A curated list of awesome applications, softwares, tools and shiny things for macOS.
Items marked with are open-source software and link to the source code. Items marked with are free (as in free beer).
Table of Contents
Audio Hijack - Record audio from any application like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers.
BackgroundMusic - Record system audio, control audio levels for individual apps, and automatically pauses your music player when other audio starts playing and unpauses it afterwards. 3k 139
VOX Player - Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats.
XLD - Rip/Decode/convert/play various "lossless" audio files.
Arq - Encrypted backups to Amazon, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive, etc.
Carbon Copy Cloner - Create incremental and fully bootable backups of your Mac to external storage.
ReadKit - Have all your Instapaper, Pocket, etc. feeds in one place even when you're offline.
Spillo - Powerful, beautiful and fast Pinboard client.
ChitChat - A native Mac app wrapper for WhatsApp Web. 1k 222
Goofy - Unofficial Facebook Messenger client.
Telegram - A messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super fast, simple and free.
Textual - An Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client.
Data Rescue - Comprehensive and professional data recovery for a multitude of scenarios.
DiskWarrior - Recover from filesystem corruptions when Disk Utility is out of options.
Anvil - Serve up static sites and Rack apps with simple URLs and zero configuration.
Base 2 - A GUI for managing SQLite databases.
Cakebrew - The Homebrew GUI App.
CocoaRestClient - An app for testing REST endpoints.
Dash - An API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager.
Flawless App - macOS tool for visual quality check of mobile app right inside iOS simulator.
Gas Mask - A simple hosts file manager which allows editing of host files and switching between them. 2k 172
gitbar - Open source github contribution stats on your Menu Bar. 253 22
GitHub Desktop - A GUI for using GitHub.
GitUp - A simple but powerful Git macOS app.
GitX-dev - A fork (variant) of GitX, maintained and enhanced with productivity oriented changes.
Hosts - Edit hosts file. 1k 111
ImageAlpha - Apply lossy compression on PNG files with or without transparency for more efficient files.
ImageOptim - Makes images take up less disk space and load faster.
Integrity - Easily find your website's broken links.
Kaleidoscope - Powerful diff and merge application supporting text, images, and folders.
Knuff - The debug application for Apple Push Notification Service (APNs). 3k 199
Paw - The ultimate REST client.
Postico - A modern PostgreSQL client.
Postgres.app - The easiest way to get started with PostgreSQL.
PSequel - A PostgreSQL GUI tool.
QorumLogs - Swift Logging Utility for Xcode & Google Docs. 833 94
Quiver - A delightful notebook for programmers that allows mixing rich text, code, markdown, LaTeX, and graphs.
Sequel Pro - A MySQL database manager.
Sip - A simple color picker for developers.
SnippetsLab - Manage and organise snippets of code.
SourceTree - A free Git & Mercurial client.
Swiftify - Objective-C to Swift code converter and Xcode & Finder extensions.
Touch Bar Simulator - The macOS Touch Bar Simulator as a standalone app. 450 18
Tower - The most powerful Git client.
Unused - An app for checking Xcode projects for unused resources.
Vagrant Manager - Manage your vagrant machines in one place with Vagrant Manager for macOS.
Versions - SVN GUI client for Mac.
WWDC - The WWDC app. 6k 596
CotEditor - Lightweight plain-text editor for macOS.
Emacs - Port of Emacs to work as an macOS app.
MacVim - Vim, the text editor. 4k 609
Sublime Text 3 - The sophisticated text editor.
TextMate - A graphical text editor.
VimR - Vim, refined.
Airmail - Lightning fast email client designed for El Capitan.
MailMate - Advanced IMAP email client, featuring extensive keyboard control and Markdown support.
ForkLift - File Manager and FTP/SFTP/WebDAV/Amazon S3 client.
Path Finder - A powerful dual-pane browser alternative to Finder.
Quicklook-Plugins - List of extra quicklook plugins to enable previewing more filetypes in the Finder. 3k 96
TotalFinder - A powerful alternative to Finder.
XtraFinder - Adds useful features to Finder.
Battle for Wesnoth - Turn-based tactical strategy game, featuring both single-player and online multiplayer combat.
Boxer - The DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac.
Dolphin - A powerful, Open Source emulator for Nintendo GameCube and Wii games.
OpenEmu - Multiple Video Game System.
Screentendo - Turn your screen into a playable level of Mario.
Stockfish - Beautiful, powerful chess application.
Acorn - A very Mac-like image editor with a comprehensive feature set.
Affinity Designer - Vector image design tool, possible Adobe Illustrator alternative.
Affinity Photo - Raster image design tool, possible Adobe Photoshop alternative.
GifCapture - Record GIF screencasts. 266 11
GIPHY Capture - Capture and share GIFs on the desktop.
Image2icon - Create and personalize icons from your pictures.
OmniGraffle - An app for creating precise, beautiful graphics.
Pixelmator - Powerful image editor, possible Photoshop alternative.
Sketch - Hybrid vector/bitmap layout application, especially useful for UI, web and mobile design.
Sketch Toolbox - A super simple plugin manager for Sketch.
xScope - Tools for measuring, inspecting and testing on-screen graphics and layouts.
Alfred - Boosts your efficiency and productivity.
BetterTouchTool - Configure gestures for mouse and actions for keyboard shortcuts.
ClipMenu - ClipBoard History Manager.
CloudClip - Sync your clipboard between your Mac and your iOS devices.
Dropzone - Create a popup grid of customizable actions that enhance productivity on your Mac.
f.lux - Automatically adjust your computer screen to match lighting.
Fantastical 2 - Complete Calendar app replacement which uses natural language for creating events.
Hazel - Create rules to automatically keep your files organized.
HazeOver - Turn distractions down and focus on your current task.
HyperDock - Select individual application window.
Instant Translate - Translate speech and text between 100+ languages from the menu bar.
Karabiner - A powerful keyboard customizer.
Keyboard Maestro - Automate routine actions based on triggers from keyboard, menu, location, added devices, and more.
Keytty - Enables you to control your mouse with a few key strokes. Mouse Keys Alternative.
LaunchBar - Start applications, navigate folders, manipulate files, control your Mac and much more just by using the keyboard.
OmniFocus - An incredible task management platform for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
OmniOutliner - Perfect for collecting information, outlining ideas, adding structure to any sort of writing, and much more.
Paste - The new way to copy & paste for Mac.
PopClip - Instantly copy & paste, access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and more.
Qbserve - Automatic time and project tracking, timesheets, invoicing, and real-time productivity feedback.
Quicksilver - Control your Mac quickly and elegantly.
Rocket - Makes typing emoji faster and easier using Slack-style shortcuts.
SelfControl - Block access to distracting websites.
Simplenote - Simple cross-platform note taking app with cloud-based syncing.
TaskPaper - Plain text to-do lists.
Telephone - A SIP softphone. Make phone calls over the Internet or your company’s network.
TextExpander - Create custom keyboard shortcuts for frequently-used text and pictures.
Timing - Automatic time and productivity tracking for Mac. Helps you stay on track with your work and ensures no billable hours get lost if you are billing hourly.
CloudApp - Capture and share files and screenshots instantly.
Jumpshare - Real-time file sharing app with support for instantly sharing code / Markdown, annotating screenshots, screen recording, and voice recording.
mac2imgur - Upload images and screenshots to Imgur. 674 85
Monosnap - Annotate and upload images and screenshots, supports many backends like S3, SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox, etc.
Transmission - Simple, lightweight, multi-platform torrent client.
1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet.
AnyBar - A menubar status indicator. 4k 140
APNGb - .apng image assembler/disassembler app. 26 1
AppCleaner - Uninstall your apps easily.
Arthur - Safely optimize some of your Mac's hidden settings.
Bartender - Organize your menu bar apps.
Batch Image Resizer - Resize a large number of images quickly on your computer.
BeardedSpice - Control web based media players with the media keys found on Mac keyboards. 2k 281
BetterZip - A very capable and full-featured archive manager.
BitBar - Display output of any script to the menu bar. 8k 330
Burn - No-nonsense burning of Data/Audio/Video CDs and DVDs, including copying.
CheatSheet - Know your short cuts.
CommandQ - Never accidentally quit an app again.
ControlPlane - Automate running tasks based on where you are or what you do.
DaisyDisk - Analyze disk usage and free up disk space.
Deliveries - Beautiful and simple package tracking.
DisableMonitor - Easily disable or enable a monitor on your Mac. 695 67
EtreCheck - Output system information and configuration to get more informed help from Apple support professionals.
Fanny - Notification Center widget and menu bar application to monitor your Mac's fans and CPU temperature.
Finicky - App that allows you to set rules that decide which browser is opened for every link.
Fluid - Turn web applications into Mac applications.
gfxCardStatus - Menu bar app to monitor and switch between integrated and discrete GPUs on MacBook Pro.
Helium - A floating browser window that allows you to watch media while you work.
InsomniaX - Prevents macOS from automatically going to sleep (on lid closing or idle timeout).
Irvue - Thousands of stunning photos and wallpapers from Unsplash on your Mac.
iStat Menus - An advanced system monitor for your menubar.
Kawa - A better input source switcher with shortcuts. 183 13
KeepingYouAwake - Menu bar utility that prevents Mac from going to sleep. 2k 132
Keka - Compress to and extract from many archive file formats.
Knock - Unlock your Mac quickly and securely.
LaunchControl - Create, manage and debug launchd services.
Loading - See when apps are using your network in your Mac menubar.
Little Snitch - Protect your privacy.
MacDown - Markdown editor.
Mackup - Keep your application settings in sync. 7k 721
MacPass - Password Manager.
Media Converter - Simple (drag and drop) but advanced media conversion.
- Convenient access to the system color panel. 66 8
MenuMeters - A set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for macOS.
Monodraw - A powerful ASCII art editor.
Mounty - A tiny tool to re-mount write-protected NTFS volumes under macOS 10.9+ in read-write mode.
Noizio - Ambient sound equalizer for relaxation or productivity.
Notational Velocity - Store, retrieve and sync notes within a minimal GUI.
Noti - Receive Android notifications on your mac (with PushBullet).
Numi - Beautiful calculator app.
OnyX - Multifunction utility to verify disks and files, run cleaning and system maintenance tasks, configure hidden options and more.
Paparazzi - A small utility that makes screenshots of webpages.
Paragon NTFS - World fastest NTFS driver.
Radio Silence - Simple to use firewall and network monitor.
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client - Remote Desktop Connection Client lets you connect from your Macintosh computer to a Windows-based computer.
Site Sucker - Automatically download websites from the Internet.
ShiftIt - Managing windows size and position. 4k 322
SlowQuitApps - Prevent accidental Cmd-Q. 126 12
SmartCapsLock - Makes the Caps Lock key smarter, so that when the key accidentally gets activated and you START YELLING even though you don't want to, you can just select the yelling-text and press the key again to instantly fix its case instead of typing everything all over again.
Soulver - Beautiful expressive calculator.
SSH Tunnel - Manage your SSH tunnels, tightly integrated with macOS Keychain, secure and intuitive.
TeamViewer - Remotely control another computer.
TextBar - TextBar is a tiny but powerful app that lets you add any text to your MenuBar.
Typeeto - Lets you use your Mac's keyboard as a bluetooth keyboard to type on another devices.
Typora - Another minimal Markdown editor.
Ukelele - Unicode Keyboard Layout Editor.
Übersicht - Run system commands and display their output on your desktop as widgets.
The Unarchiver - Unarchive many different kinds of archive files.
Wineskin - Run Windows applications and games on your Mac.
HandBrake - High performance video encoding and conversion tools with a nice GUI.
mpv - Media player.
ScreenFlow - Screencasting and video editing software.
Subler - Mux and tag MP4 files.
Subtitlr - Drag and drop subititle download utility.
Amethyst - Window manager (automatically keep windows sized in grids).
Divvy Window Manager - Window management for tiling your windows.
Hammerspoon - Extremely powerful scripting engine for macOS.
kwm - Tiling window manager with focus follows mouse.
Moom - Move and zoom windows, super light weight and customizable.
Spectacle - Easily organize windows without using a mouse.
Stay - Resize/position windows when displays change.
Aerial - Apple TV Aerial Screensaver for Mac. 9k 551
Catch - The easiest way to use ShowRSS.
Clocker - Check time in multiple timezones from your Mac menubar.
gInbox - gInbox is a wrapper made for Mac around Inbox by Gmail. 762 84
hacker-menu - Hacker News Delivered to Desktop.
Juice - Make your battery information a bit more interesting. 501 34
PopKey - Allows easy access to animated GIFs from the Mac menu bar.
Reeder 3 - News reader that integrates with with Feedbin, Feedly, and other popular services.
Sonora - A minimal, beautifully designed music player. 600 91
SoundCleod - A browser for SoundCloud.
Transmit - A FTP client.
Vienna - RSS/Atom newsreader.
Command Line Utilities
Awesome macOS Command Line - Use your macOS terminal shell to do awesome things. 17k 927
m-cli - Swiss Army Knife for macOS. 6k 236
Mac-CLI - macOS command line tools for developers.
Mac macOS Manual Pages - Apple's official man page reference which lists all general commands in Section 1.
mas - A CLI for the Mac App Store. 129 9
Ansible playbook to configure a development and desktop environment from a clean macOS install.
macOS 10.9 Mavericks Setup
macOS 10.10 Yosemite Setup
macOS 10.11 El Capitan Setup
VeraCrypt - Free and open source disk encryption software.
Viscosity - Fully-featured OpenVPN client, ready for enterprise deployment.
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