Essential Mac Tools for Every Mac

Essential Mac Tools for Every Mac

Published on May 11, 2022 by Travis Lord

Essential Mac Tools for Every Mac

The best part about owning an Apple computer is the massive ecosystem of superb apps it gives you access to. You can find apps for anything from video editing, to graphic design, to music production, and more.

Here are a few of the mac tools I use daily and install whenever I get a new mac. I can then start working in a more comfortable atmosphere, and they help me to increase my productivity.


I’m use iTerm instead of terminal because there are a few features I couldn’t find with terminal, here are a few I got after making the switch to iTerm…

iTerm2 features

- Split pane view

- Hotkey window for instant terminal anywhere

- Search will highlight all found words (like in Chrome and Safari)

- Mouseless copy

- Paste history

- Growl support for notification when a process completes


iTerm2 feature

IA Writer

I will let the TIME news explain this one

“For writers, whether they be students, professionals, or aspiring authors, nothing is as liberating (or intimidating) as the blank page. iA Writer Pro takes this principle and extends it to the screen, wiping away other apps and menu bars to free users of distractions. But the app doesn’t stop there; it can also help you write more clearly with a syntax feature that highlights adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs and other terms. Cut the modifiers to tighten your prose and sharpen your verbs to make your sentences pop.” –The 10 Best Apps For Your New Mac

iA Wrtier


With highly customizable notifications, iStat Menus is an excellent way to know what’s going on with your Mac and to be alerted at a glance if a problem arises.


- CPU and GPU

- Memory

- Sensors

- Network

- Battery and power

- And more



BetterSnapTool allows you to easily manage your window positions and sizes by either dragging them to one of the screen’s corners or to the top, left or right side of the screen. This enables you to easily maximize your windows, position them side by side or even resize them to quarters of the screen.


Alfred for Mac

Alfred is an award-winning app for macOS which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords, text expansion and more. Search your Mac and the web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac.

Alfred for Mac


Objective-see is a non-profit foundation, creating free open-source macOS security tools, books, and the #OBTS conference.

Featured Tools


Malware installs itself persistently, to ensure it is automatically executed each time a computer is restarted. KnockKnock uncovers persistently installed software in order to generically reveal such malware.


In today’s connected world, it is rare to find an application or piece of malware that doesn’t communicate with a remote server.

LuLu is the free, open-source firewall that aims to block unknown outgoing connections, protecting your privacy and your Mac!

Do Not Disturb

Physical access (or “evil maid”) attacks are some of the most insidious threats faced by those of us who travel with our Macs.

Do Not Disturb (DND) is a free, open-source utility that aims to detect and alert you of such attacks!


Apps described in the post

iTerm - Free

IA Writer - $50

istatmenus - $15

BetterSnapTool - $3

Alfred for Mac - Free or Paid

Objective-see - Free