Best Free Software for Mac OS

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 Best Free Desktop and System for Mac OS
 

Best Free Cleanup and Tuning for Mac OS

  • OnyX

    "OnyX is a multifunction utility for Mac OS X which allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run misc. tasks of system maintenance, to configure some hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, Mail, iTunes, login window, Spotlight and many of Apple's applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, and more."

  • Maintenance

    "Maintenance is a System Maintenance and Cleaning utility for Mac OS X which allows you to run misc. tasks of system maintenance, repair permissions, run periodic scripts, reset Spotlight's Index, rebuild LaunchServices database, delete Application, Font and System cache, check the status of the hard disk, and more"

  • MacMaintenance

    "A small but smart system utility for OS X. Improve your Mac, without the cost. Considering throwing down on an expensive optimizer? MacMaintenance offers a free and easy alternative. With MacMaintenance, a beginner can tune-up a Mac like an OS X expert. Clear caches, run repair scripts, and tweak Dock and Finder settings."

  • IceClean

    "IceClean is a powerful System Maintenance and Optimization Tool using only UNIX built-in System Tasks to help your Mac stay healty and to keep it running smoothly. Version 3.0 is now completely renewed in Scripting and Cocoa Interface for help you in faster and useful Tasks Managing of All Unix Power."

  • AppleJack

    "AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can't load the GUI, or don't have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use."

 

Best Free Anti-Malware Utility for Mac OS

  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac

    "Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac specializes in adware removal. Free for Home Users Only - Business Users can obtain a License from Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac’s technology is custom built to detect and remove adware. For Mac OS 10.7 or later. It uses a proprietary database that identifies over 160 adware variants. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac typically completes a scan in under six seconds. Yep, Macs do get infected. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac roots out and destroys malware that is hiding deep in your system. Note: if the download is unexpectedly interrupted ... it was likely that the malware already on your system interrupted it. Have a friend download, zip, and email you this program, in that case."

  • DetectX

    "DetectX 2 can: – Remove MacKeeper and other apps that can cause unexpected performance problems – Detect Keyloggers and Adware – Track changes to your system – Show/Hide invisible files. DetectX 2 remains free for home use. Commercial and Institutional users are required to buy a Commercial Use license. You may run DetectX WITHOUT the Optional $10 home License! Requires OS X 10.7 or higher. (Note for Snow Leopard users: Cos’ you’re special, smiley we’ve made you your very own ‘DetectX for Snow Leopard‘ app - but only 64-bit Intel macs are supported. Please consider this as beta software and report any bugs directly to us. Our ability to test on 10.6 is limited!)"

 

Best Free Antivirus Utility for Mac OS

  • Avast Free Mac Security

    "Mac OS X is considered one of the most secure operating systems available. But today’s threats aren’t after your computer – they’re after your identity and your money. These days hackers “phish,” “spearphish” and “whale” to target you specifically. Combine these with other threats like router hijacking, and your identity is at great risk of being stolen."

  • Avira Free Antivirus for Mac

    "Avira Free Antivirus for Mac delivers first-rate protection for free. Not only does it protect you from all Mac related threats, it also prevents you from passing on PC viruses as well. Avira’s industry-leading antivirus secures your data, protects your privacy and blocks all types of malware, including viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware. "

  • Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition

    "Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition: Stops all threats—even those designed for Windows—so your computer is safe, and files you send to other computers are safe too. We keep our antivirus light and easy. It'll work quietly in the background with your choice of scanning on-access, on-demand or on a schedule. Finds and removes viruses, Trojans and worms Stops all threats, even if they're new Installs easily and runs quietly. "

 

Best Free Clipboard Manager Utility for Mac OS

  • CopyQ

    "CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features. Best Boilerplate Text Manager for Mac OS Also! Overview: CopyQ monitors system clipboard and saves its content in customized tabs. Saved clipboard can be later copied and pasted directly into any application. Items can be: edited with internal editor or with preferred text editor, moved to other tabs, drag’n’dropped to applications, marked with tag or a note, passed to or changed by custom commands, or simply removed. Features: Support for Linux, Windows and OS X 10.9+ . Store text, HTML, images or any other custom formats. Quickly browse and filter items in clipboard history. Sort, create, edit, remove, copy/paste, drag’n’drop items in tabs. Add notes or tags to items. System-wide shortcuts with customizable commands. Paste items with shortcut or from tray or main window. Fully customizable appearance. Advanced command-line interface and scripting. Ignore clipboard copied from some windows or containing some text. Support for simple Vim-like editor and shortcuts. Many more features ..."

  • Keepboard

    "Keepboard is a Cross-platform clipboard manager. Saves clipboard history. Also supports snippets/boilerplate texts. Description: Keepboard is a cross-platform clipboard manager. It supports saved items groups and adding names to items for quicker filtering and selection. It can save text, image and file clipboard items (up to 10000 per group). The current version has been tested on Linux (GNOME, KDE...), Mac OS X, and Windows platforms. Note: get the Keepboard_Linux_5.1.zip version and run the - the "jar.jar" file within it to get it to start up on your Mac."

 

Best Free Default Browser Switcher for Mac OS

  • Objektiv

    Objektiv is a Mac App that lets you switch your default browser with ease.

    This software may be handy for web designers or those who work with multiple browsers.

    Features include a status-bar icon for quick access to settings such as black-listing browsers that are incorrectly detected. You can also set up a quick key to allow acess to an overlay. 

 

Best Free Desktop Search Utility for Mac OS

  • EasyFind

    "An alternative to (or supplement of) Mac OS X's Spotlight and find files, folders, or contents in any file without indexing. EasyFind is especially useful for those tired of slow or impossible indexing, outdated or corrupted indices, or those just looking for features missing in the Finder or Spotlight."

 

Best Free Font Manager for Mac OS

  • Opcion Font Viewer

    "Opcion is a free and open source font viewer written in Java. It allows you to view both installed and uninstalled fonts and makes selecting the right font for your project quick and easy."

 

Best Free Program Launcher for Mac OS

  • Launchy

    "A top product in the keyword search class, it is simple to understand, simple to configure, simple to use, simple to extend, not intrusive at all, open source. And it has a really small memory footprint too.

    With Launchy you can not only launch applications but also your preferred media player with a specific MP3 file, or have your preferred browser open on a specific page from the history. The possibilities are virtually endless." (Review)

  • Quicksilver

    "A launcher utility app allows you to perform common and every-day tasks rapidly. Its abilities include accessing applications and files, browsing your Mac's filesystem using keywords and 'fuzzy' matching, managing content through drag and drop, and more."

 

Best Free Bootable Utility Tool Maker for Mac OS

  • DiskMaker X 5

    "DiskMaker X 5 is an application programmed with AppleScript, designed to help you build a bootable install drive from an OS X installer application. As soon as you launch DiskMaker X 5, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to create a bootable install disk. It’s useful, say, if you want to re-install your OS on different Mac at home or at work. Or if you have a crappy internet connection! To build a bootable install disk, you’ll need an 16 GB (minimum) USB thumb key drive, or a USB, Firewire or Thunderbolt drive or an SD-Card. NOTE - If you encounter this message: 

    “This copy of the Install OS X [OS X Name] application can’t be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading.”
    This is due to an expiration of OS X App Store certificates. Installers of OS X downloaded prior to February 14th of 2016  can’t be used to re-install OS X without encoutering this error. See the F.A.Q. here: http://diskmakerx.com/faq/

       WARNING! DiskMaker X 5 will erase the volume or the drive you chose, according to the options you chose. Don’t forget to backup your data first!             DiskMaker X 5 is donationware."

  • DasBoot

    "DasBoot is so easy to use that any Mac user can make their own boot device to maintain the health of their computer. It’s so powerful that it’s used by computer repair and industry professionals to keep their customers computers running great and to recover lost data. You no longer need to carry around countless boot disks for each of your recovery, repair, and maintenance applications. With DasBoot you can keep all your disk tools in one convenient place where they’re ready for whatever problems may arise with your machine."

 

Best Free Bootable USB Linux Maker for Mac OS

  • Mac Linux USB Loader

    "The Mac Linux USB Loader is a tool allowing you to take an ISO of a Linux distribution and make it boot using EFI. It requires a single USB drive formatted as FAT with at least 2 GB free recommended. Mac Linux USB Loader is available under the 3-clause BSD license. The tool is necessary to make certain Linux distributions boot that do not have EFI booting support. Many common distributions are supported, like Ubuntu and Linux Mint."

 

Best Free Program Uninstaller for Mac OS

  • AppCleaner

    "A small application allows you to thoroughly uninstall unwanted apps.

    Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them."

 

Best Free Screen Capture for Mac OS

  • SnapNDrag

    "Lets you take a screenshot by just clicking a button and dragging the resulting screenshot off. Supports PNG and TIFF for times when image quality cannot be compromised. Or use JPEG with adjustable quality for smaller file sizes."

  • DuckCapture

    "DuckCapture allows you to capture a window or region on your screen, or the contents of a tall web page that scrolls.  You can change your captured area or add more areas to one image, add annotations.  When finished, you can to file, copy to clipboard or print out directly."

 

Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Mac OS

  • Jing

    "Select any window or region that you would like to record, and Jing will capture everything that happens in that area. From simple mouse movements to a fully narrated tutorial, Jing records everything and lets you share your SWF videos with anyone.

    Jing videos are limited to 5 minutes for instant, focused communication."

 

Best Free System Backup for Mac OS

  • SuperDuper

    "An easy-to-use disk copying program available for OS X for you to make a full backup, or clone your system disk. You can completely duplicate your boot drive to another drive to make a bootable backup. The free version doesn't support scheduling, smart update and other advanced features."

 

Best Free Virtualization Solutions for Mac OS

  • VirtualBoxVirtualBox

    "VirtualBox is a cross-platform technology and has a wide subset of features including a more advanced network stack, unlimited snapshots, some OpenGL and DirectX support, and more. It is quite simple to install and use. You can also use command line for automated deployments.

    One sore thing is that you cannot take screenshots of your guests. Disk management is somewhat convoluted. You can install Guest Additions to gain USB 2.0 support, shared folders and to boost performance." (Review)

 

Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Mac OS

  • WallyWally

    "A good wallpaper changer running on multi platforms. It allows the wallpaper position to be set to centered, tiled, center tiled, centered maxpert, tiled maxpert, scaled, center auto fit or scale and crop. The setting of positions applies to all wallpapers in the folders.

    Other supported features include time intervals, choosing images from folders or online resources, displaying EXIF data, saving downloaded photos, run-time folder change detection." (Review)

 

Best Free Windows API for Mac OS

  • PlayOnMac

    Allows you to easily install and use numerous games and software designed for Windows to run on your Mac OS. Not all games and software are supported though.

  • Wineskin

    "A tool used to make ports of Windows software to Mac OS X. The ports are in the form of normal Mac application bundle wrappers. It works like a wrapper around the Windows software, and you can share just the wrappers if you choose."

  • WineBottler

    "A tool similar to codeweavers Crossover, where separate prefixes are created per app. However, WineBottler 'wraps' or 'bottles' the separate prefixes in an application bundle. It allows standalone applications to be created as well by including the wine bundle inside the standalone application bundle."

 
 

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Homebrew - The missing package manager for OS X: http://brew.sh/
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). 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/

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: https://github.com/SevenBits/Mac-Linux-USB-Loader
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 http://fishshell.com/
MPlayerX provides you a super easy way to enjoy your favorite multimedia collection, without losing any functionalities: http://mplayerx.org/
Is Carbon Copy Cloner free? It looks like it's croakware http://help.bombich.com/kb/overview/carbon-copy-cloners-transition-to-a-... 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: http://qsapp.com/ 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. http://teaksoftware.com/app/vecte/

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...

http://www.magicansoft.com/magican.html

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

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