Mac OS X best free and open source apps

The Unarchiver

Chrome – Google Web Browser

Firefox – Web Browser

Thunderbird – Email client

Imagine – text editor

TextWrangler – text editor

Brackets – Adobe open-source code editor


VLC – open-source cross-platform multimedia player, support lots of audio and video formats


Perian – plugin that allows quicktime to play additional video formats

XnViewMP – cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter, compatible with more than 500 formats

Clementine – multiplatform music player

Ardour – record, edit, mix and master audio and MIDI projects

Audacity – free multi-track audio editor and recorder

Blender – 3D animation

GIMP – 2D image manipulation program, free Photoshop alternative

Darktable – process RAW image photographer


HandBrake – open source DVD ripping app, can convert videos from any format to mp4 and mkv

Caffeine – prevent your Mac from going to sleep

Wake Up Time

Quicksilver – keystrokes that start your applications with a few quick taps of your fingers

Alfred – create keystrokes shortcut, quickly launch an app

VirtualBox – Create and run virtual machine on Mac OS without the need to dual-boot, free alternative to VMware

Q Emulator – Run Windows programs on your Intel Mac

Telephone – open source SIP client, VoIP Call regular phones from your Mac

Burn – CD and DVD Burner

Disk Inventory X – allows to graphically see what files are taking up the most space on your hard drive

FontBook – font utility

Vienna – RSS feeds

RSSOwl – cross-platform RSS client