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Best MacOS Tools for Developers

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

The Apple Developer Tools are a suite of software tools from Apple to aid in making software dynamic titles for the macOS and iOS platforms. Here we have the best Mac OS Tools to work more efficiently with Mac.

Paid Mac OS Tools

1. Sound Control

Sound Control is a unique application that adds advanced audio controls (source, switch, equalizer, …) to your Mac. It gives you the ability to switch audio or microphone sources and adjust the volume for each application.

2. CleanShot X

CleanShot X is a screen capture tool with a lot of features (full screen or window capture, capture preview or edition, image annotation, screen recording, …). It’s a good replacement tool for gaining efficiency.

3. Magnet

Magnet is a window manager to keeps your workspace organized. Activated by dragging, customizable keyboard shortcuts, or via the menu bar, Magnet declutters your screen by snapping windows into organized tiles.

4. iStats Menu

iStat Menus is an advanced tool to monitor your Mac OS resources (CPU, memory, disk, network, and so on).

5. Bear

Bear is a beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose. After a long period of searches for about the best markdown notes tool, I paid for it. For me, it is the best usable tool for taking markdown notes and organizing your daily work.

Free Mac OS Tools

1. Amphetamine

Amphetamine is the most awesome keep-awake app ever created for macOS. Amphetamine can keep your Mac, and optionally its display, awake through a super simple on/off switch. Amphetamine is extremely powerful and includes advanced features for those who need them, yet remains intuitive and easy to use for those who don’t need all of the bells and whistles.

2 Mini Calendar

Mini Calendar is a lightweight application, which helps to access the monthly calendar quickly and easily through the toolbar.

3. Hyperswitch & Hyperswitch

Hyperswitch is still in beta but already usable for managing your apps windows. HyperswitchFrom the same editor, Hyperdock adds long-awaited features to your Dock: Select individual application windows just by moving the mouse on a dock item, use mouse clicks to quickly open new windows, and many more.

4. Jabra Direct

Jabra is specific to my own usage. I own a Jabra Evolve 65 headphone and this app is very useful to keep it updated and customize it.

5. Fig

Fig adds IDE-style autocomplete to your existing terminal. It gives autocomplete for cd, git, docker, npm, yarn, kubectl, brew, aws, and hundreds more! It works with Terminal, iTerm, VSCode, Jetbrains, and so on…

6. Starship

Starship is a minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell!


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8. iTerm2

iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. iTerm2 brings the terminal into the modern age with features you never knew you always wanted.

9. Brew

The Brew is the Missing Package Manager for Mac OS helping you for installing apps and packages on your system.

10. Marktext

Marktext is, for me, one of the best markdown editors. I previously used Typora for daily usage but I recently switch to this new open-source MD editor.

Free/Paid Mac OS Tools

1. Git Fork

Fork is one the best Git client for Mac OS. Very powerful and clean UI. It is a good replacement for Sourcetree.

2. Termius

Termius is an SSH client for Mac OS with autocomplete, snippets, secret management and so on.

3. RaindropIO

Raindrop is an all-in-one bookmark manager. It is the best place to keep all your favorite books, songs, articles, or whatever else you come across while browsing. You can use it directly on your browser with an extension (or not) but it also comes with a desktop app for quickly managing and searching your bookmarks.

4. Dropzone

Dropzone is a productivity app for the Mac that makes it faster and easier to move and copy files, launch applications, upload to many different services, and more. It’s a very handy tool for copying/pasting a lot of files and quickly opening projects or doing automated actions.

5. Alfred

Alfred is an award-winning app for macOS that boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords, text expansion, and more. Search your Mac and the web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac.

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