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Awesome MacOS

A curated list of fantastically awesome GUI-based software for Apple's MacOS operating system. This list was inspired by Awesome Sysadmin.


Misc academic tools and utilities

  • Manuscripts - A writing tool like nothing you have seen before.
  • Mochi - Take notes and make flashcards.
  • Numi - Beautiful calculator app for Mac.
  • Studies - Master Your Studies.


Audio players, editors, and converters.

  • Cog - Audio player similar to Foobar 2000.
  • Dexed - DX7 FM multi plaform/multi format plugin.
  • eqMac2 - System-Wide Equalizer for the Mac.
  • Farrago - Robust, rapid-fire soundboards.
  • Foobar2000 - Freeware audio player for macOS.
  • Harmony - Music player for Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play and your local files.
  • Mous - Powerful audio player & converter for FreeBSD/Linux/macOS.
  • Piezo - Charmingly simple audio recording.


Backup software.

  • Arq - Backup your files to Google Drive, Amazon Glacier, SFTP, and more.
  • Arq Cloud Backup - Backs up all your files automatically.
  • Box Sync - Online synchronization tool.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner - Create a bit-perfect clone of your Mac's hard drive.
  • Dropbox - Cloud backup and synchronization tool.
  • Rclone - Sync files and directories to and from multiple services.
  • Resilio - All Your Data, Across All Your Devices.
  • Rsync Client - A simple GUI for managing your remote files.
  • Rsync Server - Enable the Rsync service on your Mac.
  • Syncthing - Replaces proprietary sync and cloud services.


Tools to uninstall software and keep your system clean


Communication tools.

  • Chime - Amazon Chime communications service.
  • Discord - Free Voice and Text Chat for Gamers.
  • Gitter - A chat and networking platform.
  • LimeChat - LimeChat is an IRC client for MacOS.
  • Messenger for Desktop 2 - A simple & beautiful app for Facebook Messenger.
  • Signal - Fast, simple, secure.
  • Slack - Team-based collaboration tool.
  • Telegram - Secure messaging app.
  • Textual - Lightweight IRC client.
  • Reeder - A news reader for Feedbin, Feedly, Feed Wrangler, FeedHQ, and more.
  • Unison - Excellent MacOS app for accessing Usenet Newsgroups.
  • Wire - Secure communication. Full privacy.
  • Workplace by Facebook - Change the way you work.


Tools for the compression and decompression of user files.

  • Dr. Unarchiver - File Archive Utility for Mac.
  • Keka - MacOS file archiver. Store more, share with privacy.
  • The Unarchiver - Capable replacement for MacOS' default compression app.
  • p7zip - Open Source port of 7-Zip for POSIX systems.


Databases and database utilities



  • Captain - Manage Docker containers.
  • Container PS - Menu Bar app for Docker.
  • Docker - The world’s leading software containerization platform.


Encryption Tools. Use these!

  • Cryptomator - Free client-side encryption for your cloud files.
  • GPG Tools - GPG Suite for MacOS.
  • Keybase - Keybase is a directory of public keys and the proofs of who owns them.
  • Keybase Chat - Crypto chat for everyone.


Email clients and utilities

  • Canary - Secure Email App for Mac and iPhone.
  • Polymail - Simple, beautiful, powerful e-mail.
  • Postbox - Powerful and flexible email client.
  • Spark - Email client for Apple devices.
  • Thunderbird - Cross-platform e-mail and news (NNTP) client.

Electronic Books

Electronic Book readers and other book utilities

  • Calibre - Complete e-book library management system.
  • Kindle - Read Kindle books on your Mac.
  • Kitabu - Kitabu is your EPUB reading application and cloud library.

File Synchronization

Tools for syncing files to and from the cloud

  • Box - Online synchronization tool for
  • Dropbox - Cloud backup and synchronization tool.
  • git-annex - Manage and sync files with Git.
  • Google Drive - File backup and sharing tool.
  • OneDrive - Access your Microsoft OneDrive.

File Management

  • Marta - File Manager for macOS.
  • NameChanger - Rename a list of files quickly and easily.
  • Tembo - Friendly File Search Assistant.


  • gzdoom - A Doom source port for the modern era.
  • openemu - Video game emulation.


Tools to manipulate images.

  • Adapter - Adapter Converts Video, Audio and Images.
  • Couleurs - A simple but powerful color grabber.
  • Icon Bot - Hassle free icon converter.
  • Icon Jar - Store all your icons in one place.
  • ImageOptim - Removes bloated metadata.
  • Kap - Capture your screen.
  • Krita - A professional FREE and open source painting program.
  • Photos Exif - Edit EXIF & IPTC metadata.
  • Pixave - The ultimate image organizer.
  • Pixelmator - Full-featured image editor for Mac.
  • Sip - Collect, organize & share your colors.
  • Spect - Fast image browser and organizer.



  • Day One - A journal, diary, text-logging application.
  • jrnl - Command-line journaling application.

Knowledge Management

Data and Knowledge Management

  • fsnotes - Notes manager for macOS.
  • OneNote - Note manager from Microsoft.
  • Reader - A RSS/Feedly news reader.



  • Bookpedia - What's on your shelves?
  • calibre - Powerful and easy to use e-book manager.
  • - The official macOS version of
  • FS-UAE - Amiga Emulator.
  • Tickeys - Instant audio feedback for typing. macOS version.
  • Time Sink - Track how you're spend your time.
  • sugarmate - A new way to manage your diabetes.


Networking tools

  • Caddy - The HTTP/2 web server with automatic HTTPS.
  • DNSCrypt - Control the DNSCrypt Proxy.
  • Fenix - Simple static desktop web server.
  • FileZilla - Open source FTP client.
  • Murus - A GUI for the MacOS PF firewall.
  • NetSpot - Wireless survey tool.
  • Shuttle - A simple SSH shortcut menu for macOS.
  • SpechtLite - A rule-based proxy app for macOS.
  • SSH Copy - Manage remote files with ease.
  • Surge - Advanced Web Debugging Proxy for macOS & iOS.
  • Transmit - FTP client that supports SFTP, S3, WebDAV, and more.
  • WhatRoute - Graphical IP tracer.

Office Suites

Office suites and other misc office utilities

  • notion - Write, plan, collaborate, and get organized.

Password Management

Password management utilities

  • 1Password - Best Password Manager out there!
  • Avast - Avast Passwords for Mac.
  • Buttercup - The Password Manager You Deserve.
  • KeepassX - Open Source password manager.
  • KeePassXC - Cross-Platform password manager.
  • KeeWeb - Password manager compatible with KeePass.
  • MacPass - A native MacOS KeePass client.
  • Passifox - Auto form-fill passwords from KeePass.
  • qtpass - QtPass is a multi-platform GUI for pass.


Various tools to aid in programming.

  • Alcatraz - The package manager for Xcode.
  • Anvil - Menubar app for managing local websites.
  • Arduino IDE - Open-source Arduino Software (IDE).
  • CodeRunner 2 - Easy-to-use programming editor for your Mac.
  • Dash - Dash gives your Mac instant offline access to 150+ API documentation sets.
  • Fork - A fast and friendly git client for Mac.
  • Fuel - Front-end for the Fossil SCM.
  • Git Bar - Github contribution stats on your MacOS Menu Bar.
  • Integrity - Website link checker for MacOS.
  • Kaleidoscope - Diff manager for MacOS.
  • Kotlin - Concise, simple and very easy to read (and write).
  • Matcha - Build native mobile apps in Go.
  • Origami Studio - Design Prototyping.
  • Paw - The most advanced API tool for Mac.
  • Platypus - Create MacOS applications from Bash scripts.
  • Quiver - The Programmer's Notebook.
  • Sketch - Professional digital design for Mac.
  • SnippetsLab - Easy-to-use code snippets manager.
  • Streaker - GitHub contribution streak tracking menubar app.
  • Xcode - Apple's Swift/Objective-C development environment.
  • Zeplin - Build pixel perfect apps in peace.

Remote Administration

Tools to help with remote administration


  • Santa - A binary whitelisting/blacklisting system for macOS.

Social Media

Misc Social media applications

  • Flume - A beautiful Instagram experience for your desktop.
  • Ramme - Unofficial Instagram desktop app.
  • Reeddit for Mac - Minimal, elastic Reddit client for MacOS.

Source Control

Source Control.

  • Fork - A fast and friendly git client for Mac.
  • Gitea - A painless self-hosted Git service.
  • GitHub Desktop - The official GitHub client for MacOS.
  • GitKraken - Cross-platform Git client.
  • Gitscout - A beautiful GitHub Issues experience for MacOS.
  • SourceTree - Easy way to work with Git and Mercurial.
  • Tower - Advanced Git version control.

System Tools

System Tools.

  • Alfred - Search your Mac and the web effortlessly, and control your Mac.
  • Amethyst - A tiling window manager for macOS.
  • Apple-Juice - An advanced battery gauge for macOS.
  • aText - Replaces abbreviations with frequently used phrases.
  • Caffeine - Keeps your Mac from going into sleep mode.
  • Cerebro - Search everything on your machine in few clicks.
  • Core Shell - A terminal to make your SSH life easy.
  • Dat - Distributed data sharing tool.
  • Day-O - Simple menu bar clock replacement.
  • Duet - Extend your desktop to iOS.
  • Easy Find - Find any file on your Mac.
  • FinderGo - Open terminal quickly from Finder.
  • Flux - Adjusts the screen brightness according to the time of day.
  • fman - Dual-pane file manager for Mac.
  • Gasmask - Hosts file manager for MacOS.
  • Hyper - A JS/HTML/CSS Terminal.
  • Itsycal - Itsycal is a tiny calendar for your Mac's menu bar.
  • LaunchRocket - PrefPane to manage all your Homebrew-installed services.
  • LiteIcon - LiteIcon is a simple app which allows you to change your system icons.
  • MacUpdater - Keep all your apps up-to-date effortlessly.
  • Magnet - Window manager for MacOS.
  • Marta - File Manager for macOS.
  • MKS - Mechanical Keyboard Simulator.
  • Moom - Move and zoom windows.
  • Muzzle - Disable notifications while screen sharing.
  • Shifty - A menu bar app that gives you more control over Night Shift.
  • OpeninTerminal - Open the current directory in Terminal.
  • Pock - Display macOS Dock in Touch Bar.
  • Rocket - Mind-blowing emoji on your Mac.
  • Spectacle - Move and resize windows with ease.
  • Sloth - Shows all open files and sockets in use.
  • Tyke - A little bit of scratch paper that lives on your Mac menu bar.
  • UninstallPKG - Remove unwanted packages from MacOS.
  • Vanilla - Hide menu bar icons on your Mac.
  • Witch - ⌘-Tab Everything.
  • Zazu - A fully extensible and open source launcher for hackers, creators and dabblers.

Task Management

Task managers to help get things done.

  • Fokus - A Beautiful Focus Timer.
  • JustFocus - Focus on What's Important.
  • Kanbanier - Kanban Boards for macOS.
  • OmniFocus - One of the best GTD/Task managers money can buy.
  • OmniOutliner - A minimal, focused outlining experience for Mac.
  • Tracktiq - Easy time tracking.
  • Trello - A simple Trello client.


Awesome command-line tools

  • Black Screen - A terminal emulator for the 21st century.
  • Homebrew - The missing package manager for MacOS.
  • iTerm 2 - iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm.
  • PowerShell - Microsoft PowerShell for MacOS!

Text Editors

Text Editors.

  • Atom - A hackable text editor for the 21st Century.
  • BBedit - The text editor that doesn't suck.
  • Lime - Open Source, Elegant, and Free Text Editor.
  • TextWrangler - BBedit's free little brother.
  • Notable - Markdown-based note-taking app that doesn't suck.
  • Visual Studio Code - Excellent cross-platform text editor from Microsoft.
  • vnote - A Vim-inspired Markdown note-taking application.

Web Browsers

The best web brwosers for OS X.

  • Cliqz - The no-compromise browser.
  • Firefox - Mozilla Firefox.
  • Google Chrome - Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google.
  • Opera - Fast, secure, easy-to-use browser.
  • Vivaldi - A Browser for Our Friends.
  • Waterfox - Browse the web YOUR way.


  • Byword - Excellent markdown editor.
  • iAWriter - Designed to provide the best digital writing experience.
  • MacDown - Open source Markdown editor for MacOS.
  • Moeditor - Your all-purpose markdown editor.
  • MWeb - Pro Markdown writing and note taking editor.
  • Scrivener - Text editor for writers.
  • Typora - Live markdown reader and a writer.
  • Ulysses - The Ultimate Writing App for Mac, iPad and iPhone.

Video Utilities

  • HandBrake - The open source video transcoder.
  • IINA - The modern video player for macOS.
  • MakeMKV - Rip DVD and Blu-ray discs.
  • mpv - A free, open source, and cross-platform media player.


Virtualization tools.


Created by Patrick H. Mullins. You can find me on Twitter and on Telegram as @pmullins.


Source is released under the MIT License (MIT) license.

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