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Awesome Development Machine Setup for Windows and Mac

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Opinionated setup for a dev machine on either Mac or Windows. I do primarly app, web, game development and fancy open source, smart command line tools and tools that helps me skip the boring parts of developing stuff. The list is a brain dump so I have a list when I buy/upgrade a new workstation.

Development Environments and IDE:s

Programming Languages

  • NodeJS - JavaScript runtime - Mac/Windows
  • Python - Python - Mac/Windows
  • PHP - PHP - Mac/Windows
  • TypeScript - TypeScript - Mac/Windows

Command Line Tools

Communication and Writing

Programming Fonts

  • IBM Plex (Free) - The package of IBM’s typeface, IBM Plex. - Mac/Windows
  • Fira Code (Free) - Monospaced font with programming ligatures - Mac/Windows
  • Source Code Pro (Free) - Adobes Monospaced font family for user interface and coding environments - Mac/Windows
  • Consolas (Free) - Consolas is aimed for use in programming environments - Mac/Windows
  • Inconsolata (Free) - a monospace font, designed for printed code listings and the like - Mac/Windows
  • Menlo (Free) - Menlo is based upon the Open Source font Bitstream Vera and the public domain font Deja Vu - Mac/Windows
  • Nerd Fonts - Iconic font aggregator, collection, and patcher - Windows/Mac/Linux
  • JetBrains Mono - Font from JetBrains (IntelliJ-devs)

User Interface / Ergonomics

Developer Tools

Terminals and Shells

  • Alacritty (Free) - Cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator - Mac/Windows
  • Hyper Terminal (Free) - Electron-based Terminal (HTML, CSS, JS) - Mac/Windows
  • Oh My Zsh (Free) - Zsh Configuration Manager - Mac
  • Windows Terminal - The new Windows Terminal, and the original Windows console host -- all in the same place! - Windows
  • Putty - PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client - Windows

Browser Extensions


Color Schemes


Tools I want to check out/start use

  • Bazel (Free) - Build and test software of any size, quickly and reliably - Mac/Windows
  • NeoVim (Free) - Vim-fork focused on extensibility and usability - Mac/Windows


Awesome Development Machine Setup - Windows and Mac




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