MemoryTamer
MemoryTamer
1.5.3

3.8

MemoryTamer free download for Mac

MemoryTamer

1.5.3
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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pnoguchi
29 July 2014

Most helpful

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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Version 0.9
Aargl
08 December 2016
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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Version 1.4.6
Panocha
27 July 2016
Bad link to adware crap fake installer. Go to the author; http://www.memorytamer.com/
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Version 1.4.5.7
user-z1
18 April 2016
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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Version 1.4.5.5
1 answer(s)
user-z1
user-z1
12 May 2016
There is another application in addition to the above. SmartMemoryCleaner - he is not here macupdate, but it is in the appstore https://itunes.apple.com/ru/app/smartmemorycleaner/id505099079?mt=12 This is a unique application for the memory cleaning application to complete its work and processes. In what can be independently set clear behavior for each process or application. Nothing of the kind proposed in other applications to clean up the memory on mac. If you want to get to work the old or weak mac, for which there is no physical possibility to build-up the amount of RAM - is salvation. Three applications will save our weak mac: "SmartMemoryCleaner" (set only for cleanup applications and processes) + "Memory tamer" (http: // www .macupdate.com / app / mac / 51681 / memorytamer), (adjustable compression (not redistribution) and pruning inactive memory, instructions for setting up the developer + "app Tamer" https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/35293/app-tamer (stop or slow down processes and applications). Just want to say that the proposed option for coalition work above the name of the application requires a thoughtful setting. Probably will not be able to adjust smoothly the first time, but believe me, it works, and your mac will breathe a sigh of the new.
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RavenNevermore
17 September 2015
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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Version 1.4.4
1 answer(s)
siamlotus
siamlotus
27 October 2015
Hi RavenNevermore, I have tried many of these memory apps which all seem to purge the system and actually make the system slower. What I have found is that by using Onyx to reconstruct the DYLD cache it frees up "inactive" memory which makes my Mac faster. No idea why as I edit photos and surf with my Mac but you may want to try this out.
Regards,
Shaun.
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Jason-Milles-76
29 July 2015
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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Version 1.4.3
1 answer(s)
RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
17 September 2015
I have to disagree here. The new memory system in OS X just doesn't work well. Apple is using the idea that free RAM is wasted RAM, so they hold on to most of it. In my experience even though I have 8 GB of RAM, as soon as the free RAM drops to a certain point I'll have lots of spinning beachballls, etc.

I used to use the purge command in Terminal to free up unused RAM, but that no longer works in Mavericks or Yosemite. So this app will request all of the free RAM and then release it. This gives an increase in performance.

Don't always listen to Apple. They also say you no longer need to defrag a hard drive, but that's not true either!

Plus you clearly didn't try it, so why are you giving it 2 stars? That's not how it works here. This isn't about your opinion.

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pnoguchi
10 April 2015
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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Version 1.4.2.1
ApplesGuy
13 March 2015
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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Version 1.4.2
tjekov37
20 February 2015
After install and start, it's freezing all my MAC OSX Yosemite 10.10.2 / clean install / !!!!!
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Version 1.4.1.1
3 answer(s)
Eric-Henderson
Eric-Henderson
20 February 2015
That's rather odd. MemoryTamer doesn't do anything that should freeze the system for more than a few seconds (if at all), so I'm not sure why that is happening.

Are you on the latest 1.4.1.1? I fixed a MemoryTamer crash in that version.
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tjekov37
tjekov37
21 February 2015
But it is FACT for me ! After uninstall MemoryTamer...Yosemite worked fine !
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Eric-Henderson
Eric-Henderson
23 February 2015
It's unfortunate that you are unable to use MemoryTamer, but it would help if you could give me more detailed information on what is happening so I might actually be able to fix the problem. I haven't gotten any other reports like yours, so I don't really know anything useful for solving the issues.

If you could start a conversation with me at eric@memorytamer.com, I might be figure out the information I need to allow me to get the problem solved so that you can use MemoryTamer without it causing trouble for you.
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Andy-Hewitt
27 January 2015
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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Version 1.2.4.2
2 answer(s)
Eric-Henderson
Eric-Henderson
28 January 2015
Unfortunately, I've never been good about documenting things. I got started on a PDF manual for MemoryTamer, but so far all I've completed is the "getting started" section. I also have an unrelated full-time job, so MemoryTamer is developed in my free time, and I tend to spend more time on the code than the documentation.

At one point, I had created some documentation located at https://github.com/henderea/MemoryTamer/blob/master/USING.md, but it is now quite a bit out of date. However, it may explain some of the things you are unsure about, such as the difference between "memory pressure" and "plain allocation", as well as what "auto-escalate" is.

I do hope to get the manual completed at some point, but until recently, MemoryTamer had been on the back burner, and even now, the time I spend on it is not as much as when I first started working on it. I do have some features planned, and I am working on them, but the progress is somewhat slow. The current feature I'm working on is the ability to run a purge from MemoryTamer, but I haven't managed to get it to work yet, mainly since it involves some complicated stuff that I haven't worked with before (specifically, inter-process communication and privileged helpers).
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Andy-Hewitt
Andy-Hewitt
28 January 2015
Thanks for that Eric, very much a help. The link has actually explained enough to me that I now at least understand why I might need to use each setting. Could be worth bunging it within the DMG as a 'Read me' along with a caveat about being a bit out of date. It was still helpful nonetheless.

Now I'm trying to buy this, but the PayPal link seems broken.

All the best.
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Panocha
27 January 2015
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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Version 1.2.4.1
3 answer(s)
Eric-Henderson
Eric-Henderson
27 January 2015
It requires internet access for the license handling. The license handling is implemented by an external framework, so I don't really have control over the web requests it makes. However, I'm confident that the licensing framework I use is not doing things it shouldn't be.
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Panocha
Panocha
28 January 2015
It's not just your site for a license or update check.
It is trying to go to; paddleapi.com, hockeyapp.net, and others.
If it fails to work at all without an internet connection, then it's a problem for laptop users.
Also, I installed it for the first time yesterday to try it, and it said it had 7 days, and now today, after installing the update, it says 0 days and the trial is expired.
With so many problems, how can it be trusted?
just getting the app to run shouldn't be so hard.
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Eric-Henderson
Eric-Henderson
28 January 2015
Paddle (and related sites like paddleapi.com) are related to the purchasing framework I use. HockeyApp is the crash reporting, feedback collecting, and update supplying service I use.

While hopefully not the case, it is possible that the demo version doesn't work without an internet connection.

As for the sudden expiration of the trial, I had to change an API value in the Paddle framework in the latest version, so it's possible that that messed up the trial. If you exit the app and delete /Users/<your username>/Library/Preferences/us.myepg.MemoryTamer.plist (you may need to hold down the option key and use the "go" menu in Finder to get to the Library folder), then re-run the app, it should hopefully reset the trial (although it will also reset any setting changes you have made).

If you continue having trouble running the demo without an internet connection, please contact me at eric@memorytamer.com and I'll give you a 100% off coupon to use for getting a license. I'd rather have one more satisfied customer than a couple of dollars.

My main reason for charging for MemoryTamer is because I do have costs related to services and tools I use for it. The payments for those services and tools initially come out of my personal funds, so I'm mainly just trying to at least break even.
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$2.50

3.8

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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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