Checkmate
Checkmate
1.1.8

2.0

Checkmate free download for Mac

Checkmate

1.1.8
09 May 2018

Monitor your Mac's health.

Overview

Checkmate is a computer health-monitoring application by Micromat. We created Checkmate to be a powerful computer-diagnostic product without being an intrusion to your work. The software observes your schedule and performs testing when your computer is idle. It then quietly logs results and stays completely out of your way - unless it finds a serious problem. Then it will alert you to the issue, and will open the Checkmate dashboard so you not only get a full report of the issue, but also are presented suggested steps you can take to correct the problem.

And Checkmate couldn't be simpler to use: simply install it and forget about it. You won't even know it's there until it finds a problem and alerts you. No buttons to push, no schedules to set and no interruptions to your work.

If you count on your Macintosh, make sure your Macintosh counts on Checkmate. Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

What's new in Checkmate

Version 1.1.8:

Note: Currently available for $29.99

  • Added Apple Hardware RAID card support for RAID Status.
  • Fixed reported CheckmateWorkerDaemon crashes.
  • Fixed an application hang when a LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 2 external drive is connected.
  • Fixed accidental testing of internal NTFS volumes which may cause a kernel panic.
  • Fixed a tracking issue of multiple hard drives for Surface Scan.
  • Other minor fixes and enhancements.

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GeogProf
31 July 2014

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A $30 disk utility with very little real utility. Checkmate brings to bear exactly zero tools to fix any and all problems it might discover. Since several freeware and cheap shareware apps offer system monitoring (and more), and it’s available as an additional but secondary feature in the more comprehensive disk utilities, in my opinion Checkmate is overpriced by a factor of 3. In fact, I’d probably balk even at a $10 price point. This is such featureless and incapable software that even its developer is at a loss for words to articulate its virtues. His smarmy product description (above) goes on for 4 paragraphs without saying much about what Checkmate actually does and even less about how it does it. It’s just a bunch of marketing drivel, though I suppose he couldn’t have said much more about such meritless junk. So, if you can afford only one disk utility, my recommendation is to go with TechTool Pro (but NOT its diminutive sibling ProToGo). For many years, I’ve been a true believer in DiskWarrior’s supremacy over TechTool Pro at rebuilding a corrupt or unbalanced directory, which is by far the most common cause of non-hardware problems in OS X. Since I bought licenses for both apps over ten years, DW has repeatedly and handily corrected many problems that TTP couldn’t fix or missed altogether — a shame because with such a halfassed main feature, TTP’s wealth of other capabilities are insufficient to justify its $100 price. But the good news — especially for the developer — is that Micromat’s flagship product, TechTool Pro, has improved markedly with the introduction of version 7.x and subsequent updates. Its directory rebuilding is still a bit inferior to DiskWarrior’s, but at its current pace of development it may be on par or superior to DW by the beginning of 2015. If you’d like a more thorough comparison of TTP and the other leading contender, DiskWarrior, I’ve done some informal but fairly rigorous research and presented my findings on MacUpdate’s TTP and DW pages: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/4307/techtool-pro (1 comment) http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11707/DiskWarrior (multiple comments, some may be on subsequent pages) Hopefully I’ve made my opinion clear that this app is ulcerous, fetid rubbish.
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Version 1.1.2
Surnapa
28 June 2018
This has been nothing but bad. Since installing I have to reboot my Mac several times a day. No value. Negative.
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Version 1.1.8
Swo
18 January 2017
I don't at all understand all the ire directed at Checkmate, and not to start a debate, but what Checkmate does is very, very obvious. It checks out things like volume structures, Memory, looks for I/O errors, SMART status and the partition map in an effort to detect minor problems before they become major ones.

Nor do I see why that's particularly difficult to understand, and as to other applications with similar functionality, I know Drive Genius 4 has a similar function (but am unsure if it works in the same fashion) though I am unaware of any freeware or shareware apps with such a comprehensive feature set.

You set Checkmate up, and it scans your computer at certain times, informing you what it has discovered. Personally I prefer to know about problems before they escalate, because often in those early stages I find can make all the difference.

How it does what it does? I know there's a daemon working in the background, but as for the particulars, I have no idea.

Then again, I also don't know the purpose of half the electronics in a modern car, yet that lack of knowledge won't stop me from driving If I need to do so.

It works just fine for me, now if Micromat will only update the UI, which is unnecessarily huge and in need of a refreshening.
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Version 1.1.6
1 answer(s)
Miner
Miner
09 May 2018
+1 on all, including and especially your comment on the UI!
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GeogProf
31 July 2014
A $30 disk utility with very little real utility. Checkmate brings to bear exactly zero tools to fix any and all problems it might discover. Since several freeware and cheap shareware apps offer system monitoring (and more), and it’s available as an additional but secondary feature in the more comprehensive disk utilities, in my opinion Checkmate is overpriced by a factor of 3. In fact, I’d probably balk even at a $10 price point. This is such featureless and incapable software that even its developer is at a loss for words to articulate its virtues. His smarmy product description (above) goes on for 4 paragraphs without saying much about what Checkmate actually does and even less about how it does it. It’s just a bunch of marketing drivel, though I suppose he couldn’t have said much more about such meritless junk. So, if you can afford only one disk utility, my recommendation is to go with TechTool Pro (but NOT its diminutive sibling ProToGo). For many years, I’ve been a true believer in DiskWarrior’s supremacy over TechTool Pro at rebuilding a corrupt or unbalanced directory, which is by far the most common cause of non-hardware problems in OS X. Since I bought licenses for both apps over ten years, DW has repeatedly and handily corrected many problems that TTP couldn’t fix or missed altogether — a shame because with such a halfassed main feature, TTP’s wealth of other capabilities are insufficient to justify its $100 price. But the good news — especially for the developer — is that Micromat’s flagship product, TechTool Pro, has improved markedly with the introduction of version 7.x and subsequent updates. Its directory rebuilding is still a bit inferior to DiskWarrior’s, but at its current pace of development it may be on par or superior to DW by the beginning of 2015. If you’d like a more thorough comparison of TTP and the other leading contender, DiskWarrior, I’ve done some informal but fairly rigorous research and presented my findings on MacUpdate’s TTP and DW pages: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/4307/techtool-pro (1 comment) http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11707/DiskWarrior (multiple comments, some may be on subsequent pages) Hopefully I’ve made my opinion clear that this app is ulcerous, fetid rubbish.
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Version 1.1.2
2 answer(s)
Christianp
Christianp
11 August 2014
We're sorry that Checkmate's features and price weren't a good match for your needs. We try to make it clear that Checkmate is a utility for automated testing, rather than repair.

A note of clarification about Protogo, though, is that it does include TechTool Pro 7, so there is some value there. It is intended for the user that wants to be able to start up and troubleshoot multiple Macs with one device, as well as maintain their own computer.

If you have questions or concerns about any of our products, feel free to contact our support team: micromat.com/support
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crazeduser
crazeduser
05 January 2016
I couldn't agree more. So sorry I wasted my money on this junk. Also, you can't even delete it! MacUpdate doesn't give you the original installer!! How can I get this junk off my system?
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The in-app update doesn't work. The first time I tried I got the spinning beach ball of death - the app froze up. A day later I tried a second time and got a server unavailable message. With no other easy (that is, user friendly) way to update I tend to agree with the negative reviews of this app. The only really useful feature is the surface scans it does of my hard drives, which run in the background, that take too long to do with TechTool Pro to be practical. The I/O scans may also be of some benefit. As for SMART tests, they tend to be unreliable. I too have had a drive fail that was passing SMART tests regularly. There are, in fact, different kinds of SMART tests, some more thorough than others. But they all depend on a drive's ability to diagnose its own problems. The only reliable way to ensure against drive failure is with regular backups. In principal this utility is an adjunct to TechTool Pro and provides a form of system monitoring that most of us would not do manually with TTP. I do use TTP from time to time to perform other tasks, like file and drive defragmentation. While there are other apps that can do this work, TTP has always been the Swiss Army Knife of troubleshooting tools. But it seems to be taking Micromat an unseemly long time to get Checkmate up to par.
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Version 1.1.2
4 answer(s)
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
21 May 2014
P.S.: When I went to Micromat's web site to download the TechTool Pro 7.0.4 update, I was reminded that I could get the latest versions of their apps (for which I own a license) by logging in to my Micromat account. From where I was then able to download and install the Checkmate 1.1.2 update as well. Unfortunately, I generally don't remember this process between updates (there are so many different procedures in use by various software vendors) so I have to figure it out all over again each time I want to download an update. Which, in the case of the latest Checkmate update, I had to do because the in-app update doesn't work - on my brand new 27" iMac with OS X 10.9.3. By the way, I reported the problem to Micromat using the in-app reporting system, but I figured I might get a quicker response posting here as they seem to monitor this blog regularly.
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Christianp
Christianp
21 May 2014
Glad to hear you were able to get the Checkmate update successfully. Yours is the first report we've had about trouble with the update, so we'd like to hear from you if possible to find out why that might be. Note that you can always send a note to help @ micromat.com if something doesn't work as expected. It doesn't look like we've received the note generated from Checkmate however. So if you get in touch, we can work with you to find out what that problem might be as well.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
22 May 2014
Great! An offer of help with no contact information. So I have to go looking for it if I want to reply. That's really helpful. Could you possibly look more insincere?
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uniQue
uniQue
24 June 2014
Did you actually read the reply? Because they clearly put a contact email in the response. It has spaces either side of the @ symbol to avoid being picked up and spammed by bots.
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Wts
20 May 2014
Thinking about buying this doctor for my mac's however why is it better than TechToolPro 7 ? Or is it just another computer vitamin pill we all think will cure us ? Honestly, I don't understand why i should buy this in addition to owning TTPro7, DiskWarrior, Apple's DiskUtility, and CleanMyMac.
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Version 1.1.2
2 answer(s)
Christianp
Christianp
20 May 2014
Checkmate performs most of the same tests as TechTool Pro, plus a battery and I/O test. It is intended for the user that prefers testing to happen automatically. If you prefer to test manually, then TechTool Pro may be a better choice for you. If you have questions, feel free to get in touch.
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artie505
artie505
07 October 2015
If you don't own the app, what entitles you to give it a star review?

Your post doesn't even rise to the level of a comment, but that's what it should have been called, NOT a review!
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JosephF4347
25 March 2014
I bought Checkmate some time ago for my iMac with OS 10.68. Recently I had trouble with many programs freezing and very slow response. My iMac was determined to have a failing hard drive. Its replacement cured all the problems. During this time Checkmate continuously checked the drive and found nothing wrong. What is Checkmate supposed to detect?
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Version 1.1.1
1 answer(s)
Christianp
Christianp
25 March 2014
Do you recall what version you were using at the time? Version 1.1.1 has a number of new features and bug fixes that may address any issues you may have encountered. Perhaps you could contact help@micromat.com and our tech support team can assist with any issues.
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Stuke
21 May 2013
The only reason I own this software is because it came with the TechTool Pro 6 software at a price point of $49.99. I would NEVER buy this alone. It does nothing.
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Version 1.0.4
I've found Checkmate causes fewer problems on my 3GHz Quad Core Mac Pro (16GB of RAM) than have been reported here by others. Perhaps the issues are hardware specific. Time will tell. I certainly would not discount other people's experience. I've found Micromat support to be very responsive. I had some problems when I first started using Checkmate. It turned out, after extensive troubleshooting, to be a problem with permissions in my user folder. So, though Checkmate did not report that problem, the problems I had with Checkmate led me to discover the source of the trouble. So Checkmate helped indirectly. Which is often the case in troubleshooting. That said, the Checkmate interface is too cute by half and not nearly as useful as it could be. For one thing, the bright blue background color in the app window makes reading the status and logs difficult because of the low contrast, even with the thick black text it uses. The lack of scroll bars is also an issue; so is the fixed window size. I use Checkmate primarily because of the surface scan feature - which is not supposed to run while you are using the computer. Other functions operate in the background and I've found no undue stress by Checkmate on system resources in Activity Monitor. But doing a surface scan with TechTool Pro (or other utilities) is very time consuming so I usually skip it when I'm using TTP. Nevertheless, a high number of bad blocks can be a sign of impending drive failure and I've found SMART tests are an unreliable indicators. The only sure way to find bad blocks is by scanning the surface of the hard drive. For the reasons I've stated I cannot give Checkmate a rave review. Nevertheless, I've had fewer issues than some people so I thought it was worth reporting.
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Version 1.0.3
Paul-Sondervan
14 March 2013
Checkmate is an awful product. It constantly freezes my MacBook Pro. When my Mac is in sleeping mode, it won't wake-up and the fans are working at full speed. The only way to get working on my Mac is by holding the power-button for 5-7 seconds. I've removed Checkmate and now my Mac is much more quiet and no more sleep-problems. Sorry Micromat, this was a complete waste of money! My advice is simple, Don't buy/use Checkmate!!!!!!
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Version 1.0.3
I've been a Micromat user for a very long time. So I jumped at the chance to buy their new Checkmate product at a discount. Sadly, this app is not useful for me, mainly because of how irritating it is. I have two 2TB external hard drives and Checkmate CONSTANTLY performs surface scans and other tests even while I'm using the computer, which is something Micromat advertises Checkmate will not do. Normally my workstation is fairly quite. But the constant ratcheting sound of the hard drives was too much to bear. I also wonder what the vastly increased drive access will do to the mechanical longevity of the hard drives, not to mention my internal SSD. With all that in mind, I just uninstalled Checkmate. I may try it again when they release 2.0, but at this point, it was a waste of my $29.95.
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Version 1.0.3
1 answer(s)
Greyowl54
Greyowl54
24 March 2013
Have to say, equally regrettably, that I agree fully. Waste of time and money. Voted off the Apps list on my machine ..
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  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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