Mac Best 50 Apps and Utilities

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The Best Mac Apps & Utilities

The Mac collection includes mostly lesser-known apps so the usual suspects likes Evernote, Dropbox, OneNote, or Google Drive are all missing from the list. Also, all the apps of mac listed below are compatible the current version of Mac OS.



  1. – Easily send files and folders of any size from your Mac 
    to another device be it a Windows PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or a 
    Mac itself.
  2. Spectacle – This is a useful windows management app for Mac that lets 
    you move and resize windows with configurable keyboard shortcuts. You 
    can also move windows between multiple displays too.
  3. Duet Display – Use your iPad or iPhone as an extra display for your 
    Mac. Connect the iOS device to the Mac with the USB cable and use the 
    touch-screen to interact with your Mac apps.
  4. Knock – You can unlock your Mac by simply tapping your iPhone screen or 
    your Apple Watch without having to type any passwords.
  5. ImageOptim – Always run your images through ImageOptim before upload 
    them on to your website. The Mac app will crush the size of your image 
    files without affecting the visual quality.
  6. HiddenMe – If your Mac desktop is cluttered with folders and files, 
    you can hide all the icons with a single click or with a keyboard 
  7. Site Sucker – Download entire websites includes images, PDF files and 
    mirror them on your local disk for offline browsing. Like wget but with 
    a visual interface.
  8. App Cleaner – Deleting the .dmg file is not enough. If you are to 
    properly uninstall any Mac app, you need to delete the residual hidden 
    files as well and that’s where App Cleaner can help.
  9. Download Shuttle – A download manager for your Mac that splits the file 
    into multiple parts and downloads the individual parts simultaneously 
    for faster downloads. Can pause and resume downloads too.
  10. Toggl – Time tracking software for your Mac that sits in the status bar 
    for quick access. Add #hashtags to tasks and your tracked hours are also 
    synched with the web.
  11. Fluid – This will turn your favorite website into a real desktop app 
    for Mac that will reside in the Applications folder and you can launch 
    from Spotlight search.
  12. Transmit – The perfect FTP client for Mac OS X that just works. 
    You can create droplets to instantly upload files to your favorite 
    destinations from anywhere.
  13. Caffeine – It helps your Mac stay awake. Click the Caffeine icon in 
    the menu bar to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep or 
    from dimming the screen while you are watching videos.
  14. NoSleep – Your Macbook goes to sleep as soon you close the lid. 
    The NoSleep extension will keep the screen awake even when the lid is 
    closed so you can continue downloading files over the network.
  15. Air Browser – This will put your favorite websites in the menu bar 
    so you can access them from any screen with a single click. The sites 
    can be configured to auto-refresh on open.
  16. MacDropAny – You can easily sync any Mac folder with Dropbox or 
    Google Drive without having to move them to a common folder.
  17. Self Control – Stop procrastinating. This open-source Mac app that 
    will temporarily block access to time-wasting websites, emails and 
    everything else that you find distracting.
  18. Gas Mask – This is a hosts file editor for Mac that can help you 
    permanently block access to certain websites from your computer.
  19. Authy – Not exactly a Mac app but a Google Chrome extension that you 
    cannot do without. It lets you log into online accounts that 
    require 2-factor authentication without requiring the phone.
  20. Pixel Winch – An easy-to-use screen measurement app where you take a 
    screenshot of an area and then use the built-in controls to measure 
    the dimensions of any element inside no matter how tiny it is.
  21. Buffer – You can easily publish status updates, share links and 
    photos to multiple social websites in one go from the menu bar itself.
  22. Hocus Focus – It helps keep your Mac desktop screen clutter free by 
    automatically hiding app windows that are inactive or haven’t been 
    used for a while. You can even choose to hide windows as soon as 
    they lose focus.
  23. AirDroid – It connects your Android phone to the Mac. You can access 
    messages, manage photos, transfer files and more, wirelessly.
  24. PushBullet – A universal copy-paste solution for all your devices 
    including the Mac. Copy something on your phone and it instantly 
    becomes available on the Mac’s clipboard and vice-versa.
  25. Unarchiver – A useful compression utility for Mac that can handle all 
    the popular zip formats including RAR, TAR, MSI, EXE, GZIP and even 
    ISO file. It can extract sounds and images from Flash and PDF files too.
  26. iBrowse – Access the files and folders on your iPhone or iPad inside 
    this Finder-like app and copy images, videos and other files from the 
    iOS device to your Mac easily.
  27. GIF Brewery – This helps you convert video files 
    and screencasts into animated GIFs and offers tons of options to 
    fine-tune your GIF images.
  28. Karabiner – A key mapping application for the Mac that lets you remap 
    existing keys to perform a different command. For instance, the CAPS 
    lock key can be configured to work as an Escape key.
  29. Better Touch Tool – It lets you easily configure the behaviour of 
    existing gestures of your Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad or define 
    new multi-touch gestures.
  30. Hazel – A folder monitoring app that lets you specify rules and the 
    files added to these watched folders are automatically arranged based 
    on your rules. You can run complex rules too, like run Apple Script, 
    when a file is added.
  31. Helium – An Always on Top like app but for your Mac. The browser 
    window will float on top of other windows and you can also change the 
    translucency level.
  32. Dropzone – It make it easy to copy or move files to your favorite 
    folders and you can also upload files to web destinations right from 
    the menu bar.
  33. RSS Bot – Access your favorite RSS feeds from the Mac’s menu bar. 
    Get notifications when new items are available and apply filters to 
    only show articles that match certain keywords.
  34. XMenu – It provides Finder like access to your favorite folders and 
    Mac apps from the menu bar. You can launch apps, access documents and 
    files inside folder right from the menu bar.
  35. Flux – It automatically dims the brightness of your screen based on 
    the time of the day – warm at night, bright during the day – so your 
    eyes feel less strain. Also see the 20 20 20 rule.
  36. EVE – The app helps you learn Mac keyboard shortcuts. Every time you 
    use the mouse to perform an action, the app displaying the equivalent 
    shortcut as a notification. Also see CheatSheet, it display all the 
    available shortcuts for the currently active app.
  37. BootChamp – If you have installed Windows on Mac through Apple Bootcamp, 
    BootChamp will save you a few clicks. It adds an icon in the menu bar 
    that will you restart your computer into Windows mode directly without 
    having to press any keys during start-up.
  38. aText – A text expander program that accelerates your touch typing by 
    replacing pre-defined abbreviations with corresponding phrases. For 
    instance, say ;sig to add your rich signature in the Gmail window.
  39. Flashlight – It adds more power to Spotlight search on your Mac. 
    You can search different, quickly add events to your calendar, create 
    reminders, run terminal commands and more all from within Spotlight.
  40. Alfred 2 – Apple has vastly improved Spotlight with Yosemite but Alfred 
    is still a better app at finding files both on your local disk and online.
  41. Disk Inventory – If your 256 GB SSD on the Macbook is running low on 
    space, use the Disk Inventory app to quickly discover large files and 
    folders that are hogging up the space.
  42. Sync – From the makers of BitTorrent, Sync helps you keep files and 
    folders on all your computers and mobile devices in sync with each 
    other but without using the cloud. There are no size limitations either.
  43. Bartender – If you have too many app icons cluttering the menu bar of 
    your mac, Bartender can bring some order. It lets you hide the menu 
    item you don’t need or you can push them to the secondary bar that 
    will not show by default.
  44. CloudUp – From the company that develops WordPress, CloudUp lets you 
    quickly upload and share local files and screenshots from the menu bar.
  45. Filepane – The invisible app improves your drag and drop workflow. 
    Select one or more files and the app will offers a list of actions that 
    you can perform from resizing the files to sharing via AirDrop to 
    moving it to another destination and more.
  46. Unclutter – A clipboard history manager for your Mac that preserves 
    snippets copied to the clipboard and also gives you quick access to 
    your frequently used files and folders. Use ClipMenu or CopyClip 
    if you only need a basic clipboard manager.
  47. TextBar – You can specify terminal commands and the app will add the 
    text output of those commands to the menu bar that can also be 
    configured to auto-updated at set intervals. For instance, 
    ‘ipconfig getifaddr en0’ will print your current IP address in the menu 
    bar. You can also have these as desktop widgets with Übersicht.
  48. Handbrake – Whether you are looking to convert videos from one format 
    to another or need to extract videos from a DVD, HandBrake is probably 
    the only utility you need. FFmpeg is powerful too but works only from 
    the command line.
  49. Soundflower – If you are to record the Mac audio, like the sound 
    coming out of the speakers, you would need SoundFlower to route that 
    sound to the recording app instead of the speakers.
  50. QuickCast – Record quick screencasts of any area of your desktop 
    screen and save the video files locally or publish them online. It can 
    record mouse clicks and sound too. The other alternative is QuickTime.


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