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Awesome Mac Admin Tools Awesome

A curated list of handy-dandy tools for Mac Admins.

Inspired by the awesome list.

Contents


Deployment

Packages.app

A free package creation tool. The gold standard of making your own custom installer packages.

Cost: Free

Link: http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Packages/about.html

Composer

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.

Link: https://www.jamf.com/products/jamf-composer/

Payload-Free Package Creator

An Automator application that quickly builds payload-free pkgs for deployment.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/rtrouton/Payload-Free-Package-Creator

munki-pkg

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.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/munki/munki-pkg

AutoPkg

Automated third party package download and creation for deployment.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/autopkg/autopkg

AutoPkgr

GUI for AutoPkg, with click-to-add functionality of additional components.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/lindegroup/autopkgr

Suspicious Package

An application for inspecting the contents of macOS packages.

Cost: Free

Link: http://www.mothersruin.com/software/SuspiciousPackage/

AutoDMG

Create deployable system images from macOS installers.*

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/MagerValp/AutoDMG

AutoCasperNBI

Automate the creation of NetBoot images (NBIs) for use with Jamf Imaging.*

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/macmule/AutoCasperNBI

Onboarding Experience

Splash Buddy

A customizable onboarding app designed to work with Jamf Pro and DEP.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/Shufflepuck/SplashBuddy

ADEPT

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.

Link: https://git.tramscloud.co.uk/projects/XCOD/repos/adept/browse

DEP Notify

A lightweight notification app designed to let users know what's happening during DEP enrollment.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://gitlab.com/Mactroll/DEPNotify

Helper Menus

NoMAD

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

Link: https://nomad.menu/nomad-open-source/

Hello-IT

A handy menubar application to get users in touch with IT and quickly get information and resources on their Mac.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/ygini/Hello-IT

moss

A helper app for Hello IT to make building mobileconfig files easier.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/PaperFixie/moss

MacDNA

Customizable menubar that checks for hardware status, management framework status, and other handy information.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/jhbush/Arek/tree/master/Development/MacDNA%20Menulet

Text Editing

Atom

An free, open source, hackable text editor.

Cost: Free

Link: https://atom.io/

Sublime Text

A high performance, cross-platform text editor.

Cost: USD $80 to buy, free to evaluate.

Link: https://www.sublimetext.com/

Xcode

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.

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xcode/id497799835?mt=12

BBEdit

Clean and simple HTML & text editor, made by Bare Bones Software.

Cost: USD $49.99 (direct download or via Mac App Store)

Link: https://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/

MacDown

An open source markdown editor for macOS.

Cost: Free

Link: https://macdown.uranusjr.com/

Visual Studio Code

Microsoft's source code editor in a lightweight, open source, cross-platform application.

Cost: Free

Link: https://code.visualstudio.com/

Productivity

Slack

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

Link: https://slack.com/downloads/osx

Trello

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.

Link: https://trello.com/

Google Keep

Virtual sticky notes, lists, photos, and audio.

Cost: Included with Gmail accounts.

Link: https://www.google.com/keep/

LastPass

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.

Link: https://www.lastpass.com/

Power Ups

AppCleaner

A small application which allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.

Cost: Free

Link: https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/

Amphetamine

A caffeine replacement that prevents your Mac from sleeping on demand.

Cost: Free in the Mac App Store

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/amphetamine/id937984704?mt=12

vfuse

A handy script that converts a never-booted DMG into a VMware Fusion VM.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/chilcote/vfuse

Spruce

Works with your Jamf server to identify objects not currently being used, out of date, or are generally "crufty".

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/sheagcraig/Spruce

Recategorizer

Quickly recategorize policies and packages in Jamf Pro, and even more unused categories.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/sheagcraig/Recategorizer

Yo

Custom user notifications with Swift.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/sheagcraig/yo

Jamf Migrator

A tool to migrate data granularly between Jamf Pro servers.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/jamfprofessionalservices/JamfMigrator

Giphy Capture

Easily capture GIFs from your Mac, great for documentation.

Cost: Free from the Mac App Store.

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/giphy-capture-the-gif-maker/id668208984?mt=12

Wallcat

Rotates through beautiful new desktop wallpapers

Cost: USD $1.99 in the Mac App Store.

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wallcat/id1000397973?mt=12

Stronghold

Easily configure macOS security settings from the terminal.

Cost: N/A

Link: https://github.com/alichtman/stronghold


License

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