Amphetamine for PC and Mac

Published by William Gustafson on 2023-08-24

  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7 & MacOS 10, 11, 10.11
  • Category: Utilities
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 5.3
  • File size: 3.92 MB

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Amphetamine Overview

What is Amphetamine? Amphetamine is a free keep-awake app for macOS that allows users to keep their Mac and its display awake through a simple on/off switch or automatically through easy-to-configure Triggers. The app includes advanced features for those who need them, yet remains intuitive and easy-to-use for those who don't. Users can choose to keep their Mac awake indefinitely, for a specified amount of time, or until a specified time, and can allow or prevent display sleep, screen saver activation, system sleep when the built-in display is closed, automated mouse cursor movement, and locking of the screen during a keep-awake session. The app also includes advanced automation features, such as creating a Trigger to automatically keep the Mac awake while an external display is connected, while a specific app is running, while the Mac's battery is charging, and more. Other notable features include the ability to lock the Mac's screen after a period of inactivity, move the mouse cursor periodically, keep the MacBook awake while its display/lid is closed, and use custom menu bar icons and notification sounds. Amphetamine requires macOS 10.11 El Capitan or higher and supports Retina displays and macOS dark mode.


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Amphetamine Features and Description

1. Amphetamine can keep your Windows, and optionally its display(s), awake through a super simple on/off switch, or automatically through easy-to-configure Triggers.

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

3. 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.

4. Amphetamine is the most powerful and customizable keep-awake utility ever created for PC.

5. Welcome to Amphetamine, the most awesome keep-awake app ever created for PC.

6. • Amphetamine supports Retina displays and PC dark mode.

7. Create a Trigger to automatically keep your Windows awake.

8. Amphetamine is 100% free.

9. No catch.

10. It's a gift from me to you.


  • - Solves the issue of auto-lock time being too short
  • - Highly configurable
  • - Includes an option to discontinue the "keep awake" session when on battery power
  • - Fun and customizable

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Installation Requirements

PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

Compactible OS list:
  1. Windows 11
  2. Windows 10
  3. Windows 8.1
  4. Windows 7
  5. Windows Vista

Requirements for MacOS Installation

Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

Compactible OS list:
  1. macOS Ventura: 13.3
  2. macOS Monterey: 12.6.4
  3. macOS Big Sur: 11.7.5
  4. macOS Catalina: 10.15
  5. macOS Mojave: 10.14
  6. macOS High Sierra: 10.13


Amphetamine - Is it safe to download?

Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

Software Reviews and Criticism

  • By PirateJesus

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

    First off, I want to say that it's really stupid that Microsoft 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?

  • By Firey432

    I love it! Very useful.

    I honestly love this application. I’ve been using it since Caffeine was discontinued. At first, I thought it was a bad replacement but it turns out to be more fun and customizable. I love that I could change the icon and sounds. My only peeve is that the notification sounds aren’t working for me but I’m not sure why. I highly recommend it to people. I set it at work so I can work remotely without having to manually change my Windows’s system settings. Edit: Per comment below by the developer, I spoke to him about the notification situation and I’m kind of disappointed that the sounds are completely removed. I undertsand that the menu bar icon indicates whether a timer is active or not, but assume you’re not sitting at your computer and you don’t see the icon, then the sounds would indicate when your computer would go to sleep. This applies to people like me who manually activates timers. Although it says on the changelog that it will be removed and no longer implemented, I really want to make it a suggestion to bring back the sound effects. I took off 1 star for it because it misled me, considering the options for notifications and sounds are still in the app, but no longer functions the way it used to. Again, this is a free app that is made very well so it’s probably a minor complaint to most people.

  • By silverplasticware

    Great alternative to Caffeine!

    I’ve been using the Caffeine app for a few years now to keep my computer awake, but I’ve noticed for quite some time now that it gets a little buggy displaying in the menu bar. I went to go check when it was last updated only to realize that the developer pulled it from the App Store. I was disappointed because Caffeine treated me so well for so long. I came across Amphetamine and, skeptic that it would be as good as Caffeine, decided to try it out. To my surprise, it does exacty what I want and even more. Admittedly, I was extremely disappointed with the default menu bar icon, but there is an option to change it to one of several other icons, including one that looks similar to Caffeine’s coffee cup icon (empty when inactive and full when active). Another nice touch is that you can have the icon dimmed to gray when Amphetamine is inactive. If you are a Caffeine user looking for a much-needed update, definitely give Amphetamine a try.

  • By anonuser123454321

    I've maybe NEVER left an app review in my LIFE...

    ... but this app is awesome. I don't know the actual date it came out, but I think I've been using it for about 10 years now. It started out being just the basic function of toggling between keeping your Windows awake or not and the developer has constantly updated it and added brilliant features over time. This review was sparked by my recent exploration the latest major update (not even sure when it happened), which really took everything to another level. It's extremely customizable, while maintaining its original simplistic functionality. If you just want to bop back and forth between awake/sleep mode, you can do that, but if you want to create a thousand triggers and run Microsoft scripts or apply the app to your hard drive or display, you can also get real "techie" with it. 6 out of 5 stars for this one.

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