Developer: Raul Ignacio Verano
Current Version: 1.3
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Download Size: 1.1 MB - Download
"CPU LED is a fantastic little menu bar tool for keeping an eye on your CPU load. [...] So if you're at all concerned about your CPU load and you've got space to spare in your menu bar, give CPU LED a whirl. " (Samuel Gibbs - TUAW)
Do you ever wonder how stressed your CPU is? Sometimes, opening a complex activity monitor while your computer is heavily loaded is too late (or too much). Sometimes all you need to know is that your CPU is working hard.
CPU LED is a very lightweight unobtrusive app that adds a LED in your status bar indicating your CPU activity (coded as light, medium or hard). You can have only one light for all your processors or one per core (your choice). You can also choose the status icon appearance so it blends nicely with your status bar style, and hover with your mouse over the leds to see the current usage % and core temperature.
In order to know what is going on with your computer at a glance, CPU LED is the perfect companion for Disk LED!
See it for yourself.
And if you are using Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, you can also upgrade CPU LED by adding Memory LED!
That small guy will show you how much of your RAM is occupied (LED style), and how much paging is happening (i.e.: RAM to Disk and Disk to RAM operations). Too much paging means your performance is going down the sink...
Now you know how to solve those uncomfortable "I switched apps and my machine is dying" moments! When Memory LED shows that you are running out of memory, just close some programs and you are good to go!
If you are experiencing any problems or would like to send us a suggestion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @agileroute and we'll be happy to help you.
- Now the four status icons are used to display CPU load.
- Hide status icon for disabled CPU cores.
- Fixed crash when loading a custom icon set for CPU status.
- DiskLED addon: fixed some external devices didn't disappear when unmounted if "Ignore devices that doesn't contain any media inserted" is enabled.
Most Helpful Reviews
Great app - Great useful app! It's nice to have something to tell you the basic level of processing without having to go to the dashboard which can take a while to load when the cpu is under alot of stress. Not a price either. Would def recommend as basic identifier. Would be cool if there was more detail but can't complain for a buck!
Great Idea - I have had nothing but problems. I think it is a great idea but every time there is an update, it freezes my New MacBook air. I cant even get it to uninstall. I deleted it, restarted 3 times and the Icon is still there. As I said, it is a nice little app to have but I can live without it and it definitely is not worth the hassle.
More Reviews for Current Version
Perfect for Pro who need CPU info - As a audio engineer CPU usage is one of the most important things you need to manage when recording or mixing. Certian audio plugins can use alot of CPU and this app helps us to choose what to use sometimes using a very CPU intensiive plugin might not be the right choice so you watch CPU LED and then choose an alternative that is suitable. I have never had an issue with this app and I like how it shows all threads of the CPU depending on what Mac you have. I own 3 different Macs and each with different CPU configurations, Xeon 8 core Mac Pro it shows 16 bars one for each thread, and Dual core i5 Mac Mini it shows 4 bars for 4 threads and a 15 inch Macbook Pro with an i7 quad core and CPU LED shows all 8 threads this is a great feature but I have to say 16 little Bars on the 8 core Mac Pro forces you to use the more narrow icon sets because it takes up so much space in the toolbar. I just wish There were more in app purchasable icon sets. Even though there is alot of icon sets I would like to see some for the larger cpu sets like guys with Quad i7’s and Xeon Cpu’s. Image the 12 core mac pro with 24 bars on the toolbar you would have no room for anything else or other utility add on apps.
Great App - It’s one of the best apps you are going to find free on Appstore. Gives you the ram average, status, temperature, and almost all the information A CPU Reading will give on a PC. Is pretty good for things like gaming, editing, reproducing video, or running many programs at a time. I highly recommend this app for user that give an extencive usage to their Macs. I will recommend to downoladed if you are not going to be almost always in full screen or if you have a second monitor, because once you go to Full Screen the bar will desapear and you’ll not see the support, unless you have a Second monitor.
Disappointment... - I bought it based on the few reviews… but it’s obvious that the people reviewing it don’t do any intensive work on their computers and just like little fancy LED’s because this thing does nothing. I have a CPU core display on my DAW and it was pegging more than 50% and this little “CPU LED” app displayed absolutely nothing!!! It’s a useless joke… geared to sell you their other “add-ons”… Pass on it.
Does what it says without complaint - It is nice to have a small utility that does exactly what it says and doesn’t cause any problems. I find that I look at it quite often, at least 3-4 times per day, I would guess. It helps me understand when I’ve pegged one core, but the other are idle and also makes it really easy to see why my Mac has slowed down if they are all red.
Works w Yosemite; no problems - I can’t comment about whether it is super accurate or not, but it does give me some idea that CPU is usually not overtaxed; shows me when something really pushes it (usually just briefly); but most importantly - when something strange is going on. Occasionally I’ll see a regular rhythm of red spikes, or one or more all locked up in red. Sometimes, but sometimes not, my computer well act strangely at the same time - being slow, locked up, some app not responsive, background process or even non-focused app not responsive. It gives me a useful flag to check further. Often a restrat fixes it. The quick link to activity monitor helps & gives more detail. Nice free app!