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smcFanControl for Mac

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Editors' Review


If you've got burnt thighs from an old MacBook Pro or you notice that your computer is always overheating and crashing from using CPU-intensive apps (like playing PC games in a virtual Windows environment), you might want to check out smcFanControl. This free, GPL-licensed utility has a single purpose: letting you increase the minimum speed of built-in fans, so your Intel computer will run cooler.

smcFanControl lets you monitor the current temperature (in Celsius or Fahrenheit), assign different minimum speeds for each fan using sliders, and even apply different settings when your power source changes (for example, going back to default fan speed when using battery power). As with any settings-tinkering software, you'll want to use smcFanControl judiciously--but fortunately this application always keeps fans in automatic mode (so speed will increase along with CPU load) and never lets you set the fan speed below the Apple-recommended minimum. This most recent version adds support for every current MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mini.

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1 stars

"Don't bother..."

March 25, 2015  |  By suzedanna

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.5


Nothing as far as I could tell.


Doesn't work.


My processor speed slowed to an absolute crawl. I suffered for a week and finally uninstalled it. I looked for another option and found Macs Fan Control (CrystalIdea) and when I was setting the preferences, you could hear the fans ramp up. No matter what setting I chose smc, never heard a thing.

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1 stars

"Potentially useful, marred by uncommunicative developer"

March 16, 2015  |  By mpias

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.5


Can provide a compact menubar display of the CPU temperature and fan speed with the option of increasing the minimum fan speed.


Large (40º-50ºC) discrepancy between the CPU temperature displayed by this and prior versions on certain Mac models.

The developer rarely communicates or updates the software.

No technical support, probably abandonware.


Once a must-have utility, now unreliable on certain Mac models. Very likely abandoned by the developer. Fortunately easily replaced by Macs Fan Control, a free, more configurable utility that enjoys active development.

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3 stars

"Trojan in CNET Download!!"

February 11, 2015

 |  Version: smcFanControl 2.5


It works, the fan does go faster. Even when it says my operating system version was not supported officially. Use the direct download link though


VIRUS WARNING on the downloaded .dmg.
When you use the direct link it gives you a .zip file, containing the .app file. Drag this to Applications, and you're good. It appears CNET put a trojan into their installer. Or at least a crap load of bloatware that the scanner figured as a trojan.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.5
  • New: Reduced energy usage on OS X 10.9 and OS X 10.10
  • New: Support for Yosemite Dark Mode
  • Fixed: Crash on OS X 10.9, when deleting Favorites
  • Fixed: Various smaller fixes, improvements and code optimizations
  • Support for OS X 10.5 is deprecated
Publisher Hendrik Holtmann
Publisher web site
Release Date October 21, 2014
Date Added October 21, 2014
Version 2.5
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 1.18MB
File Name
Total Downloads 284,735
Downloads Last Week 592
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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