A curated list of awesome applications, software, tools and shiny things for macOS.

Items marked with Open-Source Software are open-source software and link to the source code. Items marked with Freeware are free (as in free beer).

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  • Audio Hijack - Record audio from any application like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers.
  • Audio Profile Manager - Allows you to pin input/output devices for each particular combination of connected devices. May suppress HDMI displays from being chosen.
  • 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. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • krisp - AI-powered app that removes background noise and echo from meetings leaving only human voice.
  • Plug - Discover and listen to music from Hype Machine. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Recordia - Record audio directly from the menu bar or with a global keyboard shortcut.
  • VOX Player - Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats.
  • XLD - Rip/Decode/convert/play various "lossless" audio files. Open-Source Software Freeware


  • Arq - Encrypted backups to Amazon, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive, etc.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner - Create incremental and fully bootable backups of your Mac to external storage.

Chat Clients

  • ChitChat - A native Mac app wrapper for WhatsApp Web. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Telegram - A messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super fast, simple and free. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Textual - An Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client. Open-Source Software

Data Recovery

  • 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. Freeware
  • Base 2 - A GUI for managing SQLite databases.
  • CocoaRestClient - An app for testing REST endpoints. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Cork - A fast, intuitive Homebrew GUI Open-Source Software
  • Dash - An API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager.
  • Decode - Converts Xcode Interface Builder files (Xib and Storyboard files) to Swift source code.
  • Fork - a fast and friendly git client for Mac.
  • DevUtils - All-in-one toolbox for developers. 42+ beautifully crafted useful developer tools, native macOS app, work offline.
  • Gas Mask - A simple hosts file manager which allows editing of host files and switching between them. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • gitbar - Open source github contribution stats on your Menu Bar. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • GitUp - A simple but powerful Git macOS app. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • GitX-dev - A fork (variant) of GitX, maintained and enhanced with productivity oriented changes. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Hopper Dissassembler - A Dissassembler for MacOS and Linux. Has a Demo option for 30 minutes of productivity.
  • Hosts - Edit hosts file. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Iconology - Edit Icons and then Export to Xcode, Icns, Ico, Favicon, Mac Iconset, or a Custom List of Sizes. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • ImageAlpha - Apply lossy compression on PNG files with or without transparency for more efficient files. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • ImageOptim - Makes images take up less disk space and load faster. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Integrity - Easily find your website's broken links. Freeware
  • Kaleidoscope - Powerful diff and merge application supporting text, images, and folders.
  • Knuff - The debug application for Apple Push Notification Service (APNs). Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Medis - A modern GUI for Redis.
  • Pasteboard Viewer - Inspect the system pasteboards. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Paw - The ultimate REST client.
  • pgMagic - A PostgreSQL client that lets you talk to your database in SQL or natural language.
  • Pods Updater - A macOS app which helps you manage dependency releases in your Podfile. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Postico - A modern PostgreSQL client.
  • - The easiest way to get started with PostgreSQL. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Proxyman - High-performance man-in-the-middle proxy to observe and manipulate HTTP/HTTPS requests. Freeware
  • Pusher - A free tool to do sandbox push notifications. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • PSequel - A PostgreSQL GUI tool. Freeware
  • QorumLogs - Swift Logging Utility for Xcode & Google Docs. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Quiver - A delightful notebook for programmers that allows mixing rich text, code, markdown, LaTeX, and graphs.
  • Sequel Ace - A MySQL & MariaDB database manager. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Sequel Pro - A MySQL database manager. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • SnippetsLab - Manage and organise snippets of code.
  • SourceTree - A free Git & Mercurial client. Freeware
  • Swiftify - Objective-C to Swift code converter and Xcode & Finder extensions.
  • TablePlus - A modern, native GUI for multiple databases.
  • Touch Bar Simulator - The macOS Touch Bar Simulator as a standalone app. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Tower - The most powerful Git client.
  • Trailer - Configurable menubar Git notifications with accompanying native iOS app. Open-Source Software
  • Unused - An app for checking Xcode projects for unused resources. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Vagrant Manager - Manage your vagrant machines in one place with Vagrant Manager for macOS. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Versions - SVN GUI client for Mac.
  • WWDC - The WWDC app. Open-Source Software
  • Xcodes - Install and switch between multiple versions of Xcode. Open-Source Software Freeware

E-Book Utilities


  • CotEditor - Lightweight plain-text editor for macOS. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Emacs - Port of Emacs to work as an macOS app. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • MacVim - Vim, the text editor. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Nova - The beautiful, fast, flexible, native Mac code editor from Panic.
  • Sublime Text 3 - The sophisticated text editor.
  • TextMate - A graphical text editor. Open-Source Software
  • VimR - Vim, refined. Open-Source Software Freeware

Email Utilities

  • Airmail - Lightning fast email client designed for El Capitan.
  • MailMate - Advanced IMAP email client, featuring extensive keyboard control and Markdown support.
  • Mailplane - A tightly integreted client for Google Mail, Inbox, Calender, and Contacts.


  • 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.
  • TotalFinder - A powerful alternative to Finder.
  • XtraFinder - Adds useful features to Finder. Freeware


  • Battle for Wesnoth - Turn-based tactical strategy game, featuring both single-player and online multiplayer combat. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Boxer - The DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Dolphin - A powerful, Open Source emulator for Nintendo GameCube and Wii games. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • OpenEmu - Multiple Video Game System. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Screentendo - Turn your screen into a playable level of Mario. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Stockfish - Beautiful, powerful chess application. Open-Source Software Freeware


  • 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. Open-Source Software
  • GIPHY Capture - Capture and share GIFs on the desktop. Freeware
  • Image2icon - Create and personalize icons from your pictures. Freeware
  • macSVG - Design and edit SVG content for web, mobile, and animation. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • OmniGraffle - An app for creating precise, beautiful graphics.
  • Pixea - An image viewer for macOS with a nice minimal modern user interface. Freeware
  • 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. Open-Source Software
  • xScope - Tools for measuring, inspecting and testing on-screen graphics and layouts.

News Readers

  • hacker-menu - Hacker News Delivered to Desktop. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • NetNewsWire - A classic RSS reader reacquired by its original author and rewritten for modern macOS. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • ReadKit - Have all your Instapaper, Pocket, etc. feeds in one place even when you're offline.
  • Reeder - News reader that integrates with with Feedbin, Feedly, and other popular services.
  • Vienna - RSS/Atom newsreader. Open-Source Software Freeware


  • Alfred - Boosts your efficiency and productivity.
  • BetterTouchTool - Configure gestures for mouse and actions for keyboard shortcuts.
  • ClipMenu - ClipBoard History Manager. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • CloudClip - Sync your clipboard between your Mac and your iOS devices. Freeware
  • Dropzone - Create a popup grid of customizable actions that enhance productivity on your Mac.
  • f.lux - Automatically adjust your computer screen to match lighting. Freeware
  • Fantastical - 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.
  • iCMD - Fuzzy menubar search and vim emulation.
  • Instant Translate - Translate speech and text between 100+ languages from the menu bar.
  • ItsyCal - A tiny menubar calendar to display your Mac Calendar app events. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Karabiner - A powerful keyboard customizer. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • 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.
  • MeetingBar - Your meetings in MacOS status bar Open-Source Software Freeware
  • MenubarX - A powerful menu bar browser.
  • 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.
  • Pandan - Time awareness in your menu bar. Freeware
  • Paste - The new way to copy & paste for Mac.
  • PDF Archiver - A nice tool for tagging and archiving tasks. Open-Source Software
  • PopClip - Instantly copy & paste, access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and more.
  • Presentify - Annotate anything on screen, be it, images, pdfs, videos, code, etc.
  • Qbserve - Automatic time and project tracking, timesheets, invoicing, and real-time productivity feedback.
  • Quicksilver - Control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Rocket - Makes typing emoji faster and easier using Slack-style shortcuts. Freeware
  • SelfControl - Block access to distracting websites. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Simplenote - Simple cross-platform note taking app with cloud-based syncing. Freeware
  • Taskade - Real-time organization and task management tool.
  • TaskPaper - Plain text to-do lists.
  • Telephone - A SIP softphone. Make phone calls over the Internet or your company’s network. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • 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.

Sharing Files

  • 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. Freeware
  • mac2imgur - Upload images and screenshots to Imgur. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Monosnap - Annotate and upload images and screenshots, supports many backends like S3, SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox, etc. Freeware
  • Transmission - Simple, lightweight, multi-platform torrent client. Open-Source Software Freeware



  • 1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet.
  • AnyBar - A menubar status indicator. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • APNGb - .apng image assembler/disassembler app. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • AppCleaner - Uninstall your apps easily. Freeware
  • Artify - A macOS X application for bringing dedicatedly 18th century Arts to everyone. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Bartender - Organize your menu bar apps.
  • Batch Image Resizer - Resize a large number of images quickly on your computer. Freeware
  • BeardedSpice - Control web based media players with the media keys found on Mac keyboards. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • BetterZip - A very capable and full-featured archive manager.
  • BitBar - Display output of any script to the menu bar. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Burn - No-nonsense burning of Data/Audio/Video CDs and DVDs, including copying. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • CheatSheet - Know your short cuts. Freeware
  • ClipboardCleaner - Automatically removes text formatting from the clipboard. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • CommandQ - Never accidentally quit an app again.
  • ControlPlane - Automate running tasks based on where you are or what you do. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • 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. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Dozer - Hide MacOS menubar items. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • EtreCheck - Output system information and configuration to get more informed help from Apple support professionals. Freeware
  • Equinox - Create macOS dynamic wallpapers. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Fanny - Notification Center widget and menu bar application to monitor your Mac's fans and CPU temperature. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Finicky - App that allows you to set rules that decide which browser is opened for every link. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Flotato - Use any web site as a beautiful Mac app.
  • Fluid - Turn web applications into Mac applications.
  • gfxCardStatus - Menu bar app to monitor and switch between integrated and discrete GPUs on MacBook Pro. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Gray - Pick between the light appearance and the dark appearance on a per-app basis with the click of a button. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Helium - A floating browser window that allows you to watch media while you work. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Irvue - Thousands of stunning photos and wallpapers from Unsplash on your Mac. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • iStat Menus - An advanced system monitor for your menubar.
  • Jiffy - Discover and share the best GIFs on GIPHY. Freeware
  • Kawa - A better input source switcher with shortcuts. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • KeepingYouAwake - Menu bar utility that prevents Mac from going to sleep. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Keka - Compress to and extract from many archive file formats. Freeware
  • Knock - Unlock your Mac quickly and securely. Freeware
  • LaunchControl - Create, manage and debug launchd services. Freeware
  • Loading - See when apps are using your network in your Mac menubar. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Little Snitch - Protect your privacy.
  • MacDown - Markdown editor. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Mackup - Keep your application settings in sync. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • MacPass - Password Manager. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Media Converter - Simple (drag and drop) but advanced media conversion. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Menubar Colors - Convenient access to the system color panel. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • MenuMeters - A set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for macOS. Open-Source Software
  • MonitorControl - Control your display's brightness and volume on your Mac as if it was a native Apple Display. Use Apple Keyboard keys or custom shortcuts. Shows the native macOS OSDs. Open-Source Software
  • 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. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Noti - Receive Android notifications on your mac (with PushBullet). Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Numi - Beautiful calculator app. Freeware
  • OnyX - Multifunction utility to verify disks and files, run cleaning and system maintenance tasks, configure hidden options and more. Freeware
  • Paparazzi - A small utility that makes screenshots of webpages. Freeware
  • 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.
  • RDM - Easily set Mac Retina display to higher unsupported resolutions. Open-Source Software
  • Site Sucker - Automatically download websites from the Internet.
  • ShiftIt - Managing windows size and position. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • SlowQuitApps - Prevent accidental Cmd-Q. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • 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.
  • Strongbox - Secure Password Management for iOS and MacOS. Open Source. Compatible with KeePass and Password Safe. Open-Source Software
  • 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. Freeware
  • Ukelele - Unicode Keyboard Layout Editor. Freeware
  • Übersicht - Run system commands and display their output on your desktop as widgets. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • The Unarchiver - Unarchive many different kinds of archive files. Freeware
  • Wineskin - Run Windows applications and games on your Mac. Open-Source Software Freeware


  • HandBrake - High performance video encoding and conversion tools with a nice GUI. Open-Source Software
  • IINA - Media player with a minimalist design. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • mpv - Media player. Open-Source Software
  • ScreenFlow - Screencasting and video editing software.
  • Subler - Mux and tag MP4 files. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Subtitlr - Drag and drop subititle download utility. Open-Source Software

Window Management

  • Amethyst - Window manager (automatically keep windows sized in grids). Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Divvy Window Manager - Window management for tiling your windows.
  • Hammerspoon - Extremely powerful scripting engine for macOS. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Hummingbird - Easily move and resize windows without mouse clicks, from anywhere within a window.
  • Moom - Move and zoom windows, super light weight and customizable.
  • Phoenix - A lightweight window and app manager scriptable with JavaScript. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Rectangle - Easily organize windows without using a mouse. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Stay - Resize/position windows when displays change.
  • Swish - Control windows and applications with trackpad gestures.
  • yabai - Tiling window manager with focus follows mouse. Open-Source Software Freeware


  • Aerial - Apple TV Aerial Screensaver for Mac. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Catch - The easiest way to use ShowRSS. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Clocker - Check time in multiple timezones from your Mac menubar. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Juice - Make your battery information a bit more interesting. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Sonora - A minimal, beautifully designed music player. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Spillo - Powerful, beautiful and fast Pinboard client.
  • Transmit - A FTP client.

Command Line Utilities

  • Awesome macOS Command Line - Use your macOS terminal shell to do awesome things.
  • m-cli -  Swiss Army Knife for macOS.
  • Mac-CLI -  macOS command line tools for developers.
  • mas - A CLI for the Mac App Store. Open-Source Software Freeware

macOS Utilities






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

macOS 10.12 Sierra Setup

macOS 10.13 High Sierra Setup

macOS 10.14 Mojave Setup

macOS 10.15 Catalina Setup


  • GPG Suite - Full GPG toolkit with easy to understand GUI applications and plugin. Freeware
  • LinkLiar - Menu application written in Swift to help you spoof the MAC addresses of your Wi-Fi and Ethernet interfaces. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • macchanger by acrogenesis - Easily change your MAC Address Open-Source Software Freeware
  • macchanger by shilch - Change / spoof MAC address (random, custom and restore). Open-Source Software
  • MIDAS - Intrusion Detection Analysis System. Open-Source Software
  • OS-X-Security-and-Privacy-Guide Open-Source Software
  • OSXCollector - Forensic evidence collection & analysis toolkit. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Pareto Security - A MenuBar app to automatically audit your Mac for basic security hygiene. Open-Source Software
  • santa - A binary whitelisting/blacklisting system. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Shimo - Fully-featured VPN client for Mac.
  • SimpleumSafe - Encrypt, organize and sync files with macOS or iOS.
  • tinc - Secure mesh VPN software. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Tunnelblick - Easy to use OpenVPN client and GUI. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • VeraCrypt - Free and open source disk encryption software. Open-Source Software Freeware
  • Viscosity - Fully-featured OpenVPN client, ready for enterprise deployment.


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