Caffeine Utility 4+

Don’t let your Mac fall asleep

Yakov Manshin

    • 4.9 • 274 Ratings
    • $6.99



Whether you’re reading a long article, listening to music, watching a video, or even exporting a video—sometimes you want your Mac to not display the screensaver or go to sleep. Caffeine offers you exactly that—and not much else.

No ads. No subscriptions. No in-app purchases. Just a tiny, single-purpose utility.

Caffeine inherits the open-sourced code from the well-known 2000s-era application but adds the modern security and usability standards on top of it. Today’s Caffeine is written in Swift—the fast, safe, and modern programming language—and is fully optimized for both Intel and Apple M-series processors (M1, M2, and M3). It supports the Dark Mode, Retina displays, ARC, Auto Layout, App Sandbox, Hardened Runtime, and more. It’s hard to believe such a tiny app can be improved that much. Download, launch, and enjoy!

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What’s New

Version 2.11.0

• For greater flexibility, Caffeine now supports custom durations—from 1 minute to 23 hours 59 minutes
• This update also ships bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 Ratings

Scott Fainstein ,

Caffiene is the original and still works great

I don't understand the bad review or why reviewers of other similar apps are posting negative reviews of caffiene. I never write reviews btw but I felt compelled to do so as I tried out a similar app based on one of those negative reviews and that app was so complicated. So I tried out Caffiene again on this new MBP and it works just like it has always worked and it's just a click of the icon. Simple. Thank you developers of Caffiene!

Developer Response ,

Hi Scott! Thanks for your feedback!

The original Caffeine app was last updated in 2010, and because of that, it fell victim to “software rot”—it’s when the app gets too old and no longer works properly with modern macOS versions. I was a Caffeine user myself, so I can understand the frustration others write about in their reviews. When I learned that the original developer had open-sourced the Caffeine code for everybody to reuse and enjoy, I decided to rescue the beloved app while keeping its simplicity. This is the fixed and modernized version, and I’m happy that you like the results!

quantumonion ,

Saves my rear end on a daily basis

For security, our company enforces the screen saver to lock after 5 minutes (we can change this on a per-use basis to 30 minutes, but the setting is forced back to 5 minutes afterward).

Due to this aggressive security stance, I've needed to wiggle the mouse, etc, to keep my Mac awake while recording "proof of concept" videos. These videos invariably last longer than 30 minutes. WIthout Caffiene, I'd need to be glued to my desk (at home, where security is not so much an issue) to ensure the Mac stays awake for the duration.

In short, Caffiene is a godsend for me just based on its functionality. The fact that it's small and perfectly designed is icing on the cake!

Thank you to the developer for keeping this lovely utility alive!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for using it!

jes5199 ,

true to the original spirit

There are a million clones of the old Caffeine app, but only this one has the most important feature that I have missed from the old days: the little squiggles showing you that the coffee is hot.

Developer Response ,

The detail is everything :) Thank you!

App Privacy

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

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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