Open Source Mac Software



Camino is a powerful and secure web browser, yet simple and elegant in its design. Camino 1.5 is a universal binary and runs natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. From new features like the system spell-checker and session saving to improvements in trademark features like annoyance blocking, Camino 1.5 makes all your web tasks more enjoyable. Built on the world’s most compatible rendering engine, Mozilla’s Gecko 1.8.1, it displays more pages more accurately than any other Cocoa browser.

Mozilla Firefox is available free-of-charge in more than 35 languages. It’s so safe that many users have reported no spy ware infections since they started using it. Firefox 2 opens new web pages in tabs by default. Each of those tabs has its own close button. If you accidentally close a tab, you can go to the History menu to bring it back from the list of “Recently Closed Tabs.” Firefox 2 has built-in spell checking to keep you from making any mistakes in your blog posts and Web-based email, so you can worry about more important things.

SeaMonkey is an Internet application which has everything you need – Web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple.

Shiira is a web browser based on Web Kit and written in Cocoa. The goal of the Shiira Project is to create a browser that is better and more useful than Safari. All source code used in this software is publicly available.

Sunrise is the open-source browser that based on WebKit framework for Mac. It is light and fast. The concept is to add some convenient functions that have not equipped it with other browsers yet. The same rendering engine as Safari is used. <a href=” Karachi Exporters]

CD/ DVD Burning

Burn is a burning application. With it you can burn five different kind of disks. It fixes random crashes, language problems in Panther.

Communication Freeware

Adium is an instant messaging application. With Adium, you can connect to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging services and then chat with other people using those services.

Facebook Watch is a handy widget that no self respecting Facebook user should go without. It allows to have instant dashboard access to your wall, friend’s profiles, your inbox, pokes, notifications and more.

Express Talk is another VOIP option for Mac users. It allows you to make free PC to PC calls and also supports PC to phone via a VoIP SIP. Express Talk is a free but full featured VOIP application with a wide range of features and functionality including multi-line support, caller ID, call recording and more.

DVD Ripping

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. It support any DVD-like source, PAL or NTSC, AC-3, DTS, LPCM or MPEG audio tracks. [ Community]


Thunderbird Mozilla’s Thunderbird is an easy and secure email application.It features many new enhancements to help you better manage your unruly inbox, and stay informed. Thunderbird allows you to customize your email to suit your specific needs whether it’s how you search and find messages or listening to music right out of your inbox.


pwgen is a popular Unix command line utility to generate passwords. This is the GUI for your mac. It generates passwords which are designed to be easily memorized by humans, while being as secure as possible. And it’s open source!


Cabos is a file sharing program based on LimeWire and Acquisition. No spyware or adware. Cabos provides simple sidebar user interface, firewall to firewall transfers, proxy transfers, Universal Plug and Play, iTunes + iPod integration, “What’s New?” searches, international searches, and more.

Tomato Torrent is a Macintosh BitTorrent client. BitTorrent promotes the accessibility of data on the Internet by allowing anyone to share information with a large audience. For more information, take a look at the pretty images over at It remembers recent downloads and where you’ve saved them to, making resumes quick and easy. You can set an upload rate for torrents that start seeding, and many more.

Transmission is a lightweight yet powerful BitTorrent client. Its simple, intuitive interface is designed to integrate tightly with whatever computing environment you choose to use. Transmission strikes a balance between providing useful functionality without feature bloat. Moreover, it is free for anyone to use or modify.

Bitrocket BitRocket is a Native(Open Source) BitTorrent client for Mac OS X. At the heart of it’s core resides the powerful libtorrent BitTorrent library. BitRocket is aimed to be a good alternative to other Mac OS BitTorrent clients.

Acqlite is a file sharing program based on LimeWire, Acquisition, Cabos, Phex and Transmission. No spyware or adware. Acqlite have an interface very similar to Acquisition.

Math and Science

EureKalc is an environment for numeric and symbolic calculation, dedicated to solving problems in the field of physics, mathematics, engineering… Available in English and French.


Buddi is an application that helps you to organize your finances. Buddi is currently available in Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Buddi aims at those who have little or no financial background.

Cashbox is a quick and simple application for managing your personal finances. It has become more feature packed while keeping with the original goal of simplicity. It allows to import files in the Quicken Interchange Format so you can easily import information obtained from online bank accounts or other sources. You can easily find transactions by searching for them. Cashbox keeps track of transfers between two accounts for you. Now is available in English, French, German,and Italian.

Gnucash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

Luca is a functional accounting system similar to QuickBooks. It will help you to keep track of your company finances with separate accounts, a balance sheet, and a P&L sheet. The financial data can be optionally stored in a MySQL or PostgreSQL database if you want to integrate with your other company data.


Cyberduck is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain and AppleScript.

Fugu is a graphical frontend to the commandline Secure File Transfer application (SFTP). SFTP is similar to FTP, but unlike FTP, the entire session is encrypted, meaning no passwords are sent in cleartext form, and is thus much less vulnerable to third-party interception. It allows you to take advantage of SFTP’s security without having to sacrifice the ease of use found in a GUI.

OneButton FTP is a project with the goal of creating an open source graphical FTP client for Mac OS X using the Cocoa framework. OneButton FTP will have a strong emphasis on drag and drop usability and file queuing.


Armagetron is a multiplayer game in 3d that attempts to emulate and expand on the lightcycle sequence from the movie Tron. It’s an old school arcade game slung into the 21st century. Highlights include a customizable playing arena, HUD, unique graphics, and AI bots. For the more advanced player there are new game modes and a wide variety of physics settings to tweak as well.

Bullfrog is a light-hearted arcade game for ages 1-100. You’re a frog, and you must eat all the gnats, flies, and mosquitos that come your way. Use the arrow keys to jump around and the space bar to stick out your tongue.

BZFlag is a free online multiplayer cross-platform open source 3D tank battle game. The name originates from “Battle Zone capture the Flag”. It runs on Irix, Linux, *BSD, Windows, Mac OS X, and many other platforms. It’s one of the most popular games ever on Silicon Graphics machines and continues to be developed and improved to this day. It’s one of the most popular open source games ever.

Cube is an open source multiplayer and singleplayer first person shooter game built on an entirely new and very unconventional engine. Cube is a landscape-style engine that pretends to be an indoor FPS engine, which combines very high precision dynamic occlusion culling with a form of geometric mipmapping on the whole world for dynamic LOD for configurable fps & graphic detail on most machines.

FreedroidRPG is a mature open source sci-fi isometric role playing game. The player can fight with melee or ranged weapons, take control of his enemies by hacking, and remotely execute code on enemy robots. Available for Windows, Linux and OS X.

OpenArena OpenArena is an open-source content package for Quake III Arena licensed under the GPL, effectively creating a free stand-alone game. You do not need Quake III Arena to play this game. Operating system: Windows, Linux/Unix, OS X

ScummVM lets you play classic point-and-click games for the PC on your Mac, such as Beneath A Steel Sky, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island and Sam & Max Hit the Road.

Stepmania is a rhythm game. Arrows pointing in different directions scroll up from the bottom of the screen and the player must hit the corresponding button in time to the music. The game can be played with your hands using the keyboard, but the real fun comes when using a sensor-laden “dance pad”.

The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. Wesnoth has many different sagas waiting to be played out. Fight to regain the throne of Wesnoth, of which you are the legitimate heir… step into the boots of a young officer sent to guard a not-so-sleepy frontier outpost… vanquish a horde of undead warriors unleashed by a foul necromancer, who also happens to have taken your brother hostage… guide a band of elvish survivors in an epic quest to find a new home.

Zombies is a turn-based game where the only goal is to outlast and destroy the zombies before they do the same to you.

Graphic and Photo

ChocoFlop is a core image based non destructive graphics manipulation tool that runs on Mac OSX 10.4 and above. ChocoFlop includes features such as non destructive features, masks, and layers. is a binary distribution of the GNU Image Manipulation Program for Mac OS X. requires that either Apple’s X11 or XDarwin be installed. Image files can be opened by dragging them onto the Gimp icon at any time. Gimp helps pages load into the default browser application.

Inkscape is a vector graphics editor with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Pixen is a graphics editor for pixel artists.

Scribus is an open-source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows. Scribus supports professional features, such as CMYK color, spot color, separations, ICC color and robust commercial grade PDF.

Seashore is an open source image editor for Cocoa. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP’s technology and uses the same native file format.

Xee is a lightweight, fast and convenient image viewer and browser. It is designed to be a serious tool for image viewing and management, with a sleek and powerful interface. It uses less memory than most other image viewing tools. It also uses OpenGL to display and scroll images much more smoothly than other viewers. Its interface is highly streamlined and has easily configurable keyboard shortcuts.

HTML / Text Editing

Nvu is a complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh users, an alternative to FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

Smultron is an easy to use and powerful text editor. It is designed to not confuse newcomers nor disappoint advanced users. It has all the advantages of a Cocoa application and some of its features are tabs, line numbers, support for syntax colouring for many different languages, functions list, support for text encodings, snippets, a toolbar, a status bar, preview, split window, multi-document find and replace with regular expressions, possibility to show invisible characters, authenticated open and saves, command-line utility, full screen editing and running commands and scripts from within the application.

iPod Ripping

iPodDisk allows you to browse, and copy, all the music that is on it (for backup purposes only). It even offers Spotlight support.

Senuti is a simple application that allows you to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer. Senuti includes all of the built in options that one would expect to find songs. You can search and sort in any combination of ways that you want. Senuti not only reads the playlists that you made on your iPod, but it allows you to transfer them back to your computer as well.


Colloquy is an advanced IRC, SILC and ICB client. It has a powerful dictionary. It is styled for you – you can pick the look for your conversations. Colloquy is fully compatible with mIRC colors.


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It can be used to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together, Change the speed or pitch of a recording, and more.

iEatBrainz is an acoustic Music Tagger. You can use it to fix your mp3 and aac tags in iTunes after they’ve been ripped using acoustic matchings. This software takes songs that you’ve chosen in your iTunes Library, that have incorrect or missing meta information, and then uses the sound of each song to match it with the correct information maintained in the MusicBrainz Database.

Max is a high quality CD ripper and audio file converter. Max can rip and convert to over twenty audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and WAVE.

Play is a simple audio file player with support for a wide variety of formats, including AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis and WAVE.

Songbird is an open source jukebox and media player that “promises to be the Firefox of media players.” Being a jukebox puts it squarely in competition with iTunes, but Songbird offers some unique features that make it worth a look even for hardcore Mac users. The interface will remind you of iTunes and it’s easy enough to navigate. It can play MP3 and AAC files, but also Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and WMA.

MSN Chat

Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. With Adium, you can connect to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging services and then chat with other people using those services.

aMSN is a free open source MSN Messenger clone. It has Multi-language support (around 40 languages currently supported), webcam support, group support, tabbed chat windows, it allows full-speed File transfers, and many more.

Planetariums and Outer Space

Celestia is a free space simulation that lets you explore the universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn’t confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors.


Juice is the premier podcast receiver, allowing users to capture and listen to podcasts anytime, anywhere. It supports more than 15 languages. Juice has a built-in directory with thousands of listed podcast feeds. It has auto cleanup, authentication, centralized feed management and much more.


RSSOwl is an application that collects data from RSS-compliant sites are called RSS readers or “aggregators.” RSSOwl lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface, save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more. It’s easy to configure, available in many many languages and the best of all: It’s platform-independent.

Vienna provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are freely available for download. Vienna supports both RSS 2.0 and Atom feeds. It automatically takes care of deciphering and presenting the articles in a consistent format regardless of the original feed format. Vienna has a simple user interface and built-in tabbed browser.


ChemicalBurn is a screensaver for Mac OS that simulates a self organizing Transportation network. Packages fly around on your screen while routes are formed and the network heals itself after an outage. ChemicalBurn is an interesting screensaver to say the least.

Electric Sheep is a screensaver. When the screen-saver is activated, the screen goes black and an animated ‘sheep’ appears. The sheep sheep is fractal based, mpeg2 compressed animations. Behind the scenes, the screen-saver contacts a server and joins the parallel computation of new sheep.Every fifteen minutes 24/7 a new sheep is born and distributed to all clients for display. Each sheep is an animated fractal flame.

Wallsaver lets you run the screensaver as your desktop image. It’s very simple. One button to activate and one to Restore to normal.

System Freeware

i23 secures and stores your data safely. i23 stores things like passwords, serial numbers, pin numbers and more. i23 clears your clipboard when closed because of its 320 bit encryption. i23 is a perfect application to store your information.

DeepSleep gives an option not only to sleep but to deep sleep. Your Mac draws a very small amount of power while sleeping to save the contents of its memory. When deep sleeping, the memory is saved to the hard disk and then the computer draws no power at all.

Fubario is a software to ensure that all your files on your hard drive are safe. Fubario allows you to backup your computer to a friends as well as your own for safety.

PsyncX is an utility for doing automated backups. You need only to choose what you want to back up and then a time for the backup. If you have an external hard disk connected to your computer, or your iPod with disk mode enabled, this is a great way to backup regularly.

Tor is a toolset for those who want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and more. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy.


Bitrate Pro is a media calculator for audio and visual professionals. With Bitrate Pro you can calculate file size, data rate or duration of the project that your working on. Bitrate Pro makes it easy for any audio or visual professional to get the numbers they need quick.

CenterStage is the Media Center Application that allows you to use the digital content stored on your Apple Macintosh computer & play it in a more comfortable enviroment such as your living room using any standard Televison set. Movies are currently provided in conjunction with BackStage allowing you to organise, control and catalogue your entire movie collection for playback in CenterStage. Music is pulled in directly from iTunes. You can listen to and control your music collection (even DRM protected Music) within the CenterStage interface. Photos are accessed from iPhoto allowing you to view and play your photos & albums. Organise your Photos in iPhoto and view them using CenterStage.

MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems. It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5 and even WMV movies. MPlayer supports output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB, but you can use GGI, SDL (and this way all their drivers), VESA (on every VESA compatible card, even without X11!) and some low level card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and ATI), too.

Perian is a QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats. Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional Media Types : AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats; MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio.

VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, etc.) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

ZS4 Video Editor is video editing and compositing software which aims to provide media experts with a facility to combine a variety of media types – currently photos, videos and audio files- into one or more output files. There are some powerful options in this program that you don’t get in iMovie.


YateClient is an universal desktop client for VoIP calls. It supports, at present, H.323, SIP, Jabber and IAX protocols. YateClient is an easy-to-use softphone with a decent user interface.

Wifi Scanning

KisMAC is an application that puts your card into the monitor mode. KisMAC supports third party PCMCIA cards with Orinoco and PrismII chipsets, as well as Cisco Aironet cards. This program is not intended for people who don’t have much knowledge about WiFi, but for professional users.

Windows Software on Macs

RDC Menu is an icon that sits in your menu bar that gives you quick and easy access to a Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection client. RDC Menu allows you to run as many instances as you want of the application and makes for a smooth launch.

Q emulator is a feature packed Cocoa port. It runs on Linux, Windows, and other systems on your Mac. You can switch fast between guest PCs. Save and restart guest PCs at any stage. Q emulator makes use of OS X most advanced technologies like openGL and CoreAudio to accelerate your experience with your guest PC.

Writing Freeware

AbiWord is a, small, fast, featureful and crossplatform word processor. AbiWord is unique among word processors in its drive to become a fully cross-platform word processor. The source code is written so that AbiWord will run on virtually any operating system with a minimum of time spent on porting.

Bean is a small, simple word processor with many niceties added to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is powered by the same text engine as Apple’s Text Edit, but it adds live word count and the ability to adjust printed margins. Bean is not a replacement for MS Word. It does not do footnotes or hierarchical styles. Further, it is only partially compatible with MS Word’s .doc format.

FreeMind is a mind-mapping software written in Java. The operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of Mind Manager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations.

NeoOffice is a set of office applications which include word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database programs. It has integrated a great number of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office. No X11 windowing system is required.

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file. With it you can view PDF, add and edit notes, highlight important text, make snapshots, navigate using tables of contents or thumbnails, give powerful presentations, and much more.

Tofu is a text reader designed to make reading text on screen, particularly longer texts like ebooks, use less efort. It does this by putting text (txt, rtf or html files) into resizeaable columns which the eye finds easier to read and less tiring.

JDarkRoom is a very simple, full-screen text editor designed for those of us with attention issues. By default the background is black and the text is green (but this can be changed). Available for Mac, Windows and Linux.

3D Graphics and Modeling

Blender is a powerful 3D Modeling software. It has a revolutionary non-overlapping and non-blocking UI delivers unsurpassed workflow, flexible and fully configurable window layout with as many screen setups as you prefer, and many more.

Gallery AV creates great-looking, customizable Flash photo and video galleries. Simply drag and drop your photos and videos onto the creator.

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