Free and open-source software is good for you and good for the world. This is the best free Mac software that we know of.
Mozilla FirefoxThe premier free, open-source browser. Tabs, pop-up blocking, themes, and extensions. Considered by many to be the world's best browser.
AdiumConnect to multiple IM accounts simultaneously in a single app, including: AOL IM, MSN, and Jabber. Beautiful, themable interface.
QuicksilverQuicksilver 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.
Mozilla ThunderbirdPowerful spam filtering, solid interface, and all the features you need.
The UnarchiverUncompress 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!
HandbrakeDVD ripper and MPEG-4 / H.264 encoding. Very simple to use.
ViennaVery nice, native RSS client.
RSSOwlSolid cross-platform RSS client.
CabosA simple, easy to use filesharing program. Gnutella network.
SolarSeekSoulseek filesharing for Mac, in a simple, solid client.
TransmissionVery nice torrent downloader.
Q EmulatorRun Windows programs on your Intel Mac at near native speed. Works on G4 / G5 Macs too, but much slower.
JuiceSolid podcasting client.
MiroBeautiful 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.
TelephoneA great "SIP" client. Call regular phones from your Mac. 100% free and open source.
BitcoinA "peer-to-peer" digital currency so you can buy things without paying transaction fees.
Miro Video ConverterConvert any type of video to mp4 or theora. Convert any video for use with iPhone, iPod, Android, etc. Very clean, easy to use interface.
VLCPlays more video files than most players: Quicktime, AVI, DIVX, OGG, and more. Pretty good interface.
MPlayerThe interface and buttons are not as nice or as Mac-like in feel, but it may play even more video files than VLC.
PerianA plugin that allows quicktime to play additional video formats. (Included in Democracy Player.)
iPodDiskCopy music off your iPod in the finder, like a regular disk drive.
BurnCD and DVD Burner. Burn any video to a disc that plays in your DVD player!
VidaliaThis frontend keeps you anonymous on the web using military-grade techniques. For use with Firefox see: .
LibreOfficeBig, full featured suite of tools for word processing and spreadsheets. Compatible with and a free replacement for Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. Friends don't let friends pay for Microsoft Office.
AbiWordA word processor. Leaner and quicker than OpenOffice. Compatible with Microsoft Word documents and OpenDocument Format.
KisMacThe best wireless scanner for Mac. Find wireless access when you're on the go.
AudacitySimple sound recording tool.
Gimp.appPhoto editing application that rivals Photoshop in features.
Formulate ProAn easy way to fill-out (or sign) PDFs that Preview can't edit.
InkscapeVector graphics application (requires X11).
ScribusDesktop publishing. Complicated install, but a nice app.
CyberduckVery good all-around ftp program.
OneButton FTPSimple, fast FTP, with a focus on "advanced queuing".
FuguNot as polished as Cyberduck (and only for SFTP) but has a side by side interface showing your files and the remote files.
Blue GriffonVisual tool for making websites (WYSIWYG html editor), comparable to Dreamweaver.
ColloquyGreat IRC client.
KVIrcA cross-platform IRC client that's free and open source.
WaveMakerA visual development tool for building great-looking web and cloud applications.
About this Site
Open Source Mac is a simple list of the best free and open source software for Mac OS X. We aren't trying to be a comprehensive listing of every open-source mac app, instead we want to showcase the best, most important, and easiest to use. This page should be a handy reference and a useful tool for getting more people to start using free and open-source software. If you think we're missing any great apps, please let us know. Open Source Mac is of course .
Note to software creators: first of all, thanks so much for making free, open-source software-- we love you.
Second, if we linked to macupdate or versiontracker as the download page, it's because we think your download page is too confusing for new users. It's usually very easy to improve-- just add a big 'Download Now' link towards the top of the page, without too much clutter around it (use mozilla.org or adiumx.com or bittorrent.com for inspiration).
Here's some more unsolicited advice for getting more people to download your software:
a. if you have a nice icon, show it off prominently.
b. put a download link and a screenshot on your front page.
c. if you use mirrors, use a script to pick a random mirror and just give people one link that says 'download now'
d. if there's any way you can avoid sending people to the sourceforge download mirror page, you should (we know it's not your fault, but it baffles lots of folks).
e. if you really want to make things easy for people, and you have a cross-platform app, detect what OS they are on and give them the correct link.
f. test your page on a novice! See if they can understand what the software does and how to get it.
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