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Awesome macOS

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

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Last Update: Feb. 28, 2021, 12:01 a.m.

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Audio

Background Music, a macOS audio utility: automatically pause your music, set individual apps' volumes and record system audio.

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Record audio from any application like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers.

Allows you to pin input/output devices for each particular combination of connected devices. May suppress HDMI displays from being choosen.

Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats.

XLD

Rip/Decode/convert/play various "lossless" audio files. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Backup

Arq

Encrypted backups to Amazon, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive, etc.

Create incremental and fully bootable backups of your Mac to external storage.

Chat Clients

A native Mac app wrapper for WhatsApp Web

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A messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super fast, simple and free. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Data Recovery

Comprehensive and professional data recovery for a multitude of scenarios.

Recover from filesystem corruptions when Disk Utility is out of options.

Developers

Hosts file manager for OS X

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1y 0d
n/a

Open source github contribution stats on your Mac OS X Menu Bar

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3y 5m
MIT

a Cocoa GUI for /etc/hosts

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5m
GPL-3.0

I got tired of manually exporting every icon size (for Xcode and more), so I made an app to do it.

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1
99d
n/a

The debug application for Apple Push Notification Service (APNs).

4.81K
385
9m
MIT

A macOS app which helps you manage dependency releases in your Podfile.

513
25
1y 11m
MIT

OS X and iOS application and framework to play with the Apple Push Notification service (APNs)

5.96K
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3y 34d
BSD-2-Clause

Swift Logging Utility for Xcode & Google Docs

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2y 10m
MIT

MySQL/MariaDB database management for macOS

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3d
n/a

Use the Touch Bar on any Mac

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69d
MIT

The unofficial WWDC app for macOS

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4m
BSD-2-Clause

Serve up static sites and Rack apps with simple URLs and zero configuration. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A GUI for managing SQLite databases.

The Homebrew GUI App. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

An app for testing REST endpoints. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

An API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager.

A simple but powerful Git macOS app. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A fork (variant) of GitX, maintained and enhanced with productivity oriented changes. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A Dissassembler for MacOS and Linux. Has a Demo option for 30 minutes of productivity.

Apply lossy compression on PNG files with or without transparency for more efficient files. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Makes images take up less disk space and load faster. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Easily find your website's broken links. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Powerful diff and merge application supporting text, images, and folders.

Paw

The ultimate REST client.

A modern PostgreSQL client.

The easiest way to get started with PostgreSQL. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

High-performance man-in-the-middle proxy to observe and manipulate HTTP/HTTPS requests. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A PostgreSQL GUI tool. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A delightful notebook for programmers that allows mixing rich text, code, markdown, LaTeX, and graphs.

A MySQL database manager. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Manage and organise snippets of code.

A free Git & Mercurial client. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Objective-C to Swift code converter and Xcode & Finder extensions.

A modern, native GUI for multiple databases.

The most powerful Git client.

Configurable menubar Git notifications with accompanying native iOS app. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon]

An app for checking Xcode projects for unused resources. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Manage your vagrant machines in one place with Vagrant Manager for macOS. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

SVN GUI client for Mac.

E-Book Utilities

Editors

Vim - the text editor - for macOS

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Lightweight plain-text editor for macOS. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Port of Emacs to work as an macOS app. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

The sophisticated text editor.

Vim, refined. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Email Utilities

Lightning fast email client designed for El Capitan.

Advanced IMAP email client, featuring extensive keyboard control and Markdown support.

A tightly integreted client for Google Mail, Inbox, Calender, and Contacts.

Finder

List of useful Quick Look plugins for developers

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File Manager and FTP/SFTP/WebDAV/Amazon S3 client.

A powerful dual-pane browser alternative to Finder.

A powerful alternative to Finder.

Adds useful features to Finder. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Games

Turn-based tactical strategy game, featuring both single-player and online multiplayer combat. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

The DOS game emulator that’s fit for your Mac. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A powerful, Open Source emulator for Nintendo GameCube and Wii games. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Multiple Video Game System. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Turn your screen into a playable level of Mario. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Beautiful, powerful chess application. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Graphics

🏇 Gif capture app for macOS

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12m
n/a

A very Mac-like image editor with a comprehensive feature set.

Vector image design tool, possible Adobe Illustrator alternative.

Raster image design tool, possible Adobe Photoshop alternative.

Capture and share GIFs on the desktop. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Create and personalize icons from your pictures. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Design and edit SVG content for web, mobile, and animation. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

An app for creating precise, beautiful graphics.

Powerful image editor, possible Photoshop alternative.

Hybrid vector/bitmap layout application, especially useful for UI, web and mobile design.

Tools for measuring, inspecting and testing on-screen graphics and layouts.

News Readers

Hacker News Delivered to Desktop. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A classic RSS reader reacquired by its original author and rewritten for modern macOS. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Have all your Instapaper, Pocket, etc. feeds in one place even when you're offline.

News reader that integrates with with Feedbin, Feedly, and other popular services.

RSS/Atom newsreader. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Productivity

A tool for tagging files and archiving tasks.

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Boosts your efficiency and productivity.

ClipBoard History Manager. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Sync your clipboard between your Mac and your iOS devices. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Create a popup grid of customizable actions that enhance productivity on your Mac.

Automatically adjust your computer screen to match lighting. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Complete Calendar app replacement which uses natural language for creating events.

Create rules to automatically keep your files organized.

Turn distractions down and focus on your current task.

Select individual application window.

Fuzzy menubar search and vim/easymotion emulation which works globally for every native MacOS app.

Translate speech and text between 100+ languages from the menu bar.

A tiny menubar calendar to display your Mac Calendar app events. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A powerful keyboard customizer. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Automate routine actions based on triggers from keyboard, menu, location, added devices, and more.

Enables you to control your mouse with a few key strokes. Mouse Keys Alternative.

Start applications, navigate folders, manipulate files, control your Mac and much more just by using the keyboard.

An incredible task management platform for Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Perfect for collecting information, outlining ideas, adding structure to any sort of writing, and much more.

The new way to copy & paste for Mac.

Instantly copy & paste, access actions like search, spelling, dictionary and more.

Annotate anything on screen, be it, images, pdfs, videos, code, etc.

Automatic time and project tracking, timesheets, invoicing, and real-time productivity feedback.

Control your Mac quickly and elegantly. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Makes typing emoji faster and easier using Slack-style shortcuts. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Block access to distracting websites. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Simple cross-platform note taking app with cloud-based syncing. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Real-time organization and task management tool.

Plain text to-do lists.

A SIP softphone. Make phone calls over the Internet or your company’s network. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Create custom keyboard shortcuts for frequently-used text and pictures.

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

⬆ A simple Mac app designed to make uploading images and screenshots to Imgur quick and effortless.

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99
2y 11m
GPL-3.0

Capture and share files and screenshots instantly.

Real-time file sharing app with support for instantly sharing code / Markdown, annotating screenshots, screen recording, and voice recording. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Annotate and upload images and screenshots, supports many backends like S3, SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox, etc. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Simple, lightweight, multi-platform torrent client. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Terminal

A terminal emulator. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Utilities

OS X menubar status indicator

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6d
EPL-1.0

macOS app which assembles and disassembles animated png files

211
20
1y 106d
n/a

🌎 18th century Arts for everyone

140
7
1y 12m
LGPL-3.0

Mac Media Keys for the Masses

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10d
n/a

Put the output from any script or program in your Mac OS X Menu Bar

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10d
MIT

Get rid of text formatting in the clipboard

7
0
2y 73d
n/a

Easily disable or enable a monitor on your Mac.

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3y 34d
n/a

Hide menu bar icons on macOS

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32d
MPL-2.0

Tailor your macOS Mojave experience

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34
4m
n/a

A macOS input source switcher with user-defined shortcuts.

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62
7m
MIT

Prevents your Mac from going to sleep.

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165
62d
MIT

Keep your application settings in sync (OS X/Linux)

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821
50d
GPL-3.0

A macOS app for convenient access to the system color panel

152
10
4y 8m
MIT

Easily set Mac Retina display to higher unsupported resolutions

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202
9m
n/a

Managing windows size and position in OSX

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334
8m
n/a

Add a global delay to Command-Q to stop accidental app quits.

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42
62d
GPL-2.0

Password Manager and Secure Wallet.

Uninstall your apps easily. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Organize your menu bar apps.

Resize a large number of images quickly on your computer. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A very capable and full-featured archive manager.

No-nonsense burning of Data/Audio/Video CDs and DVDs, including copying. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Know your short cuts. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Never accidentally quit an app again.

Automate running tasks based on where you are or what you do. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Analyze disk usage and free up disk space.

Beautiful and simple package tracking.

Output system information and configuration to get more informed help from Apple support professionals. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Notification Center widget and menu bar application to monitor your Mac's fans and CPU temperature. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

App that allows you to set rules that decide which browser is opened for every link. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Use any web site as a beautiful Mac app.

Turn web applications into Mac applications.

Menu bar app to monitor and switch between integrated and discrete GPUs on MacBook Pro. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A floating browser window that allows you to watch media while you work. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Thousands of stunning photos and wallpapers from Unsplash on your Mac. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

An advanced system monitor for your menubar.

Discover and share the best GIFs on GIPHY. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Compress to and extract from many archive file formats. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Unlock your Mac quickly and securely. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Create, manage and debug launchd services. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

See when apps are using your network in your Mac menubar. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Markdown editor. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Password Manager. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Simple (drag and drop) but advanced media conversion. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools for macOS. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon]

A powerful ASCII art editor.

A tiny tool to re-mount write-protected NTFS volumes under macOS 10.9+ in read-write mode.

Ambient sound equalizer for relaxation or productivity.

Store, retrieve and sync notes within a minimal GUI. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Receive Android notifications on your mac (with PushBullet). ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Beautiful calculator app. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Multifunction utility to verify disks and files, run cleaning and system maintenance tasks, configure hidden options and more. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A small utility that makes screenshots of webpages. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Simple to use firewall and network monitor.

Remote Desktop Connection Client lets you connect from your Macintosh computer to a Windows-based computer.

Automatically download websites from the Internet.

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.

Beautiful expressive calculator.

Manage your SSH tunnels, tightly integrated with macOS Keychain, secure and intuitive.

Remotely control another computer.

TextBar is a tiny but powerful app that lets you add any text to your MenuBar.

Lets you use your Mac's keyboard as a bluetooth keyboard to type on another devices.

Another minimal Markdown editor. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Unicode Keyboard Layout Editor. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Run system commands and display their output on your desktop as widgets. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Unarchive many different kinds of archive files. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Run Windows applications and games on your Mac. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Video

High performance video encoding and conversion tools with a nice GUI. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon]

Media player with a minimalist design. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Screencasting and video editing software.

Window Management

A lightweight macOS/OS X window and app manager scriptable with JavaScript

3.44K
104
35d
n/a

A tiling window manager for macOS based on binary space partitioning

6.15K
258
26d
MIT

Window manager (automatically keep windows sized in grids). ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Window management for tiling your windows.

Extremely powerful scripting engine for macOS. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Easily move and resize windows without mouse clicks, from anywhere within a window.

Move and zoom windows, super light weight and customizable.

Easily organize windows without using a mouse. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Resize/position windows when displays change.

Others

Apple TV Aerial Screensaver for Mac

19.07K
981
48d
MIT

Make your battery information a bit more interesting.

687
38
2y 6m
n/a

A minimal, beautifully designed music player for OS X.

927
134
5y 9m
n/a

The easiest way to use ShowRSS. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Check time in multiple timezones from your Mac menubar. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A browser for SoundCloud. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Powerful, beautiful and fast Pinboard client.

Command Line Utilities

Use your macOS terminal shell to do awesome things.

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1.43K
98d
CC-BY-SA-4.0

 Swiss Army Knife for macOS

8.33K
296
82d
MIT

 OS X command line tools for developers – The ultimate tool to manage your Mac. It provides a huge set of command line commands that automatize the usage of your OS X system.

8.02K
328
85d
MIT

Mac App Store command line interface

7.88K
194
15d
MIT

macOS Utilities

EnvPane - An OS X preference pane for environment variables

527
43
2y 4m
n/a

Glances an Eye on your system. A top/htop alternative for GNU/Linux, BSD, Mac OS and Windows operating systems.

17.9K
1.17K
21d
LGPL-3.0

Security

Link-Layer MAC spoofing GUI for macOS

886
63
9m
MIT

 Change your mac address, for macOS

71
172
4y 8m
n/a

Mac Intrusion Detection Analysis System

835
158
5y 5m
n/a

Guide to securing and improving privacy on macOS

17.75K
1.25K
109d
MIT

A forensic evidence collection & analysis toolkit for OS X

1.77K
242
1y 8m
n/a

A binary authorization system for macOS

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236
27d
Apache-2.0

Full GPG toolkit with easy to understand GUI applications and Mail.app plugin. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Easily change your MAC Address ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Fully-featured VPN client for Mac.

Encrypt, organize and sync files with macOS or iOS.

Secure mesh VPN software. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Easy to use OpenVPN client and GUI. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Free and open source disk encryption software. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Fully-featured OpenVPN client, ready for enterprise deployment.

Miscellaneous

IRC channels

MacRumors

Reddit