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Awesome MacOs – Massive Collection Of Resources – You Ever Wondered To Get!

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

Applications

Audio

  • 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.
  • 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.

Backup

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Developers

  • 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.
  • Gas Mask – A simple hosts file manager which allows editing of host files and switching between them.
  • gitbar – Open source github contribution stats on your Menu Bar.
  • 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.
  • Hopper Dissassembler – A Dissassembler for MacOS and Linux. Has a Demo option for 30 minutes of productivity.
  • Hosts – Edit hosts file.
  • Iconology – Edit Icons and then Export to Xcode, Icns, Ico, Favicon, Mac Iconset, or a Custom List of Sizes.
  • 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).
  • Paw – The ultimate REST client.
  • Pods Updater – A macOS app which helps you manage dependency releases in your Podfile.
  • Postico – A modern PostgreSQL client.
  • Postgres.app – The easiest way to get started with PostgreSQL.
  • Proxyman – High-performance man-in-the-middle proxy to observe and manipulate HTTP/HTTPS requests.
  • Pusher – A free tool to do sandbox push notifications.
  • PSequel – A PostgreSQL GUI tool.
  • QorumLogs – Swift Logging Utility for Xcode & Google Docs.
  • Quiver – A delightful notebook for programmers that allows mixing rich text, code, markdown, LaTeX, and graphs.
  • Sequel Ace – A MySQL & MariaDB database manager.
  • Sequel Pro – A MySQL database manager.
  • SnippetsLab – Manage and organise snippets of code.
  • SourceTree – A free Git & Mercurial client.
  • 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.
  • Tower – The most powerful Git client.
  • Trailer – Configurable menubar Git notifications with accompanying native iOS app.
  • 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.

E-Book Utilities

Editors

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

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.

Finder

  • 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.

Games

  • 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.

Graphics

  • 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.
  • GIPHY Capture – Capture and share GIFs on the desktop.
  • Image2icon – Create and personalize icons from your pictures.
  • macSVG – Design and edit SVG content for web, mobile, and animation.
  • 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.

News Readers

  • hacker-menu – Hacker News Delivered to Desktop.
  • NetNewsWire – A classic RSS reader reacquired by its original author and rewritten for modern macOS.
  • 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.

Productivity

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MeetingBar – Your meetings in MacOS status bar
  • 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.
  • PDF Archiver – A nice tool for tagging and archiving tasks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • mac2imgur – Upload images and screenshots to Imgur.
  • Monosnap – Annotate and upload images and screenshots, supports many backends like S3, SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox, etc.
  • Transmission – Simple, lightweight, multi-platform torrent client.

Terminal

Utilities

  • 1Password – Password Manager and Secure Wallet.
  • AnyBar – A menubar status indicator.
  • APNGb – .apng image assembler/disassembler app.
  • AppCleaner – Uninstall your apps easily.
  • Artify – A macOS X application for bringing dedicatedly 18th century Arts to everyone.
  • 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.
  • BetterZip – A very capable and full-featured archive manager.
  • BitBar – Display output of any script to the menu bar.
  • Burn – No-nonsense burning of Data/Audio/Video CDs and DVDs, including copying.
  • CheatSheet – Know your short cuts.
  • ClipboardCleaner – Automatically removes text formatting from the clipboard.
  • 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.
  • Dozer – Hide MacOS menubar items.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gray – Pick between the light appearance and the dark appearance on a per-app basis with the click of a button.
  • Helium – A floating browser window that allows you to watch media while you work.
  • Irvue – Thousands of stunning photos and wallpapers from Unsplash on your Mac.
  • iStat Menus – An advanced system monitor for your menubar.
  • Jiffy – Discover and share the best GIFs on GIPHY.
  • Kawa – A better input source switcher with shortcuts.
  • KeepingYouAwake – Menu bar utility that prevents Mac from going to sleep.
  • 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.
  • MacPass – Password Manager.
  • Media Converter – Simple (drag and drop) but advanced media conversion.
  • Menubar Colors – Convenient access to the system color panel.
  • 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.
  • SlowQuitApps – Prevent accidental Cmd-Q.
  • 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.

Video

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

Window Management

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rectangle – Easily organize windows without using a mouse.
  • Stay – Resize/position windows when displays change.
  • yabai – Tiling window manager with focus follows mouse.

Others

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

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