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This list of Best Free Software for Mac OS now includes 186 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 candp35 on 17. March 2015 - 17:28  (121458)

Is there any way I can batch remove 3249 unwanted emails from my ipad. I have mail "ruled" to avoid spam on my syncd mac but the syncing seeme to occur prior to the sorting.

by Sea Mac on 17. March 2015 - 17:53  (121460)

I think so ... but I do not use an iPad or Apple "Mail", myself.

Here is how I would theoretically proceed:

1. Get them all in a group. Arrange their sorting order so as to get as many spam messages in a contiguous block as is possible - hopefully they are all marked as junk and you can sort by junk status. You can arrange to sort them by clicking on the tops of the various columns (sender email address/junk status/date/subject/ ... and so on) - which will regroup them by sender or subject ... or whatever.

2. Bulk delete shortcuts
On my Mac Desktop I can "Select" a large contiguous block of files in the finder - or messages in my email client (or in quite a few other Mac programs) in one of two ways: Drag Select ... where you hold the left mouse button down while drawing a rectangle that encloses JUST the items you want ...


Select the first message of the block you want deleted - then HOLD DOWN the Shift Key and click on the last message of the block you want deleted: that selects all messages between the first and last ones.

Then click Delete.

Go get the iPad Manual: https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide... and check page 55 Please.

"Delete, move, or mark multiple messages. While viewing a list of messages, tap Edit. Select some messages, then choose an action. If you make a mistake, shake iPad immediately to undo."

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

Sadly, Xee is not freeware anymore. :-(

by Sea Mac on 14. April 2015 - 1:08  (121850)

Yes, the latest version from the Apple App store DOES cost money ....
HOWEVER ... the last free version of Xee - 2.2 - is still freely available, and DOES seem to still work on Mac OS X 10.9.5 ... at least it launched when I tested it, and all of the pieces appeared to be there ...

I'm putting it BACK ... it is still of use. "The Last Free Version" is still good enough.

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). http://growlybird.com/write/index.html

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

by Sea Mac on 15. April 2015 - 7:47  (121866)

Hey, Hey! Only a Year Late ... Thank you for the GREAT Suggestion!

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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