The powerSaveBlocker module is used to block the system from entering low-power (sleep) mode and thus allowing the app to keep the system and screen active.

For example:

const powerSaveBlocker = require('electron').powerSaveBlocker;

var id = powerSaveBlocker.start('prevent-display-sleep');



The powerSaveBlocker module has the following methods:


  • type String - Power save blocker type.
    • prevent-app-suspension - Prevent the application from being suspended. Keeps system active but allows screen to be turned off. Example use cases: downloading a file or playing audio.
    • prevent-display-sleep- Prevent the display from going to sleep. Keeps system and screen active. Example use case: playing video.

Starts preventing the system from entering lower-power mode. Returns an integer identifying the power save blocker.

Note: prevent-display-sleep has higher has precedence over prevent-app-suspension. Only the highest precedence type takes effect. In other words, prevent-display-sleep always takes precedence over prevent-app-suspension.

For example, an API calling A requests for prevent-app-suspension, and another calling B requests for prevent-display-sleep. prevent-display-sleep will be used until B stops its request. After that, prevent-app-suspension is used.


  • id Integer - The power save blocker id returned by powerSaveBlocker.start.

Stops the specified power save blocker.


  • id Integer - The power save blocker id returned by powerSaveBlocker.start.

Returns a boolean whether the corresponding powerSaveBlocker has started.