macOS Essentials

Focused on serving alternatives, these are the best and most important apps for macOS.

  • Browser

  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    It's does the same as Safari, but customizable and not useless.


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  • Google Chrome

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Website

    Some people like this better than Firefox.


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  • Vivaldi

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android Android Tablet Website

    Other people prefer this over Chrome?


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  • Production

  • DaVinci Resolve

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    iMovie has become incredibly bad over the years, but the free version of DaVinci Resolve will be more than enough to handle your video editing needs.


    DaVinci Resolve icon
  • Reaper

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    GarageBand is nothing compared to Reaper. "Unlimited" tracks, VST/AU support, much cheaper than Logic Pro and amazingly customizable.

    Reaper suggests a 60-day trial period, but does not require payment after this period.
    A personal license costs $60.


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  • Communication

  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Ubuntu Touch Website

    You can contact Android users on Signal.


    Signal icon
  • Telegram

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet HUAWEI AppGallery Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Linux Mobile Android Wear FreeBSD Website

    You can contact Android users on Telegram.


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  • Media

  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch Apple TV Kindle Fire Haiku Website

    Quicktime Player is a joke compared to this classic player.


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  • calibre

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted Website

    Although Calibre is not as sleek as Apple Books, it is open-source, much more modular and provides the amount of detail I want from a virtual library. With 'Flow Mode' enabled the included E-book Viewer is also just as serviceable as Books.


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  • Utilities

  • Keka

    Free Mac Website

    It works 10 times better than whatever macOS comes with, I honestly forgot.



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  • iTerm

    Free Mac Website

    My friend installed this and zsh on my computer.

    I guess it's better than Terminal?


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  • Entertainment

  • Lichess

    Free Web Android iPhone iPad Website

    Lichess is free, open-source, online and runs in your browser.

    You cannot uninstall from macOS.


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