Snipping Tool Alternatives for Mac

The ability to capture a screenshot of a specific region of your screen and then have quick access to basic editing and annotating is what Microsoft's Snipping Tool for Windows is all about.

Snipping Tool can be used to capture a screen shot of any object on your screen which can then be saved, annotated, and shared as an image.

As a relatively basic option, there are alternatives that focus on providing features such as the ability to upload directly to image hosting sites such as Imgur directly within the app. Other alternatives can provide more advanced features that Snipping Tool doesn't have, such as scrolling captures.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 4/6/2019 2:34:00 PM

Alternatives to Snipping Tool for Mac with any license

  • Greenshot

    Greenshot is a light-weight screenshot tool optimized for productivity with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) support. Save a screenshot or a part of the screen to a file within a second or load it up to an Internet-picture-storage and get a public accessible URL (Confluence,, Dropbox, Flick, Imgur without/with password, JIRA, Picasa-Web). Export to Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook) or an "external command" (self defined).

    • I use this tool at work it's super useful and is a time saver when compared to MS "Snipping Tool". I can instantly snip>edit>upload. kudos! wookahn624Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A lot more useful than snipping tool! Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • MUCH more intuitive than not just Snipping Tool but also any other screen shot software. Simply amazing and very well written. Cheers to the developers! Guest • Apr 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows

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  • LightShot

    Lightshot - easy screenshot tool, is screen capture tool for Windows and Mac platforms, with the added advantage of automatically uploading it online for sharing or editing. Available also as Firefox addon, Chrome extension and besides Desktop application. The program has short domain (or long one inspite, here they're soft options on this screenshot) where you can see all screenshots you've uploaded before.

    • Lightweight, built in shortcut, lots of marking up options, perfect for critiques Guest • Mar 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Chrome Wine Firefox

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  • Snagit

    The ultimate screen capture tool. With Snagit’s capture, edit, organize and share technology… it’s easy to create engaging visuals that grab attention and keep it. Let images do the talking for you. Use Snagit to capture any image you want straight off your computer screen. Enhance with transparency, callouts, and other effects to turn a simple screen shot into an eye-grabbing visual. Easily organize your images and use them again and again for other projects.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • Nimbus Screenshot

    Capture or record any part of your screen. The editor will help you to annotate or blur sensitive info. Fast upload and share with the Short URL. Access screenshot and video recordings from iPhone, iPad or Web. Nimbus Capture platform used by hundreds of thousands of people! It's a perfect solution for everybody: students, teachers, developers support, personal etc. Use Nimbus Capture for note-taking, tech support, screen annotation and guidance.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Android Microsoft Edge Chrome ... Opera Firefox

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  • Skitch

    Skitch is a screenshot editing and sharing utility for Mac and iOS that permits the user to add shapes and text to an image, and then share it online. Images can also be exported to various image formats. is a webservice that works hand in hand with the application Skitch to give you 1-click uploading of images for fast image sharing.

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

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  • CloudApp

    CloudApp is the best screenshot editing and video screen recording software. You can record anything on your screen and capture it into an image, a GIF, and a high definition video with sound. Anything you see -- on your webcam, a customer call, a Skype, etc. After you've captured your screen, anything you've captured will be instantly uploaded to the cloud so it's easily shareable as a link and backed up and safe.

    Freemium $ $ $ Mac Windows Web Jira Trello ... Zendesk

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  • Jing

    Jing takes a picture or video of the users computer screen and uploads it to the Web or save locally to your computer. An URL is automatically created and can be shared with others to view or access the uploaded file. You can use the image tools to add text, highlight existing text, or add an arrow or a rectangle to annotate your capture. With Jing you can take captures quicker than with similar applications.

    • it is easy to use and grab selected parts of posts you want to show on different posts. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows

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  • Full Page Screen Capture

    The simplest way to take a full page screenshot of your current browser window. Click on the extension icon (or press Alt+Shift+P), watch the extension capture each part of the page, and be transported to a new tab of your screenshot where you can download it as an image or PDF or even just drag it to your desktop. *No bloat, no ads, no unnecessary permissions, just a simple way to turn a full web page into an image.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome

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  • Capto

    Your Everyday Screen Capture And Video Editing Software For Mac Capto is an easy-to-use app that takes capturing, recording, video and image editing to the next level. With an intelligent file manager and quick sharing options, Capto is perfect for teachers, students, creative professionals and anyone in need of a powerful, yet easy-to-use screen capture tool.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • ScreenCloud

    ScreenCloud is an easy to use screenshot sharing application. Take a screenshot using one of the 3 hotkeys or simply click the ScreenCloud tray icon. You can choose where you want to save your screenshot. If you choose to upload your screenshot to the screencloud website, a link will automatically be copied to your clipboard. You can share this link with your friends or colleagues via email or in an IM conversation. All they have to do is click the link and look at your screenshot.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web

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  • Grabilla

    How to take a screenshot or record a screencast in one click? You do not have to use complicated software or upload your files somewhere, just run this simple windows program to take a screenshot with single click and share it with friends. P.S. You can record a screencast with voice comments too or capture animated GIFs.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Chrome Firefox

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  • Smartshot

    Smartshot gives you the easiest way to take screenshot and share it with one-click uploads. 1. Croping any part of the screenshot. 2. Drawing on the screenshot. 3. Inputing custom text on the screenshot. 4. Sharing the screenshot after it’s taken. Annotate and edit your screenshot: Annotate any image with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text Crop, scroll & show crop area dimensions Blur certain sections to hide sensitive information.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Chrome

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  • qSnap

    qSnap by QASymphony is a useful screen capture add-on for everyone, especially for testers, developers, and even marketers. qSnap is totally free and is available for many popular browsers, including: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer. With qSnap, you can choose to capture either visible screen or full screen, add annotations, import images, and automatically have multiple captures consolidated into a single and lightweight document.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Internet Explorer ... Chrome Opera Chromium Firefox

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  • SnapNDrag Pro

    SnapNDrag Pro is screen capture made ridiculously easy. Here is an app you didn't know you need until you try it. WHO IS IT FOR? There are myriad reasons to take a screenshot: note-taking, tech support, comparison shopping, on-screen reference etc. SnapNDrag is the perfect screenshot tool for students, teachers, designers, developers, support … just about anyone who uses a computer, really.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac

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  • ksnip

    # Features: Latest ksnip version contains following features: * Supports Linux (X11 and experimental KDE and Gnome Wayland support), Windows and MacOS. * Taking screenshot of a custom rectangular area that can be drawn with mouse cursor. * Taking screenshot of the screen/monitor where the mouse cursor is currently located. * Taking screenshot of full screen, including all screens/monitors. * Taking screenshot of window that currently has focus.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Qt

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  • qscreenshot

    * Take a screenshot * Edit it with various tools (like draw with pen, add shapes, select area, cut, copy, paste, add text, etc.) * Save image or * Upload image to various online hosting sites

    • Discontinued Official Google code page seems abandoned. Last update from Oct 12, 2013.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Collabshot

    Collabshot is a tool that lets you instantly create short URLs for your screen grabs that can be shared with anyone. You don't have to sign up nor sign in – simply download a cross-platform desktop application and take a screenshot by pressing a hotkey. On the website, you are provided with a rich toolset for drawing and sketching that every participant can use to collaborate with others.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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  • SimpleCap

    Small and free screenshot app for Mac that offers custom area and resolution presets, and much more.

    • Discontinued The project is no longer updated and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.2, released in July 2013, can be still downloaded from GitHub

    Free Open Source Mac

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  • Voila

    Voila is a comprehensive screen capturing tool. Built to grab, edit, organize, share, interesting contents from the users desktop screens or contents of web pages, Voila is the perfect companion to create presentations, tutorials, or documents quickly from various types of contents present locally on the users computer, or from the Internet. Voila captures contents either in full or in selective areas of the desktop screen.

    Commercial Mac

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  • Captur

    Captur is a simple Menu Bar interface for Mac OS X screencapture command. Feature: - snapshots your screen in many way such as full screen, window, widget, selection etc. - change a different file format for various file size - customize file name with date and time options

    Free Mac

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  • Onde Screen Capture

    Onde Screen Capture for Mac is currently the most professional and powerful screen grabbing utility running on Mac OS, by which you can easily capture any part on your Mac desktop such as rectangular or ellipse region, freehand region, full screen, active window or all windows from any webpage or applications and so on. Intuitive and easy-to-use interface makes anyone use this Mac screenshot tool without any tutorial since you can find all the function buttons on it.

    Freemium Mac

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