Checking a CPU temperature in a MacBook is crucial to ensure your laptop does not need service, cleaning, or repasting. It will also let you know how a processor handles demanding tasks. Unfortunately, macOS has no built-in CPU temperature monitor, so you need to download third-party apps to check temperatures inside your computer. There are various apps for that kind of task, both paid and free. This article lists two of our favorite apps to check the temperature in Macbook.
Free App to Check Mac Temperature
Macs Fan Control is a simple and capable application for checking Macbook temperature. It can gather data from all temperature sensors inside your Mac, such as ambient, batter, average CPU core, temperatures of each core, PECI, proximity, GPU temperature, heatsink temperature, drive temperature, even palm rest temperature. Best of all is that Mac Fan Control is free. There is a premium version that allows you to create custom fan presets, but a free version is more than enough if you want just to monitor CPU temperature in Macbook.
- Download Macs Fan Control from the official website and install it.
- Open the application and find the Temperature sensors section. There you will find all the information about temperatures inside your Mac.
- Click Preferences and go to the Menubar display tab. Click Sensor and select one of the available temperature sensors to display data on the menu bar. That will let you always be aware of how hot your Macbook is.
- Also, you can go to the General tab and check the Autostart minimized with a system to run the app when your Macbook starts.
Although Macs Fan Control is primarily made to controls fans, you can use the app even on fanless Macbooks, such as M1-based Macbook Air or Macbook 12. It will show all the temperature data regardless of present fans.
How to Check MacBook Temperature Using Sensei?
Sensei is not free, but it offers a 14-day trial. Apart from having a beautiful UI, it offers several utilities for optimization, apps uninstalling, cleaning your Mac, and trimming SSD. It is also a source of all the information about the hardware inside Macbooks, such as RAM, CPU and GPU utilization, storage capacity, battery health, etc. You can also use Sensei to monitor CPU temperature in Macbook. The only downside is that Sensei does not allow placing CPU indicators on the menu bar.
- Download Sensei from the official website and install it.
- Run the app and switch to the Cooling tab.
- There you can find all the temperature sensors inside your Mac, plus some neat graphs to monitor changes. Sensei shows more than six temperature gauges just for a CPU, separate indicators for an enclosure, palm rest, GPU, logic board, ambient, and storage.
How to Check Mac Temperature with Terminal?
Some users may find installing third-party apps to check Macbook temperature a bit overwhelming. Unfortunately, as we told before, macOS does not provide user-friendly metrics or temperature indicators. You may probably wonder is it possible to check Mac temperature in Terminal? The answer is yes, it is.
- Open Terminal using Launchpad or Spotlight.
- Enter the following command:
sudo powermetrics --samplers smc |grep -i "CPU die temperature"
- Press Enter and enter your password. Note that Terminal in macOS does not show characters when you type your password. Enter a password and press Enter.
- Wait for Terminal to return your CPU temperatures.
- You can find GPU temperature in Macbook in Terminal using a similar command:
sudo powermetrics --samplers smc |grep -i "GPU die temperature"
Note. It appears that the command does not work on some Macbooks. If the command returns no CPU temperature values, try one of listed here third-party apps as a macOS temp monitor.
If you are using a Macbook with an Intel CPU, you can use the official macOS temp monitor from Intel. It is called Intel PowerGadget. You can download it from the official website. Once downloaded, install the app and run it from Launchpad, Spotlight or the Apps folder. Keep in mind that Intel PowerGadget requires macOS 10.11 and newer and a Macbook with Intel Core 2nd generation and newer. Macbooks with Intel Core 2 Duo and older models are not supported.
To check Macbook temperatures in Intel PowerGadget, look at the Temperature section. Note that it shows the entire package temperature with two additional graphs: maximum core temperature and minimum core temperature.