The macOS setup for everyone (with free software only)

  • Default apps

  • Browserosaurus

    Free Mac Website

    If like my you use multiple browsers daily this one will be useful. Set it as your browser by default and when clicking on a link it will prompt which browser you want to open.


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  • IINA

    Free Mac mpv Website

    I prefer it over Small QuickTime Player iconQuickTime Player and even the king Small VLC Media Player iconVLC Media Player (still a great media player for macOS). It has beautiful modern design, Touch Bar support, System Media Control, Customizable UI, Online Subtitles, Music Mode, Mouse & Trackpad Gestures, Thumbnail Preview, Plugin System.

    Based on the worth mentioning Small MPV iconMPV


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  • Foxit Reader

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Windows S Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ReactOS Website

    If you need advanced PDF features for free ! (mention as bundleware on AlternativeTo) Small Preview iconPreview works great if you just need to open and read them.

    Worth mentioning : Small PDFsam iconPDFsam Basic features on free tier


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  • Keka

    Free Mac Website

    Way better and faster than the built-in Archive tool


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  • Gaming

  • Steam

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad SteamOS Website

    For casual gaming on my MacBook !
    Small GOG GALAXY iconGOG GALAXY DRM-free games so you own them for real.
    Small Epic Games Store iconEpic Games Store They gives free games every week, and 88% goes to the game editor/dev
    Small Origin iconOrigin For the sims
    Small App App Why not
    Small BE CAREFUL TO DOWNLOAD TRUSTED GAMES BECAUSE SOME UNKNOWN SHITS ARE VIRUSES!!! ( more a thing on Small Windows 10 iconWindows 10 , but still)


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  • GeForce NOW

    Freemium Mac Windows Android Android Tablet Website

    If you want to play some PC games on your Mac !
    It's a cloud gaming service so you need a good internet connection.
    A lot of steam and Epic Store games (that you have to own) are available, but not all.
    They have a free tier which is reasonable.


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  • OpenEmu

    Free Mac Website

    The best user friendly all in one emulator on macOS

    Worth mentioning : Small RetroArch iconRetroArch

    If you want standalone emulators :

    GBA : Small VisualBoyAdvance iconVisualBoyAdvance
    NDS : Small melonDS iconmelonDS
    Gamecube and Wii : Small Dolphin Emulator iconDolphin Emulator
    3DS : Small Citra iconCitra

    PlayStation : Small DuckStation iconDuckStation
    PS2 : Small PCSX2 iconPCSX2
    PSP : Small PPSSPP iconPPSSPP
    PSVita : Small Vita3K iconVita3K

    Xbox (OG) : Small xemu iconxemu

    Master System : Small Mame iconMame
    Saturn : Small Mednafen iconMednafen (MAME can also emulate saturn)
    DreamCast : Small Redream iconRedream

    For more check :


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  • Discord

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD iPad Electron / Atom Shell FreeBSD Playstation Website

    If your friends game on PC, they probably use this one to communicate !


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  • Art & Design

  • darktable

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    If you do photography this is useful for photo editing !

    Worth mentioning : Small Polarr iconPolarr


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  • BirdFont

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    If you want to create font and make typography !

    Worth mentioning : Small FontForge iconFontForge 100% free


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  • Krita

    Free Mac Windows Linux Windows S Android Tablet ... Steam Website

    If you want to draw !

    Worth mentioning : Small FireAlpaca iconFireAlpaca


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  • MagicaVoxel

    Free Mac Windows Website

    Free lightweight 8-bit voxel art editor and interactive path tracing renderer.

    Worth mentioning : Small Goxel iconGoxel


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  • Blender

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Steam Website

    For 3D render and 3D animation. Nice UI, powerful tool and awesome community !

    Worth mentioning : Small Blockbench iconBlockbench Widely used for Minecraft modeling but it's easy, fast and fun to use but still gives impressive results !


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Comments on The macOS setup for everyone (with free software only)

· Feb 2022 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

You're doing God's work with your lists!


Thanks. :-)

· 10 days ago · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Thanks for this list, wanted to suggest an alternative to Photopea which is Pixlr, I like it a lot.


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