Danny's Lab

Engineering the World

Free Mac Software

Published on: Jul 25, 2012
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Below is a list of freely available software that I would recommend for all Mac users.

Must Haves

  • Alfred - If you install nothing else, install this. Alfred makes it easy for typers to find applications, folders, etc.


  • f.lux - Save your eyes at night
  • OmniDiskSweeper - A simple utility to find where you're using all your disk space.
  • SuperDuper! - A great disk cloning utility. The free version is quite useable for the occasional backup. You'll want to purchase the full version if you're going to use it heavily.
  • TechTool Delux
  • Tunnelblick - Great open source VPN client for OSX. Unobtrusive and very functional.
  • coconutBattery - Found out the health of your battery
  • The Unarchiver - Great add-on to support additional compression formats (rar, etc.)
  • iOS Backup Extractor - Simple utility to get all your files (like voicemails) out of your iTunes backup


  • Gimp - A great free image editor
  • Seashore - Seashore takes core parts of the Gimp and brings it into OSX's native look and feel. Note that while quite useable, it's not as complete as the Gimp.
  • Skitch - A Simple photo annotation utility. Create arrows, fun doodles, etc.


  • Evernote - A great way to sync notes, images, etc. between all your devices
  • OmniDazzle - A simple utility to highlight certain areas of the screen. Great for presentations or just entertainment.


  • GnuCash - Relatively simple open source finance tracking application. The only personal finance tool I've seen (free or commercial) that really makes use of double-entry accounting.


  • VLC - While Quicktime Player is quite nice, sometimes you it doesn't understand some files. VLC is usually the answer.


  • OsiriX - If you've got digital XRays or MRIs, this free utility will let you view it


  • Google Earth - Take of a virtual tour of the big blue dirt ball
  • uTorrent - A tiny, no-nonsense bit torrent client