Best Free Software for Mac OS

 Best Free Disk and File Tools for Mac OS

Best Free Backup Program for Mac OS

  • iBackup

    "iBackup is a simple to use backup utility for Apple computers. iBackup backups and restores user data, system and applications settings such as System Preferences, Mail, iPhoto, iTunes, but also 3rd party applications settings from any Mac to any Mac. iBackup runs on almost all OS X, from 10.3.9 to 10.10 "



Best Free CD Recovery Utility for Mac OS

  • PhotoRec

    "PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted."

  • JFileRecovery

    "JFileRecovery is a free Java Web Start application that can copy files from damaged storage devices and media, skipping over problematic regions that typically cause copying to fail. If the file is listed, there is a good chance that JFileRecovery can salvage much of the data with minimal corruption. For many media files such as MP3, MPEG, AVI and JPEG, corruption is often not even noticeable. JFileRecovery is a Java application that recovers files from damaged hard drives, CDs, DVDs and Flash media quickly and efficently. JFileRecovery will run on Windows, Linux, Mac and other operating systems supporting Java 1.5 or higher. "


Best Free Disk Imaging Program for Mac OS

  • FreeDMG

    "FreeDMG is one of the most powerful and easy to use disk imaging program available for Mac OS X. With this software it is possible to quickly perform disk imaging on the fly. Both the program's window, and the dock icon can be used for drag-and-drop imaging. There many image formats that that can be chosen (UDZO, UDCO, etc.). FreeDMG can make internet enabled disk images for distribution to Macs as well as ISO/Joliet hybrid images for cross-platform delivery. Verbose preferences, and a built-in log window help users hide/display additional information about the imaging process. Gain easy access to the many options available for creating and manipulating disk images in Mac OS X with FreeDMG. From the "resize" function built into hdiutil to the adjustable compresion levels available for the UDZO format, this software attempts to unveil it all. Users have the option to overwrite exising files, and can choose to quit the program automatically after creating an image on launch. It is possible to encrypt images (password protect) with the click of a button."

  • iDMG

    "A useful application allows you to create disk images quickly and easily with a simple drag-and-drop. Features include encryption, internet enabled, set your background, create an ISO copy, and more."


Best Free iOS Device Connection Utility for Mac OS

  • iBrowse

    "iBrowse is a simple app that lets your Mac or PC access an iOS device file system. Simply connect your device to your computer and you can read and write to the device - or - view and access iTunes backups of an iPhone or iPad. You can connect with any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or even your Apple TV. It also works with every version of iOS released on any device. Operating System Compatibility: Mac - OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 or later   PC - Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 or later "


Best Free Tree Mapping Utility for Mac OS

  • Disk Inventory X

    "Disk Inventory X is a disk usage utility for Mac OS X 10.3 (and later). It shows the sizes of files and folders in a special graphical way called "treemaps". If you've ever wondered where all your disk space has gone, Disk Inventory X will help you to answer this question. For a quick start please read the readme file on the disk image. It is absolutely free and released under the GPL. The layout algorithm is based on KDirStat. The idea to develop this program came to me when a fellow of mine showed me his creation WinDirStat. "

  • GrandPerspective

    "GrandPerspective is a small utility application for Mac OS X that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. It can help you to manage your disk, as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space. It uses a so called tree map for visualization. Each file is shown as a rectangle with an area proportional to the file's size. Files in the same folder appear together, but their placement is otherwise arbitrary. 27 Sep 2014: GrandPerspective has been downloaded more than a million times! I should again apologize though for the recent lack of activity on the GrandPerspective front. I have simply been too busy with too many other things. All good though, no worries."


Best Free File Archiver / Zip Utilities for Mac OS

  • The Unarchiver

    "A much more capable replacement for the built-in Archive Utility on Mac OS X. It's designed to handle many more formats and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems."

  • Keka

    "Keka is a free file archiver based off of a 7-zip port (p7zip).  Keka allows for the replacement of the default file compression utility as well as context menu integration with an addon (See fix below).  Keka supports 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, and ISO compression and RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, and ACE extraction." Just open the utility, drag and drop the file needed for extraction and let Keka do the rest! For OS X Lion, put the context menu file "Compress with Keka.workflow" in the "/Macintosh HD/System/Library/Services" folder.


Best Free File Encryption Utility for Mac OS

  • AES Crypt

    "AES Crypt is the perfect tool for anyone who carries sensitive information with them while traveling, uploads sensitive files to servers on the Internet, or wishes to protect sensitive information from being stolen from the home or office. AES Crypt is also the perfect solution for those who wish to backup information and store that data at a bank, in a cloud-based storage service, and any place where sensitive files might be accessible by someone else."

  • encrypt

    "encrypt is a small application which has been designed, from the beginning (all three of them so far), to be as simple to use as possible and have the smallest file size (download time) achievable. The idea is small and simple, yet the encryption aims to be a strong as possible, as well as giving the user the choice about how their data is secured."

  • jFileCrypt

    "jFileCrypt encrypts and decrypts files and directories fast and secure. It is written in Java 5 and uses the Java Cryptographic Extensions. It supports the following algorithms: Blowfish, DES, 3DES, AES and RC4."


Best Free File Copy Utility for Mac OS

  • Ultracopier

    It's free and open source software licensed under GPL3 that acts as a replacement for files copy dialogs. Main features include: play/pause, speed limitation, on-error resume, error or collision management.

    "It has some pretty exciting features but what speaks most about it is that it has an excellent file resume option." (Review)


Best Free Stand Alone .SWF File Player for Mac OS

  • iSwiff

    "iSwiff is a Stand Alone Shockwave Flash file Player for Mac OS X. Full Screen Flash outside the browser. Play Flash files without a web browser. iSwiff will let you play Flash from your own hard disk & let you enjoy a full screen experience. You have to provide an email address: but you will NOT be spammed."


Best Free File Manager for Mac OS

  • muCommander

    "muCommander is a lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface. It runs on any operating system with Java support. Java 5 or later is required to run muCommander. Java 6 is recommended. Bring muCommander everywhere with you and use it on any computer. Sea Mac's Note: The OS X Version (v0.9.0 - .dmg - 4.5 MB) is not working on 10.9.5 and the USB Portable version (v0.9.0 - tar.gz - 4.1 MB) does appear to work. Be SURE you get the Portable .JAR file and NOT the Macintosh .DMG Version."

  • Moroshka File Manager

    "A cross-platform file manager with native GUI for you to manage your files the same way on different systems. The native GUI means you get the familiar look-and-feel for each platform, while the cross-platform core provides the same level of services on each of them."


Best Free File Rename Utility for Mac OS


  • Free File Renamer

    "A cross-platform file and folder mass renamer. Easy to use and to learn. Features: read new names from text files; insert, replace and remove strings; numbering; case-change; real-time preview; interactive tutorial; order files in different ways. Written in Java so it doesn't require installation."

  • BatchRename'em

    "This application enables you to batch rename files and folders in various ways. Actions include: make sequential, add text, replace text, change case and add date or time. Options are available under each of these actions. Operating System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or later. For Mac systems ONLY."

  • NameChanger

    "A file rename tool designed for the sole purpose of renaming a list of files quickly and easily, with the new version to support Regular Expression, ability to sort by EXIF date and add the EXIF date to the filename."

  • Rename File Application

    "Rename File Application is written by java with GUI, it should be easy and simple enough to use. Rename application included 3 functions - Add Text, Replace Text and Auto Generate."


Best Free File Synchronization Utility for Mac OS

  • DirSync Pro

    "DirSync Pro is a small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. Use DirSync Pro to easily synchronize files from your desktop PC to your USB-stick (/Externa HD/PDA/Notebook, ...). Use this USB-stick (/Externa HD/PDA/Notebook, ...) to synchronize files to another desktop PC."

  • Synkron

    "Synkron is an application that helps you keep your files and folders always updated. You can easily sync your documents, music or pictures to have their latest versions everywhere. Synkron provides an easy-to-use interface and a lot of features. Moreover, it is free and cross-platform."

  • FreeFileSync

    "FreeFileSync is a free, open source folder comparison and synchronization software for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It also works on 64bit operating systems on all platforms. The program can be installed in two versions: as a standard installer on Windows or as a portable application (no registry entries). Powered by a clean, easy, intuitive interface, this tool offers a myriad of features for synchronization purposes."

  • FileSync

    "FileSync is a file synchronization utility originally created in 2003. Synchronization is fast, threaded and cancelable. Synchronization lists for each volume or server are created, stored and selected from a convenient drawer window.

    It updates only recently modified files, and copies any new or orphaned files on one location that are not on the other location.


Best Free Hash Utility for Mac OS

  • Hasher

    "HashserGUI is a GUI interface for Jacksum. It is intended to provide a graphical tool to create hashes for files within a directory, and check the hashes generated. It works with many hash functions: md5, sha1, sha256, sha512, md4, sha0, sha384, md0, and sha224. This project works on Mac OS X 10.9.5 - while the latest JackSum Does Not seem to! This is my #1 recommendation for a Hash Utility on Mac OS X systems. "


Best Free Online Backup Sites for Mac OS

  • Dropbox

    "Offers 2 GB free storage. Load the desktop client or upload through the web interface and begin adding folders to the Dropbox folder. Once in the folder, Dropbox syncs the files between your computer and the cloud. Quick, light and in the background, Dropbox is a must try and is my preferred Online Backup Solution." (Review)

  • Google Drive

    "Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Store the first 5 GB for free."


Best Free Partition Manager for Mac OS

  • GParted

    "GParted is a GNOME partition editor for resizing, creating, deleting, moving or copying partitions on a hard disk. It can be used on x86 and x86-64 based computers running Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X by booting from media containing GParted Live. A minimum of 128 MB of RAM is needed to use all of the features of the GParted application."


Best Free Secure Erase Utility for Mac OS

  • Permanent Eraser

    "Beginning with Mac OS 10.3, Apple enhanced its security by introducing the Secure Empty Trash feature, which follows the U.S. DoD pattern of overwriting data seven times.

    Permanent Eraser provides an even stronger level of security by implementing the Gutmann Method to overwrite your data thirty-five times, scrambles the original file name, and truncates the file size to nothing. Once your data has been erased, it can no longer be read through traditional means."

  • Darik's Boot and Nuke

    "Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN) is used to construct a floppy disk or CD that will automatically wipe the hard drives of any PC that's booted from the disk. It's great for bulk disk cleaning of PCs, and is also useful as an emergency tool for quickly removing sensitive information. However, the power of this app makes it a dangerous tool in the hands of beginners." (Review)



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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