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thriftmac started with the simple idea that Mac users could use a central place to find free software. The downloads here are meant to be totally free. There are no in-app purchases, no ads, no subscriptions, no trials. Apps are not included unless you can freely download them to your Mac and use all their features without restrictions for as long as you like.

Scrimpy the thriftmac worm

This is the fifth iteration of thriftmac since starting out in 2006. Before that, it was known as Free for X. As the site has grown over the years, I’ve done my best to weed out apps that are no longer being developed or that have moved to a pay model. I also add new apps from time to time.

The original logo was an apple with a worm coming out of it. That worm later became know as Scrimpy — as suggested in a naming contest that wrapped up in January 2007.

My thanks to Textpattern for being an awesome and easy-to-use CMS, and to Kevin Powell for posting a video showing how to create the layout this site is based on.

Feel free to get in touch with me about free Mac apps, or follow thriftmac via the RSS feed.

Check out my favourite free Mac apps in the Scrimpy’s Picks category. For a really deep dive of this site, visit the thriftmac archive. There is also have a small selection of free Mac games that have stood the test of time.

thriftmac is pretty good, but there other ways to find free Mac apps.

And if all that’s not enough of me, check out newsonaut, my sporadically updated blog that mostly covers news and technology.