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My personal top 15 Mac apps ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป

dailydevtips1 profile image Chris Bongers Originally published at daily-dev-tips.com ใƒป4 min read

Today we'll be looking at my personal top 15 Mac apps.
I'm actually quite a minimalist in installing and keeping apps, so these 15 are the only "extra" apps I'm using on my device.

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Let's get started with the list.

1. 1Password

1Password for Mac

I literally can't live without 1Password. As developers we tend to make the most awful and bad passwords ourselves. So 1Password to the rescue for generating and managing this for us.

Install 1Password

2. Google Chrome

Google Chrome for Mac

Jeez, Chrome should really be pre-installed. It's the first app I install on my brand new machine!
I Can't do my job the same without it.

Install Chrome for Mac

3. Spotify

Spotify for Mac

As a developer and writer, it's essential to get in the zone.
What best to do so than Spotify.
Listen to a cool podcast or epic playlist.

Install Spotify

4. Spark

Spark for Mac

I use Gmail for most of my email addresses, and Spark is just amazing in keeping track of all these in one maintainable inbox.
It's a big advocate for inbox zero, just like me.

Install Spark

5. Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code for Mac

I went from Dreamweaver to Atom to JetBrains to Visual Studio Code, and I have zero regrets! It's just fantastic software!
Visual Studio Code, for me, is the only good product for Mac Microsoft made.

Install Visual Studio Code

6. iTerm2

iTerm2 for Mac

The default terminal for Mac is not bad, but once you go iTerm2 you can't go back. It's just packed with all those little extra's you'll ever need!

Install iTerm

7. Cyberduck

Cyberduck for Mac

FTP might be a bit old-school, but every now and then we need it. Cyberduck is fantastic and clean, way better than a FileZilla, for instance.

Install Cyberduck

8. Postman

Postman for Mac

I switch between Postman and Insomnia, but Postman is cool because it collaborates well for teams. You can test your API's and keep track of them. I love their environment setups.

Install Postman

9. RunJs

RunJs for Mac

Ever needed to run just a small JavaScript snippet and too lazy to open a project or Codepen. This little app does just that for you.

Install RunJs

10. Notion

Notion for Mac

When it comes to writing and keeping track of my projects, Notion helps me a lot. It's by far the best note keeping and project management tool I've ever seen.

Install Notion

11. Grammarly

Grammarly for Mac

English is not my native tongue, so Grammarly helps me a lot, making sense of my writing. And it's good at picking up nuances in my texts.

Install Grammarly

12. iA Writer

iA Writer for Mac

My blog is written in Markdown, and I use iA Writer to track my blog articles' cross-device. I start items on my Mac and will swap to my iPad or Phone sometimes to finish them.

Install iA Writer

13. Sketch

Sketch for Mac

Sketch is not my golden go to, but it's what I paid for and use for all my design stuff. Making banners, designs, and cropping images.

Install Sketch

14. Loom

Loom for Mac

Did you ever need to do a quick review or feedback visually?
Loom is your guy! It's amazingly quick and fast to record a session.

Install Loom

15. OBS

OBS for Mac

If Loom is not sufficient enough, you can always go to OBS, an amazing tool to capture all kinds of screen recordings.
It works super well and has so many options that it scares me sometimes.

Install OBS

What are you favourites?

Let me know on Twitter what your favourite apps for Mac are?

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lesha

Jeez, Chrome should really be pre-installed.

Please, don't.

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Andrew Baisden

I sort of agree as well especially when watching a video on YouTube usually my fans start running. When I use Safari that does not happen. Chrome is still my daily driver though unless I am running on battery then Safari is better optimised on a Mac.

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Chris Bongers Author

Haha, why not? Tracking?

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CarlyRaeJepsenStan

It's quite the energy hog - it looks nice, but my laptops runs about ~15-30ยบF hotter when I use Chrome.

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Chris Bongers Author

Wow! I don't note any spike when running chrome these days.
But let me actually do some testing on it

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Diana

Postman became way too cluttered for me in the last few months. I prefer Paw now. Worth every euro.

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Liyas Thomas

If you prefer an open source free web alternative, we're building hoppscotch.io

github.com/hoppscotch/hoppscotch

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Mustafa Anas

Heyy Liyas!
I wonder why u got rid of the name "Postwoman"
I thought it was well chosen as it benefits from the popularity of postman.

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Luis Hernรกndez

Insomnia also looks great, I'm using it and it's been great for developing in multiple environments (currently 5)

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Andrew Baisden

Never heard of Paw before on their website they say "The most advanced API tool for Mac" so they must be the best then? ๐Ÿ˜ I have been using Postman and Insomnia is Paw really that good compared to those two?

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Chris Bongers Author

Oeh and it looks nice!

Awesome, I did hear Postman is working on re-introducing the chrome app again, which would be really great.

What's your opinion on Insomnia?

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Diana

Yeah Paw is beautiful indeed.

I use Insomnia as well but more for short, independent requests where I don't need any project structure. But maybe I'll take a closer look, it has really evolved in the last few months.

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perpetual . education

We couldn't live without Alfred. and we really like Divvy / we also use ScreenFlow for video / but we're excited to try out runjs and loom! Thanks for this list. : )

Oh! We also love Tower for git / and Transmit for file transfer. Sip is nice for color picking... TextExpander... I guess we'll have to write our own list ! hahaha.

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Chris Bongers Author

That sounds awesome!
I did try Tower and Transmit for a while but personally like the alternatives out there more.

As for Alfred, I've seen it around often, never got around to installing it myself, does it make a huge impact?

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For the most part - we use it like spotlight - but it's just much better. Not sure why... spotlight just has crappy search like macOS. It has a ton of cool stuff - but we use it for 2 main things: command+shift+a opens a little terminal-like field that lets us find anything really fast / like the command pallet in a text editor - so, we use the mouse a lot less. and - we have some power-pack license that comes with a clipboard history. So, we have a list of everything we've copied with command+shift+c - and that saves us soooo much time and frustration.

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Chris Bongers Author

Awesome will give it a go!

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CarlyRaeJepsenStan

So glad I read this! RunJS is what i've been looking for all this time as a JS dev. For terminal I prefer Hyper and ohmyzsh... but now I just use my own bash script for committing to github, haha.

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ItsASine (Kayla)

RunJS might make me finally stop opening Chrome dev tools to use the console tab as a JS sandbox. Though that's usually for silly things like "Is fjfnjdfnjfdjndfjifijfijf too long?" "Idk" open console, "fjfnjdfnjfdjndfjifijfijf".length, "Nah, it's good"

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CarlyRaeJepsenStan

lol, yeah - I used jsconsole.com a lot too in the early days ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Chris Bongers Author

Awesome, I use OMZ inside iTerm ;)
RunJS is amazing for exactly what's described under this post.

There is also Quokka if your using Visual Studio Code.

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Henry Quinn

These "top whatever mac app" articles are a guilty pleasure of mine. There's always something neat you've never heard about before.

Definitely checking out RunJS!

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Chris Bongers Author

Haha yeah they are kind of an addiction almost

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Andrew Baisden

Good list I use a few of those. Would have used iA Writer maybe but you have to pay for it multiple times I think right? I have been using Typora for my blog posts on here and 1Writer on iOS because Typora has no mobile app yet.

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Chris Bongers Author

Yes true, IAwriter is paid, not sure what their current plan is, back in the days a once-off was pretty affordable.

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Heiko Kanzler ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

I didn't even now iA Writer is still in business... I felt so in love with the font ("Input") which I also used for many years with my coding setup.

My favorite API Tool for the Mac is PAW. At the time Postman came out, it couldn't parse response objects and hand over the results to other requests, is this now solved with Postman?

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Chris Bongers Author

Heiko, yeah iA I think where indeed stopped for a little while, but all back on dev now.
It's amazing.

PAW I keep hearing people mention, so going to try it out.
As for Postman, the new native app does solve that yes, you can set vars to send trough to another request.

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Reza Amini

Mac Books are great for web developers but a nightmare for data scientists who work with loads of data :))

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Chris Bongers Author

Haha yes depending on what you need to do with Data they can be very slow in parsing lots of data.
What do Data scientist use?

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Reza Amini

Simplest work is building MACHINE LEARNING models, but due to the RAM, GPU and CPU of MacBooks you should wait days to have your work done! but actually, you can use Google Colab or any other online machines, but they have their disadvantages!

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Chris Bongers Author

Interesting! Seems like quite a cool area to be in.

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Sooraj

Nice Post! Definitely going to install RunJS because I code a lot of small javascript snippets and usually try them on a temporary folder :)

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Chris Bongers Author

RunJS is lovely for that yes!
I was doing Codepens or making actual index files locally, but this is some much quicker.

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Sooraj

Thanks for posting this :)

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Chris Bongers Author

My absolute pleasure, love seeing these lists so it's cool to show people what I'm using :D

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Jonas Wanner

If you would switch Chrome to Firefox you'd get a heart more ;)

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Chris Bongers Author

Hi Jonas, darn missed a heart.
I started my dev career on Firefox, but seeing how good Chrome syncs everything and not keeps changing their dev layout I just like it more.

Still have FF installed, but only for browser testing ๐Ÿ‘€

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Jonas Wanner

Fair point. Personally, I like the layout and functionality of the dev tools for Firefox more then the one for Chrome. But I can understand why a lot more devs use chrome because even for me its sometimes nerve-wracking to get used to the many layout changes...

For me its mainly the privacy aspect which binds me to firefox. :)

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Chris Bongers Author

I totally get the privacy point, honestly just gave up caring about my online privacy haha.
And yeah it's cool we have so many options actually, flavors for everyone.

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Naman Gupta

I use almost all the apps. Just couple of different apps like
Hyper in place of iTerm2
Insomnia in place of Postman. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Chris Bongers Author

Awesome, Yeah those 2 are very replaceable, I do like Insomnia as well, swap around with whatever my teams use.

Hyper I haven't use in a while actually might check if out on a next re-install.

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Naman Gupta

For sure. Hyper is a little resource consumer ๐Ÿ˜› if you compare with other terminals bt works fine in my system so I am pretty okay with it. Not the best but looks good and easily configurable.

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Liyas Thomas

If you prefer an open source free web alternative for Insomnia, we're building hoppscotch.io

github.com/hoppscotch/hoppscotch

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Braydon Harris

since I work heavily in Unix based systems I dropped the use of ftp for scp it's right in the terminal and no extra app or setup

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Chris Bongers Author

That's awesome, I wish I could rsync everything, so much faster ๐Ÿ‘€

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Tahseen Rahman

Apart from the above,
I use spectacle for window management.
Copyclip for clipboard
And amphetamine for keeping the mac on with going to sleep when needed.

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Chris Bongers Author

Awesome, I'm going to have to check out Copyclip, sucks the default only stores 1 clipping haha.

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Ayrton

Hey Chris !

Did you know for the video recording QuickTime do the job perfectly ? With Mic / Screen recording sync.

I 've discovered RunJS , very helpfull thanks !

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Chris Bongers Author

Hi Ayrton, I know yes ๐ŸคŸ, but it can't record your screen + camera at the same time.

Awesome, RunJS seemed to be the undiscovered gem in this list.

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MichaelDev

Try Figma! Itโ€™s like sketch for UI/UX Design and Prototyping

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Chris Bongers Author

Awesome, Figma is on my replacement list for Sketch.
Just because I keep hearing amazing things about it.

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Vimalraj Selvam

I use Quokka js VS Code extension (instead of Run JS) which is very handy when I wanted to try quickly right in VS Code while developing something.

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Chris Bongers Author

I've heard Quokka so often, going to give that a try!

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Prabhu Murthy

Didn't know runjs existed. Thanks for sharing

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Chris Bongers Author

RunJS simple, but does exactly what you expect

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MORAWA-dev

What is your kind of Mac?

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Chris Bongers Author

Multiple,

My personal one is a Macbook Air 2019, but have a Macbook Pro 2017 at work.

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MORAWA-dev

Do you think that Mac book air is good for developers?

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Chris Bongers Author

Any laptop is good really!

People make fun of me for having a MacBook air, but there are people on a 10-year-old HP machine doing way more awesome stuff than me even.

It's about what you do, not on what you do this.

So yeah, A MacBook air can be good for developers, all depends on what serves you.