Mac Open Web

A collection of open and indie Mac, iOS, and web apps that help promote the open web. Updated 25 November 2022

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Programming & Development

  • BBEdit

    by Bare Bones

    A text editor that doesn’t suck®

  • Coda

    by Panic

    A well-rounded iOS application for coding websites by our friends at Panic.

  • CodeKit

    by Bryan Jones

    Dozens of modern web development tools in one easy-to-use app. Get to work without grunting, gulping, or 47 trips to Stack Overflow.

  • CotEditor

    by CotEditor Project

    A light-weight, neat, yet powerful text editor.

  • Cyberduck

    by iterate GmbH

    An open file transfer and cloud storage browser for the Mac since 2003.

  • DropDMG

    by C-Command

    Create professional disk images to deliver your app outside the Mac App Store

  • Fork

    by Danil Pristupov

    A fast and friendly git client for Mac and Windows.

  • Forklift

    by Binary Nights

    Powerful, fast FTP client for the Mac.

  • GitFinder

    by ZigZag

    A fast and lightweight Git client for Mac with Finder integration.

  • GitUp

    by GitUp

    A powerful GUI front-end interface for your git repos.

  • Glitch

    by Glitch

    Glitch is the friendly community where everyone can discover and create the best stuff on the web.

  • iTerm

    by George Nachman

    iTerm is a powerful replacement for the default Terminal on macOS.

  • MAMP

    by MAMP GmbH

    Free, local server environment that can be installed with just a few clicks.

  • Nova

    by Panic

    Powerful and beautiful, native code editor for macOS.

  • osagitfilter

    by Doekman

    Filter to put OSA languages (AppleScript, JavaScript) into git, as if they where plain text files.


    by Jakob Egger and Chris Pastl

    The easiest way to get started with PostgreSQL on the Mac

  • Postico

    by Egger Apps

    A Modern PostgreSQL Client for the Mac.

  • Prompt

    by Panic

    An elegant and powerful SSH client for iOS.

  • Proxyman

    by Proxyman

    Modern. Native. Web Debugging Proxy. Capture HTTP, HTTPS, WebSocket with ease.

  • Script Debugger

    by Late Night Software

    The full power of applescript automation. Experience applescript made easy.

  • Sequel Ace

    by Sequel Ace Devs

    A MySQL/MariaDB management GUI, forked from Sequel Pro.

  • SubEthaEdit

    by Dominik Wagner & Contributors

    General purpose plain text editor for macOS. Widely known for its live collaboration feature.

  • Sublime Text & Sublime Merge

    by Sublime

    A cross-platform, highly extensible text editor + a Git client, too.

  • Table Tool

    by Sandro Peham, Andreas Aigner, and Jakob Egger

    A simple CSV editor for the Mac

  • TextMate

    by Macromates

    Powerful and customizable text editor with support for a huge list of programming languages and developed as open source.

  • Transmit

    by Panic

    Upload, download, and manage files on tons of servers with an easy, familiar, and powerful UI.



Text & Writing

  • Bear

    by Shiny Frog

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose

  • Byword

    by Metaclassy

    Markdown app for writing in plain text efficiently. Available for Mac, iPhone & iPad.

  • Citationsy

    by Cenk Özbakır

    Citationsy is a reference collection and bibliography creation tool for people who value simplicity, privacy, and speed.

  • FSNotes

    by Oleksandr Hlushchenko

    Open-source robust notes manager that supports markdown. For Mac & iOS.

  • iA Writer

    by iA

    Markdown writing app that removes distractions, giving you a calm, focused writing space

  • Mellel

    by Mellel

    A word processor specifically designed for academics, technical writers, scholars, and students.

  • Notenik

    by Herb Bowie

    An open source note-taking app with sync support, user definable fields, Wiki-style note linking, and more.

  • Noteship

    by Noteship Blog

    Personal notes and knowledge base app focused on privacy and data-longevity; saves locally as simple files (HTML) and folders.

  • nvALT

    by Brett Terpstra

    A fork of the original Notational Velocity with additional features and interface modifications.

  • Scrivener

    by Literature & Latte

    A go-to app for writers of all kinds.

  • Obsidian

    by Obsdian

    Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base on top of a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

  • Tot

    by Iconfactory

    An elegant, simple way to collect and edit text on your Mac, iPhone & iPad.

  • Ulysses

    by Ulysses GmbH & Co

    A pleasant, focused writing experience with flexible exporting options


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