15 Useful Open Source Mac Apps. All available absolutely free

Mac computers come with a solid set of pre-installed software. However, advanced users still need additional applications and utilities.

We offer a selection of useful programs with GitHub. All of them are free, open source, and the developers listen to the community and quickly add new features.

1. Play any audio files in Aural player

The app developers were inspired by the famous music player Winamp for operating system Windows. The utility for Mac turned out to be just as simple and customizable in appearance.

There are many visual themes, scaling and disabling unnecessary interface elements. You can even “compress” the program to a small strip with buttons.

All popular and not so popular sound formats are supported, including FLAC, Vorbis, Monkey’s Audio (APE), Opus and others. Of course, there is a visualizer and an equalizer.

💻 Download Auralfree on GitHub

2. Adjust the sound volume for each application in the system through Background Music

small utility Background Music allows you to pause any music player when a second sound source appears in the system and then resume playback.

This is very convenient when you start making a call on FaceTime or Telegramdecided to look YouTube or any app with sound. The utility works with iTunes, Spotify, VLC, VOX and other players.

In addition, through the application settings menu, you can set the volume for each program in the system, limiting the sound of unnecessary utilities.

💻 Download Background Musicfree on GitHub

3. Control the backlight brightness and volume level on the connected monitor with MonitorControl

The Apple operating system does not allow you to control the backlight of the connected display, for this you have to reach for the control keys or use the remote control.

Free app solves the problem MonitorControl. With it, you get a couple of keys to adjust the brightness, just like on the native screen MacBook or iMac.

In addition, you can adjust the volume control on external speakers and set a few more options you need. You can read a detailed review of this utility here.

💻 Download MonitorControlfree on GitHub

4. Change AirPods and Beats Headset Modes with NoiseBuddy

A small application adds a button to quickly change noise reduction modes on a headset connected to a computer.

Original headphones supported Apple and Beats. You can work with the program through the icon in the menu bar or the touch panel Touch Bar.

💻 Download NoiseBuddyfree on GitHub

5. Choose the right browser when opening links through Browserosaurus

This very simple but useful utility will come in handy for those who work on a Mac with multiple browsers installed.

Browserosaurus is set as the default browser in the system, and when you try to open a link, it displays a pop-up menu with the choice of the desired viewer. It remains only to specify the desired application or press the appropriate hot key.

💻 Download Browserosaurusfree on GitHub

6. Combine all messengers in one app Ferdi

This application allows you to collect all used instant messengers in one shell. The utility was created on the basis of the well-known Franz program with the addition of new features and capabilities.

You can log in to your account WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Slack, Gmail and other services to receive all the necessary messages within one program.

💻 Download individualfree on GitHub

7. Type text with markup through MacDown

Minimalistic text editor with markup language support Markdown. A minimum of unnecessary features allows the user to concentrate on entering text.

There are several themes and a dark mode for working at night.

💻 Download MacDownfree on GitHub

8. Add Middle Mouse Key to Trackpad or Magic Mouse via Middleclick

Small system tweak Middleclick allows you to emulate the actions of pressing the middle mouse button on any trackpad MacBookexternal Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse.

This is useful, for example, for opening tabs in the background, closing a tab by clicking on its title, and other actions in the system and applications.

After installing the utility, the new “button” will work when you press the mouse or trackpad with three fingers.

💻 Download Middleclick free on GitHub

9. Extend macOS Clipboard with Clipy

This add-on can save the user’s recent clipboard actions and display them in a convenient directory.

You can specify the number of actions you want to save and access them through the utility window.

💻 Download Clipyfree on GitHub

10. Upgrade macOS Quick Look with Quick Look plugins

The default Quick View on Mac doesn’t support many popular file and data types. You can learn how to work with new data quickly using a set of plug-ins and add-ons.

The developers have added extensions for working with specific types of pictures, common video types, markup files. You can teach the utility to view the contents of archives or installation files of applications without unpacking.

💻 Download Quick Look pluginsfree on GitHub

11. Remap any keys and create your own shortcuts with Karabiner

A fairly powerful utility for remapping keys in macOS. With its help, you can bind any button or key combination to another button on the keyboard.

You can create your own convenient shortcuts and bind them to rarely used keys.

💻 Download carabinerfree on GitHub

12. Switch to the desired application using a keyboard shortcut with Thor

Application Thor adds a small menu with options to the macOS menu bar. There you will be able to set up a convenient keyboard shortcut for any installed application on Mac.

After that, you can open or switch to the corresponding application with one click.

💻 Download Thorfree on GitHub

13. Hide unwanted icons from the menu bar with Hidden Bar

This program allows you to remove all unnecessary indicators from the macOS menu bar. Just hold down the key Command and drag unnecessary elements to the left of the utility indicator.

In a few seconds, all of them will be hidden, and there will be more space for the necessary icons.

💻 Download Hidden Barfree on GitHub

14. Add a Handy Calendar Widget to Your Menu Bar with Itsycal

If you need a small widget to quickly view the calendar without launching the corresponding application, you can use a small utility Itsycal.

It fully integrates with the standard macOS application and can display added events. In addition, you can flexibly customize the appearance and additional features of the calendar.

💻 Download Itsycalfree on GitHub

15. Monitor important computer metrics in the menu bar via Stats


If you need to constantly monitor the load of the processor or video card, monitor free disk space or available RAM, we recommend this small free application.

The utility is flexibly configured, allowing you to display only the necessary parameters in a convenient form.

💻 Download Statsfree on GitHub

This is how you can seriously upgrade the capabilities of the system with the help of free open source utilities.

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