Is it safe to download the Caffeine app from Safari since it's no longer in the App Store?

ZapNZs

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I've always downloaded it from the Developer's website and never had an issue. I've not personally used it on Sierra tho.
 

Greene

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Not sure but I mean is there a good alternative to caffeine in the app store
You can do this very easily in terminal with the command
Code:
caffeinate
Want to only run it for a specific time?
Code:
caffeinate -t {T}
where {T} is the number of seconds you want to keep it running for (so 2 hours = 7200).

I wouldn't be surprised if the app Caffeine is just a wrapper for this command.

Edit - You beat me to it Sully
 
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Hieveryone

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Ok, so basically I was asking the wrong question.

I want my MacBook to stay on when the lid is CLOSED while connected via HDMI to my external monitor.

Is this possible?

Thanks everyone y'all have been patient with me.
 

DeltaMac

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Seems like a normal use of clamshell mode:
External keyboard and mouse, plus external display.
Close the lid. Wake up from the external keyboard.
You would need to have the power adapter attached to use clamshell mode.
Adjust your sleep settings to what you desire in the Energy Saver pref pane.

No need for the app that you mentioned, when you use clamshell mode...
 

Hieveryone

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Seems like a normal use of clamshell mode:
External keyboard and mouse, plus external display.
Close the lid. Wake up from the external keyboard.
You would need to have the power adapter attached to use clamshell mode.
Adjust your sleep settings to what you desire in the Energy Saver pref pane.

No need for the app that you mentioned, when you use clamshell mode...
Oh dang that's pretty easy for sure. I'll probably just do that but it would be nice to have something in the top toolbar like the cup of coffee you know just click and bam you're done it's not gonna sleep
 

Hieveryone

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Seems questionable to advise risk if not using Apple authorised services then to recommend a 3rd party link? Downloading directly from a well identified developer's site should be safe.
Yeah i don't know about cnet to be honest

Is caffeine open source?
 

akash.nu

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Seems questionable to advise risk if not using Apple authorised services then to recommend a 3rd party link? Downloading directly from a well identified developer's site should be safe.
I was just saying that downloading anything from the internet is risky but if the OP still wants it then the cnet link would be fine.
 

MacDawg

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Personally, I wouldn't download anything from CNET

I used Caffeine for a long time, but as I recall it no longer works or isn't supported in latest OS? Can't remember what issues I was having.
All I know is I looked around and I ended up going to Amphetamine from the App Store and have had no issues with it
 

ascender

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Caffeine still works fine for me in the latest OS and just use your common sense when it comes to downloading files.
 

MacGizmo

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Caffeine (and Amphetamine, for that matter) are GUI wrappers for the caffeinate command - with some nice conveniences built on top.

Amphetamine, though, goes so much further with customizations that it's hard to justify even to a Terminal geek not using it. The ability to set your computer to never sleep while using a specific list of apps alone makes it worth the download.
 

lobo1978

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Despite fact that one can use Terminal for I recommend KeepingYouAwake - small, clean, supporting dark menu mode. I use it instead of outdated Caffeine (no support for dark menu). No problems whatsoever
 

Hieveryone

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Does amphetamine app stress the system too much? I hate the name and logo btw yuck lol
 

DeltaMac

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Bwahahaha!
The amphetamine app is, of course, just a ploy by the developer to get your Mac addicted to drugs.
There is no hope, nor is there any cure.
(Try not to let the name of an app throw you off the track. :D )
 
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