How to Find out MacBook Temperature

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The central processing unit of a standard MacBook generally operates at around 135 degrees F, but can exceed that temperature while running processing intensive applications, such as virtual machines. Unfortunately, Mac OS X does not offer a built-in interface for monitoring the temperature gauges attached to your CPU. Many freeware applications are available on the Web that allow you to monitor the temperature of your MacBook.

Temperature Monitor

  • Go online to the Temperature Monitor website (bresink.com/osx/TemperatureMonitor.html) and click "Download." Save the file to your "Downloads" folder.

  • Go to your "Downloads" folder and double-click the Temperature Monitor application DMG file. The application mounts to your computer and displays the mounting dialog window. Drag and drop the "Temperature Monitor" icon to your Applications folder to finalize its installation.

  • Double-click the "Temperature Monitor" application icon in your "Applications" folder to launch the program.

  • Click the "Install Now" button in the dialog box.

  • Type your administrative password in the text field when prompted. Temperature Monitor displays your CPU temperature.

CoreDuoTemp

  • Go online to the CoreDuoTemp website (macbricol.free.fr/coreduotemp/) and click "Download" at the top of the page.

  • Click the first download option, save the file to your "Downloads" folder. Go to your "Downloads" folder and double-click the downloaded ZIP file. Double-click "CoreDuoTemp_installer" to run the program's automated installation procedure.

  • Select your hard drive as the file's destination in the installation wizard dialog box, click the "Continue" button and click "Install." Type your administrative password in the text field and click "OK."

  • Open your "Applications" folder and double-click "CoreDuoTemp," which displays your CPU's temperature in the menu bar.

SMCFanControl

  • Go online to the SMCFanControl website (81.169.182.62/~eidac/software/smcfancontrol2/index.html) and click "Download Now." Save the file to your "Downloads" folder and click "OK."

  • Open your "Downloads" folder and open the folder titled, "smcfancontrol_2_1." Double-click "smcFanControl" in the folder's directory, type your administrative password into the text field and click "OK."

  • Click "Install" in the dialog box. SMCFanControl displays your CPU temperature in the menu bar.

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