HWMonitor Hackintosh Guide – Monitor Health Sensors: Temperatue, Voltage, Fanspeed

Need the sensors working on your hackintosh? With the application HWMonitor  you can monitor the health of your system hardware. It’s displays the various stats of your computer components, which makes it a great tool and maybe one of the only monitoring tools available for Hackintoshers.

HWSensors is a version of HWMonitor that can be used on a hackintosh. PC sensors on a hackintosh can a little tricky for some who don’t understand how to get it working and don’t know where to start, but it’s actually very simple.

Why use HWMonitor?

  • Temperature: How much heat your CPU Cores, GPU Die, SSD/HDD’s, Thermal Zones are outputting.
  • Frequencies: The GHZ your processor and graphics card are running at.
  • Speed: Monitor the fanspeeds of your CPU Cooloer, Case Fans & GPU of  your CPU, GPU and Case Fans.
  • Power: The Voltages being generated right now by your components.

To follow the HWMonitor Guide below you will of course need a working hackintosh and a Clover EFI.

Step 1: Required Files

This covers what files you need and where to place them to detect the hardware sensors.

  1. Download a version of FakeSMC pack
    • Standard: Rehabman-FakeSMC
    • Alternative: KGP-X99-FakeSMC
      • KGP-X99-FakeSMC Made by KGP for a X99/X299 series motherboard compatibility. I also recommend it for something like Z390 motherboards as it contains more information than the standard Rehabman version.
  2. Unzip FakeSMC Folder
  3. Copy the contents of FakeSMC folder
  4. Mount the EFI Partition of the Boot Drive
  5. Navigate to EFI/CLOVER/kexts/Other
  6. Paste the copied files in that location
  7. Your Other folder must contain these required 5 files as seen in the image below:
  8. Restart your hackintosh

Clover Folder Required Kexts

Step 2: Launching HWMonitor

HWMonitor should have been included on ….

  1. Download & Unzip HW Monitor for Mac
    • If you downloaded Rehabman’s version of FakeSMC it should be in the folder you downloaded
  2. Place HWMonitor.app in ~/Applications/
  3. Open HWMonitor thru Spotlight/Launchpad/Applications
  4. No app will open, but you’ll see an icon at your menu bar
  5. Clicking on the menu bar icon you’ll get a dropdown list you can also select  the graph icon to bring up a seperate window

HWMonitor Menulet

Step 3: HWMonitor on Startup (Optional)

Do this if you want you to have HWMonitor startup when you turn on your computer so that you don’t have to manually open it every single time. This is an optional step and not required.

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Users & Groups
  3. Select Your Account
  4. Press Login Items
  5. Press the [+] sign at the bottom
  6. Navigate to your Applications folder
  7. Select HWMonitor
  8. Click Add
  9. Restart your Hackintosh

Done.

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36 Comments on "HWMonitor Hackintosh Guide – Monitor Health Sensors: Temperatue, Voltage, Fanspeed"

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Bablofil
Guest

Thanks, great article.

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Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a
really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and
return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the
post. I’ll definitely comeback.

Minh
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Minh

I did everything as instructed and the HWMonitor only show my SSD temp. (I did removed the GPU sensor kext since I’m using a 1050 GPU) Any suggestion?
http://imgur.com/a/9ASgX

Minh
Guest
Minh

http://imgur.com/a/rhWBK here I am doing some very light web reading.

Zach
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Zach

Worked. Seriously this is like the only modern guide on the web that I could find, thank you!

Leo
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Leo

Hi, does the GPU sensor kext work for RX 480? Thanks!

Simone
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Simone

Hi, i have all sensor working fine only the fan are not showed , i have a pascal gpu so i followed you guide and remove the kets not supported and used the 0414 .
Thank you for you guide

Jakub
Guest
Jakub

Can you guys please tell me how far from the HWMonitor readings are your BIOS temps?

I have a solid 32C on all cores while browsing Internet, but when I go to BIOS, I have 52C constantly. Now what is OFF? HWmonitor? I would love to hear the BIOS. Thanks Jakub

Maylon
Guest
Maylon

Help…

I followed this steps. And it worked exactly as expected. With a side affect. After restarting my hackintosh the drive with my windows partition and the other internal storage drive I have in the PC didn’t automatically mount.

Figured I could mount them using disk utilities but that didn’t work either (they are greyed out). I also tried to reverse what I did by removing the kexts from the other file and still no mounted drives.

I could care less about the windows partition being mounted while running OSX, but I have my two 3TB drives in there to specifically be able to share all my files between operating systems. Any tips and help would be much appreciated.

Dante
Guest
Dante

So, at this point, is there another alternative to monitoring GPU temperature if you have a NVIDIA GTX 10XX card?
HWMonitor works fine for everything else.

Dante
Guest
Dante

Ah nvm. Found, his newer release; it shows temp just fine, though clock readings are still disabled

okoooo
Guest
okoooo

thanks

Wattsecond
Guest
Wattsecond

Thanks this was the only post that I found that helped me to get the sensors working on my new build. Thanks again for the post.

giantcarrot
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giantcarrot

thank you for the detailed instruction, works flawlessly so far! i have a question though, is there a way to monitor m2 nvme disc temperature?

chinotto
Guest
chinotto

The link to HWmonitor app doesn’t work

Sergey
Guest
Sergey

I have also faced this problem. Luckily, the app comes in a package with FakeSMC kexts.

static.csonks
Guest
static.csonks

why are fans on a constant rpm ? shouldn’t it adjust itself to temp ?

static.csonks
Guest
static.csonks

ok just figured out via terminal stress test that the fans are go fast and slow with temp. but 2 of them are way to high . how can I limit them ? when I try to limit them with hwmonitor I always act that User Login prompt frequently and need to delete the config.xml of hwmonitor and that reset all my settings o f course :/

Blobbo
Guest
Blobbo

HWMonitor link is broken.

Cantera
Guest
Cantera

Beware the link for “HW Monitor for Mac” in Step 2. Looks like the domain may have expired and the site it forwards to looks suspicious. The file HWMonitor.app is now included in the latest release (2018-0915; v6.26) from RehabMan.

Carlos
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Carlos

Steps 2 downloaded viruses!