Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9) Update (23 October 2013): Recompiled for Mavericks (10.9, Build 13A603) and tested on my machine only.
Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.x) Update (31 August 2009):Recompiled for Snow Leopard (10.6, build 10A432) and tested on my machine only.
LockTight for Intel (v0.1.1) (zip archive, 106kbyte file, HTTP download)
Sorry, there’s really no support for this. It’s just a courtesy to other Mac users. Plus, I am not a programmerâ€¦;-)
When people “Switch” to the Mac, they often look for a one-keystroke or one-key-combo screen locker.
And they’re often disappointed to find that the operating system only provides a two-click solution: add the Keychain Access menu item to the menubar, and then use “Lock Screen”.
So in came Menno Pieters, who built LockTight from Raging Menace‘s SleepTight code.
…but it doesn’t work under Mac OS X for Intel-based hardware. Until now…because I got frustrated with myself for not having done it earlier…
Presenting the Intel-compatible re-compile of LockTight.
Menno’s source code has been recompiled with XCode on an Intel based Macintosh, and contains all the original source code and licensing information as required.
LockTight for Intel (tar, bzip. 88kbyte file, HTTP download)
Nevertheless, this is being provided without any support statement and without any expressed warranty or merchantability statement. It is virus- and malicious code- free.
1. BECAUSE THE PROGRAM IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND/OR OTHER PARTIES PROVIDE THE PROGRAM "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION.
2. IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MAY MODIFY AND/OR REDISTRIBUTE THE PROGRAM AS PERMITTED ABOVE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE PROGRAM (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING RENDERED INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY YOU OR THIRD PARTIES OR A FAILURE OF THE PROGRAM TO OPERATE WITH ANY OTHER PROGRAMS), EVEN IF SUCH HOLDER OR OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Dragging the mouse cursor to a screen corner to lock the screen works well for me. This can be set by clicking the Hot Corners button under System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver.
Excellent work, but it looks like it still relies on the ‘require password to wake from sleep or screensaver’.
My problem is that I don’t want to use a password from screensaver; just from sleep and to have a lock hot-key. Do you know of any way to make that work?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
I don’t think that the way Apple implemented the entire security hierarchy of Mac OS X would allow you to do that. I’d like that option as well, but until then, we’ve only got options like this.
Pingback: Passwortschutz für OS X - Apfeltalk
Pingback: [Mac@Work] Macì—ì„œ ë‹¨ì¶•í‚¤ë¡œ í™”ë©´ ìž ê·¸ê¸° « Peter .WEB2
I accidently deleted the startup item so that locktight would be avaialble autmatically. Now the only way I can use locktight is by going into system prefs, selecting locktight and then it works OK.
Is there a way to fix this?
I know the problem you’re having, and I think it’s best fixed by reinstalling the software.
Right-click (control-click) on the Preference Pane in the System Preferences application, and choose “Remove…”.
You can then reboot, and reinstall, and the programme should be back to the way you want it to be.
I did try this, but it did not work.
What I discovered is that you can replace it by navigating to:
~/Library/PreferencePanes/LockTight then right click or CTRL click, select ‘show package contents’ then go to Contents/Resources and look for ‘SleepTightAgent’.
To share this I documented it on my blog http://www.hutsby.net/search/label/Keyboard%20shortcut%20to%20lock%20the%20screen
I have two identical Mac Pro’s at work and I installed Locktight on both. On one works great no problems. On the other the video display started locking up at random intervals, but most often when screen saver is activated (either by Locktight or inactivity). When the display is not frozen, weird horizontal lines appear randomly. in my display.
I realize that this could be from a number of causes, but it started immediately after installing Locktight. I’ve removed everything I can find related to Locktight and restarted the system, yet the problem persists. Before I rebuild this system or start swapping out video cards, I wanted to see if anyone else has experienced something similar and if there are any other steps l could take to troubleshoot/fix.
Thanks in advance for any help, and thanks for producing LockTight…I love being able to lock my screen with a keystroke combination.
Pingback: How to lock your Mac with a keyboard shortcut : Switching To Mac
Pingback: McColley.net » Blog Archive » LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey [Featured Mac Download]
Pingback: Phil Freo - Website Design, Development, & Blog - Jacksonville/Gainesville, FL
Thanks for this. Very helpful. I linked this from my blog post about what I’ve used to make the Windows to Mac switch better:
Might as well set up a hot corner for screen saver. thats all this is doing. sorry, but not for me, still on the lookout for a better way
Pingback: OpsTube » Blog Archive » LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey
Your only option is to open Keychain Access, go to prefs and choose to display it in the menubar. Then you can click on the lock and choose lock screen. That’s your only option for now.
Pingback: Finally! Somebody makes an app that locks your Mac using hotkeys | Doobybrain.com
Pingback: Get Ready To LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey [Featured Mac Download] | 82123
You could install Butler on your machine and configure a shortcut to switch users. Its what I do. I have a screensaver password free, and I hit Ctrl + Alt + L to switch users. This spins your screen to the login screen, essentially locking your workstation. Its just like the Win + L combo on windows.
Pingback: Slackerology - LockTight Secures Your Mac With a Hotkey [Featured Mac Download]
I don’t like the screensaver-lock either. I use an AppleScript that uses the fast user switch to lock the computer. You stay logged in, but the login window appears.
There seems to be an issue with this not working when also running Synergy. I use synergy to share my work computer’s mouse and keyboard with my macbook and when I leave my office I want to be able to lock my screen. This won’t work when synergy is running but once I stop the Synergy client, the shortcut works fine. Any ideas?
Ditto to Rick. I also run Synergy and have found that if I have it open and running LockTight doesn’t work.
Rick, on my machine I have the Keychain Status in my menu bar so I have two clicks to lock my screen. Bummer there is no shortcut for it like locktight but it works with synergy.
To enable the keychain in menu bar open up Keychain Access then open preferences and check “show Status in Menu Bar” (you might have already known but in case you didn’t and other people need it)
Pingback: Bloquea el Mac con un atajo de teclado | Appleismo
Pingback: LockTight, bloqueo de pantalla con un atajo de teclado para tu Mac
Pingback: Security for your Intel Mac « Linux & Stuff
I’ve got no idea how to resolve the conflict with Synergy, sorry.
You may wish to try some of the other screen-locking alternatives as suggested in the comments at:
Pingback: Ù…Ø¯ÙˆÙ†Ø© ÙŠÙˆØ³Ù Ø±ÙÙ€Ù€Ù‡
Pingback: lostcomment.com » Blog Archive » Add Screen Lock Keystroke to OS X
Pingback: LockTight | StyleDesigns - BLOG
Will not download either on my Intel Mac Desktop or my Intel Mac laptop.
All I get is a page of garbage codes, without a download.
I am using Leopard on both machines.
Pingback: Diversos metodos para bloquear tu Mac
Pingback: LockTight for Mac « I Know The Guy Who Owns This Place
Pingback: Windows-L Lives! (Mac Version) « I Know The Guy Who Owns This Place
Pingback: Lock your Mac from your keyboard with LockTight - highball.se
Pingback: MacGenio » Blog Archive » Diferentes mÃ©todos para bloquear tu Mac
Perhaps you could try right-clicking the link, and choosing the option equivalent to “save target as…”?
Great job, thanks!
Great tool! Thank you so much for this! It’s about time that apple implements this basic feature directly into OS X!
Here’s another way of achieving the same effect:
Pingback: ibdcegypt.com » 42 Great Freeware Apps for Mac
FYI – I’m able to download this file via Firefox, but not Safari…. Even a right click, save as.
Pingback: Techknology’s Blog » Lock Your Mac Desktop (Part II)
Pingback: Lock Your Mac Desktop (Part II) | Mac Bargains
Pingback: Comp & Soft Tips Information » Lock Your Mac Desktop (Part II)
Pingback: Lock Your Mac Desktop -2- - Macs Geek
This doesn’t work for me. I do the key combinations, then I can see a transparent lock icon, then it goes to my screensaver. If I move the cursor, it goes right back to my desktop. Any ideas?
Pingback: SerbianForum.org - Najveci Srpski Forum - Rapidshare Srbija
Pingback: Apple Bloog » Blog Archive » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
This is pure gold, man! Just what I’ve been looking for! :-D
Pingback: Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows | HyipLife.com
Pingback: Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows | News on web tools, technology and other cool apps
Just enable Fast User Switching in System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options
A User icon will show up in the menu bar. Just click it and select “Login Window…” that’s it, locked screen.
Pingback: Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows « Info for Life!
Pingback: AppleUsers.org News » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
Pingback: RSS News Portal » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
Pingback: Bloqueando seu Apple com LockTight / blog.ftofani.com
Pingback: Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows « Macatron - Unleash Your Mac
Pingback: Apple News » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
Pingback: Rant Anything! » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
Pingback: Apple-Overload! » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
Pingback: LockTight: bloccare il Mac con password quando ci si allontana | Apple Planet
Pingback: Elsewhere, on June 21st - Once a nomad, always a nomad
Pingback: Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
Pingback: paragshah.com » Blog Archive » Tweaking OSX
Pingback: iPhone Software » Blog Archive » Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows
Pingback: Bloccare il computer con una combinazione di tasti « Apple’s world tips
Pingback: Mac 101: Locking your Mac with a hotkey, like you can with Windows | Today News, Technology, Wordpres
Pingback: OS 10.5 - Password and Screen Saver - Mac-Forums.com
wonderfull! so delicious Program that I seek it for 6 week!!!!
Pingback: Mac applications for academics : Corycia
Pingback: Seguridad para tu Mac « iPhone Mundo
Pingback: Snow Leopardo | gkoya
installed snow leopard version and hot key launches screensaver, comes up for a brief moment and then goes right back to desktop all by itself. still haven’t rebooted yet tho…
still no good post reboot. i will miss this little app!
I experienced a problem that others may be having with the new build for 10.6.
When I’d initiate my keystroke, the screen would go dark, but as soon as I’d let go, it’d drop me back at the desktop.
I traced it down to a new (I think) 10.6 feature..
Go to System Preferences | Security and ensure ‘Require password [immediately] after sleep or screen saver begins’.
I had previously set this to [5 seconds] so that I could quickly bail out of the screen saver when it started accidentally.
you are correct there John D! i had the same setting applied. It’s like there’s a residual key entry and the 5 second override is doing exactly what it’s meant to by ending the screen saver. so it looks like i’m back in business. thanks!
Both the prior release and the Snow Leopard compile work, but only with a couple of catches.
System Preferences has to be launched in 32-bit mode.
The hot-key only operates after you have launched the LockTight prefpane. At least, after I reboot, the hot-key no longer does anything until I relaunch the LockTight prefpane. Never had that issue prior to SnowLeopard.
I wish I had the necessary programming chops to fix this.
Pingback: » OS X Screen Locking Shortcut Iamvery interesting?
Would you mind opening up the source code under GPL so others could support of modify as needed.
Disregard previous post. Just downloaded and found source folder.
It’s not my source. As you will have read, it belongs to Menno.
All I’ve done is updated the XCode project for 10.4 and 10.5 Intel, and for 10.6.
All the source and project files are in the download packages: so, drop Menno a line as a courtesy, and start re-mashing-up the project. Assume that it’s kinda “abandonware” and that as long as you’re not going to commercialise it, you could gently rebuild it.
Pingback: Snow Leopard Compatibility: Applications H - N
As of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, there is one more way to accomplish this, without any extra or third party software.
Use Automator to create and save a ‘Start Screen Saver’ service that accepts no input and is available to all applications. You can find the appropriate Automator action under ‘Utilities’. Then you can simply assign this new service a shortcut from the Keyboard Shortcuts preference pane.
If you would prefer to lock the screen rather than use a screen saver, use Automator to run a shell script with the following command:
/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend
Then set the keyboard shortcut as before. Huzzah!
See this (more general) tip:
It’s really work! Thank you, author!!!
Pingback: Bloquear ordenador : macnauta
It doesn’t work for me. I hit the hotkey, the padlock button comes up, screen goes black for a second and then it goes back to the desktop.
Running Snow Leopard
You need to go into the Security control panel item in System Preferences, and set the delay to “immediately”. I believe this fixes the bug ;-).
Pingback: Shadows and Images :: Mac Software
Pingback: Macã‚’è²·ã£ãŸã‚‰å…¥ã‚Œã¦ãŠã‘ãªã‚½ãƒ•ãƒˆã‚’ç´¹ä»‹ « All is Vanity
wonderfull! so delicious Program that I seek it for 6 week!!!!
This is pure gold, man
Tnx for a super nice tool
This sounds good. There’s also DeskShade (http://macrabbit.com/deskshade/). you can add a password and I use it mostly because there’s just the one keystroke (option-l).
we wish to deploy this utility to all out macs on the network. is there a way to set the utility to automatically “enable” and configure a “hotkey” via a plist file for easy deployment? instead of each user that logs in to enable and set the hotkey manually?
No idea about that deployment question. Sorry, I’m just the compiler, not the author. :-)
Well done! Exactly what I was looking for! :D
Pingback: Community Guy – Jake McKee » Blog Archive » Must Have Mac Apps
Pingback: Want a key combination to lock the Mac screen like CTRL-ALT-DEL? « Chicago Mac/PC Support
I can’t unistall or disable locktight…any suggestion?
This is great. I understand you didn’t write it, but I appreciate your efforts to make it available on newer macs. Thank you!
Thanks very much: you’re welcome!
I’m sure you have tried this, but the standard uninstall procedure is: Open the panel in Sydney Preferences. Uncheck the “Enable LockTight” checkbox. Click “Show All”. then right-click on the LockTight icon and choose to “Removeâ€¦”
Very good man ! , i had problems with it in begin, but compiled it myself and that’s working just fine! Great !
Pingback: Trevor Turk — Links for 12-3-10
Pingback: LockTight for Mac at The bloody toe
Pingback: LockTight | highball.se
Pingback: The Traveler’s Guide To Locking Down Your Laptop: Part 1 – Physical Security | foXnoMad
Pingback: LockTight :ollo.sh
Pingback: Mac useful tools | Bipin Karmacharya
This is awesome! Thank you!
Pingback: 3 Smarter Ways to screen lock Snow Leopard « Life & Technology
Any chance for a 64-bit version in the near-future?
Thank you for such an awesome application. Simple to use.
LOVE this tool. Hope to see it for Lion :)
I’ve just tried it on Lion and it works perfectly! Thanks!
Very interesting.. hope to try this one real soon. Thanks for the link.
Pingback: Mac OS X Lionã®é–‹ç™ºç’°å¢ƒã‚’æ•´ãˆã‚‹ | Kwappaç ”ç©¶é–‹ç™ºå®¤
(It will turn off your monitors to save power and will require a password, if one exists, to wake up)
No tweaks or additional software are required.
Nice tip Beau, hope to try this technique..
Beau, that is brilliant! I’ve been using LockTight, but I much rather use something integrated in the OS.
If that shortcut existed before Lion it’s ridiculous that nobody seem to know about it.
Thank you for such an awesome applications
Works for me on Lion. I’ve been using this app since it came out. Thanks!
Works for me with Lion. I’ve been looking for so long for something that does exactly this and it does it perfectly. Thanks so much : )
Pingback: » Lock your Mac OS X mhk's blog
Problem with LockTight + Synergy?
Solution: on the server, click Configure Server, go to Advanced Server Settings tab, uncheck ‘Synchronize screen savers’, click OK, click Apply (or stop/start?), should be good to go!
Works fine for me in Lion, only caveat is that you need to have your screensaver lock set to ‘Immediate’ or else you just get a flash of screensaver and then back to desktop..
Pingback: å…¬é–‹æ‡ºæ‚”æ—¥è¨˜ » Locktightã‚’å…¥ã‚Œã¦ã¿ã‚‹
Pingback: LockTight Secures Your Mac With A Hotkey | Lifehacker Australia
A way we found to get around using this on Mountain Lion (where you have to open the pref pane before itll work):
Make sure screensaver is set to require password immediately
Go to Applications > Utilities > Automator
Create new â€œServiceâ€
Set to â€œNo inputâ€ at top
Add â€œStart Screen Saverâ€ from left
Save as StartScreenSaver service
Apple > System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services
Enable â€œStartScreenSaverâ€ service (checkbox) if it isn’t already
Click to the right of the service name to set a hotkey. I use CTRL-OPT-CMD-L
If it works for you, Enjoy.
Pingback: LockTight: una combinazione di tasti per bloccare l’accesso al Mac - macitynet.it
Pingback: Por el gusto de compartir. JC » Diferentes mÃ©todos para bloquear tu Mac
Pingback: LockTight for Mac OS X Mavericks | gkoya
Pingback: LockTight for Mac | Nathan Nelson
Pingback: Fix: How can I trigger the screensaver on my Mac? #solution #programming #development | StackCopy
Pingback: Apple:Is there a similarly fast alternative to Crtl + Shift + Eject for new Macbook that lack eject keys? – Apple Questions
Pingback: Must Have Mac Apps
This is nice, Thank you.horario brasilia