macOS Apps

I maintain a big list of apps I use on my system here together with why and how I use them.

And here is a full list of the apps I have inside my /Applications folder.

Nice OSS macOS Swift/ObjC apps

  • ​Pine - Modern, native macOS markdown editor.

  • ​Twig - Modern macOS markdown editor.

  • ​Sloth - Displays all open files and sockets in use by all running processes on your system.

  • ​Workbench - Seamless, automatic, β€œdotfile” sync to iCloud.

  • ​LuLu - Free macOS firewall. (Web) (HN)

  • ​Conferences.digital - Watch the latest and greatest conference videos on your Mac.

  • ​Gifski - Convert videos to high-quality GIFs on your Mac.

  • ​Sourceful - Native source editor for iOS and macOS.

  • ​Shifty - MacOS menu bar app that gives you more control over Night Shift.

  • ​Seashore - Easy to use mac osx image editing application, gimp light.

  • ​Linked Ideas - MacOS/iOS apps to treat ideas as links of concepts.

  • ​HotKey - Simple global shortcuts in macOS.

  • ​Latest - Small utility app for macOS that makes sure you know about all the latest updates to the apps you use.

  • ​Hidden Bar - Ultra-light MacOS utility that helps hide menu bar icons. (HN)

  • ​NetNewsWire - RSS reader for macOS and iOS.

  • ​macos-key-cast - Log keys pressed on macOS. Useful for screen recordings and presentations.

  • ​Rectangle - Move and resize windows on macOS with keyboard shortcuts and snap areas. (Web)

  • ​Plash - Make any website your Mac desktop wallpaper.

  • ​Swindler - Swift window management library for macOS.

  • ​Lunar - Intelligent adaptive brightness for your external display.

  • ​Tinkle - Appends a visual effect for the focused window changes.

  • ​Maccy - Lightweight clipboard manager for macOS.

  • ​Pasteboard Viewer - Inspect the system pasteboards on macOS.

  • ​Vimac - Vimium for macOS. (Web) (HN)

  • ​LinkLiar - Link-Layer MAC spoofing GUI for macOS.

  • ​Crescendo - Swift based, real time event viewer for macOS. It utilizes Apple's Endpoint Security Framework.

  • ​Blurred - macOS utility that helps reduce distraction by dimming your inactive noise.

  • ​HackerNews.app - HN macOS app based on official API.

  • ​BluetoothConnector - Simple macOS CLI to connect/disconnect a Bluetooth device. Useful for AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones.

  • ​Universal Tip - Programmable tooltip that can be used with any macOS app.

  • ​NWPusher - macOS and iOS application and framework to play with the Apple Push Notification service.

  • ​MacCacheCleaner​

  • ​Timer App - Simple Stopwatch App for macOS.

  • ​Cameo - Small utility based on CMIOKit to explore installed CMIO DAL plugins and their properties.

  • ​Pock - Display macOS Dock in Touch Bar.

  • ​Akku - Missing macOS bluetooth headset battery indicator app.

  • ​SubEthaEdit - General purpose plain-text editor for macOS. Widely known for its live collaboration feature. (Web) (HN)

  • ​RegEx+ - Nifty RegEx test tool built with SwiftUI.

  • ​Glance - Provides Quick Look previews for files that macOS doesn't support out of the box.

  • ​MonitorControl - Control your external monitor brightness & volume on your Mac.

  • ​Up Next - Meetings at a glance from your macOS menu bar.

  • ​Multi - Create a custom, lightweight macOS app from a group of websites. (HN)

  • ​Face Data - macOS application used to auto-annotate landmarks from a video.

  • ​Bluetility - General-purpose Bluetooth Low-Energy utility.

  • ​Gray - Tailor your macOS Mojave experience.

  • ​Milestones - App to count down the days until upcoming milestones. Built to try out the Swift Composable Architecture, SwiftUI and Combine.

  • ​j2s - macOS app to convert JSON to Swift structs.

  • ​Timer - Simple Timer app for Mac.

  • ​Mach-O Explorer - Graphical Mach-O viewer for macOS.

  • ​Clipy - Clipboard extension app for macOS.

  • ​AltTab - Windows alt-tab on macOS.

  • ​MeetingBar - Menu bar app for your calendar meetings. (HN)

  • ​Boop - Scriptable scratchpad for developers. In slow yet steady progress. (Code)

  • ​Fanny - Monitor your Mac's fan speed and CPU/GPU temperature from your Notification Center.

  • ​Diurna - Basic/Classic Hacker News app, used as a Cocoa & Swift learning platform.

  • ​eqMac - macOS System-wide Audio Equalizer.

  • ​SensibleSideButtons - Side navigation for third-party mice in macOS. (HN)

  • ​DevUtils - Developer Utilities for macOS. (Code) (HN)

  • ​5 GUIs - Tiny macOS app that can detect the GUI technologies used in other apps.

  • ​Stats - macOS system monitor in your menu bar.

  • ​Stackline - Visualize yabai window stacks on macOS. Works with yabai & hammerspoon.

  • ​mirror-displays - Mac app and command-line tool for fiddling with display mirroring: on/off/toggle.

  • ​eul - macOS status monitoring app written in SwiftUI.

  • ​VirtualKVM - Automatically toggles Bluetooth and Target Display Mode when you connect a Macbook to your iMac via Thunderbolt.

  • ​Keycastr - Open-source keystroke visualizer.

  • ​Brooklyn - Screensaver inspired by Apple's Event on October 30, 2018.

  • ​stts - macOS app for monitoring the status of cloud services.

  • ​Auto DND - Mac app that keeps notifications stays right where it should.

  • ​Virtual - Boot Linux VMs in a single command on macOS using the new Virtualization.framework.

  • ​CloudyTabs - Menu bar application that lists your iCloud Tabs and Reading List.

  • ​BitBar - Lets you put the output from any script/program in your macOS Menu Bar.

  • ​SwiftBar - Powerful macOS menu bar customization tool.

  • ​Clean Me - macOS system analyzer and cleaner.

  • ​ImageOptim - GUI image optimizer for Mac. (Code)

  • ​Pika - Open-source colour picker app for macOS. (Web)

  • ​Syncthing macOS - Native macOS Syncthing tray application bundle.

  • ​FSNotes - Modern notes manager for macOS and iOS. (Web)

  • ​Suspicious Package - Application for Inspecting macOS Installer Packages.

  • ​CleanShot X - Capture your Mac’s screen like a pro.

  • ​Contexts - Simple & fast window switcher for Mac.

  • ​DevDocs macOS - DevDocs API Documentation viewer for macOS.

  • ​Spotter - Productivity tool to launch everything. Alfred alternative.

Other interesting apps

  • ​Finicky - MacOS app for customizing which browser to start.

  • ​OpenQuickly - Custom 'open quickly' window that imitates macOS' Spotlight.

  • ​Flotato - Turn any web page into a Mac app.

  • ​Autumn - MacOS window manager built for JavaScript hackers.

  • ​Zappy - Screen capture tool. (HN)

  • ​BlockBlock - Provides continual protection by monitoring persistence locations.

  • ​VimMotion - Access macOS UI elements with your fingers stay on keyboard. Inspired by vim-easymotion & avy-mode.

  • ​Entity Pro - Glyph & Emoji Finder.

  • ​Glyphfinder - Missing character search for designers, developers and writers.

  • ​Contrast - macOS app for quick access to WCAG color contrast ratios.

  • ​Mouseless​

  • ​Codye - Allows you to present code in more than 180 languages and 80 themes.

  • ​Coppice - Cultivate Your Thoughts.

  • ​Hook - Find without searching.

  • ​Twenttty - Give your eyes a break.

  • ​PopClip - Appears when you select text with your mouse on your Mac. (PopClip Extensions)

  • ​ClashX - Rule based proxy For Mac base on Clash.

  • ​Lacona - Command launcher.

  • ​Numi - Beautiful calculator app for Mac. (Code)

  • ​ViDL - Download videos from YouTube and hundreds of other websites for offline viewing.

  • ​FSMonitor - macOS app that monitors all changes to the file system.

  • ​LaunchBar - Application launcher for macOS. (Assimilated Theme)

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