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Critical Updates keeps you informed of when a background update of the listed components occurs. These are controlled by the command-line softwareupdate tool and by App Store preference settings in System Preferences.

Critical Updates refreshes the Components table on launch, and about once every 60 minutes, if left running; it polls the App Store for security updates on launch, and about once every 10 seconds while running. Critical Updates has a very low energy and resource footprint, and can be left running with virtually no impact on system resources.

  • Newly-updated components are

What's New

Version 1.56:
  • The table data can now be copied to the clipboard. Use a Secondary Click to reveal the contextual menu 'Copy to Clipboard'
  • Supporters can now donate directly via the Application menu: Critical Updates > Donate... menu item, which opens a Paypal payment page in the default browser


  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 1,276
Version Downloads 325
License Free
Date 03 May 2017
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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