Links to Apple Websites and Books

Help, Books, Applications

OS X Man Pages
OS X Shell scripting primer - macOS Reference Library.

Apple Support - Knowledge Base.
Check coverage - Find H/W details (AppleCare etc) from a serial no. - macOS Documentation.
Apple Developer Connection - macOS Documentation.
Apple Combo Updates - Several macOS 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.
macOS Security and Privacy Guide - Github
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 - macOS 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 macOS.

macOS Books

missing manual OSX: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition
by David Pogue
The "must have" guide for all macOS 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 macOS Mountain Lion.

OSX Internals by Jonathan Levin
A 'Russinovich level' detailed reference to the kernel and internals of macOS. Auditing, Authentication, the MAC Framework, Code Signing, Sandboxing, SIP, AMFI and more.

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

Package Managers for macOS

A vastly larger number of packages available, owing to its maturity.
Philosophy of keep everything fully separate, by default installs to /opt does not rely on MacOS shipped libraries.
Can also be installed to your home directory, so multiple users of the machine can have different setups.
To install GNU coreutils, the GNU tools will have a ‘g’ prefix - i.e. ls will be gls:
sudo port install coreutils
To install GNU coreutils and override (not replace) the default names: [x]
sudo port install coreutils +with_default_names
Written in TCL

By default installs to /usr/local though you should probably use something like ~/Homebrew
Packages are generally one or two iterations behind MacPorts, due to their dependence on MacOS shipped libraries.
Doesn't require sudo, geared towards ease of use.
To install GNU coreutils [x]:
brew install coreutils
Hosted on GitHub, written in Ruby
caskroom - extends Homebrew to applications.

Command Line tools

FileMon - Log and respond to filesystem events.
Rudix - A collection of pre-built Unix software delivered as packages for macOS by Rudá Moura.

Command Line Developer Tools for macOS
Xcode, Additional Tools for Xcode, Font/Graphics/Hardware tools for XCode, ODBC Administrator Tool.
To install, either run a command like gcc or make which will prompt to download if needed or explicitly run xcode-select --install and then choose Install
Alternatively, login to and download the DMG files directly, this is often faster.

OS X Recovery Disk Assistant - Repair disks or reinstall macOS.


App compatibility matrix of 7,000+ apps from

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.
AnyBar - A scriptable colour indicator for the macOS menubar.
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.
Apple Remote Desktop - Screen sharing plus remote install (Software Distribution).
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.

cabextract - Free Software for extracting Microsoft cabinet files
CarbonCopyCloner - Clone/backup hard drive.
Caffeine - Prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep.
Clean Eject - Erase macOS Temporary files (spotlight etc) and Eject device, for USB-disks, cameras, SD cards.
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.
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).
Gemini - Duplicate file finder
Gimp - GNU Image Manipulation Program.
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
HTML Tidy - Check and fix HTML and XML files.

iA Writer - Distraction free word processor.
iExplorer - use an iPhone or iPad in disk mode, like a flash drive.
imageOptim - Remove image metadata & compress images without losing quality. (Free/Open Source)
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.

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

m-cli - Command line administration of macOS.
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 macOS.
OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) for older computers.
OS X El Capitan (10.11.x)
macOS High Sierra (10.13.x) requirements

Pacifist - Open pkg /dmg files e.g. macOS install disks and extract files. - Run win 32 programs in parallel with macOS apps (Amazon link )
Pashua - Aqua dialog windows for your scripts.
PDFtk - Command-line tool for processing PDFs.
PermissionsReset - Fix macOS folder permissions.
Photoshop Elements - Basic photo editing and organisation.
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.

Reeder - RSS reader (compatible with feedly)
Reggy - Regular Expression tester/viewer.
Rename files - NameChanger / NameMangler / ABetterFinderRename
Remote iOS app - Control iTunes on a mac from a remote iPhone/iPad.
Remote Desktop for Mac - Microsoft RDP connect to Windows machines. Also Royal TS
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)
ShinyWhiteBox - Video capture (record Window/Desktop)
Simon - Server monitoring.
SMARTReporter - HD monitor.
Smultron - Text editor with code highlighting.
Solarized theme for macOS 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 macOS (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.
VLC Audio/Video Player - MP3, wma, DVD, Flac etc.
Ulysses - Writing app.
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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