Best Free Software for Mac OS

 Best Free Audio & Video for Mac OS

Best Free Audio Editing Software for Mac OS

  • Soundhack

    "Spectral Sound Processing for the Macintosh. (This) original application still ticking, still swooshing, still awfully useful (original release October 26, 1991). 5 Versions - working on ANY Mac back (to the SE!)! Latest: Universal Binary (v. 0.896) Intel / PPC (10.4+) Older Mac PPC or Intel: Carbon (v. 0.893) CarbonLib / OSX (10.0 – 10.3.9) Ancient Mac PPC (v. 0.88888) PowerPC (8.6 – 9.2) & OSX Antique Mac FPU (v. 0.881) Older 68k+fpu macs Museum Piece Mac (68000 Processor!) NF (v. 0.881) Older 68k-fpu macs Sea Mac has used this since "Antique Mac" Days!!! "

  • AudacityAudacity

    "As far as single track editing goes, there is very little that cannot be achieved with Audacity easily and cleanly. Its functionality for editing is balanced and recording is equally powerful for applying effects and modifications to existing audio tracks.

    The process of recording a track either from an internal or external source could not be more simple and many neat things are right there such as slide control and multi-track recording." (Review)

  • Traverso DAW

    "Traverso Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is a cross platform multitrack audio recording and editing suite, with an innovative and easy to master User Interface. It's suited for both the professional and home user, who needs a robust and solid DAW. Traverso is a complete solution from recording to CD Mastering. By supplying many common tools in one package, you don't have to learn how to use lots of applications with different user interfaces. This considerably lowers the learning curve, letting you get your audio processing work done faster. A unique approach to non-linear audio processing was developed for Traverso to provide extremely solid and robust audio processing and editing. Adding and removal of effects plugins, moving Audio Clips and creating new Tracks during playback are all perfectly safe, giving you instant feedback on your work."


Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion for Mac OS

  • Smart Converter

    "Drag your video or audio file to Smart Converter, select an output format and convert, it will analyse your file and preserve as much of the original as possible, optimising conversion speed and quality.

    It handles hundreds of file types and converts to all your favourite formats, it will also add your converted file to iTunes."

  • Handbrake

    "A long-time favourite of mine, when I need to convert from just about any format to a nice, no-nonsense iPod/iPhone compatible video (encoded in H.264). It has a queue, and supports multiple Apple presets including Apple TV." (Review)

  • Miro Video Converter

    "For even easier device conversion, there is Miro Video Converter. With just a dozen device presets and support for only one file at a time, it may not be the best choice for power users. However, its simple interface is 'newbie-proof', and conversion quality is on a par with other programs." (Review)


Best Free CD Ripper for Mac OS

  • Max

    "An application for creating high-quality audio files in various formats, from compact discs or files. When extracting audio from compact discs, Max offers the maximum in flexibility to ensure the true sound of your CD is faithfully extracted."

  • fre:ac

    "fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats. More Info: With fre:ac you easily rip your audio CDs to MP3 or WMA files for use with your hardware player or convert files that do not play with other audio software. You can even convert whole music libraries retaining the folder and filename structure. The integrated CD ripper supports the CDDB/freedb online CD database. It will automatically query song information and write it to ID3v2 or other title information tags."


Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software for Mac OS

  • SimplyBurns

    "SimplyBurns is a Mac OS X application with a GUI, which allows the user to burn CD / DVD media. Good burning program ..."

    Sea Mac's note: Works on Mac OS X 10.9.5 - now my #1 pick for Best FREE CD/DVD Burning Software for Mac!!!!"


Best Free DVD Ripper for Mac OS

  • HandBrakeHandBrake

    "The program has a relatively small file size for all the features that it offers. The transcoded video is surprisingly good quality for the amount of time it takes to rip.

    Handbrake produces an MPEG-4 file which is compatible with a wide range of media players, and has a very great feature with preconfigured profiles for Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV. It also provides numerous video and audio parameter settings for advanced users to alter the file size and video quality accordingly." (Review)


Best Free Media Center for Mac OS

  • KodiKodi

    "Kodi (Formerly XBMC) is truly outstanding in this category and earns the Gizmo's Top Pick title rightfully in my eyes. It played all media files I fed it with and turned out to be the most reliable product for me.

    Kodi offers convincing media library features and is highly configurable with custom skins and backdrops. You will find a vast amount of plugins, skins and other goodies for it as the community around Kodi is large." (Review)

  • iTheater

    "iTheater: The Mac Media Center - is a media center application for Mac OS X Like Kodi, or Apple's discontinued "Front Row" App was. iTheater is an open source project that aims to create a media center application for Mac OS X, to fully take advantage of Apple's OSX. The project aims to integrate most media-based Mac applications into a single console (or media center)."


Best Free Media Player for Mac OS

  • VLC Media PlayerVLC Media Player

    "VLC is the swiss army knife of media playback software that marvels you with compatibilities and capabilities. It sports an excellent menu based interface that is strictly simple and stripped down.

    The toolbars are fully customizable so you get to choose the buttons needed on the interface. The media player is powerful, light, fast and has the capability to repair broken content and supports many subtitle formats with advanced controls." (Review)

  • MPlayer OSX Extended

    "This player aims to deliver a powerful, functional and no frills video player for OSX. It's based on the original MPlayer OSX project but has since undergone fundamental changes, making it a modern and easy to use video player.

    It's one of the fastest choices on OSX to play back HD H264 videos, supports instant playback of MKV files and advanced styled subtitles in the ASS format."

  • NicePlayer

    "Niceplayer is a fullscreen borderless multi-engine player for Mac OS X. This program aims to be a multi-engine player designed for playing movies nicely for a person who likes to watch or present movies on their computer (such as the casual viewer or the video artist). This program features full screen or border-less floating windows, convenient controls for scrubbing or queuing movies, and on the fly playlist creation."


Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Mac OS

  • Kid3Kid3

    "An audio tag editor runs on multi platforms and supports editing all tags in MP3 files. You can generate tags from file names or vice versa, and import tags from online databases including,, Discogs and MusicBrainz.

    It allows for dragging and dropping a cover art to a file and helps searching album arts and lyrics via a browser from online resources as well. Other features include convert between ID3v1.1, ID3v2.3 and ID3v2.4 tags, edit tags of multiple files, generate playlist files, rename and create directories from tags, case conversion and export tags." (Review)

  • MusicBrainz PicardMusicBrainz Picard

    "This freeware adopts a new tagging concept that is album oriented, as opposed to tracks or files oriented tagging.

    It identifies track information by comparing a unique digital thumbprint to the information in the MusicBrainz database. Once the tracks are best matched, you can save their tag info into selected MP3 files. Checking details of a selected file evokes a list of all existing tags, including lyrics. If a tag doesn't exist, you can always add it." (Review)


Best Free Music Notation Software for Mac OS

  • MuseScoreMuseScore

    "The best free music notation software with fast and easy note entry in WYSIWYG mode. It's integrated with a sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer and allows for an unlimited number of staves; up to four voices per staff; 128 instrument sounds for playback plus eight drum and percussion sets.

    Other features include import and export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files; output as PDF or PNG documents and basic ensemble scoring." (Review)

  • LilyPond

    "LilyPond is a music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible. It brings the aesthetics of traditionally engraved music to computer printouts. LilyPond is free software and part of the GNU Project. Note: LilyPond is a text-based music engraver; it is more similar to a programming language than a graphical score editing program. Before downloading LilyPond, please read about our Text input."

  • Five Line Skink

    "Five Line Skink is a desktop application which is used to create music staff notation using the abc standard described at Skink is available for the Macintosh, Windows and Linux platforms (early versions were also tested on Solaris), but requires that Java be installed - at least Java 1.4 for Skink version 1.x and Java 5 for Skink version 2.x. If you are running on a Macintosh, Java is installed for you. "


Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Mac OS

  • Nightingale

    "Nightingale is a community created fork of the Songbird media player. It is developed by a proud community and we are equally proud to bring you the most extensible, feature-rich media experience on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Nightingale allows you to change the user interface, select the features you need, and use the Web to find new music and videos, besides organizing your music libraries."

  • Banshee

    "Play your music and videos.  Keep up with your podcasts and Internet radio.  Discover new music and podcasts.  Keep your portable device loaded with good stuff.  Simple enough to enjoy.  Powerful enough to thrill.  Open-source through and through."


Best Free Video Editor for Mac OS

  • OpenShot

    "OpenShot Video Editor is an award-winning, open-source video editor, available on Linux, Mac, and Windows. OpenShot can create stunning videos, films, and animations with an easy-to-use interface and rich set of features.We designed OpenShot Video Editor to be an easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor."

  • Shotcut

    "Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k. Warning: Shotcut is currently in very early stage and active development. So do not expect a final product for now. Binaries are regularly built and are available at , on the Download section. "

  • Avidemux

    "A free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities."

  • Lossless Cut

    "A free video editor designed for simple cutting of video or audio files. Please note: LosslessCut is not a tool for exact cutting. Start cut time will be "rounded" to the nearest previous keyframe, which may be up to several seconds before your desired cut point, depending on the video encoding. Although LosslessCut can open almost any audio/video format, there are some that can not be cut. There are some known issues with cutting videos from the newest iPhones. ."


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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.
Thank You. I will remove it.
Homebrew - The missing package manager for OS X:
No, that's MacPorts.

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?

Hey, Hey! Only a Year Late ... Thank you for the GREAT Suggestion!
Thank you for the suggestions. I'll add them to this category in the next few edits.
Mac Linux USB Loader - a tool allowing you to take an ISO of a Linux distribution and make it boot using EFI:
fish is a smart and user-friendly command line shell for OS X, Linux, and the rest of the family. Features: - Autosuggestions - Glorious VGA Color - Sane Scripting - Web Based configuration - Man Page Completions - Works Out Of The Box
MPlayerX provides you a super easy way to enjoy your favorite multimedia collection, without losing any functionalities:
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.
Thank you Reid. Carbon Copy Cloner is now removed from the list. MC - Site Manager.
Quicksilver leaves beta: Vecte is a very simple app, designed as a replacment for the OS X application switcher. Features: - 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.

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...

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