StartNinja
StartNinja
1.0.1

3.6

StartNinja free download for Mac

StartNinja

1.0.1
21 March 2012

Silence the startup chime on your Mac.

Overview

StartNinja starts up your Mac with silence and stealth.

Macs don't have a built-in way to mute or silence the system start-up chime. If you're in a library or coffee shop you don't always want that start up chime to play. Now you can silence the Mac OS X(10.7, 10.8, and 10.9) start up chime with StartNinja. It is a free and simple desktop utility that silences the start-up chime and will resume previous sound level after logging in.

Note 1: Does not work with iMacs

Note 2: The system start up chime is played through the internal speaker. If speakers or headphones are plugged in the system start up chime will still play.

What's new in StartNinja

Version 1.0.1:
  • Built / code-signed with Apple developer id in accordance with forthcoming OS X security functionality.
  • The OSX 10.10.1 update fixed the problem where it did not reset the volume level after logging in.

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9 StartNinja Reviews

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Heymini
19 March 2012

Most helpful

Does exactly what it says on the tin. No more 'tadahhh' when i boot up. I had considered taking my Mac Pro apart to disconnect the annoying tinny speaker, Start Ninja is a much easier solution. Not a complaint and maybe can't be done but its a pity its not a preference pane. Would be easier to alter if i ever needed to rather than trying to remember the name of a programme.
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Version 1.0
escompter-qch
09 January 2015
Works beautifully on Yosemite (10.10.1). I've restarted and about a dozen times since installing, silently and zen. However, it will not work if starting after a force-shutdown (held down the power button for 6+ secs). One minor point about the installation: After placing the app in my local directory, it's unclear whether the function's already activated. Since the button "off" was already selected/highlighted, I wasn't sure if I needed to click "get current setting". But I did anyway, and switched to "on", then "off" again, just to make sure. It's not listed among the other auto-startup apps in Pref's Users panel. But the app does work without ever needing to open it again after reboots. All in all, it's a lovely little app that does what it says effectively. – Appreciated ear canals & joyous tympanic membranes
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Version 1.0.1
j-herlihy
25 August 2014
I have a Mavericks X (iMac 2012) and, having installed StartNinja, am still getting the start up tone as loud and annoying as ever when I'm working late at night and don't want to disturb others. It seems to have had the effect of slowing my computer down (or is that my late night imagination?!) Anyway, being very tech challenged, I can't uninstall it either. Is it sufficient to move it to trash to uninstall?
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Version 1.0.1
1 answer(s)
AllVu, LLC
AllVu, LLC
29 November 2014
To uninstall, you would set the chime back to ON and then drag the StartNinja app to the trash.
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DominicP6835
16 March 2014
Hi all, Just my input for getting this to work on an imac, running mavericks (i'm by no means a tech-person so this might only work by chance, and only work for me but thought i'd share anyway!) Download StartNinja and install as normal, once installed, go into applications and pin StartNinja to dock. option click to open at login. this should cause the startup sound to be muted next time you power on (i think you can close after it's opened at login, for it still to work but haven't tested this yet.) Let me know how it goes! :)
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Version 1.0.1
1 answer(s)
j-herlihy
j-herlihy
25 August 2014
Thank you ever so much Dominic P
That has done the trick.
I still don't know how to uninstall but, thanks to your advice, hopefully I won't have to
(think I'll blame the slightly slower running iMac on something else!!)
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Kobalt
19 February 2014
Just installed this on my late 2013 iMac with Mavericks 10.9.1 installed – no more startup chime. There is a slight crackle at startup, but nothing that would upset anyone in your favourite coffee shop. Make mine a double-shot mocha.
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Version 1.0.1
Spaceman-Spiff
02 November 2013
For those looking to replace either the venerable StartupSound.prefpane or Psst, both which allowed you to lower the volume to your desired level (rather than only mute it), take heart: you can modify StartNinja's shell scripts to do just that! Go to StartNinja > Contents > Resources, and load muteOn.sh in a text editor. Change the language in the quote marks to read "set volume output volume [number between 0-100]." You can change the login volume as well by modifying muteOff.sh in the same way. You can verify the path to the login/logout hooks by typing these two commands in Terminal: sudo defaults read com.apple.loginwindow LoginHook sudo defaults read com.apple.loginwindow LogoutHook
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Version 1.0.1
Bluestar
29 April 2012
No workie. Macbook Pro 17" late 2011 model with MAC OSX Lion 10.7.3 - doesn't work at all as advertised.
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Version 1.0.1
1 answer(s)
artie505
artie505
12 December 2012
@Acuraice: If you give it a moment's thought, you'll realize that the chime sounds BEFORE the boot process has even begun, so there's no way it could possibly live in a file that can't be accessed until after the process has completed.
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Acuraice
21 March 2012
this program is useless if it cant work on imacs!! why regardless of what the developer says,with a simple system hack anyone can edit or even remove the startup chime from ANY MAC!!! Go to system/Library/Components/CoreAudio.Component/Contents/Resources and do a show packages contents on it by holding "control" and clicking with the mouse,select show package contents. then simply browse to the system sounds you would like to edit or remove including the system startup sound. Done. and FREE!
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Version 1.0.1
10 answer(s)
artie505
artie505
21 March 2012
The startup sound does NOT live at the location you've specified, and, as a matter of fact, I'm not aware of anybody ever having located where in OS X it lives; the consensus is that it's somewhere in firmware, and that although it can be silenced it cannot be touched.
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AllVu, LLC
AllVu, LLC
21 March 2012
@AcuraIce, sorry StartNinja does not work for you in your situation. If I could figure out how to silence for iMacs I would be on it immediately.
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AllVu, LLC
AllVu, LLC
21 March 2012
@artie505, thanks for the back up! :-) I know the app looks pretty simple, however, dealing elevated privileges is not simple.
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Acuraice
Acuraice
04 December 2012
the startup system sound does in fact reside there,just replace it with a blank mp3 and rename it the exact same name startup sound and it will play the blank mp3 upon each restart, to restore,just replace back in the same location with the original system sound. done and again FREE!! rookies!
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artie505
artie505
04 December 2012
How about instead of thinking you're so clever and cute you identify, by its EXACT path, the SPECIFIC file that you think is the startup chime. I've followed the incomplete path you've provided more than once in OS X 10.6.8, and the startup chime is not present where you've said it is. I stand by my earlier comment: To the best of my knowledge, the OS X startup chime is not only untouchable, it's never ever been located.
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artie505
artie505
11 December 2012
Yo, Acuraice: An anxious world awaits your pearls of wisdom. Rookies??? No way, a-hole.!!!
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artie505
artie505
02 January 2013
I originally posted this as a reply to the wrong post, so... @Acuraice: If you give it a moment's thought, you'll realize that the chime sounds BEFORE the boot process has even begun, so there's no way it could possibly live in a file that can't be accessed until after the process has completed.
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Acuraice
Acuraice
28 August 2013
hey A hole you are so friggin wrong its not even funny!! first of all the sound does reside if you use my directions precisely and show package contents in the resources folder of the core audio components. and second of all i have successfully disabled the startup chime for years now on both of my intel macs running mountain lion with cocktail . so go f yourself biotch!!!!
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artie505
artie505
10 September 2013
You've quite obviously never looked in /System/Library/Components/CoreAudio.component/Contents/Resources/SystemSounds or you'd KNOW that the startup chime is NOT in there; what's your point in making up stories? (Cocktail? Why do you need a $19 app? You can do it yourself…and FREE! [Refer to your own posts for incorrect, and useless under any circumstances, instructions.] And what does Cocktail have to do with anything, anyhow?)
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BoekMarc
BoekMarc
25 April 2015
@artie505 is right on this… Go wash your mouth.
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Heymini
19 March 2012
Does exactly what it says on the tin. No more 'tadahhh' when i boot up. I had considered taking my Mac Pro apart to disconnect the annoying tinny speaker, Start Ninja is a much easier solution. Not a complaint and maybe can't be done but its a pity its not a preference pane. Would be easier to alter if i ever needed to rather than trying to remember the name of a programme.
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
AllVu, LLC
AllVu, LLC
21 March 2012
@Heymini thanks!
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Jay-Dub
07 February 2012
Easy to use and works on my mac mini
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Version 1.0
1 answer(s)
AllVu, LLC
AllVu, LLC
21 March 2012
@Jay Dub thanks!
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