My favorite macOS apps
A simple list with my favorite macOS apps (not organized in any order or neither category)
Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with macOS. Also available for Linux.
What Does Homebrew Do?
- Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple (or your Linux system) didn’t.
- Homebrew installs packages to their own directory and then symlinks their files into /usr/local (on macOS Intel).
- Homebrew won’t install files outside its prefix and you can place a Homebrew installation wherever you like.
- Trivially create your own Homebrew packages.
- It’s all Git and Ruby underneath, so hack away with the knowledge that you can easily revert your modifications and merge upstream updates.
- Homebrew formulae are simple Ruby scripts.
- Homebrew complements macOS (or your Linux system). Install your RubyGems with gem and their dependencies with brew.
- “To install, drag this icon…” no more. Homebrew Cask installs macOS apps, fonts and plugins and other non-open source software.
- Making a cask is as simple as creating a formula.
Slack is a unified communication platform built with an optimized workflow to keep modern teams focused and productive. A familiar chat interface facilitates discussions while advanced features are easily exposed based on context. Hover over a message to see more options such as emoji reactions, sharing and pinning features and more. A navigation bar provides easy access to key features including a powerful search to find important discussions, files and more.
Conversations are organized across dedicated Channels, neatly arranged in a responsive sidebar with collapsible sections. These Channels are highly configurable and allow for flexibility in working with various teams but can also be shared externally, making it easy to hold discussions with partners and clients.
Pushbullet is the easiest and fastest way to send links, pictures, files, lists, notes, and more right into your phone's notification tray, to your computer, or to a friend, really fast.
Originally offering users a synchronized clipboard for universal copy and paste, and phone notifications on their desktop, Pushbullet has now relegated these options to a $5/month "pro" plan, that is due to commence on 1/12/2015.
Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.
Fiddler captures HTTP and HTTPS traffic and logs it for the user to review (the latter by implementing man-in-the-middle interception using self-signed certificates).
Fiddler is freeware and can debug traffic from virtually any application, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and thousands more.
DevDocs combines multiple developer documentations in a clean and organized web UI with instant search, offline support, mobile version, dark theme, keyboard shortcuts, and more.
- Fully-functional offline
- Fast, fuzzy search
- Toggle docs on/off
- Multi-version support
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Retina support
- Mobile version
- Dark theme
- Free and open source
Colorpicker is efficient through its interface. Every features are accessible from the toolbar and shortcuts. You have the possibility to choose any color thanks to the three RGB sliders (soon HSL, CMYK, ...)!
Made for designers and developers, Colorpicker allows you to pick, edit, organize and store your colors easily.
Colorpicker's menu come with a lot of cool features :
- Pin: pin Colorpicker to the foreground;
- Picker: open an eyedropper who can pick a color from your desktop;
- Colorsbook: open Colorsbook, a color manager;
- Shading: show three bar of shading — hue bar, natural bar and lightness bar;
- Opacity: toggle Opacity range;
- Clean Vue: unshow menu, ranges and inputs;
- Magic color: show colors from the clipboard;
- Random: show a random color;
- Settings: open the preferences panel.
Discord is a communication platform used by various communities. It provides a space for regular interaction and allows private discussions. Discord servers are organized into topic-focused channels for easy collaboration and conversation. It offers voice channels for effortless communication and uses low latency voice and video technology.
Discord supports text, voice, and video communication. Users can video greet, live-stream games, host group screen shares, and create custom emojis from images. Users can share a range of content and pin preferred items for easy access.
Discord suits small groups and large fandoms. It offers customizable moderation tools and permission levels for user-specific group organization. Users can assign moderator roles, grant special members access to private channels, and manage their community effectively.
Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere.
Docker containers can encapsulate any payload, and will run consistently on and between virtually any server. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop will run at scale, in production*, on VMs, bare-metal servers, OpenStack clusters, public instances, or combinations of the above.
Common use cases for Docker include:
• Automating the packaging and deployment of applications • Creation of lightweight, private PAAS environments • Automated testing and continuous integration/deployment • Deploying and scaling web apps, databases and backend services
Docker is available as Community Edition (CE) for free and an Enterprise Edition (EE) subscription with software, support and certification.
StuffIt is the right tool for people who just need very basic compression and expansion features. StuffIt has some great features that help you manage your workflow quickly and efficiently. Create both Zip and StuffIt X archives with or without encryption, and open compressed or encoded email attachments and downloads in over 25 formats including StuffIt, Zip and RAR.
StuffIt Deluxe has everything you can do with StuffIt, plus a lot more: • Schedule automatic backups • StuffIt SmartSend - compress and send via email • Free subscription to SendStuffNow (formerly StuffIt Connect) • Browse & modify archives without expanding them • Plug-in support for photo applications, and MS Office • Create Disk Images (.dmg) • Create self-extracting archives
StuffIt Expander is a FREE version of StuffIt: it is a file extractor and decompression tool and allows you to access and uncompress StuffIt X and Zip archives.
The Unarchiver is a small and easy to use program that can unarchive many different kinds of archive files. It will open common formats such as Zip, RAR (including v5), 7-zip, Tar, Gzip and Bzip2. It will also open many older formats, such as StuffIt, DiskDoubler, LZH, ARJ and ARC. It will even open other kinds of files, like ISO and BIN disc images, some Windows .EXE installers. The list is actually much longer - see the program homepage for the full list.
The Unarchiver also tries to detect and correctly handle the filename encoding in the archives it opens, allowing you to open files from every part of the world without getting garbled filenames.
The fastest way to read and write Windows disks from Mac OS X, which doesn't support writing to NTFS volumes out-of-the box. It builds and extends upon the proven stability of the open source NTFS-3G to deliver a full featured, commercial grade NTFS driver for your Mac. With Tuxera NTFS for Mac you can access your Windows disks as easily as any Mac disk. Tuxera NTFS for Mac delivers the fastest NTFS data transfer speeds you can have on Mac while protecting your data with its new, smart caching layer.
The software fully supports all versions of Mac OS X from 10.4 (Tiger) onwards, including the new 64-bit kernel introduced with Snow Leopard and the upcoming Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and comes with advanced features only available from Tuxera such as support for NTFS extended attributes. Tuxera NTFS for Mac is compatible with popular virtualization and encryption solutions including Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion and TrueCrypt.
Zoom is a video communication company that provides remote conferencing services that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.
Zoom offers a way to start or join a 100-person meeting face-to-face video, screen sharing and instant messaging
Key Features: --Best video meeting quality --Best screen sharing quality --Screen share directly from your device --Screen share photos, web, and Dropbox or Box files --Screen share apps via iOS AirPlay --Co-annotate during screen sharing --Real-time whiteboard collaboration --Send group text, images, and audio files from mobile and desktop --Contact availability status --Easily invite phone, email, or company contacts --Join as interactive participant or view-only webinar attendee --Works over WiFi, 4G/LTE, and 3G networks --Safe driving mode while on the road --Connect with anyone on iPad, iPhone, other mobile devices, Windows, Mac, Zoom Rooms, H.323/SIP room systems, and telephones
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose - any kind of text file. You'll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.
Sublime Text may be downloaded and used for free without an expiration time limit, however a prompt appears occassionally to "ask to" purchase a license
Spotify is a freemium music streaming service providing digital rights management-restricted content from record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal.
Music can be browsed by artist, album, genre, playlist, or record label, as well as by direct searches. On computers, a link allows the listener to purchase selected material via partner retailers.
Spotify music streaming is available on all mobile devices and on desktop computers for unlimited durations. Features like offline listening and ad-free playback are only available for Premium subscribers of the service.
A free web browser developed by Google from the open source Chromium project with a focus on speed and minimalism. Chrome offers fast start-up and web page loading, supports a minimalist user interface, automatically updates in the background, and offers syncing of browser bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and history between multiple computers by your Google account.
Additionally, Chrome has PDF support built into the browser for better speed and security.
Chrome Web Apps and Extensions are available on Chrome Web Store .
Available in more than 50 languages.
OpenShot is a free and open-source video editor for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS, designed to be easy to use and quick to learn.
Cross-Platform OpenShot is a cross-platform video editor, with support for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Get started and download our installer today.
Trim & Slice Quickly trim down your videos, and find those perfect moments. OpenShot has many easy ways to cut your video.
Animation & Keyframes Using our powerful animation framework, you can fade, slide, bounce, and animate anything in your video project.
Unlimited Tracks Add as many layers as you need for watermarks, background videos, audio tracks, and more.
Video Effects Using our video effects engine, remove the background from your video, invert the colors, adjust brightness, and more.
Audio Waveforms Visualize your audio files as waveforms, and even output the waveforms as part of your video.
Title Editor Adding titles to your video has never been easier. Use one of our templates, or make your own.
3D Animations Render beautiful 3D animated titles and effects, such as snow, lens flares, or flying text.
Slow Motion & Time Effects Control the power of time, reversing, slowing down, and speeding up video. Use a preset or animate the playback speed and direction.
Edit Video Drag and drop video, audio, or images from your file manager into OpenShot. It's that easy to get started video editing.
70+ Languages OpenShot is available in many different languages, and can be translated online with LaunchPad.
Simple User Interface We have designed OpenShot to be the easiest and friendliest video editing software ever! Give it a try and see for yourself.
OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available across multiple platforms including macOS, Windows and Linux. Boasting features typically only found in commercial screen recording apps, OBS also provides one of the simplest workflows with an intuitive and easy-to-learn interface that makes recording and streaming a breeze. It's also totally free and open-source.
With its long standing history of continued updates and considering its ease of use and free cost, it's no wonder OBS is one of the most popular and highest recommended apps for screen-casting and live streaming.
Cross-platform (available for Mac, Windows and Linux). Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC. Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV), AMF and NVENC. Unlimited number of scenes and sources. Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, DailyMotion, Smashcast and more. File output to MP4, MKV or FLV. GPU-based game capture for high performance game streaming. DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc). Windows 8 high speed monitor capture support. Bilinear or lanczos3 resampling. Light and dark themes to support various working conditions and preferences.
The GUI for MongoDB. Visually explore your data. Run ad hoc queries in seconds. Interact with your data with full CRUD functionality. View and optimize your query performance. Available on Linux, Mac, or Windows. Compass empowers you to make smarter decisions about indexing, document validation, and more. Visualize, understand, and work with your data through an intuitive GUI. Modify your data with a powerful visual editing tool. Understand performance issues with visual explain plans, view utilization and manage your indices. MongoDB Compass analyzes your documents and displays rich structures within your collections through an intuitive GUI. It allows you to quickly visualize and explore your schema to understand the frequency, types and ranges of fields in your data set. Real-time server statistics let you view key server metrics and database operations. Drill down into database operations easily and understand your most active collections. Point and click to construct sophisticated queries, execute them with the push of a button and Compass will display your results both graphically and as sets of JSON documents. Modify existing documents with greater confidence using the intuitive visual editor, or insert new documents and clone or delete existing ones in just a few clicks. Know how queries are running through an easy-to-understand GUI that helps you identify and resolve performance issues. Understand the type and size of your indexes, their utilization and special properties. Add and remove indexes at the click of a button. Create and modify rules that validate your data using a simple point and click interface. CRUD support lets you fix data quality issues easily in individual documents. The Compass Plugin Framework is exposed as an API, making it extensible by users. Looking for other functionality? Install a plugin or build your own.
LastPass is a secure, browser-based password manager that supports Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari.
Sync your passwords between multiple browsers and computers.
With LastPass you can:
- Create strong passwords, knowing you only have to remember one.
- Log into your favorite sites with a single click.
- Fill forms in a second.
- Securely share logins and notes with friends and let others share with you.
All data is encrypted before it is stored on the server. The pro version of Lastpass offers access to Lastpass mobile apps.
A stand-alone version, called LastPass Pocket, is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
It can be installed on a USB memory device, allowing you to carry your LastPass data around with you. Pocket essentially provides backup capability and offline access for your Vault, although we recommend LastPass Portable over Pocket. It can be downloaded at https://helpdesk.lastpass.com/lastpass-on-the-go-2/lastpass-pocket/
The maximum monthly (non-promotional) price is for a Business plan ($6) with SSO and MFA addons ($5 total).
Fork is a fast and friendly git client for Mac and Windows.
- Fetch, pull, push
- Commit, amend
- Create and delete branches and tags
- Create and delete remote repos
- Checkout branch or revision
- Cherry-pick, revert
- Merge, rebase
Work with repository:
- Create, clone or add existing repos
- Open recent repository quickly
- Stage / unstage changes line-by-line
- Access to recent commit messages
FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable. The program offers support for firewalls and proxy connections as well as SSL and Kerberos GSS security.
Evernote is a cross-platform, freemium app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving.
The app allows users to create a "note" which can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note.
Notes can also have file attachments. Notebooks can be added to a stack while notes can be sorted into a notebook, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched, and exported as part of a notebook.
Evernote Premium features:
Offline notes Your notes are available anywhere, anytime, even without an internet connection. Perfect for flights, international travel and working on the go.
Passcode lock Make sure only you can access your notes. Add a layer of security on mobile devices to protect your valuable information such as business plans, receipts, health information, and photographs.
Business card scanning Leave behind your stack of cards by scanning them using Evernote's camera. Capture and store all contact information, a photo of the card and choose to automatically pull additional profile details from LinkedIn.
Presentation mode Present directly from your notes in a full-screen layout for more collaborative, efficient meetings.
PDF annotation When a picture’s worth a thousand words, you can avoid lengthy email dialogue. There’s no quicker way to call attention to contract edits or design changes.
Context and Knowledge Discovery Context reveals notes with related content and documents, and Knowledge Discovery identifies co-workers who are experts on the topic or project you're working on.
Faster image recognition Find what you’re looking for, faster. We scan your images faster, so text within them is searchable sooner. Find text in handwritten notes, Post-it® Notes, whiteboard drawings and more.
Search in PDFs and Office docs Your files are easily searchable within Evernote. Quickly locate your Office and work documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and PDFs.
Complete suite for editing, color correction, and professional audio postproduction, all in a single application.
DaVinci Resolve 16 is the world’s only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects, and audio postproduction all in one software tool! You can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also the only solution designed for multiuser collaboration so editors, assistants, colorists, VFX artists, and sound designers can all work live on the same project at the same time! Whether you are an individual artist or part of a large collaborative team, it is easy to see why DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high-end postproduction and finishing on more Hollywood feature films, television shows, and commercials than any other software.
DB Browser for SQLite is a high quality, visual, open source tool to create, design, and edit database files compatible with SQLite.
It is for users and developers wanting to create databases, search, and edit data. It uses a familiar spreadsheet-like interface, and you don't need to learn complicated SQL commands.
AppCleaner is a small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.
Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them.
Postman is a tool that facilitates the development and use of APIs. Postman provides all the functionality needed to create or simulate API specifications and use the Postman Collection Runner to create tests.
Included Features :
- Design and specifications of the dummy API
- Send requests for verification of your API
- Review your API responses
- Test automation
- Detailed documentation
- PLC monitoring
In terms of pricing, the free version of Postman offers a large usage quota that will be more than sufficient for individuals or small teams. Postman also offers paid subscriptions at $12/m for the Postman Team level and $24/m for the Postman Business level.
Overall, the postman is a great tool, with many useful API-related tools. With 1,000 free monthly API calls, most people can comfortably stay in the free level.
With Buffer all you do is put a few tweets in your Buffer and the app schedules them for you throughout the day.
Different from common tweet scheduling apps, like Hootsuite’s or SocialOomph’s there is no need to schedule each individual tweet. Fixed timeslots (which you can change) determine when buffered tweets reach your followers every day. All you do is fill your Buffer with tweets.
In addition to using the website, browser extensions make it super simple to add tweets to your Buffer right there from the article you want to share.
HandBrake is an open-source, multithreaded video transcoder – it compresses and converts digital media from one format to another. HandBrake can rip encrypted DVDs with libdvdcss (libdvdcss is installed with VLC media player on macOS, or AnyDVD/DVD 43 on Windows).
Supports • Any Blu-ray or DVD-like source: VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD, and some .VOB, .m2ts, and .TS files. Without VLC, HandBrake requires media to be unencrypted or already decrypted by third-party programs (i.e. DVD rippers). • Almost any other multimedia file it can get libavformat to read and libavcodec to decode.
Outputs • File format: MP4 and MKV • Video: MPEG-4, H.264, or Theora • Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC (macOS Only), MP3, or Vorbis. AC-3 pass-through, DTS pass-through (MKV only)
Other features • Support of chapter selections • Support of subtitles • Integrated bitrate calculator • Picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling • Live Video Preview
Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) features an interface designed to make the cloning and backup procedure very intuitive. In addition to general backup, CCC can also clone one hard drive to another, copying every single block or file to create an exact replica of your source hard drive. CCCs block-level copy offers the absolute best fidelity in the industry!
iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. It works on Macs with macOS 10.10 or newer. iTerm2 brings the terminal into the modern age with features you never knew you always wanted.
Cerebro is an open source and free electron-based productivity software alternative to Alfred and Spotlight. It is focused on speed and good UI and UX. In most cases you don't even need to open another application, because you can see results right in Cerebro, like google maps, IMDB movies or contact details.
Itsycal is a tiny menu bar calendar. If you want, it will display your events as a companion to the Mac Calendar app. Itsycal has Dark Mode, ISO week numbers, a customizable system clock replacement, and more.
Visual Studio Code is a free and extensible code editor for building web, desktop, and mobile applications, using any programming language and framework.
Visual Studio Code has built-in support for Git source control management and powerful integrations with GitHub, an integrated debugger, and smart code completion with IntelliSense and with AI-driven IntelliCode. With over 30,000 extensions and themes in the Visual Studio Code Marketplace, you can customize the features and the look of Visual Studio Code to fit your needs, preferences, and style.
Known as VS-Code amongst the community, it is one of the most popular code editors and has a browser version which can be immediately accessed by going to vscode.dev.
The BitBar app lets you put the output from any script or program right in your Mac OS X menu bar. And it's completely free. An impressive number of plugins have already been contributed by a wide range of developers just like you, and this site makes it easy to find them.
Hidden lets you hide menu bar items to give your Mac a cleaner look.
- Launch on login
- Keep in dock
- Auto hide after 5 seconds
- Turn on/off preference window on launch
- Keep last status of menu bar
- Now Support High Sierra
If you require any further information or feature, feel free to contact us: email@example.com
Move and resize windows on macOS with keyboard shortcuts. Rectangle is a window management app based on Spectacle, written in Apple Swift. Spectacle used its own keyboard shortcut recorder, while Rectangle uses MASShortcut, a well maintained open source library for shortcut recording in macOS apps. This cuts down dramatically on the number of bugs that were only in Spectacle because of the custom shortcut recorder.