Welcome to Amphetamine, the most awesome keep-awake app ever created for macOS. Amphetamine can keep your Mac, and optionally its display(s), awake through a super simple on/off switch, or automatically through easy-to-configure Triggers. Amphetamine is extremely powerful and includes advanced features for those who need them, yet remains intuitive and easy-to-use for those who don't need all of the bells and whistles.

=== Click to Keep Your Mac Awake ===

Quickly start a keep-awake session from Amphetamine's menu to keep your Mac awake.

• Indefinitely, for a specified amount of time, or until a specified time
• While a file is downloading
• While a specific app is running

During a keep-awake session, choose to allow or prevent:

• Display sleep
• Screen saver activation
• System sleep when built-in display is closed
• Automated mouse cursor movement
• Locking of the screen

=== Advanced Automation ===

Create a Trigger to automatically keep your Mac awake.

• While an external display is connected
• While your Mac's display is being mirrored
• While a USB or Bluetooth device is connected
• While a specific app is running
• While a specific app is running and is frontmost
• While your Mac's battery is charging and/or when the battery is above a threshold
• While your Mac's power adapter is connected or disconnected
• While your Mac has a specific IP address
• While your Mac is on a specific Wi-Fi network
• While your Mac is connected to Cisco AnyConnect VPN service
• While your Mac is using a specific DNS servers
• While headphones or another audio output is in use
• While a specific drive or volume is mounted
• While your Mac's CPU is being utilized to a specific threshold
• When your Mac has been idle for a specific threshold

=== What's the Catch? ===

No catch. Amphetamine is 100% free. It's a gift from me to you. Enjoy!

• No advertisements
• No in-app purchases
• Nothing to unlock/no "pro" version
• No annoying prompts asking you to review Amphetamine
• No links for other paid apps
• No tracking
• No data-harvesting

=== What Else Does Amphetamine Do? ===

Amphetamine is the most powerful and customizable keep-awake utility ever created for macOS. Some other notable features are:

• Lock your Mac's screen after a period of inactivity
• Move the mouse cursor periodically
• Keep your MacBook awake while its display/lid is closed
• Keep your drive awake with Drive Alive
• AppleScript support
• Use your own menu bar icons
• Use your own notification sounds
• Allow your display to sleep while keeping your Mac awake
• Allow screen saver to run after a customizable period of inactivity
• Optional session time remaining display in the menu (with 12/24 hour support)
• Auto-end session if your Mac's battery is low
• Hot key support for starting/ending sessions, enabling disabling display sleep, and more

=== System Requirements + Other Details ===

• Amphetamine requires macOS 10.11 El Capitan or higher; some features require a higher version of macOS
• Amphetamine supports Retina displays and macOS dark mode.

What’s New

Version 5.1.1

• Fixes an issue that caused mouse movement interval to be limited to 30 seconds or more
• Fixes an issue that could cause Amphetamine's menu bar item to not remember its position in between launches
• Fixes some text cropping that appeared in Preferences

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

Bowden Data ,

Very useful utility - replacement for the older Caffeine app

I started using this app about a year ago as a replacement for Caffeine. I needed more control over when sleep prevention would start, stop, etc. This app does all that and more. My primary Mac is a laptop that I use for programming and remote database work. I find Amphetamine essential for keeping the laptop from sleeping and thus killing remote database connections, VPN connections, and so on. I could go into the Energy saver preferences and tell it to never sleep, etc., but I want to leave these higher level settings alone. Amphetamine allows me to override these whenever I need and with much more precision.

One feature that I am not able to fully use in version 3.0.3, is the app trigger. This is where you can create a rule that says "while 'the specified app' (Safari, etc.) is running, don't sleep". This works well for regular applications, but I was trying to have it see a daemon type process. Even with the option to have it show more than just interactive processes, it doesn't show these background type processes from non-Apple applications. This is really a minor nit pick though. I think that if the app showed you all the processes running on the computer, it would likely overwhelm the average non-technical type user.

Developer Response ,

Apple restricts what processes sandboxed apps can see, unfortunately. Otherwise, I’d happily implement a ridiculously long list of everything running on your Mac. ❤️

occasional downloader ,

Thank you for this indispensible utility!

UPDATE 2: Glad to see that Apple is no longer threatening to pull Amphetamine from the App Store on the absurd ground that it somehow encourages substance abuse. (Given that this has been one of the most popular utilities on the App Store for years, I suspect some junior Apple employee or intern got stuck working over the holidays without adequate supervision.) The developer, who has created this stellar utility and provides regular updates as an ongoing free gift to the Mac-using community (and to Apple), didn't deserve to be treated like this.

UPDATE: I still love Amphetamine! I do have a very minor feature request—would it be possible to add a 90 minutes or 1.5 hours preset to the dropdown menu? It's not that big a deal to set it manually, but a preset would be handy.

Don't let the "price" fool you—this is a polished, indispensible utility that gets updated far more frequently than a lot of paid apps. The developer must have plenty of outside income, because he could easily charge a dollar or two for this and make pretty good money. But as long as he doesn't, we all owe big thanks to Mr. Gustafson for this wonderful gift, especially those of us who are students—we need productivity enhancements and don't have a lot of spare funds to spend on apps.

Developer Response ,


PirateJesus ,

Great, but not sure how "While File is Downloading..." works

First off, I want to say that it's really stupid that Apple took away the separate display sleep and system sleep controls in the Energy Saver preferences. I'm thankful something like this exists.

As for the issue mentioned in the title: that option requires the user to select a file. When I use Firefox, downloads appear as two files: one file has the correct filename, but is 0 KB in size, while the other contains data, but has .part appended to the end of it. I'm not sure which one to open, or if either one will do.

Also, about 3 versions ago, when using Amphetamine on High Sierra, I set it to stay awake indefinitely (but allow the display to sleep), and it still went to sleep (my download was interrupted). I've taken to going in to Energy Saver and preventing the display from sleeping, then turning the display's brightness all the way down, while downloading large files. I haven't tested whether or not I still need to do that. I'm wondering if launching Energy Saver after starting an Amphetamine session overrides some of Amphetamine's session settings? Or if I need to turn off the password requirement when the display sleeps?

Developer Response ,

❤️ Contact support through the app. Happy to answer these questions.

App Privacy

The developer, William Gustafson, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.