Best open source Mac apps?

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  • barrier

    Open-source KVM software

    Barrier Barrier is software that mimics the functionality of a KVM switch, which historically would allow you to use a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple computers by physically turning a dial on the box to switch the machine you're controlling at any given moment. Barrier does this in software, allowing you to tell it which machine to control by moving your mouse to the edge of the screen, or by using a keypress to switch focus to a different system.

  • open-source-mac-os-apps

    🚀 Awesome list of open source applications for macOS.

    Here‘s a long list of potentially good open source Mac apps:

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support. Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • HomeBrew

    🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

    Homebrew - package manger - to get open source apps

  • fsnotes

    Notes manager for macOS/iOS

    And also, someone else already mentioned it, but FSNotes is my go-to app for notes.

  • bitbar

    Put the output from any script or program into your macOS Menu Bar (the BitBar reboot)

    xBar is the successor to Bitbar, and is a nifty little app for adding ANYTHING to your menu bar. I've used it to replace many much more bloated apps in the past month.

  • Rectangle

    Move and resize windows on macOS with keyboard shortcuts and snap areas

    Rectangle is a nifty window manager for those who prefer their windows managed.

  • KeepingYouAwake

    Prevents your Mac from going to sleep.

    KeepingYouAwake is a great alternative to Caffeine or Amphetamine, and works great on both Intel and Apple Silicon.

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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