Handy utility applications for macOS

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

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  • WineskinServer

    Wineskin

    Other WINE implementations besides Porting Kit & Crossover are PlayOnMac and this Wineskin Winery fork.

  • cyberduck

    Cyberduck is a libre FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Microsoft Azure & OneDrive and OpenStack Swift file transfer client for Mac and Windows.

    I've been using Cyberduck for years and have been quite happy with it.

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    ChatGPT with full context of any GitHub repo. Onboard AI learns any GitHub repo in minutes and lets you chat with it to locate functionality, understand different parts, and generate new code. Use it for free at app.getonboardai.com.

  • KeepingYouAwake

    Prevents your Mac from going to sleep.

    This is basically the new version of Caffeine: https://keepingyouawake.app

  • openmtp

    OpenMTP - Advanced Android File Transfer Application for macOS

    You can use OpenMTP as someone suggested to be a better alternative to AFT.

  • Keka

    The macOS & iOS file archiver

    For archive managing I personally settled on Keka, which I find the most unobstrusive.

  • BarTranslate

    🚀 BarTranslate, a handy menu bar translator widget for macOS.

  • Dozer

    Hide menu bar icons on macOS

    Dozer: Free and open-source alternative to Bartender, but currently does not restore the position of the menu bar items on system restart. Still helpful to hide unneeded icons.

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  • eul

    🖥️ macOS status monitoring app written in SwiftUI.

    eul: Open-source status monitoring menu bar app. You can see CPU and memory usage, network usage, battery life remaining, etc.

  • 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.

    I suggest MonitorControl as an alternative to Lunar. It’s fully open source without any paid features and looks pretty native (eg. status bar menu, volume/brightness overlays). Can be installed as a homebrew cask as well: brew install --cask monitorcontrol

  • stats

    macOS system monitor in your menu bar

    Stats : free stats in menu bar, I like seeing my network up/down bandwidth, overall CPU %, and temps of average CPU and average GPU.

  • tailscale

    The easiest, most secure way to use WireGuard and 2FA.

    Tailscale : free tier is good, I have it installed on my home router (also often put on NAS) which lets me very easily VPN into my home network when I'm away from home, both on my iPhone or macbook.

  • Bitwarden

    The core infrastructure backend (API, database, Docker, etc). (by bitwarden)

    BitWarden : free password manager, I was a paying customer with LastPass until they jacked up their prices. This is a good replacement.

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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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