Afloat on El Capitan (or alternatives?)

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by iceman4321, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. iceman4321 macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2015
    hey guys - anyone manage to get Afloat working on El Cap yet? I used the link below to get it working on Yosemite, not sure if this will work on El Cap.

    If anyone has got it working, please share the instructions! cheers
    Otherwise, is that an easier "keep window on top" alternative?

    I use it mainly with TextEdit and Evernote where I take notes when browsing at the same time. V annoying NOT having it, hence kinda desperate!

    Thanks all !
  2. iceman4321 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2015
  3. w0lf macrumors 65816


    Feb 16, 2013
  4. manzana512 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2015
    I came here because I was trying to get this working too. I didn't get anywhere with the link that w0lf posted, I ran the "SIMBL Installer" from the downloads, but it seemed to do nothing after the admin passport prompt completed. I'm not really sure what was it was supposed to do.

    I went to and followed all the instructions, and it works...fortunately I already had Xcode installed.
  5. iceman4321 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2015
    hey guys + @manzana512 - did you get Afloat working for TextEdit? I still cant get it to work for that :( It works for other programs like Evernote but not for TextEdit - I really need it for TextEdit.

    Any clues? p.s. I have NOT tried the disabling SIP thing that @w0lf suggested yet.... do I need to do this?

    cheers all
  6. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Yes, you really do need to disable SIP, otherwise you can’t install this. He mentioned that for a reason.
  7. JessG macrumors newbie


    Feb 23, 2016
    In case you haven't figure this issue out yet, and don't want go through disabling the SIP, try Helium. For my purposes, it's even better than Afloat (but I'm using it more for transparency than the "keep on top" option):
  8. evian247 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2016
    Very late to this, but mySIMBL works on El Capitan and Afloat works for TextEdit. You do, as others have noted, need to disable SIP, but mySIMBL will tell you if it needs to be done when you launch it and it also gives you instructions on how to do it.

    GitHub link:
    Application link:

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