What are some good open-source Mac apps you can't live without?

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on /r/macapps

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  • iina

    The modern video player for macOS.

    IINA: Media player alternative to VLC

  • MonitorControl

    🖥 Control your display's brightness & volume on your Mac as if it was a native Apple Display. Use Apple Keyboard keys or custom shortcuts. Shows the native macOS OSDs.

    MonitorControl: Control External monitor brightness from the menu bar

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

  • LuLu

    LuLu is the free macOS firewall

    Lulu - Alternative to Little Snitch, minus some features, but the core functionality is there.

  • stats

    macOS system monitor in your menu bar

    Stats , monitoring system statistics (and also fans controller)

  • yt-dlp

    Discontinued MOVE TO NIGHTLY BUILDS FROM YT-DLP. DO NOT USE (by ytdl-patched)

    yt-dlp, youtube and video dowloader (based from inactive youtube-dl)

  • ytdl-patched

    Discontinued Possibly missing fixes on youtube-dl. brew install nao20010128nao/my/ytdl-patched [GET https://api.github.com/repositories/287858674: 403 - Repository access blocked] (by nao20010128nao)

    yt-dlp, youtube and video dowloader (based from inactive youtube-dl)

  • snapdrop

    A Progressive Web App for local file sharing

    Snapdrop, fast file sharing between different devices (macOS --> windows)

  • WorkOS

    The modern identity platform for B2B SaaS. The APIs are flexible and easy-to-use, supporting authentication, user identity, and complex enterprise features like SSO and SCIM provisioning.

  • numi

    Beautiful calculator app for macOS

    Numi beautiful calculator app

  • Keka

    The macOS & iOS file archiver

    Keka, file archiver/compressor

  • Transmission

    Official Transmission BitTorrent client repository

    Transmission, torrent client

  • PostgresApp

    The easiest way to get started with PostgreSQL on the Mac

    Postgres.app - The best way to run Postgres databases on a Mac.

  • iTerm2

    iTerm2 is a terminal emulator for Mac OS X that does amazing things.

    iTerm2 - Terminal.app replacement.

  • HomeBrew

    🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

    Homebrew - Mac package manager / software finder.

  • Sonarr

    Smart PVR for newsgroup and bittorrent users.


  • ohmyzsh

    🙃 A delightful community-driven (with 2,200+ contributors) framework for managing your zsh configuration. Includes 300+ optional plugins (rails, git, macOS, hub, docker, homebrew, node, php, python, etc), 140+ themes to spice up your morning, and an auto-update tool so that makes it easy to keep up with the latest updates from the community.

    If you do a lot of work in the terminal, you'll want to grab OhMyZsh. It's been a lifesaver.

  • vscodium

    binary releases of VS Code without MS branding/telemetry/licensing

    VSCode VSCodium, the actually opensource version of VSCode

  • MeetingBar

    🇺🇦 Your meetings at your fingertips in the macOS menu bar

    MeetingBar: Menu Bar app to quickly see and join upcoming meetings

  • NetNewsWire

    RSS reader for macOS and iOS.

    NetNewsWire: RSS Reader

  • Boop

    A scriptable scratchpad for developers. In slow yet steady progress.

    Boop: Collection of utilities/extensions for developers

  • ImageOptim

    GUI image optimizer for Mac

    ImageOptim: GUI tool to optimize image sizes

  • SwiftBar

    Powerful macOS menu bar customization tool

    SwiftBar: App to quickly create custom menu bar apps using any language you prefer

  • keycastr

    KeyCastr, an open-source keystroke visualizer

    KeyCastr: App to Visualize keystrokes

  • notenik-swift

    Notenik ported to Swift

    Thanks for asking! My own app, Notenik, is certainly one I can't live without -- that's why I wrote it! More info available at Notenik.app. Source code at github/hbowie/notenik-swift.

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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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