Free Software for Mac users

June 3, 2008 Shashank Agarwal Blog 3 minutes, 36 seconds Edit This Article

Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best Mac software that we know of.

Web Browsing

firefox## Mozilla Firefox

The premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world’s best browser.
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camino## Camino

Based on the same Mozilla foundation as Firefox, Camino is a more native OS X app. Fast and simple.
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Video Player / Video Podcasting

miro## Miro

Beautiful interface. Plays any video type (much more than quicktime). Subscribe to video RSS, download, and watch all in one. Torrent support. Search and download from YouTube and others.
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IM – Instant Messaging

adium## Adium

Connect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber. Beautiful, themable interface.
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Application Launching

quicksilver## Quicksilver

Quicksilver lets you start applications (and do just about everything) with a few quick taps of your fingers. Warning: start using Quicksilver and you won’t be able to imagine using a Mac without it.
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Software packs

MacLibre## MacLibre

Installs a pack of great open source apps (including many on this page) and keeps them updated for you.
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Email

thunderbird## Mozilla Thunderbird

Powerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
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Utilities

The Unarchiver## The Unarchiver

Uncompress RAR, 7zip, tar, and bz2 files on your Mac. Many new Mac users will be puzzled the first time they download a RAR file. Do them a favor and download UnRarX for them!
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RSS

vienna## Vienna

Very nice, native RSS client.
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rssowl## RSSOwl

Solid cross-platform RSS client.
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Peer-to-Peer Filesharing

cabos icon## Cabos

A simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.
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transmission icon## Transmission

Very nice torrent downloader.
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Running Windows Software on Macs

Q## Q Emulator

Run Windows programs on your Intel Mac at near native speed. Works on G4 / G5 Macs too, but much slower.
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Podcasting

juice## Juice

Solid podcasting client.
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Video Playback

VLC## VLC

Plays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
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MPlayer## MPlayer

The interface and buttons are not as nice or as Mac-like in feel, but it may play even more video files than VLC.
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MPlayer## Perian

A plugin that allows quicktime to play additional video formats. (Included in Democracy Player.)
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iPod Ripping

senuti icon## Senuti

Get music off of your iPod onto any computer.
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iPodDisk## iPodDisk

Copy music off your iPod in the finder, like a regular disk drive.
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DVD Ripping

handbrake icon## Handbrake

DVD ripper and MPEG-4 / H.264 encoding. Very simple to use.
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CD / DVD Burning

handbrake icon## Burn

CD and DVD Burner. Burn any video to a disc that plays in your DVD player!
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Privacy

vidalia## Vidalia

This TOR frontend keeps you anonymous on the web using military-grade techniques. For use with Firefox see: TorButton.
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Word Processing / Office Suites

bean## Bean

Very fast and easy to use word processor. Live word count, autosaving, more.
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neo office## NeoOffice

Built on OpenOffice.org. Big, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
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abiword## AbiWord

A word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
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Wifi Scanning

kismac## KisMac

The best wireless scanner for Mac. Find wireless access when you’re on the go.
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Sound Recording

audacity## Audacity

Simple sound recording tool.
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Graphics, Photo, Publishing

seashore## Seashore

Based on Gimp, but doesn’t require X11.
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seashore## Xee

Fast image viewer and image browser.
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gimp## Gimp.app

Photo editing application that rivals Photoshop in features (requires X11).
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inkscape## Inkscape

Vector graphics application (requires X11).
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scribus## Scribus

Desktop publishing. Complicated install, but a nice app.
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FTP / SFTP

cyberduck## Cyberduck

Very good all-around ftp program.
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onebutton ftp## OneButton FTP

Simple, fast FTP, with a focus on “advanced queuing”.
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fugu## Fugu

Not as polished as Cyberduck (and only for SFTP) but has a side by side interface showing your files and the remote files.
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HTML / Text Editing

smultron## Smultron

Text / html editor. Integrates with Cyberduck for editing websites.
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NVU## Nvu

Visual tool for making websites (WYSIWYG html editor), comparable to Dreamweaver.
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IRC

colloquy## Colloquy

Great IRC client.
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