macOS Essentials

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

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Ema_NymtonList by Ema_Nymton, last updated 2021-08-01
  1. Browser

  2. Mozilla Firefox icon

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

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
    • ...
    Startpage
  3. Google Chrome icon

    Some people like this better than Firefox.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    main window
  4. Vivaldi icon

    Other people prefer this over Chrome?

    • Web Browser
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • ...
    Vivaldi screenshot 1
  5. Production

  6. DaVinci Resolve icon

    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.

    • ...
    Hollywood's #1 Post Solution
  7. Reaper icon

    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.

    • ...
    Default theme
  8. Communication

  9. Signal icon

    You can contact Android users on Signal.

    • Instant Messenger
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Flathub
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • ...
    Signal screenshot 1
  10. Telegram icon

    You can contact Android users on Telegram.

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Linux Mobile
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    • ...
    Telegram Desktop
  11. Media

  12. VLC Media Player icon

    Quicktime Player is a joke compared to this classic player.

    • Media Player
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Apple Watch
    • Snapcraft
    • Google Chrome
    • Apple TV
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • F-Droid
    • Kindle Fire
    • Haiku
    • Android TV
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • ...
    VLC Media Player screenshot 1
  13. calibre icon

    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.

    • Ebook Reader
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Homebrew
    • ...
    calibre screenshot 1
  14. Utilities

  15. Keka icon

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

    LOOK AT THE ICON.

    • ...
    Keka screenshot 1
  16. iTerm icon

    My friend installed this and zsh on my computer.

    I guess it's better than Terminal?

    • ...
    iTerm screenshot 1
  17. Entertainment

  18. Lichess icon

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

    You cannot uninstall Chess.app from macOS.

    • Chess Game
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Home page, light background

This list was created by Ema_Nymton Aug 1, 2021 and was last updated Aug 1, 2021. The list has 12 apps.

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