Why is iStat Menus 6 a paid upgrade?

We want iStat Menus to continue to be the best and most detailed monitoring tool on macOS. iStat Menus 6 is a major update which adds a large number of new features. It’s an update that has taken many years of hard work.

Even when we’re not adding new features to iStat Menus, general maintenance requires a lot of money and effort — to add support for sensors and features in new Mac models, we typically have to purchase at least one of each model, for each generation that is released. This is all done to ensure iStat Menus is the best system monitor available.

iStat Menus 5 was released 5 August 2014 and saw many updates over its entire lifespan. Lots of those updates added new features. The latest version, 5.32, is a very mature and stable application that will serve you well, should you decide to not upgrade.

Free upgrade for recent purchases

If you purchased iStat Menus 5 on or after 1 July 2017, please get in touch and we’ll give you a free license for iStat Menus 6.

Upgrade pricing

If you purchased iStat Menus 3, 4 or 5 at any time, we offer heavily discounted upgrade pricing. The upgrade pricing is clearly visible in the update window (“Upgrade from USD$9.99”).

iStat Menus 6 upgrade window

14-day trial

iStat Menus 6 contains a 14-day trial to see if you like the new features. If you decide to return to iStat Menus 5, that’s ok.

Going back to iStat Menus 5

If you upgraded to iStat Menus 6, but you’d like to go back to iStat Menus 5, please uninstall iStat Menus 6, then download iStat Menus 5.32 and run it to install.


We hope you enjoy iStat Menus 6.