A curated list of handy-dandy tools for Mac Admins.
Inspired by the awesome list.
A free package creation tool. The gold standard of making your own custom installer packages.
Jamf's in-house package creator tool. Builds pkgs and dmgs made for deployment with the Jamf Pro Suite, but pkgs built with Composer can be used with any management framework.
Cost: USD $99.95, otherwise included with the Jamf Pro Suite if a Jamf customer.
Payload-Free Package Creator
An Automator application that quickly builds payload-free pkgs for deployment.
munki-pkg is a simple tool for building packages. While it was developed for use with munki, it can be used to make pkgs that are deployable with any management framework.
Automated third party package download and creation for deployment.
GUI for AutoPkg, with click-to-add functionality of additional components.
An application for inspecting the contents of macOS packages.
Create deployable system images from macOS installers.*
Automate the creation of NetBoot images (NBIs) for use with Jamf Imaging.*
A customizable onboarding app designed to work with Jamf Pro and DEP.
A setup/splash screen for DEP and user-initiated Jamf Pro enrollments. Detailed documentation highlights how to work with the application in Xcode to customize it for your organization's needs.
Cost: Free to use, paid installation/customization services available.
A lightweight notification app designed to let users know what's happening during DEP enrollment.
The functionality you want from a Mac bound to Active Directory without having to actually bind to AD. (Make sure you check out this NoMAD updater as well.)
Cost: Free, Pro version pricing information can be found here
A handy menubar application to get users in touch with IT and quickly get information and resources on their Mac.
A helper app for Hello IT to make building mobileconfig files easier.
Customizable menubar that checks for hardware status, management framework status, and other handy information.
An free, open source, hackable text editor.
A high performance, cross-platform text editor.
Cost: USD $80 to buy, free to evaluate.
Apple's integrated development environment (IDE) containing a suite of software development tools developed by Apple for developing software used by Apple hardware.
Cost: Free with an Apple ID.
Clean and simple HTML & text editor, made by Bare Bones Software.
Cost: USD $49.99 (direct download or via Mac App Store)
An open source markdown editor for macOS.
Visual Studio Code
Microsoft's source code editor in a lightweight, open source, cross-platform application.
Team chat and productivity client. Anyone can create a free team with ten integrations. (Join the MacAdmins Slack!)
Cost: Free teams with limited capabilities, additonal pricing can be found here
Use Trello's boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize your projects. Free, browser-based and mobile app interface.
Cost: Free, with paid features available.
Virtual sticky notes, lists, photos, and audio.
Cost: Included with Gmail accounts.
LastPass stores your passwords and makes it easy to auto-fill and quickly sign into webapps without retyping your credentials. It also helps generate new passwords and warns you when use the same password for different services.
Cost: Free, with paid features available.
A small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.
A caffeine replacement that prevents your Mac from sleeping on demand.
Cost: Free in the Mac App Store
A handy script that converts a never-booted DMG into a VMware Fusion VM.
Works with your Jamf server to identify objects not currently being used, out of date, or are generally "crufty".
Quickly recategorize policies and packages in Jamf Pro, and even more unused categories.
Custom user notifications with Swift.
A tool to migrate data granularly between Jamf Pro servers.
Easily capture GIFs from your Mac, great for documentation.
Cost: Free from the Mac App Store.
Rotates through beautiful new desktop wallpapers
Cost: USD $1.99 in the Mac App Store.
Easily configure macOS security settings from the terminal.
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