Links to Apple Websites and Books

Help, Books, Applications

OS X Man Pages
OS X Shell scripting primer - Mac OSX Reference Library.

Apple Support - Knowledge Base. - Mac OS X Documentation.
Apple Developer Connection - OS X Documentation.
Apple Combo Updates - Several OS X point releases in one download.
Apple Support Downloads - Patches, Security updates, New and old versions of Apple software.
Apple Open Source Reference Library
Apple Font Tool Suite - command line tools for working with font files.
Tips and Tricks for Mac Management (White Paper PDF)
Apple Support Manuals
Customer Installable Parts (DIY) - Apple Support.
iPhone Enterprise - Security/Deployment utility. - Manage launchd daemons, processes and scripts.
Darwin Project - Open Source at Apple.
Apple Corp. Discussion
AppleID - AppleCare login.
AppleCare registration (also buy AppleCare at eBay)


Ken Segall - Marketing blog.
The Safe Mac - Mac security news and advice.
SixColors - Apple and other tech news and culture.
MacOSXhints - Hints & Tips, Q&A

Status: Apple Services, Stores, and iCloud, Dev Centre

Help & Documentation

Learning the Mac OS X Terminal - Chris Stone (O'Reilly, 2001)
Unix FAQ for OSX - via the MacOSXHints forum. - Repair guides for Mac
John Siracusa review of Mavericks 10.9
John Siracusa review of Yosemite 10.10
Font Management in OS X (PDF) by Kurt Lang
Google Shell Style guide - some short, sensible advice on coding style.
MacEnterprise - Login scripts, Active directory deployment. - Technical Tips.
OS X FAQ - Unix Tutorials.
manpagez - Man Pages from Huntsville Mac Users Group.
Man Open - A GUI to find and open man pages.
Hayne of Tintagel - OSX FAQ and useful Bash scripts.
Apple Manuals
MacFixit - Troubleshooting for the Mac.
Mac Scripter - Applescript Tutorials & forum.
Using Apple Diagnostics (KB HT5781)
Migration Assistant - transfer files from another Mac.
Colour Picker - How to use the Mac colour picker.
Dictionary - How to add Webster's 1913 dictionary to OS X.

OS X Books

missing manual OSX: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition
by David Pogue
The "must have" guide for all Mac OS X users, Aug 2012.

learn bash Learning the bash Shell (O'Reilly 3rd edition)
by Cameron Newham
Bash shell programming, flow control structures, job control.

osx for unix geeks Mac OS X for Unix Geeks
by Brian Jepson, Ernest E. Rothman
The book to buy if you already know UNIX, Sept 2008.

OSX Unix Learning Unix for OS X Mountain Lion: Going Deep With the Terminal and Shell
By Dave Taylor
Take a friendly tour of the Unix command line and 50 of the most useful utilities, Oct 2012.

osx support essentials Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials
by Kevin M. White
Apple-certified book on OS X Mountain Lion.

AppleScript : The Definitive Guide by Matt Neuburg
An in-depth guide to AppleScript, 2nd Edition 2006.


OSX Server Admin tools and Workgroup Manager - Remote administration tools, documentation, and utilities. There are separate downloads for each version of OS X.
To use the Server Admin Workgroup Manager with a local computer instead of a server, enter the loopback address "" in the Server address field and authenticate with your local Administrator username/password.

OS X Server
OS X Recovery Disk Assistant - Repair disks or reinstall OS X.
Apple Remote Desktop - Screen sharing plus remote install (Software Distribution).

Homebrew - The missing package manager for OS X (El Capitan & Homebrew)

Java for OS X 2015-001 - Deprecated version of Java 6, typically required only for Adobe Apps.

AbiWord - Word Processor
Acorn - Affordable Graphic Design
AcquisitionX - BitTorrent client
Affinity Designer - Graphic Design
Affinity Photo - Photo Editing
AirPort Utility - Manage Wi-Fi network and AirPort base stations
Amadeus Pro - Audio editor
Angry IP scanner - network scanner for network administrators
AppCleaner- Delete application/preference pane files
Appify - Script that creates Mac apps from shell scripts.
APC UPS daemon - UPS control software
ArtRage - Paint tool for kids - Record Multi-track digital audio
Audacity - Audio editor and Recorder
AudioHijack - Capture streaming audio

BBEdit - Text Editor
BinaryAge - TotalFinder, Spaces & DS_Store management
BitCom FreeSee - Browse & preview pics and graphics
Blender - 3D graphics
Brightness - Brightness control
SimplyBurns - Burn CDs & DVD's (Sourceforge link removed)
Busycal - Calendar with improved Share & Sync

CarbonCopyCloner - Clone/backup hard drive
Caffeine - Prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep
Clean Eject - Erase OS X Temporary files (spotlight etc) and Eject device, for USB-disks, cameras, SD cards.
CocoaDialog - GUI controls from the command-line
CocoViewX - Image browser

Deeper - Modify hidden functions of Finder, Dock and more
DigiDNA - Copy files without using iTunes
DiskWarrior - Disk Repair
Doug's Scripts - This Tag That Tag - Swap/Copy iTunes metadata
MyDVDedit - modify the content of a DVD
DupeZap - Search and remove duplicate files

FastScripts - run scripts with a keyboard shortcut.
FFmpeg - Audio/video encoder
FFmpegX - Audio/video encoder GUI
Find Any File - Find files that Spotlight doesn't, includes bundles/packages/folders that are excluded from Spotlight search.
Fink - Open Source Games, Audio, Crypto and more
FlySketch - Screen shots with selections/highlights etc

FTP - Cyberduck
FTP - Fugu
FTP - PureFTPd
FTP - Transmit (Panic)

Gallery - Photo Album website (php)
Gimp - GNU Image Manipulation Program
Google command line - Script Youtube, Calendar, docs, picasa etc
GPG Tools - Encryption for Apple Mail messages and files.
Graphic Converter - File format conversion and basic editing
Grand Perspective - Graphical disk usage utility (Sourceforge link removed)

Handbrake - DVD Ripper

iExplorer - use an iPhone or iPad in disk mode, like a flash drive.
imageOptim - Compress images for the web.
Inkscape - Vector Graphics (Illustrator)
iPhone Enterprise support - Apple
iOS configurator - Mass configure and deploy iPhones and iPads
iPhoto Buddy - Use more than one Library with iPhoto
iStat Menus - System Monitor
iStumbler - Test WiFi & Bluetooth connections
iTerm2 - Terminal with Search and Replay
iTunes LAME encoder
iTunes - CopyTrans Manager - Windows application that allows quick drag & drop from PC to iDevices.
iTunes Alarm - Alarm clock
jitouch - Add extra magic mouse & trackpad gestures

KeyCodes - Display code for each keyboard key.
Keynote - Presentation software
LiteIcon - Change OS X finder icons
Little snitch - prevent applications 'dialling home'
Klieme - Time Machine Scheduler, eyesight
Lab Tick - Brightness control for PowerBook/MacBook Pro backlit keyboards.

Mac the Ripper - DVD Ripper
Mailbox - Redesigned email client
Max - Rip CD's in Maximum quality & convert audio file formats
Menu Meters - CPU, memory, disk & Network activity [El Capitan version]
Micro - Terminal-based text editor that aims to be easy to use and intuitive.
muCommander - File manager with a dual-pane interface

NeoOffice - MS Office compatible productivity suite (cheap)
NoMoreiTunes - Safari extension that preventing iTunes Preview and App Store pages from launching iTunes

Open Office/Libre Office - MS Office compatible productivity suite (Free)
OmniGroup - Drawing/Diagrams, Dictionary, Outliner (note taking), Project Management
OnyX - Maintain and optimize OS X

Package Managers for OS X (aimed at developers)

MacPorts - Open-source community for OS X - a single software tree that attempts to track the latest releases.
- "installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t include" caskroom - extends Homebrew to applications.
Rudix - A collection of pre-built Unix software delivered as packages for OS X

Pacifist - Open pkg /dmg files e.g. OS X install disks and extract files - Run win 32 programs in parallel with OS X apps (Amazon link )
Pashua - Aqua dialog windows for your scripts
PDFtk - Command-line tool for processing PDFs
PermissionsReset - Fix OSX folder permissions
PhotoRec - Data recovery software - hard disk, CD-ROM & Memory Cards
PictureCode - Noise Reduction
Pixelmator - Image editor (alternative to PhotoShop )
PGP for Mac - GPG Suite - secure communication and file encryption.

Quicksilver - App/document launcher
Quit All Open Applications - Automator

Reggy - Regular Expression tester/viewer
Rename files - NameChanger / NameMangler / ABetterFinderRename
Remote iOS app - Control iTunes on a mac from a remote iPhone/iPad
RipIt - DVD Ripping, even movies that trip up HandBrake or MacTheRipper
RCDefaultApp - Set file associations

Sequel Pro - Web development (MySQL)
ScreenGrabber - Convert movie to stills
SwitchResX - Change Screen resolutions
Scrivener - Writers studio (Outliner)
ShellHere - Open a terminal window in the current Finder window
ShinyWhiteBox - Video capture (record Window/Desktop)
Simon - Server monitoring
SMARTReporter - HD monitor
Smultron - Text editor with code highlighting
Solarized theme for OSX Terminal
SoundStream - Screensaver
SoX - Sound processing command line utility (Sourceforge link removed)
TotalSpaces - Spaces manager
SplashTop - Remote access - cross platform
Squared5 - MPEG Streamclip video converter
Startly - QuickKeys Macros
StartupSound - Adjust volume of the boot chime
SuperDuper - Disk cloner, create a bootable recovery disk
Swinsian - A better iTunes

TeamViewer - Screen sharing/Remote control (Mac/PC/Linux)
Telestream - Screen recording/editing, pro media player/editor.
TextWrangler - Text Editor
TenderApp - Helpdesk
TimeMachineEditor - change the default one-hour backup interval of Time Machine.
TinkerTool - User interface tinkering
Trance - Change CR/LF, TextForge Text Editor
Transmit - The best FTP client
TweaksApp - Customise OS X (donation ware)

Ukelele - Keyboard Layout Editor
UnArchiver - A more capable replacement for "Archive" (BOMArchiveHelper)
Unison Newsgroup reader - Now free
Unpkg - Tailor installation packages to allow manual install

Vienna - RSS reader
Vim for Mac - Classic text editor
VNC - vine viewer or Chicken - Screen sharing/Remote control (Mac/PC)
VLC Audio/Video Player - MP3, wma, DVD, Flac etc
Video Codecs - Handy list from the University of Berlin
VMWare Fusion - Run Wintel & Mac apps side-by-side
VueScan - Scanner Software

Windows Flip4Mac - QuickTime plugin for Windows Media files (.wmv)
Witch - Application/Window switcher
World Clock - Screensaver
WriteRoom - Shareware text editor
Xee - Image viewer (Preview replacement)
X Lossless Decoder - MP3 and FLAC audio decoder
Xcode Developer Tools package - Apple programming tools and utilities for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
YASU - Yet Another System Utility
youtube-dl - Downloading script

Many of the commercial apps above are also available in the Apple App Store. Apple requires all App Store users to accept legal restrictions in the iTunes EULA and DRM (copy protection) buying software direct you will be subject to different terms of use.

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