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Installation and Setup Guide for Mac


Before getting started, make sure you have a 🍎💻. If you don't have one yet, you could buy from Apple Shop or awesome eBay (for a better price).

Must-have Applications


Price App Intro
🆓* Alfred An application launcher and productivity application, which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords and text expansion.
🆓 Hammerspoon A tool for powerful automation of OS X.
💶 Bartender Lets you organize your menu bar apps, by hiding them, rearranging them, or moving them to the Bartender Bar.
🆓 Dozer Lets you hide menu bar items to give your Mac a cleaner look.
💶 ForkLift The most advanced dual pane file manager and file transfer client.
🆓 muCommander A cross-platform, lightweight, open-source file manager.
🆓 The Unarchiver A small and easy to use program that can unarchive many different kinds of archive files.
💶 Divvy A utility to quickly resize and position your windows.
💶 Magnet Declutters your screen by snapping windows into organized tiles.
💶 Paste Keeps track of everything you've ever copied and lets you access your clipboard history anytime across.
💶 Unclutter A new handy place on your desktop for storing notes, files and pasteboard clips.
💶 Fantastical A calendar app let you quickly create new events and reminders with natural language input and more.
🆓* Evernote Collect, nurture, and share ideas across desktop and mobile platforms with it.
🆓* Wunderlist A simple todo list and task manager app that helps you get stuff done.
💶 OmniFocus A personal task manager designed to quickly capture your thoughts and allow you to store, manage, and process them into actionable to-do items.
💶 OmniGraffle A diagramming and digital illustration application for creating beautiful, precise graphics.
💶 iA Writer A text editor removes distractions, giving you a calm, focused writing space.
🆓* Pocket When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
🆓 Simplenote An easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas and more. Light, clean, and free.
🆓* 1Password Put Passwords In Their Place.
💶 1Keyboard Type on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV using your Mac's keyboard.
🆓* Dropbox Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.
💶* PDF Expert Read, annotate and edit PDFs, change text and images. Fill forms and sign contracts like never before.
🆓 CheatSheet Just hold the ⌘-Key a bit longer to get a list of all active short cuts of the current application.
🆓* Anki A friendly and intelligent flash cards program which makes remembering things easy.
🆓 Amphetamine The most awesome keep-awake utility ever created.
🆓 KeepingYouAwake A Caffeine clone, prevent your Mac from entering sleep mode.
🆓* Memory Clean The ultimate app for optimizing your Mac's memory.
💶 SwitchResX The most advanced tool lets you easily change your display resolution and adjust other monitor settings directly from your menu bar or by using the Contextual Menu.
💶 Duet Lets you use your iPad or iPhone as an external monitor.


Price App Intro
🆓 Munki A collection of open-source tools used to manage installation of software packages on macOS client machines.
🆓 Mounty for NTFS A tiny tool to re-mount write-protected NTFS volumes.

Design Tools

Price App Intro
💶 Sketch The ultimate tool for designing user interfaces, websites, and icons.
💶 Affinity Photo The fastest, smoothest, most precise professional image editing software.
🆓 GIF Brewery Gives everyone the power to create stunning GIFs from video files.


Price App Intro
💶 Xee An streamlined and convenient image viewer and browser.
🆓 VLC A free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files.
🆓 IINA The modern video player.
🆓 Kodi A free media player that is designed to look great on your big screen TV but is just as home on a small screen.
🆓* Spotify A digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs.
💶 Permute The easiest to use media converter with it's easy to use, no configuration, drag and drop interface, it will meet the needs to convert all your media files.


Price App Intro
🆓 Chrome A fast, secure, and free web browser built for the modern web.
🆓 Firefox A fast, private, secure, and compatible web browser.

Social Networking

Price App Intro
💶 Airmail A lightning Fast Mail Client for Mac.
🆓* Sparrow An email client, had been acquired by Google and was ceasing continued development.
💶 Tweetbot An award-winning Twitter client.
🆓 YoruFukurou A powerful native Twitter client.
🆓* Skype An instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services.

Developer Tools

Price App Intro
🆓 Homebrew The missing package manager.
🆓 RVM Ruby Version Manager.
🆓 JDK Includes a complete JRE plus tools for developing, debugging, and monitoring Java applications.
🆓 iTerm2 A replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm.
🆓 Oh My Zsh An open source, community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration.
🆓 Powerlevel9k The most awesome Powerline theme for ZSH around.
🆓 Alacritty A cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator (the fastest in existence).
🆓 Hyper A terminal built on web technologies.
🆓 TextMate A graphical text editor.
🆓 Atom A free and open-source text and source code editor.
💶 Sublime Text A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
🆓 SourceTree A free Mercurial and Git Client.
💶 Tower A beautiful, efficient, and powerful Git version control app.
💶 Kaleidoscope The world's most advanced Mac diff tool.
💶 Monodraw An ASCII art editor.
💶 Quiver A notebook built for programmers.
🆓 Docker An open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications.
🆓* Dash Gives your Mac instant offline access to 150+ API documentation sets.
💶 Charles Proxy A proxy / monitor enables a developer to view all traffic between their machine and the Internet.
🆓 Postman The complete toolchain for API developers.
🆓 Cocoa Rest Client A free open source, native Apple OS X app for testing HTTP/REST endpoints.
🆓* Insomnia A powerful REST API Client with cookie management, environment variables, code generation, and authentication.
🆓 Xcode An IDE containing a suite of software development tools for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS.
🆓 Network Link Conditioner A tool to simulate various kinds of network environments.
💶 Reveal Advanced visualisations, comprehensive inspectors and the ability to modify applications on the fly.
🆓 Android Studio The Official IDE for Android.
🆓* Genymotion The most powerful Android emulation platform for app developers & testers.
🆓 VirtualBox A free and open-source hypervisor for x86 virtualization.
🆓* IntelliJ IDEA A Java IDE.
🆓 Visual Studio Code A code editor redefined and optimized for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications.
🆓 CCMenu Displays the build status of projects on a continuous integration server as an item in the Mac's menu bar.
🆓 Etcher Burn images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily.

Other Goodies

Price App Intro
🆓 Aerial Apple TV Aerial Screensaver for Mac.
🆓 Reeder 3 A RSS reader client.


  • 🆓 - free app
  • 💶 - paid app
  • 🆓* - free app but with paid features

Homebrew Packages

  • tree
  • wget
  • node


Collection of Commands

  • Converting SVG to PNG:

  • Joining pages from a a collection of PDF files into a single PDF file:

    /System/Library/Automator/Combine\ PDF\ Pages.action/Contents/Resources/ -o PATH/TO/YOUR/MERGED/FILE.pdf /PATH/TO/ORIGINAL/1.pdf /PATH/TO/ANOTHER/2.pdf /PATH/TO/A/WHOLE/DIR/*.pdf
  • Downloading m3u8 playlist with a bunch of ts files, and combining them into a single video file:

    ffmpeg -headers "ANY_NECESSARY_HEADER" -i "M3U8_URL" -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc -vcodec copy -c copy -crf 50 OUTPUT_FILE.MP4


  • Hiding Spotlight inside Bartender (on macOS Sierra)

    • Reboot into Recovery Mode (hold ⌘+R when hearing the startup chime);
    • Go to Utilities -> Terminal, run command csrutil disable, then reboot;
    • Hide Spotlight inside Bartender app;
    • Reboot into Recovery Mode again;
    • Go to Utilities -> Terminal, run command csrutil enable, then reboot.
  • Missing app icon on Dock, and failing to "Check for updates" (due to Gatekeeper Path Randomization on macOS Sierra)

    • Run command: xattr -dr /Applications/;
    • Drag app back onto Dock;
    • Reboot Mac.
  • Authorized Restart (to bypass FileVault 2 pre-boot login screen)

    sudo fdesetup authrestart
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