version 2.5:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later

Fixed:
  • Issue where menu bar icon was offset in Big Sur
  • Some localizations displaying "Card" instead of the active GPU
  • gfxCardStatus getting stuck as a dependency
  • Man-in-the-middle security vulnerability in Sparkle update framework
  • Notification text truncation for certain GPU names
  • gfxCardStatus notifications sticking around in Notification Center forever
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Aetnaria
Aetnaria
Dec 12 2020
2.3
0.0
Dec 12 2020
0.0
Version: 2.3
New beta version was just released for better Big Sur support (and a few other things).
jkesler
jkesler
Apr 25 2018
2.3
3.0
Apr 25 2018
3.0
Version: 2.3
If you are having compatibility and stability issues using gfxCardStatus, one alternative is gSwitch https://codyschrank.github.io/gSwitch/ Unfortunately, I have been getting kernel panics or screen freezes using gfxCardStatus and Mac OS 10.13.x together on a 2016 MBP :(
energenetic1111
energenetic1111
Nov 23 2016
2.3
3.0
Nov 23 2016
3.0
Version: 2.3
This program was working great as a workaround for the Logic Board graphics card issue on my 2010 Macbook Pro, until I upgraded to Mac OS Sierra. When I was still using El Capitan, it allowed me to use the Integrated Only function, which prevented crashes due to the graphics card issue. But now, in Sierra, when I try to use Integrated Only, I get an error message that I cannot use it, because several programs plus gfxCS itself are all on a dependencies list, which precludes integrated-only mode. Currently, I can still use Discreet Only Mode, but it still periodically crashes (although less than with Dynamic Switching). Because of this, I am looking at possibly having to roll back to El Capitan, which the fascists at Apple do not make an easy task (backup required, El Capitan installer not available, etc.). Has a solution to this problem been found? There are many Macs with this same graphics card issue, so I can't be the only one running into this problem. Please respond.
anonymous-thrush-1121
anonymous-thrush-1121
Oct 25 2016
2.3
0.0
Oct 25 2016
0.0
Version: 2.3
steveschow fork and release 2.4.3i for macOS Sierra, https://github.com/steveschow/gfxCardStatus/releases/tag/v2.4.3i
anonymous-dingo-1034
anonymous-dingo-1034
Nov 8 2014
2.3
2.5
Nov 8 2014
2.5
Version: 2.3
On Macbook pro 8.2, with OS X 10.10, app causes artifacts on screen when GPU is switching. :(
Freezer
Freezer
Jul 27 2014
2.3
0.0
Jul 27 2014
0.0
Version: 2.3
You know what would be really nice? A settable list of applications/processes that are allowed to use discrete gfx with all others being forced to use integrated. It would basically function like it was in "integrated" mode for all apps that were not on that list. This I would pay for.
Molamola
Molamola
Jan 17 2014
2.3
0.0
Jan 17 2014
0.0
Version: 2.3
Unfortunately german localization is broken in the 2.3 build, which was confirmed by the author in 10/2012 and promised a fix "relatively soon". I believe it is corrected in the sources for ages now, but the official built is still broken since more than a year - which is why I am still on 2.2.1. Please, publish a build which fixes the issues of the 2.3 release, not everybody wants/is able to build from sources.
bb553
bb553
Nov 13 2012
2.3
0.0
Nov 13 2012
0.0
Version: 2.3
Since a lot of MacBook Pro users with NVidia graphic cards have been able to get second displays - including even analog televisions, detected with gfxCardStatus (when nothing else worked), I've been asked if there is a version of gfxCardStatus or any similar utility for: a) Intel CPU Mac Pro Towers b) G5 and G4 PowerPC Towers c) G4 PowerPC Powerbooks ?
ellmo
ellmo
Oct 6 2012
2.3
0.0
Oct 6 2012
0.0
Version: 2.3
I honestly registered just to say thank you for this little app. I dunno how, but it single-handedly solved a problem I had with my brand new MBP - it would insist on running integrated Intel gpu when running World of Warcraft (which resulted in 9-11fps). I tried everything in system preferences (I started with forcing the system to use dedicated gpu - no effect), then I used your app. Forced dedicated for a second. Ran the game. Et voilla. Now I can not only enjoy my hardware's full capability, I can also see which gpu is used when and what forces it. That is above great!
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Sep 24 2012
2.3
5.0
Sep 24 2012
5.0
Version: 2.3
Great update, working very well on a retinaMBP on 10.8.2, thanks for a great little utility...
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
  • 2010-or-newer dual-GPU MacBook Pro (15", 16", and 17" models)
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