Here is my list of free, macOS apps that I have installed and use often. Many are also open source! When I first got my Mac I searched the internet for lists of useful apps but found most outdated. I decided to compile this list as part of a cleanup and "audit" of what's useful IMHO.
- free, open source
- free, closed source
- free on Mac App Store, but who knows, this may change
In no particular order:
- Itsycal - pop up calendar with next 7 days of events
- Spectacle - to move and re-size windows
- f.lux - "night shift" mode for macOS (similar functionality is now built into macOS Sierra 10.12.4 thought f.lux is more configurable)
- Shade - hides desktop icons
- Commander One - free (with Pro IAP) dual-pane file manager
- Keka - archiver that extracts RAR and 7-Zip archives
- WineBottler -
run Windows EXEs, derived from Wine, does not need XQuartz(has not been updated since Dec 2015)
- Wine - run Windows EXEs. You may want to compile Wine with Retina mode following my guide
- KeeWeb - KeePass-compatible password manager, an open-source alternative to 1Password that I like.
- AppCleaner - cleanly uninstalls Apps by removing preferences and associated files
- Typeeto -
allows your Mac keyboard to be used as a bluetooth keyboard(not free, oops)
- CheetSheet - shows all shortcuts when Command key is held down
- ForkLift 2 - my go-to file manager, superceeded by the paid ForkLift 3, but still good enough
Graphics and drawing:
- ImageOptim - losslessly shrinks PNGs and JPGs with OptiPNG, Jpegtran, etc.
- GIMP - photo editing and drawing
- Scribus - Desk Top Publishing
- Krita - painting
- MediaBang Paint - painting with tools for comic artists like panels, perspective gridline, etc.
- Visual Studio Code - IDE with Node.js debugger, markdown text editor and plugins galore
- VirtualBox - runs Windows in a virtual machine (use 90-day Windows VM images from Microsoft)
- TextWrangler - text editor
- Parallels Desktop Lite - run a macOS or Linux VM free! (Windows requires an IAP). Read my post on how to set up a virtual macOS instance with Parallels
Browsers and networking:
- Chrome - Google's Chromium browser
- Moonlight Chrome - NVIDIA GameStream client, installed a Chrome extension. I have a post on Moonlight in macOS and iOS
- Cyberduck - FTP client and Cloud browser
- Vivaldi - very configurable browser, also based on Chromium
- NetSpot - Wi-Fi coverage for site survey
- Privoxy - non-caching web proxy with filtering i.e. ad-blocking
- Audacity - audio editor plus LAME MP3 encoder plug-in
- VLC - video player
- HandBrake - video transcoder, and if required, libdvdcss from VLC (1.2.12 compiled for MacOS)
- Hit Film Express - amazing video editor with basic 3D compositing
- Kodi - media center, with a great UI and even works on Raspberry Pi. You might want to read about to configure a macOS sandbox for Kodi.
Updated Feb 2017: A few small additions including Privoxy and Kodi.
Updated April 2017: Both Parallels Desktop Lite and ForkLift 2 seem to be permanently free, but Typeeto is not