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    SelfControl Alternatives

    SelfControl is described as 'free and open-source application for Mac OS X that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start' and is a Anti Procrastination Tool in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to SelfControl for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Android, Windows, Google Chrome and iPhone. The best alternative is Cold Turkey, which is free. Other great apps like SelfControl are StayFocusd (Free), FocusMe (Paid), SelfRestraint (Free, Open Source) and Forest (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jan 5, 2022

    1. Cold Turkey is a productivity program that you can use to temporarily block yourself off of popular social media sites, addicting websites and games so that you can get your work done!
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      Cold Turkey vs SelfControl opinions
      Most users think Cold Turkey is a great alternative to SelfControl.
      because it is good for windows
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    2. StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites.
      Most users think StayFocusd is a great alternative to SelfControl.

    3. The All-In-One Application and Website Blocker for Windows, Mac and Android.
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      FocusMe vs SelfControl opinions
      Most users think FocusMe is a great alternative to SelfControl.
      Can be easily disabled. New update, I have been told by the developer, could change that though. (July 2017)
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    4. If you find yourself constantly ending up on distracting websites, you know what a time sink your computer can be. Unfortunately, you can't just stop using your computer because you need it to be able to get work done.


      The URL to the official website does not work & source at Github has not been updated for an extended period

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      SelfRestraint vs SelfControl opinions
      Most users think SelfRestraint is a great alternative to SelfControl.
      It's very simple and does its work. I just think the icon is a little weird.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      Nearly identical to SelfControl, no fancy features, just blocks a list of sites for a selected time period and displays a countdown until said period is up.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    5. Forest is an app to help you stay focused on your work. Whenever you want to concentrate, you can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this small seed will gradually grow into a big tree.
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      Forest vs SelfControl opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Forest is a great alternative to SelfControl.
      It is a very cute app, but also very functional without unnecessary functions (like ColdTurkey has, for example).
      Positive comment over 5 years ago


    6. BrowseControl is an agent-based web filter that blocks websites based on URLs and categories. Internet use quotas can be set based on schedules and timers. Includes a port filter and Windows application blocker.
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      Most users think BrowseControl is a great alternative to SelfControl.
    7. Freedom is an application that disables networking on an Apple computer for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom will free you from the distractions of the internet, allowing you time to code, write, or create.
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      Freedom vs SelfControl opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Freedom is a great alternative to SelfControl.
      When you ask for alternatives for Windows, you dont wanna hear some apple stuff
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      Really love it. Only thing they need to add is a whitelist feature.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      SelfControl is for Windows, Freedom is not.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

    8. Pluckeye is a filter designed with compulsive users of porn in mind. When Pluckeye is first installed, all images on the Internet are blocked.
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    9. Focus is a Mac app that blocks distracting websites (like Facebook and Reddit) and applications, so you can improve your productivity. It has lots of awesome features like scheduling, showing motivational quotes on blocked pages, whitelisting and pomodoro support.
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    10. Bring your tasks to a focus with Focusbar - simple but powerful tool to help you work on one thing at a time. Stop multitasking and stay focused. It's simple...


      The Mac App Store shows that the most recent version in 1.3 from 9 years ago.

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