What are the best macOS apps?

asked by Gabriel Gonzalez
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  1. 51

    #1Keynote

    Keynote
    Keynote helps you create and deliver beautiful presentations. It features a wide variety of professional tools that you and your team can use to work on a project collaboratively.
    Software

    Mac, iOS, Windows

    Free

    Bruce Chapman
    Written on January 25, 2017
    "We all know that Mac graphics are considered the best, and favorites of designers. Now with Keynote, macOS user can create amazing presentations and work in real-time with remote colleagues to create the best presentations. Even PC users can participate, making Keynote the best tool for Mac."
  2. 48

    #2iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

    Keith Patterson
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "I think this is technically where you will get the best macOS apps, however this solution is pretty terrible. Anyone who is searching for the best mac apps will know what Itunes is. A top 10 list of most useful apps would be better. "
  3. 48

    #3Airmail

    Airmail
    The best third-party email client for Mac. More versatile and complete that it seems at first glance. You'll get a powerful email client with a lot of exclusive feautures such as support for composing messages in Markdown.
    Apps

    Mac, iOS

    $9.99

    Vincent Holland
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "I access email everywhere I go. I need to be on the go and have that functionality. With AirMail, I get all of that and a bit more. With features and a versatility few mail clients showcase, AirMail keeps me logged in and alert of all incoming mail across all my iOS devices."
  1. 45

    #4Evernote

    Evernote

    Evernote is an app that allows users to create all kinds of notes and keep all their ideas organized and collected in the same spot. The app also offers a lot of tools to share ideas and even create agendas for their teammates.   

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jean Rice
    Written on July 13, 2017
    "I actually use Evernote on a daily basis! I like to write fanfiction often, and I also create my own recipes. Evernote allows me to create separate "notebooks" or sections, and lets me add different pages and notes in each notebook. It's really easy to use, and it helps me stay organized. "
  2. 44

    #5Apple Mail

    Apple Mail
    Mail (also known as Apple Mail or Mail.app) is an email client included with the operating systems MacOS, iOS and watchOS by Apple Inc.
    Software

    Web

    Free

    Jerry Lee
    Written on July 13, 2017
    "Seems like it would be a very useful tool for using with the mac and the best thing about it is it is free with the OS. Plus is seems to come with a lot of support and help incase you get a little lost doing something"
  3. 43

    #6CCleaner

    CCleaner

    CCleaner is a software that removes junk, reclaims space, monitors your system and allows users to browse safely. It offers a free version with the option to buy an upgrade. This program is available for Windows, Mac, and Android users.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- 24.95

    Kevin Elliott
    Written on August 18, 2017
    "Cleaning your phone and computer of useless junk folders and spam files is always important. And getting one of the best cleaners on your device is a must. I think CCleaner is that cleaner. CCleaner is one of the first apps I always install when I get a new phone, computer, or tablet. It's extremely simple to use, mostly with one-button programs. It cleans your junk files and monitors for the dangerous stuff, all without clouding your device with their own junk or ads or any of that annoying stuff. CCleaner is a must have."
  4. 42

    #7Pixelmator

    Pixelmator

    Pixelmator is a tool wherein you can touch up photos or create your digital artworks from scratch using its wide range of tools, brushes, and effects. This is a great iPad alternative to Photoshop.

    Apps

    Mac, iOS

    $29.99

    Arthur Vasquez
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "The replacement for Photoshop is finally here! Pixelmator is the best way for artists to manipulate photographs and digital art. It has many tools for filters, brushes and other modifications to your art. Pixelmator is a game changer in the art universe. This program takes changing your artwork to the next level. Get Pixelmator today and take your art to the next level."
  5. 39

    #8VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    David Carter
    Written on July 13, 2017
    "This is actually pretty useless. While I realize VLC player itself is great app and is available for macOS, the actual link provided here goes directly to the Google Play store page for the Android version of VLC, so I totally don't understand the logic behind giving me this solution."
  6. 38

    #9Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Brittany Sanders
    Written on July 18, 2017
    "drop box is an absolutely amazing application. its sort of like google drive but you can share and collaborate on files and much much more. its affordable and the space you can have access to is huge. dropbox is one of a kind. i find it to not be glitchy. it never fails. a fantastic app all together."
  7. 38

    #10Malwarebytes

    Malwarebytes

    MalwareBytes is an anti-malware and virus cleaner software that detects and blocks malicious scams and suspicious sites that threaten to destabilize a user's security. The app blocks scams like phishing as well as ransomware.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Daniel Mills
    Written on July 5, 2017
    "I have use this program for many years and does a great job. I have installed it on other peoples PC to get rid of virus, ... This program work, when others did not. I had the premium version,but let it run out. Thinking of buying it again. "
  8. 35

    #11Spotify

    Spotify

    Spotify is a music streaming platform that features plenty of functions to help users discover new music. It comes with curated and shared playlists, suggested radio stations, and related artists - all based on your likes and listens.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Michelle Butler
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "When I purchased my Apple computer, I was eager to install new and exciting applications. Spotify doesn't disappoint! It is without a doubt the best online radio service that I have ever used. I love how I can find great playlists that perfectly match my mood, or make my own. There are also social sharing functions to share your great playlists amongst friends, family and coworkers."
  9. 33

    #12Siri

    Siri

    Siri is a computer program that works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. Ask Siri to set an alarm or a destination. Book a ride or a table. Send a payment or a love note. Even change the lighting in your room.

    Apps

    iOS, Mac

    Free

    Deborah Brewer
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "Siri seems to be incredibly helpful in organizing my day to day life. Using one app or program to organize meals, bookings, payments, and much more would really help my life stay balanced and open!"
  10. 31

    #13Skype

    Skype
    Skype is an online communication tool for videocalls, voice call, voice chatting and instant messenger services. You can use it for a wide range of needs, like calling your friends abroad,  voice chat and team chat for gaming, or many other necessities.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Chrome

    Free

    Austin Lucas
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "It still boggles me how many people do not use Skype. It's the future for a bunch of different things. Not just personal but professional as well. For example we use Skype at work to conduct interviews. Even then I see how many people do not use Skype. Like I said Skype is going to be used a lot more in the coming days. It's time that everyone at least have it on hand for when you need it. "
  11. 30

    #14Audacity

    Audacity

    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It was first released on May 28, 2000.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Heather Alexander
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "Audacity is a versatile program with many functions. It allows for sound editing, recording and advanced listening supporting many different audio formats. I have used Audacity for various tasks, including simple things like creating ringtones for my cellular phone."
  12. 29

    #15Google Chrome

    Google Chrome

    Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google LLC. Initially released as a browser for Windows, this freeware application was later on release for iOS, macOS, Linux, and Android. This also includes extensions and plugins.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Austin Medina
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "I am always on the go and need a browser that can keep me logged in at all times. While working on my laptop, desktop, or mobile phone I want to be able to pick up where I left off. Google Chrome does all of this as it saves information across any device I access the internet from."
  13. 29

    #16QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player is a program that you can use to watch different video files, DVDs, and more. If you need to make a quick recording on your Mac, QuickTime is your cost-free solution, ready to record whatever you need.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    John Riley
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "In my experience I like to record to make music and personal videos. I have a Mac and really enjoy it. When I needed recording technology I sought out a program on Apple. Which ever Mac you have there is a QuickTime ready to be installed. If you don't have a Mac there is also a PC compatible QuickTime."
  14. 27

    #17PDF Expert

    PDF Expert
    PDF Expert is a PDF editor software wich lets you easily edit text, images and links. It will automatically detect the font, size, and opacity of the original text; so you can make edits easily.
    Software

    Mac, iOS

    $59.99

    Juan Henderson
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "PDF Expert performs all of the functions one would expect it to. I am able to edit PDF files as long as the text in the PDF is not hard-copied. I can change images with an easy-to-use interface. My only complaint is the $60 price-tag of this app. If you edit PDFs often, I could see the value, but for the average user it may very well not be worth the cost."
  15. 25

    #18Inkscape

    Inkscape

    Inkscape is an illustration tool for users who needs to draw or create vectorial images. With its drawing tools and file format compatibilities, it can give help to users to create texts and bezier and spiro curves.


    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Gilberto Carbajal
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "I am really into graphic design with my computer , and especially with windows programs. I ran across this website Inkscape draw freely and it has the latest stable versions that are easy to get and you can install them in no time. Inkscape is a great tool for computer artists and almost anyone can learn very quickly , check it out! "
  16. 23

    #19iMovie

    iMovie

    iMovie is a video editing software application. Browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4K-resolution movies. You can even start editing on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Carolyn Dunn
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "Apple is generally very good at what they do. However iMovie doesn't live up to my expectations from Apple. There are many great macOS apps out there. This one is terrible."
  17. 23

    #20Gimp

    Gimp

    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Walter Hart
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "There aren't too many photo programs that can come close to Photoshop. Enter GIMP, it's open source and free and has more than enough tools to almost be a Photoshop equal. It can be used by beginners but it's really for photo pros. It's one of the best free programs on the market."
  18. 20

    #21Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows you to have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, computer, and other devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

    Free

    Marilyn Wilson
    Written on August 15, 2017
    "I like this web site a lot. I trust Google because I know that they are a GREAT company. I love digital storage because it saves hard drive space on my computer and smart phone. Personally, I prefer digital storage services like Google Drive over external storage items that break or get lost. I trust that Google takes the right steps and invests time and money to stop hackers from getting into their files. This web site is simple and easy to use. Google drive eliminates the problem of having to use up all of the space on your computer/phone's hard drive to store pictures and movies."
  19. 19

    #22µTorrent

    µTorrent

    µTorrent is a free-of-charge, ad-supported, closed source BitTorrent client. This movie downloader has over 100 million users, and it is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android devices.

    Apps

    Windows, Android, Mac

    Free

    Raymundo Meléndez
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "µTorrent used to be very good, but the latest versions seem very unoptimized. Everytime I try using it, it takes forever to load. I've been waiting a while now for the devs to fix it, but I've gone on with another BitTorrent client that is faster and open sourced. Closed source for something like this feels a little shady."
  20. 19

    #23Simplenote

    Simplenote

    Using this app you will be able to use fast, free and synchronized notes. The Simplenote experience is all about speed and efficiency: keep all your ideas, notes and lists in all your devices for free, and share them so other users can collaborate.



    Apps

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    Free

    Ethan Alexander
    Written on April 14, 2017
    "The app, while useful, seemed pretty basic. An app like this I would already expect to be on the OS of my phone and I'd probably rather use that instead of going through the trouble of getting another app. "
  21. 16

    #24Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield is a public virtual private network (VPN) service provider which protects your identity by hiding your IP address from prying eyes. This VPN is suitable for streaming, browsing, gaming and file sharing. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Debra Dixon
    Written on August 8, 2017
    "Sold. This is right up my alley. I hate being blocked because of where I live and this site offers a solution to that. I would be allowed to surf the internet without all the chattering back and forth spreading my information far and wide. I could do it anonymously which, in this day and age, is a MUST. It's also great if I am out in public and need to use internet, which I've done a few times in a local coffee shop. I don't need some chowder head getting all up in my business and trying to steal my information. Dude needs to make an honest living. This site gives me that protection while using someone elses open signal."
  22. 14

    #25Slack

    Slack

    Slack organizes team conversations in open channels. It allows users to create a channel for a project, a topic, a team, or anything in between. It also gives everyone a transparent view of all that's going on.

    Apps

    Web, Windows, Android, iOS, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Rafael Escobedo
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "Slack is a more professional alternative to the gaming-orientated voice server solutions such as Discord and Teamspeak. It has many tools that my team has found useful in our day-to-day work, and I'm glad I was recommended it by a coworker."
  23. 14

    #26GarageBand

    GarageBand

    GarageBand is a music making software and app for Mac and iOS respectively. It offers a sound library with software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Users can access piano and guitar lessons.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Ankita Rodrigues
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "GarageBand is an amazing software. It is just like having a professional sound system right at my fingertips. Whether you are a beginner or a semi-professional, I feel GarageBand will improve the quality of your work. I also like that I can choose different genres of music to enhance the sound (Latin, jazz) with the drum feature to give my music the desired sound. This upgraded version is great."
  24. 11

    #27HandBrake

    HandBrake

    Handbrake is a free and open-source converting video tool that allows you to convert any format with a wide range of supported codecs and can rip DVD's



    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Bruce Campbell
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Seems to be a free application to switch between different video formats. It has a small community supporting it. It also has a forum where you can chat with the devs and ask questions or give feedback. I wouldn't say it's one of the best macOS apps."
  25. 11

    #28Bartender 2

    Bartender 2
    Bartender 2 is a software for Mac that lets you organize your menu bar apps. With macOS Sierra support, updated user interface, and great new features, it's better than ever.
    Software

    Mac

    $15- Free trial available

    Olivia Cooper
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "I'm really happy I got the app Bartender 2 to help clean up the clutter on my menu bar. There are several different configuration options so you can figure out exactly how you want things organized. Very useful app!"
  26. 10

    #29The Unarchiver

    The Unarchiver
    The Unarchiver is an unpacker program for Mac that lets you open compressed archives from different file formats, including the .rar format. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Kai Long
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "The solution The Unarchiver is an excellent solution. It is a free powerful file extraction product. Its basically an unarchiver as the name says so you will need another product to create compressed files. It does integrate directly with OS X Finder and will support various formats. "
  27. 10

    #30Adium

    Adium
    Adium is a free messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, XMPP (Jabber), ICQ, IRC and more and is very similar to google chat. Use this similar Google Chat client on your Apple device.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    William Day
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "Interesting all-in-one chat app, for Mac. I don't do a lot of chat on my PC anymore, but this one covers just about all the common providers, like AOL, Google, even ICQ, along with newer apps like Twitter and Live Journal Talk. Light weight app, small footprint, it do what it do!"
  28. 8

    #31f.lux

    f.lux
    f.lux is a software that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    Crystal Shi
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "I have terrible eyesight and for people who have perfect vision, it's hard to explain what I go through on a day-to-day basis. My eyes make it hard for me to see near and far at times and it has a moderate sensitivity to light. Recently, Apple has added features that change the lighting on its software from day mode and night mode and it has made so much of a difference. F.lux does that same thing for Mac users who are sensitive to blue-light emitted from many computer software. I recommend this for anyone who has a sensitivity to computer light, bad eyesight or feel as though they want to do a better job of protecting their eyes. "
  29. 5

    #32PDF Reader Expert

    PDF Reader Expert

    PDF Reader Document Expert is a PDF reader and editor for Mac, that stands out for its simplicity and user-friendly interface. It allows you to easily view, organize, edit and convert your PDF documents, as well as sync and backup all your files.

    Apps

    Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Frank Lin
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I used Preview for viewing PDFs but switched to PDF Reader because its features. Mac Preview is really easy to use, but PDF Reader definitely has much more editing features. I personally recommend Kdan's PDF Reader."
  30. 5

    #33Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    Albert Simmons
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "In have used Photoshop in many situations and many different versions. I must say that while it is definitely the "industry standard" it is also more complex than what many people need for their specific purposes. I once saw someone use Photoshop after spending a few hours learning the basic only to use it to do something they could have completed in Microsoft Paint."
  31. 4

    #34Simple Recorder

    Simple Recorder
    Record audio and music directly from any source on your computer. Record and do it easily.
    Software

    Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ann Webb
    Written on October 4, 2017
    "In my free time, I like to record music. Am I good at it? Oh, def not great but it is something fun and something I send to friends so they can tell me how bad I sing. I was looking for an app that let me record my vocals, didn't have to be perfect but Simple Recorder did the trick! It really is a simple recorder and let's be record from any source."
  32. 3

    #35Sublime Text

    Sublime Text

    Sublime Text is a paid HTML and PHP editor that offers a free trial for users to evaluate the product. It offers cross-platform support aside from Multi-Line selection and editing. The software also supports Haxe and OpenFL integration.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $80

    Justin Lopez
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "Sublime is one of the most popular macOS apps. Sublime is one of the older programs although it has been updated over the years. It is generally recognized as fast and has a big community. However users do comment that Sublime works better with various plug ins. An alternative is Atom. Atom is free. So there is no license fee. Atom is open-source so users can make improvements by sending a request. Atom has built in web tech including HTML, JavaScript (CoffeeScript), CSS (LESS), and Node.js integration through Electron. Great for solving problems but causes potentially slow loading. "
  33. 2

    #36Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Oracle VM VirtualBox
    Virtualbox is a features-rich VM application for Mac and Windows by Oracle. Apt for business and home use, Virtualbox boasts an open-source infrastructure. It is cross-platform so it can work on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Solaris machines.
    Software

    Web

    Free

    Isabel Hernández
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "I'm having a hard time thinking of this product as the type of app I was looking for. It fits a very specific need that wouldn't really be something I'd be interested in. It is a macOS hardware product, and I guess I could consider it an app, but I think of apps more as the small programs you download onto your phone, ipad, etc. "
  34. 1

    #37Elmedia Player

    Elmedia Player
    Elmedia Player is a free media player that supports a wide range of common and not so common audio & video formats, including FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and more. 
    Software

    Mac

    $9.99

    Margarita Carrasco
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "Before I found the Elmedia Player, I was doomed to not having the pleasure of seeing the videos of my children that my husband sends me when I am away working. For whatever reason, he can not get his videos out of certain formats that will not play on most media players I have tried. Elmedia Player makes it possible for me to be able to play a video in a huge amount of formats that actually allows me to be able to see my kids when I am away! It makes me so happy!"

Summary

Best What are the best macOS apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1KeynoteSoftware 51 Free
2iTunesWebsites 48 Free
3AirmailApps 48 Paid
4EvernoteApps 45 Free
5Apple MailSoftware 44 Free
6CCleanerSoftware 43 Free
7PixelmatorApps 42 Paid
8VLC Media PlayerSoftware 39 Free
9DropboxApps 38 Free
10MalwarebytesSoftware 38 Free
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