Awesome free apps for your Mac

No ads, no trackers, no strings attached — just the best stuff we can find

Cyberduck

This Mac stalwart has a nice interface and can take on most jobs without any trouble. A free version of the app can be downloaded from the Cyberduck website using the link below. Donations are requested.

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Franz

Get all your chat and messaging services in one place. Supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and more — with the option of having more than one account for each service.

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Herald

Use a floating window to watch for incoming email messages in Mail even if it isn’t running. You can delete messages, mark them as junk or reply to them. Pick which accounts you want to monitor, and choose a theme for the window’s appearance.

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LastPass

If you’re looking for a way to save all the logins and passwords you use at various websites, you can’t do much better than 1Password. However, the free version of LastPass — acting as a browser extension — covers many of the basic functions. It comes highly recommended by PCMag, and is worth a look if you need something free.

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NetNewsWire

The venerable RSS feed reader is back with an open source version by Brent Simmons as his contribution to the open web. Features include a Safari extension for feed-adding, direct feed-downloading, and syncing via Feedbin.

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Skype

What’s not to like about making free phone calls with your computer? Well, it’s not quite as handy as an actual telephone. But at this price, it sure is tempting.

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Spark

Email app promises to keep you inbox organized with categorized messages, filters that only let through the important notifications, and powerful search. Also available for iOS.

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Thunderbird

From the makers a Firefox, an open source email client that features tabbed browsing, filtering and timeline tools, plenty of customization, and robust security measures.

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Tor

Remain anonymous on the Internet while web browsing, messaging or remote logins. Works with many existing clients to bounce your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

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Transmission

Enter the amazing world of torrents with this lightweight BitTorrent client. A simple, intuitive interface gives access to an efficient, cross-platform back-end. Also built on the BitTorrent concept is Tomato Torrent.

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TweetDeck

Spread tweets into columns spanning the width of your computer screen with sections for friends, mentions, direct messages, trending topics and recommendations. In addition to Twitter, you can sign up for Facebook, Buzz, LinkedIn, Foursquare and MySpace.

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Unison

Panic’s app for Usenet newsgroups is no longer being developed, but one last free release promises to keep customers happy for awhile.

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uTorrent

World’s most popular BitTorrent client features bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification and peer exchange.

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Vivaldi

The former CEO and co-founder of Opera has started a new project — “an advanced browser made with the power user in mind.” As of this writing, it’s considered a technical preview, but innovative promises include the ability to organize your tabs into stacks, display pages side by side, write notes on the go, and a keyboard command palette.

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NetNewsWire

The venerable RSS feed reader is back with an open source version by Brent Simmons as his contribution to the open web. Features include a Safari extension for feed-adding, direct feed-downloading, and syncing via Feedbin.

Download site Internet

Franz

Get all your chat and messaging services in one place. Supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and more — with the option of having more than one account for each service.

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Spark

Email app promises to keep you inbox organized with categorized messages, filters that only let through the important notifications, and powerful search. Also available for iOS.

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Vivaldi

The former CEO and co-founder of Opera has started a new project — “an advanced browser made with the power user in mind.” As of this writing, it’s considered a technical preview, but innovative promises include the ability to organize your tabs into stacks, display pages side by side, write notes on the go, and a keyboard command palette.

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Unison

Panic’s app for Usenet newsgroups is no longer being developed, but one last free release promises to keep customers happy for awhile.

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Tor

Remain anonymous on the Internet while web browsing, messaging or remote logins. Works with many existing clients to bounce your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

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LastPass

If you’re looking for a way to save all the logins and passwords you use at various websites, you can’t do much better than 1Password. However, the free version of LastPass — acting as a browser extension — covers many of the basic functions. It comes highly recommended by PCMag, and is worth a look if you need something free.

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Herald

Use a floating window to watch for incoming email messages in Mail even if it isn’t running. You can delete messages, mark them as junk or reply to them. Pick which accounts you want to monitor, and choose a theme for the window’s appearance.

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TweetDeck

Spread tweets into columns spanning the width of your computer screen with sections for friends, mentions, direct messages, trending topics and recommendations. In addition to Twitter, you can sign up for Facebook, Buzz, LinkedIn, Foursquare and MySpace.

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uTorrent

World’s most popular BitTorrent client features bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification and peer exchange.

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Skype

What’s not to like about making free phone calls with your computer? Well, it’s not quite as handy as an actual telephone. But at this price, it sure is tempting.

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Transmission

Enter the amazing world of torrents with this lightweight BitTorrent client. A simple, intuitive interface gives access to an efficient, cross-platform back-end. Also built on the BitTorrent concept is Tomato Torrent.

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Thunderbird

From the makers a Firefox, an open source email client that features tabbed browsing, filtering and timeline tools, plenty of customization, and robust security measures.

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Cyberduck

This Mac stalwart has a nice interface and can take on most jobs without any trouble. A free version of the app can be downloaded from the Cyberduck website using the link below. Donations are requested.

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Blogging

Email

Herald

Use a floating window to watch for incoming email messages in Mail even if it isn’t running. You can delete messages, mark them as junk or reply to them. Pick which accounts you want to monitor, and choose a theme for the window’s appearance.

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Spark

Email app promises to keep you inbox organized with categorized messages, filters that only let through the important notifications, and powerful search. Also available for iOS.

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Thunderbird

From the makers a Firefox, an open source email client that features tabbed browsing, filtering and timeline tools, plenty of customization, and robust security measures.

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File sharing

Dropbox

Sync and share your files online. Can also be used for automatic backups with a history going back 30 days. The free version allows two gigabytes of data.

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Transmission

Enter the amazing world of torrents with this lightweight BitTorrent client. A simple, intuitive interface gives access to an efficient, cross-platform back-end. Also built on the BitTorrent concept is Tomato Torrent.

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uTorrent

World’s most popular BitTorrent client features bandwidth prioritization, scheduling, RSS auto-downloading and Mainline DHT (compatible with BitComet). Supports the Protocol Encryption joint specification and peer exchange.

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FTP

Cyberduck

This Mac stalwart has a nice interface and can take on most jobs without any trouble. A free version of the app can be downloaded from the Cyberduck website using the link below. Donations are requested.

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Messaging

Franz

Get all your chat and messaging services in one place. Supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and more — with the option of having more than one account for each service.

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Skype

What’s not to like about making free phone calls with your computer? Well, it’s not quite as handy as an actual telephone. But at this price, it sure is tempting.

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News

NetNewsWire

The venerable RSS feed reader is back with an open source version by Brent Simmons as his contribution to the open web. Features include a Safari extension for feed-adding, direct feed-downloading, and syncing via Feedbin.

Download site Internet

Unison

Panic’s app for Usenet newsgroups is no longer being developed, but one last free release promises to keep customers happy for awhile.

Download site Internet

Twitter

TweetDeck

Spread tweets into columns spanning the width of your computer screen with sections for friends, mentions, direct messages, trending topics and recommendations. In addition to Twitter, you can sign up for Facebook, Buzz, LinkedIn, Foursquare and MySpace.

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Web browsing

Fluid

Create site-specific mini-web browsers for your web apps, so that they launch like desktop programs in your dock. Great for checking Gmail, for example.

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Ghostery

Find out who is tracking you on the web — ad networks, data providers, publishers and other companies. Learn more about them and decide who you want to block.

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LastPass

If you’re looking for a way to save all the logins and passwords you use at various websites, you can’t do much better than 1Password. However, the free version of LastPass — acting as a browser extension — covers many of the basic functions. It comes highly recommended by PCMag, and is worth a look if you need something free.

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Tor

Remain anonymous on the Internet while web browsing, messaging or remote logins. Works with many existing clients to bounce your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.

Download site Internet

Vivaldi

The former CEO and co-founder of Opera has started a new project — “an advanced browser made with the power user in mind.” As of this writing, it’s considered a technical preview, but innovative promises include the ability to organize your tabs into stacks, display pages side by side, write notes on the go, and a keyboard command palette.

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