How to Check / Monitor CPU Temperature on Mac

Continuing our stream of sharing valuable insights on Mac, we’re reached far with another entry for today. We have long been doing rounds about the ins and outs of the Mac over our blog as you’ve known by. We were recently asked by our readers to share the tips on checking CPU temperature on Mac and we’ve duly obliged.

Digging deep into the entourage of Mac and its functionality, we profiled a few ways to check the temperature of it. These methods are easy to use and can be done pretty fast. We hope that by the end of the post, you’ll get to know the tricks about checking in the CPU Temperature on Mac with ease.

Read along as we present our case. But before that shall we dip into why checking the CPU temperature is a must need. Just a short quip.

Why the need for Checking Temperature on Mac?

A simple yet resonate answer would be to check back with the heating patterns of the Mac. But that isn’t all, is it? You might be doing a benchmark test for the new machine that you recently bought. Or you might be intrigued by the functioning of the fan in the machine and want to check when does it kick in.

We’ll answer your calls down below with easy to follow steps. We’ll use a third party based option and a simple Terminal Utility option for our adventure. Let’s hover around, then.

We’ll guide you through two parts differentiated as

  • How to Check CPU Temperature on Mac with Fanny?
  • How to Check CPU Temperature on Mac with Terminal Utility?

Let’s start with the first one, then. Shall we?

1)How to Check CPU Temperature on Mac with Fanny?

A simple app that allows for checking of CPU Temperature on the Mac, Fanny is a great one to behold. It has been a go-to option for many and is available for free. It was developed by Daniel Storm who later on added support for Mac OS Sierra too.

Fanny not only allows you to check the CPU Temperature but also offers regards about the fan functioning in the Mac. It’s easy to use and can be launched directly with a click.

The app opens up as a menu bar icon whereby details regarding temperature and fan are displayed thereupon. It showcases the current fan speed, maximum fan speed and the temperature patterns for the Mac.

We’ll list the steps that you need to follow about down below-

  1. Download the app from the store and install it. The app is available for free on the app store.
  2. You can then proceed to open the app.
  3. Go to the Notification Center and click on the Edit option at the bottom. There you’d see the notification as 1 New instead of Edit.
  4. Proceed to click on the ‘+’ icon located next to the Fanny. That shall add it to the Notification Center.
  5. With the Notification setup, you can watch your Mac’s CPU performance levels including temperature.

Fanny can also be used by seeking it through the menu bar but that takes a while. Getting it setup in Notification Center will ease things a bit for you. In fact, you can even access the Notification Center via two-finger swipe on the right-sided edge on the Mac Trackpad.

Next, up we’ll be dealing with checking CPU Temperature with Terminal Utility. Let’s hover down there.

2)How to Check CPU Temperature over Mac with Terminal Utility?

If doing it via the Fanny app isn’t your cup of tea, then you can proceed to do so via Terminal Utility. This one’s pretty effective when it comes to measuring CPU Temperatures.

  1. Start off by downloading the source code for osx-CPU-temp. You can download the code via GitHub repository by simply clicking on the download button.
  2. The download button would show Download Zip option. Proceed to download it.
  3. Next, up, you’d be doing the unzipping of the file. Unzip the archive and then launch Terminal.
  4. After launching Terminal, you can then navigate to the directory and extract osx-cpu-temp. For this step, you can use the ‘cd’ command. Just type ‘cd’ in the folder that you extracted upon to find it.
  5. Type ‘make’ after completing the last step to enable the building of the app.
  6. After finishing off the building of the app, you can run it.

But hey that’s not the end of the story. There are a few more steps to go.

  1. Run the app by typing ‘./osx-cpu-temp’ which shall display the CPU Temperature in the Terminal?
  2. If you want to change the units for the Temperature, then seek the options as ‘./osx-cpu-temp-F’ for Fahrenheit or ‘./osx-cpu-temp-C’ for Celsius.
  3. However, do note that you have to navigate the ‘osx-cpu-temp’ command every time you want to run the command.

That’s all from us on the tricks and tips to Check CPU Temperature on Mac. We hope to have helped you with the post. If there’s anything you’d love to share about, mention them in the comment box.


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