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This list of Best Free Software for Mac OS now includes 150 applications in various categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, select a Software Category on top of this page or use the box below to view all software items in one massive list.


With the advent of "iDevices", OS X has arguably become one of the fastest growing user bases in the last decade. Not only for graphic design and audio/video editors anymore, OS X, with its simplistic design, has caught the appeal of many more common users who want a system that just works.

One of the largest shortfallings, however, is that enhanced functionality comes at a cost. Many software solutions for OS X are paid options that allow certain functionalities. The goal of this group is to break down that barrier and provide a large database of free software for OS X to enhance your Mac experience.

Ranging from comic book readers to programming editors, chess to media centers, our team has taken the time to review and recommend the best free software for Mac OS.


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by Cthulhux on 5. December 2014 - 10:36  (119974)

Sadly, Xee is not freeware anymore. :-(

by Sea Mac on 5. December 2014 - 13:02  (119976)

Thank You. I will remove it.

by Panzer on 24. September 2014 - 8:18  (118771)

Homebrew - The missing package manager for OS X:

by Cthulhux on 5. December 2014 - 10:36  (119975)

No, that's MacPorts.

by Elwood Nose on 11. January 2014 - 14:13  (113529)

Since Bean is no longer being developed, I'd recommend replacing it with Growly Write, which is excellent, small, and very actively supported by its developer Chris Mason, long ago project head for Microsoft Word 5 ("back when Word was fun," as he says).

Also, nothing wrong with FileZilla, but why a separate app installed when you can use the excellent FireFTP add-on for Firefox?

by Sea Mac on 18. January 2014 - 5:18  (113683)

Thank you for the suggestions. I'll add them to this category in the next few edits.

by Panzer on 27. June 2013 - 7:25  (108747)

Mac Linux USB Loader - a tool allowing you to take an ISO of a Linux distribution and make it boot using EFI:

by Panzer on 19. June 2013 - 8:46  (108591)

fish is a smart and user-friendly command line shell for OS X, Linux, and the rest of the family.


- Autosuggestions
- Glorious VGA Color
- Sane Scripting
- Web Based configuration
- Man Page Completions
- Works Out Of The Box

by Panzer on 13. April 2013 - 7:26  (107041)

MPlayerX provides you a super easy way to enjoy your favorite multimedia collection, without losing any functionalities:

by reidthaler on 5. April 2013 - 19:09  (106843)

Is Carbon Copy Cloner free? It looks like it's croakware

CCC is no longer donationware. In order to grow our support and development team, we have made the transition to a commercial product. This will allow us to to continue offering frequent updates to our software, including new features. This will also enable our stellar customer support to remain that way. Transitioning from donationware to a commercial offering underscores our commitment to deliver the best Mac OS X cloning and backup utility on the market.

by MidnightCowboy on 13. April 2013 - 8:12  (107044)

Thank you Reid. Carbon Copy Cloner is now removed from the list. MC - Site Manager.

by Panzer on 27. March 2013 - 9:09  (106575)

Quicksilver leaves beta:

Vecte is a very simple app, designed as a replacment for the OS X application switcher.

- Faster. Vecte is far faster then the OS X switcher. Don't wait for the window to disappear before switching apps...
- No setup. Simply open the Vecte app, and hit Command-Tab.
- Simple. Vecte is very simple and out of the way. Don't worry about a thing.
- No system resources. Vecte is exceptionally light weight, and will not effect your battery life.

by JTAlsman on 9. March 2013 - 5:48  (106070)

I Just found out about this Mac utility app called Magician. It has many functions-various cleaning utils,duplicate finder,memory optimization,left and right fan speed adjustment,app uninstaller, and more.

I was impressed by what this program can do, definitely worth giving it a look to compare it to CLeanMyMac and others...

by AlecJBrock on 11. March 2013 - 3:17  (106108)

Hi JTAlsman,

I've added Magician to the list. Thank you for brining it to light!


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