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thinkfan is described as 'Thinkfan is a simple, lightweight fan control program. Originally designed specifically for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads, it now supports any kind of system via the sysfs hwmon interface (/sys/class/hwmon). It is designed to eat as little CPU power as possible' and is a Fan Speed tool. There are nine alternatives to thinkfan for Mac, Windows and Linux. The best alternative is SpeedFan, which is free. Other great apps like thinkfan are CoreCtrl, Macs Fan Control, smcFanControl and Lm-Sensors.

thinkfan alternatives are mainly Fan Speed Tools but may also be System Information Utilities. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of thinkfan.
This page was last updated Feb 16, 2021
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

Thinkfan is a simple, lightweight fan control program. Originally designed specifically for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads, it now...

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  1. SpeedFan

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. info and show hard disk temperatures. SpeedFan supports SCSI disks too.

    Discontinued

    The developer promised new versions, but the program seems to be no longer updated. Latest version, 4.52, released in June 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.

  2. CoreCtrl is a Free and Open Source GNU/Linux application that allows you to control with ease your computer hardware using application profiles. It aims to be flexible, comfortable and accessible to regular users.



  3. Macs Fan Control

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac

    Monitor and control fans on Apple computers with a simple and efficient user interface

  4. smcFanControl

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac

    smcFanControl is the perfect application for all those Macbook owners getting burned by their hot-running Macbook.

    Discontinued

    Not updated for many years, does not work on new hardware

  5. Lm-Sensors

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Lm-Sensors is a free and open-source application that provides tools and drivers for monitoring temperatures, voltage, and fans.



  6. Fanny

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Fanny is a free Notification Center Widget and Menu Bar application to monitor your Macs fans.

  7. fancontrol

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    fancontrol is a shell script for use with lm_sensors. It reads its configuration from a file, then calculates fan speeds from temperatures and sets the corresponding PWM outputs to the computed values.

    Discontinued

    Website and app unavailable.

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  8. TPFanControl

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Solution to the cooling fan noise annoyances Thinkpad T4x (T40/T41/T42/T43) notebook series. Allows the user to control fan activity based on the system temperature. Win XP Visual C++ project controls the fan via port IO to the embedded controller.

  9. NoteBook FanControl

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    This software detects and optionally controls speed of CPU fan of many PC-Systems. Furthermore you are able to configure the handling of the EC-registers on your own (risk). To determine the EC-registers use e.g. software like "rw everything".

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