Update: As of 2019-10-14, this project is being maintained by the community linux-on-mac. Please head to https://github.com/linux-on-mac/mbpfan to download the latest release of mbpfan and to report bugs. The project has also changed since the publication of this tutorial. Thanks!
Mbpfan is a daemon that controls the fans of Macbook/Macbook Pro laptops when they run GNU/Linux. It is a lightweight replacement of macfanctld, although it does not implement all of its features. It has got a different algorithm to control the fans. In a couple of words, it keeps Macbook fans a lot more silent.
This project is an enhanced version of Allan McRae mbpfan.
The mbpfan project is a daemon that uses input from
module and sets the fan speed using the
module. This enhanced version assumes any number of processors and fans (max. 10).
It only uses the temperatures from the processors as input.
It requires coretemp and applesmc kernel modules to be loaded.
It requires root use
It daemonizes or stays in foreground; init scripts for Ubuntu/Debian, Fedora/RedHat/CentOS, Gentoo, Archlinux (unmaintained), and systemd included
Verbose mode for both syslog and stdout
It lets users specify settings in the /etc/mbpfan.conf file
You can report issues either on the issue tracker: https://github.com/dgraziotin/mbpfan/issues?page=1&state=open
There are several concerns about compatibility and dependencies in order to correctly use mbpfan
mbpfan has been tested on v3.x.x kernels and on v4.x.x kernels. Be sure to load the kernel modules applesmc and coretemp. Also, be sure to not use other fan control daemons such as macfanctld while mbpfan is active.
Supported GNU/Linux Distributions
We provide scripts to to load mbpfan daemon at system boot for many distros. Please note that the support is provided by volunteers. mbpfan needs test and bug reports.
The following are the supported distributions:
Tested Macbook Models
Macbook Pro 8,2 15” (Intel i7 - Linux 3.6.2)
MacBook Pro 8,1 13” (Intel i7 - Linux 3.2.0)
Macbook Pro 6,2 15” (Intel i7 - Linux 3.5.0)
MacBook Pro 6,2 15” (Intel i7 - Linux 3.2.0)
MacBook Pro 2,2 15” (Intel Core 2 Duo - Linux 3.4.4)
How to use mbpfan
A step-by-step, beginner’s friendly tutorial for Ubuntu is available here.
sudo make install
It copies mbpfan to /usr/sbin and mbpfan.conf to /etc
It is recommended to run the tests after installing the program
sudo ./bin/mbpfan -t
sudo make tests
If installed, manually run with
If installed and using the init file, run with (Ubuntu example)
sudo start mbpfan
Starting at boot
Ubuntu For upstart based init systems (Ubuntu), an example upstart job has been provided for use in place of the LSB-style init script. To use, execute:
sudo cp mbpfan.upstart /etc/init/mbpfan.conf sudo start mbpfan
Debian An init file suitable for /lib/lsb/init-functions (Debian) is located in the main folder of the source files, called mbpfan.init.debian Rename it to mbpfan, give it execution permissions (chmod +x mbpfan) and move it to /etc/init.d Then, add it to the default runlevels with (as root):
sudo update-rc.d mbpfan defaults
Redhat, CentOS, Fedora An init file suitable for /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions (RHEL/CentOS & Fedora) is also located at the same place, this file is called mbpfan.init.redhat. Also rename it to mbpfan, give it execution permissions and move it to /etc/init.d To add the script to the default runlevels, run the following as root:
chkconfig --level 2345 mbpfan on && chkconfig --level 016 mbpfan off
Gentoo An init file is available for gentoo users: mbpfan.init.gentoo To install, run as root:
cp mbpfan.init.gentoo /etc/init.d/mbpfan
To automatically run mbpfan at boot, run as root:
rc-update add mbpfan default
systemd As a special bonus, a service file for systemd is also included. To use it, execute the following (as root):
sudo cp mbpfan.service /usr/lib/systemd/system sudo ln -s /usr/lib/systemd/system/mbpfan.service /etc/systemd/system/mbpfan.service sudo systemctl daemon-reload sudo systemctl start mbpfan.service
To start the service automatically at boot, also execute the following:
sudo systemctl enable mbpfan.service
Usage: ./mbpfan OPTION(S) -h Show the help screen -f Run in foreground -t Run the tests -v Be (a lot) verbose
GNU General Public License version 3
A list of authors, maintainers, and contributors can be found in the AUTHORS file.
What is going to be next is:
- Create an Ubuntu deb