MemoryTamer
MemoryTamer
1.5.3

3.8

MemoryTamer free download for Mac

MemoryTamer1.5.3

09 October 2019

Automatic memory-freeing app.

Overview

MemoryTamer is an automatic memory-freeing app that runs in your menu bar. It supports notifications with both Growl and Notification Center, and also lets you free memory whenever you want with the "Free memory now" menu item.

On OS X 10.9, it gets even better! By tapping into a system function introduced in OS X 10.9, MemoryTamer is able to automatically free your memory without slowing down your computer.

The FastSpring store (which provides a unlimited use license for the same price as the 3-use Paddle license and uses a more reliable licensing system) can be found at fastspring.com. FastSpring is a much more established payment system that is a lot more commonly used than Paddle. It also supports several additional payment methods that Paddle does not provide. Please note that the FastSpring license is only supported in MemoryTamer v1.4.0 and up, which requires OS X 10.9 or higher.

What's new in MemoryTamer

Version 1.5.3:
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21 Reviews of MemoryTamer

5
pnoguchi
29 July 2014
Version: 0.9

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Very useful memory optimizer. Many have said that OSX memory management, especially in Mavericks doesn't need any help form apps like these. Well, that may be true for some, but I have had my MacBook Pro run out of memory such that it looks up with no recourse but a shutdown and restart. Memory Tamer (0.9.1) works the best to free memory of several memory optimizers that I have, even the sudo purge command in Terminal. The several preferences take some time to understand for optimal use, and the the author seems to introduce new features on a very rapid basis. For example, the new auto-threshold seems to interact with the trim threshold in a way that to me is not quite predictable (I had set the trim threshold to twice the default threshold in version 0.8.x); the trim resets to some number that is very close to the total free memory after using Free Memory now. Trim is very useful, as it seems to unobtrusively "trim" a bit of allocated memory to free in a transparent way. This is particularly useful when using Google Chrome and multiple tabs, as each tab takes up some small amount of memory. Periodically as Chrome keeps using free memory, the auto trim function will reset it back to a useful level I am very please with this useful app, and find it well worth the small charge for it.
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3.5
Aargl
08 December 2016
Version: 1.4.6
It's working, no doubt: just run it while looking at Activity Monitor RAM tab... But I was unable to find anywhere an explanation on how to set the preferences! Not even a "back to default" button... :-/
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Panocha
27 July 2016
Version: 1.4.5.7
Bad link to adware crap fake installer. Go to the author; http://www.memorytamer.com/
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4.5
user-z1
18 April 2016
Version: 1.4.5.5
Is it possible to keep open dozens of applications; browser with half a hundred tabs? And at the same time continue to operate the system? Answer: In general, yes, if you have 16 GB of RAM or more ... However, if you have a MacBook with 4GB RAM? Of course - no, that's crazy! The system simply will stand! But, believe me, this madness is possible with this great application ... "Memory tamer" application . The latter, a free add up to 20-25% of RAM, at the expense of efficient compression and memory reallocation (MAK OS Why it can not do?) That allow you to run more resource-intensive processes. But it is possible for a second snubs when switching between processes. Memory tamer, unlike the majority of similar, do not suffer from memory leaks. And they do not lead to freezing of the system when they are doing their job. There are some minor inconvenience to configure the application. You have to find the optimal result empirically. It is hoped that the developer will be able to optimize the application in the direction of its tuning the parameters of the system and user processes running.
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5
RavenNevermore
17 September 2015
Version: 1.4.4
Unlike some snake oil apps that claim to do this or that, this actually works. The current memory management system in OS X does not work that well. It tries to hold onto all the free RAM, so that if you re-launch an app it will load quicker. But my experience is as you run low on free RAM performance suffers, Then you get the dreaded spinning beachball. And I have 8GB of RAM. The developer found the same thing. So he wrote this app to request all the free RAM, which it then releases. This is similar to what the purge command used to do. I've found this does what it says it does and works well. The only issue is the app itself suffers from a memory leak. So you have to restart it every now and then.
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Jason-Milles-76
29 July 2015
Version: 1.4.3
The urban legends amongst apps. As other comparable apps this SEEMS to work but in practice it doesn't. In fact, it slows down your total OSX performance on several levels. The only valid reason for clearing up memory is when you are using an app that has huge memory leaks. Otherwise this is wast of money.
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5
pnoguchi
10 April 2015
Version: 1.4.2.1
Five stars!

I have used memory tamer for quite awhile (since version 0.9x, maybe longer since it used to be free). I have been very satisfied with its performance, and the developer continues to update the product in a transparent way.

Since he nows offers an unlimited use license , I decided to buy that license (just $2.49!) because I use this on every computer, and am sure that I would outgrow the 3-use limit with the Paddle license. One tip if you do this, you will need to deactivate the paddle license using the menu directly in MemoryTamer, and then use the activation method described in the FastSpring email. Unfortunately you cannot actually see the license number within MemoryTamer itself, unlike the case with the Paddle registration.

In terms of memory management, the menu now lists a number of parameters including Memory Pressure, so you can monitor that without going to Activity Monitor. There have been several times especially recently with the Yosemite 10.10.3 update where Memory Press has gone up to 51%; quitting applications helps to ease the pressure, and you can also relaunch MemoryTamer which helps in some cases.

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5
ApplesGuy
13 March 2015
Version: 1.4.2
Love MemoryTamer! It is definitely the best program to free up memory and auto free up memory without slowdowns! wow! I tried various other free program that free up memory such as memory clean and MemoryTamer beats it hands down it terms of performance, function and controls! 5 out of 5 stars rating! It is definitely worth $2.49! You get quality for a small price vs the free crap memory freeing programs-- you get what you pay for!
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tjekov37
20 February 2015
Version: 1.4.1.1
After install and start, it's freezing all my MAC OSX Yosemite 10.10.2 / clean install / !!!!!
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Andy-Hewitt
27 January 2015
Version: 1.2.4.2
Just a couple of notes so far. I've been running the demo for a couple of days, I need to know if I can trust this app on *my* system first, and of course see if it does have any value for me. So far it does seem to be doing 'something', although with 16GB of memory in my iMac, I haven't ever pushed it to the limit. Otherwise I do notice that the usage chart in iStat Menus is showing less usage than normal (usually it sits around 60-70% usage, with MT running it's just under 50%).

My main thing is the lack of any kind of documentation. At least some basic explanation of the functions would be helpful - for example, you did post a reply further down here regarding the trimming settings, but it would be better the know a bit more I think, such as why do we need to change these settings, and what would be a good setting to use, and why choose 'memory pressure' over 'plain allocation' - they have no meaning to us! And what on earth is 'auto escalate for?

I like the idea of the auto memory clearing, a feature that is indeed handy compared to other apps (I have one or two others that can do this manually, as indeed can a reboot or even a simple logout and login).

If I could understand better the meanings of the functions, and based on my trial so far, I wouldn't hesitate to pay the very reasonable price for this.
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Panocha
27 January 2015
Version: 1.2.4.1
I don't know if it can be trusted. It wouldn't run at all, and kept quitting until I allowed it internet access in my application firewall. Who knows what's it's sending out or letting in. There were a lot of addresses, not just an update check. No application like this should require internet access!
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5
Iliketrash
23 October 2014
Version: 1.2.3
I have tried at least six of the competitive apps like this, most free, some paid. I have also tried the purge command (yes, with the dev tools installed). Some of these methods don’t do much, or if they do work for a while, they eventually lose to the memory leaking. Some have to be invoked manually. Memory Tamer is the first one that has best solved the problem, by far. Some apps (I’m looking at you, Eye TV) are what can only be called agressive leakers. When my RAM is pretty full and Eye TV is playing from the buffer or from a file, it leaks about 2 MB per second. Under those conditions, Memory Tamer runs as often as every two minutes, but it doesn’t slow the system down or cause any problems even while watching TV. I have seen Memory Tamer apparently get beaten by Eye TV when under an extreme case of RAM usage and Eye TV’s crappiness, resulting in a lot of swap space being used, but it did not cause me to have to reboot as I normally would have. I, too, am not happy that OS X has come to this sad state of affairs, but Memory Tamer has saved the day. And at $2.49, it’s essentially free.
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5
Annie-Walker
21 October 2014
Version: 1.2.2
I didn't allow myself to star rate the app. I'm taking the time to do so now. Annie
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jack2001
07 October 2014
Version: 1.1.4
ce ne sono migliori gratis
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5
anonymous-tapir-4715
11 September 2014
Version: 1.0.6
Five stars! Tried several similar apps but this is well worth the small price--and while I resent like hell that this is necessary--I mean this is 2014, this is Apple, how long has this been going on--the developer has really worked on this, integrated it into OS X very well.
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Eric•Woehler
11 September 2014
Version: 1.0.6
for those brave (!) enough to use the Terminal application, fire it up and type sudo purge then enter your password when requested this will 'reduce' your memory use etc and save you a few bucks
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tjekov37
09 September 2014
Version: 1.0
What exactly does this function in App - " Trim Threshold in MB " , or "Trim Memory " ? Please explain more simply for a beginner ! Thank You :-)
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5
hwgray
02 August 2014
Version: 0.9.4
This works great for me and I'd like to buy it, but "Error 1006 Ray ID: 15389fe8203d0d91 Access denied What happened? The owner of this website (pay.paddle.com) has banned your IP address, (XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX). CloudFlare Ray ID: 15389fe8203d0d91 • Your IP: XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX • Help • Performance & security by CloudFlare" So, since MemoryTamer has timed out and I can't buy it... Well, maybe the developer will switch to PayPal.
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4.5
RavenNevermore
30 July 2014
Version: 0.9
Version 0.9 is not retaining preference settings. You can change the memory threshold, but it stays at 0. Otherwise works well when you manually invoke it.
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pnoguchi
29 July 2014
Version: 0.9
Very useful memory optimizer. Many have said that OSX memory management, especially in Mavericks doesn't need any help form apps like these. Well, that may be true for some, but I have had my MacBook Pro run out of memory such that it looks up with no recourse but a shutdown and restart. Memory Tamer (0.9.1) works the best to free memory of several memory optimizers that I have, even the sudo purge command in Terminal. The several preferences take some time to understand for optimal use, and the the author seems to introduce new features on a very rapid basis. For example, the new auto-threshold seems to interact with the trim threshold in a way that to me is not quite predictable (I had set the trim threshold to twice the default threshold in version 0.8.x); the trim resets to some number that is very close to the total free memory after using Free Memory now. Trim is very useful, as it seems to unobtrusively "trim" a bit of allocated memory to free in a transparent way. This is particularly useful when using Google Chrome and multiple tabs, as each tab takes up some small amount of memory. Periodically as Chrome keeps using free memory, the auto trim function will reset it back to a useful level I am very please with this useful app, and find it well worth the small charge for it.
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5
JohnG5534
28 July 2014
Version: 0.8.1
Works awesome. I've been using this app for a couple of weeks and it has saved me from reaching the dreaded 7.99 megabytes of memory used. Apparently some of my system's applications take memory that they don't need, and they don't free it up when the OS asks them to. But memory tamer keeps them in check and I haven't even come close to having a problem since I've been using it. Great app!
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5
Edgarcabrera
27 July 2014
Version: 0.8
Good application, it does what it says. I'm using a MBA mid 2011 and I've got 1.5 Gb free since I've bought it. It's working on Yosemite.
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