TOP 14 Best Apps that Mac-using Developers Just Can't Live Without!✌️

TOP 14 Best Apps that Mac-using Developers Just Can't Live Without!✌️

Everything from VS Code, Docker, Figma, Sublime Text, Alfred, Xcode, JetBrain, Homebrew, Magnet & more…


Hey there, Macbook-toting developers! 👋

It’s Time to Boost Your Mac Developer Workflow with These Top 14 Must-Have Apps 🚀”

We all know that as developers, our tools are everything. They’re the weapons in our digital arsenal, the keys to the kingdom, the secret sauce that makes our code taste oh so good.

And as someone who’s spent countless hours coding away on a Macbook (I have one from 2020 and I love it ✌️), I know just how important it is to have the right apps to get the job done. 😜

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So, without further ado, here’s my list of the best apps that Mac-using developers just can’t live without! 🙌

1. Visual Studio Code

This one’s a no-brainer, folks. Visual Studio Code is like the Swiss Army Knife of code editors.

It’s got all the features you need to get the job done, and then some. Plus, with its smooth integration with Git, you can save your code with the click of a button, no command line required.

Takeaway!💡

Visual Studio Code, or VSCode as the cool kids call it, is one of the most versatile and powerful code editors on the market today. And like a trusty Swiss Army Knife, it’s got all the tools you need to get the job done, and then some.

Think about it — a Swiss Army Knife has a knife, a saw, a can opener, a bottle opener, and a whole bunch of other tools all in one compact package. Well, VSCode is like that, but for code. It’s got a built-in terminal, a powerful integrated debugger, a Git client, and a whole bunch of other tools to help you write and debug your code like a pro.

And just like a Swiss Army Knife, VSCode is always there when you need it. Whether you’re working on a side project, a client project, or just experimenting with some new code, this is the perfect tool for the job. It’s fast, efficient, and packed with features that make your life as a developer so much easier.

But the real magic of VSCode is in its customization. Just like a Swiss Army Knife, you can tweak and customize VSCode to suit your needs. With its powerful plugins and extensions, you can add new tools and features to your code editor, making it even more versatile and powerful.

Whether you’re looking to improve your workflow, add some new tools, or just make your code editor look pretty, there’s a plugin or extension for that.

So, if you’re looking for a code editor that’s packed with features and has a little bit of Swiss Army Knife-like versatility, look no further than Visual Studio Code. With its powerful features and customizable interface, it’s the perfect tool for any developer looking to work smarter, not harder.

Happy coding! 😁

2. iTerm2

This is like the secret weapon of Mac developers. It’s a replacement for the standard Terminal app, and it’s packed with features that make your life as a dev so much easier.

From split panes to customizable profiles, iTerm2 has everything you need to stay productive and efficient.

Takeaway!💡

iTerm2 It’s like the katana that ninjas use to slice and dice their way through code — fast, powerful, and always there when you need it.

While the default terminal that comes with a Mac is perfectly fine for everyday use, iTerm2 takes things to a whole new level. With its powerful features, customizability, and performance, it’s the perfect tool for any Mac-using developer looking to work smarter, not harder.

Think about it — a katana is a weapon that’s been finely crafted and honed to perfection. It’s got a sleek design, a sharp blade, and it’s always there when you need it. Well, iTerm2 is like that, but for your terminal. It’s got a sleek interface, lightning-fast performance, and a whole bunch of powerful features that make your life as a developer so much easier.

But the real magic of iTerm2 is in its customization. Just like a katana, you can tweak and customize iTerm2 to suit your needs. With its powerful settings and configurability, you can change the look and feel of your terminal, add new features, and even automate your workflow.

Whether you’re looking to improve your productivity, add some new tools, or just make your terminal look pretty, there’s a setting or configuration for that.

So, if you’re looking for a terminal that’s fast, powerful, and packed with features, look no further than iTerm2. With its sleek design and customizable interface, it’s the perfect tool for any Mac-using developer looking to work smarter, not harder. Happy coding!


3. Slack 🗣

Slack is the water cooler of the digital age. It’s where developers go to chat with their colleagues, share memes, and keep track of their team’s progress. And with its powerful integration capabilities, you can keep all your tools and apps in one place, making your workflow a breeze.

Takeaway!💡

This is the place where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of work, catch up with your colleagues, and just chat about the latest memes and cat videos. In other words, it’s where work and play come together.

Think about it — the water cooler was once the center of office life. It was where you could take a break, grab a drink, and chat with your co-workers. Well, Slack is like that, but for the digital age. It’s a place where you can take a break from the grind of coding, catch up with your team, and just have some fun.

But Slack is so much more than just a digital water cooler. It’s a powerful communication tool that helps teams work together more effectively. With its real-time messaging, voice and video calls, and file sharing capabilities, Slack makes it easy for teams to stay connected, no matter where they are in the world.

And just like the water cooler, Slack is a place where people can be themselves. With its playful emojis, gifs, and memes, Slack creates a relaxed and fun atmosphere that helps teams bond and work together more effectively.

Whether you’re celebrating a win or commiserating over a tough day, Slack is the place where work and play come together.

So, if you’re looking for a tool that helps you stay connected with your team, look no further than Slack. With its powerful communication capabilities and playful atmosphere, it’s the water cooler of the digital age. Happy chatting!

4. Docker

Docker is the truck driver of the software world. It’s the app that helps you transport your code from one place to another with ease. With Docker, you can build, package, and deploy your apps in a snap, making your workflow faster and more efficient than ever before.

Takeaway!💡

Docker is like the ultimate toolkit for developers. It’s like having a magic wand that lets you build, package, and deploy your apps in a snap. With Docker, your workflow becomes faster, more efficient, and just plain cooler.

Think about it — have you ever been in the middle of a project and wished you could just snap your fingers and have everything fall into place?

Well, with Docker, that’s exactly what happens. With its powerful containerization technology, you can package your app and all its dependencies into a single, self-contained unit. And with just a few simple commands, you can deploy your app to any environment, whether it’s your local machine, a test server, or even the cloud.

But Docker isn’t just about speed and efficiency. It’s also about consistency and reliability. With it, you can be sure that your app will run the same way on any environment, every time.

No more “it works on my machine” excuses — with Docker, you can be confident that your app will run exactly as you expect, no matter where you deploy it.

And just like a magic wand, Docker is easy to use. With its simple and intuitive commands, you’ll be up and running in no time. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to the world of development, Docker is a tool that you’ll come to love.

So, if you’re looking to streamline your workflow, speed up your deployments, and take your development skills to the next level, look no further than Docker.

With its powerful containerization technology, you can build, package, and deploy your apps in a snap, making your workflow faster and more efficient than ever.

5. Postman

Postman is the messenger of the API world. It’s the app that helps you send and receive requests and responses from your APIs, making it easier than ever to test and debug your code. And with its intuitive interface and powerful features, you’ll be able to get the job done in no time.

Takeaway!💡

This service it’s like a trusty steed that helps you navigate the often-complex world of APIs with ease. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, Postman is a tool that you’ll come to rely on.

Think about it — when you need to send a message, you need a reliable messenger. And that’s exactly what Postman is for the API world.

With its powerful testing and documentation capabilities, Postman helps you send requests, test your APIs, and share your results with your team, all from one convenient place.

But Postman isn’t just a simple messenger. It’s also a powerful tool for exploring APIs. With its intuitive interface and wealth of features, you can easily inspect and understand the data that your APIs are sending and receiving. Whether you’re trying to debug a problem or simply exploring a new API, Postman makes it easy.

And just like a trusty steed, Postman is always there for you. With its robust collection management system, you can store all of your API requests and responses in one place, making it easy to share your work with your team and collaborate on projects.

So, if you’re looking for a tool that helps you navigate the world of APIs with ease, look no further than Postman.

With its powerful testing and documentation capabilities, intuitive interface, and reliable performance, Postman is the messenger of the API world that you can always count on.

 

6. Sketch

Sketch is the Michelangelo of the design world. It’s the app that helps you bring your ideas to life, turning your sketches into beautiful, polished designs. With its powerful vector tools and intuitive interface, this is the perfect tool for designing and prototyping your next big project.

Takeaway!💡

Sketch is the fairy godmother of design apps. It’s the one that helps you turn your ideas into beautiful, polished designs with just a wave of its magic wand. Whether you’re a seasoned designer or just starting out, Sketch is the tool that you’ll come to rely on.

Think about it — when you’re creating a design, you want to bring your ideas to life with ease. And that’s exactly what Sketch does.

With its intuitive interface, powerful vector editing tools, and comprehensive design systems, this amazing tool helps you turn your sketches into beautiful, polished designs that are ready to share with the world.

But Sketch isn’t just a design app. It’s also a tool for collaboration. With its powerful team management features, you can share your designs with your team, get feedback, and make revisions with ease. Whether you’re working on a project by yourself or with a team, Sketch makes it easy to stay connected and get your ideas across.

And just like a fairy godmother, Sketch is always there for you. With its robust plugins and integrations, you can customize it to fit your needs and streamline your workflow. And with its regular updates and new features, this app is always evolving to help you bring your ideas to life in new and exciting ways.

So, if you’re looking for a tool that helps you bring your ideas to life, look no further than Sketch. With its intuitive interface, powerful vector editing tools, and comprehensive design systems, Sketch is the fairy godmother of design apps that you can always count on.

Happy designing! 😸

BONUS! ⭐️

Ahoy mateys! 🐼

Today we’re gonna dive into the world of Figma, the sleek and stylish tool that’s taking the design world by storm. 😍

If you’re looking to get your feet wet in the design world or just want to up your design game, then you’ve come to the right place!

Think of Figma as the pirate ship of design tools, it’s got everything you need to conquer the seven seas of design. It’s got a user-friendly interface that’s as intuitive as a compass, so you won’t get lost in the sea of design.

Plus, it’s got all the bells and whistles you need to create stunning designs that’ll make your competition walk the plank.

So, what exactly is Figma❓

It’s a cloud-based design tool that allows you to create, collaborate, and publish designs all in one place (I wish to compare it somehow to Canva, but Figma is better and more complex). It’s like having a design treasure trove at your fingertips! 🤞

With Figma, you can work on your designs from anywhere in the world, all you need is an Internet connection. This means you can be on a beach in the Caribbean, sipping on a Mai Tai, and still be working on your designs. Talk about a life of leisure!

Now, let’s talk about how to use it.

It’s as simple as pie, even a monkey could use it (jk, monkeys are better at climbing trees 💁). Figma’s got a drag-and-drop interface that makes designing a breeze. You even have mockups (check the mobile mockups below)

You can add shapes, text, images, and more with just a few clicks. It’s like playing with play-doh, but instead of a ball of goo, you’re creating a masterpiece!

Figma also has a wide variety of themes to choose from, so you can customize your designs to fit your brand. These themes are like costumes for your designs, they add a touch of personality and pizzazz.

With this amazing tool, you can be as creative as you want, let your imagination run wild! 🙌

In conclusion,

Figma is the perfect tool for anyone who wants to up their design game. It’s user-friendly, accessible, and has all the features you need to create stunning designs.

So what are you waiting for❓

Grab your compass and set sail on the Figma design ship today!

7. Sketchboard

Sketchboard is like the whiteboard of the digital age. It’s the app that helps you and your team collaborate on designs and ideas, no matter where you are in the world. And with its powerful collaboration tools and real-time updates, you can stay on top of your projects and stay in the loop with your team.

Takeaway!💡

Sketchboard is the conference room of the digital age. It’s the place where you and your team can come together to collaborate on designs and ideas, no matter where you are in the world. Whether you’re in the office, at home, or on the go, Sketchboard helps you stay connected and get your ideas across.

Think about it — when you’re in a conference room, you want to be able to share your ideas and work together with your team. And that’s exactly what Sketchboard does. With its real-time collaboration features, you can work on designs and ideas with your team in real-time, no matter where you are.

But Sketchboard isn’t just a collaboration tool. It’s also a powerful design app. With its intuitive interface and robust design tools, you can easily create and edit designs, add annotations and comments, and get feedback from your team. Whether you’re working on a project by yourself or with a team, Sketchboard makes it easy to bring your ideas to life.

And just like a conference room, Sketchboard is always there for you. With its robust team management features, you can share your designs with your team, get feedback, and make revisions with ease. And with its cloud-based infrastructure, you can access your designs from anywhere in the world, making it easy to stay connected and get your ideas across.

So, if you’re looking for a tool that helps you and your team collaborate on designs and ideas, look no further than Sketchboard.

With its real-time collaboration features, intuitive interface, and robust design tools, Sketchboard is the conference room of the digital age that you can always count on.

 

8. Alfred

Alfred is like the butler of the Mac world. It’s the app that helps you get things done, faster and more efficiently than ever before. With its powerful search capabilities and customizable workflows, you can stay on top of your work and stay ahead of the curve.

Takeaway!💡

Alfred is like the personal assistant you always wished you had. Think about it, how many times have you found yourself searching for files, opening apps, or looking up information online and wishing you had someone to help you do it faster? Well, that’s exactly what Alfred does!

Alfred is like a superhero sidekick that’s always by your side, ready to help you get things done faster and more efficiently. With its powerful search capabilities, you can find what you need in a snap.

Whether you’re looking for a file on your computer, opening an app, or searching the web, Alfred is there to help you get it done.

And it’s not just about searching, either. Alfred is like a Swiss Army Knife of productivity tools. With its built-in workflows, you can automate all sorts of tasks and get more done in less time. Want to quickly resize an image? Alfred can do that. Need to copy some text to the clipboard? Alfred has you covered.

But what really sets Alfred apart is how intuitive it is to use. Unlike other productivity tools that can feel overwhelming, Alfred is simple and straightforward. You don’t need to be a power user to get the most out of it.

In fact, once you start using Alfred, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

So, if you’re looking for a way to boost your productivity and get more done in less time, look no further than Alfred. It’s like having a personal assistant that’s always by your side, helping you get things done faster and more efficiently. And who wouldn’t want that? 👌

9. Xcode

Xcode is the king of the Mac development world. It’s the app that helps you create and develop amazing apps for the Apple ecosystem. With its powerful tools and intuitive interface, Xcode is the go-to app for all your iOS and Mac development needs.

Takeaway!💡

Xcode is the LeBron James of the Mac development world. It’s the king, the MVP, the one-stop-shop for all your Mac development needs. Whether you’re building an app for the iPhone, iPad, or Mac, Xcode is the tool that will help you get it done.

Xcode is like a digital fortress, providing you with everything you need to build and launch amazing apps. From its powerful code editor to its intuitive user interface, Xcode is designed to help you be more productive and efficient. With Xcode, you can write, debug, and test your code, all in one place.

And Xcode isn’t just a tool for individual developers, it’s also a great tool for teams. With its powerful collaboration features, you can work together with other developers to build amazing apps, no matter where you are in the world. It’s like having your entire development team in the same room, even if they’re miles apart.

But don’t let its size fool you. Xcode is like a heavyweight champion, packing a punch with its powerful features, but still nimble enough to be used by developers of all skill levels.

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a seasoned veteran, Xcode is designed to help you get the job done, faster and more efficiently.

So, if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all your Mac development needs, look no further than Xcode. It’s the LeBron James of the Mac development world, helping you build, launch, and scale amazing apps with ease. ✊

Get ready to be crowned king of the development world with Xcode by your side.

10. Sublime Text — It’s like having a personal stylist for your code. And with its numerous plugins and extensions, you can add even more functionality to your workflow.

Sublime Text is the Ferrari of code editors. It’s fast, powerful, and packed with features that make your life as a developer so much easier. From its lightning-fast search and replace capabilities to its customizable interface and plugins, Sublime Text is the perfect tool for any developer looking to up their game and write code like a pro.

Takeaway!💡

Sublime Text is the Ferrari of code editors. It’s lightning-fast, sleek, and packed with features that make your life as a developer so much easier. It’s like having a personal assistant that’s always ready to help you get your work done.

With Sublime Text, you can write code faster than you ever thought possible. It’s like having a turbo boost for your keyboard, helping you keep up with your ideas as they flow. And with its powerful search and replace functionality, you can make changes to your code with the speed of a ninja.

But Sublime Text isn’t just about speed. It’s also about style. With its beautiful interface and customizable color schemes, you can make your code look as good as it functions.

Speaking of plugins, Sublime Text is like a toolbox on steroids. It comes with all the tools you need to get your work done, and with its large library of plugins, you can add even more tools to your arsenal.

Whether you’re looking for a better code completion system, a more efficient way to navigate your code, or a tool to help you debug, Sublime Text has got you covered.

But what sets Sublime Text apart is its simplicity. It’s like a hot knife cutting through butter. It’s intuitive, easy to use, and will have you coding like a pro in no time.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced developer, Sublime Text is designed to help you get your work done, faster and more efficiently.

So if you’re looking for a code editor that’s fast, powerful, and packed with features, look no further than Sublime Text. It’s the Ferrari of code editors, helping you build, launch, and scale amazing apps with ease.

Get ready to take your coding to the next level with Sublime Text by your side! 🙌

11. Jetbrain: Your Sidekick in Software Development

Software development is a wild ride, filled with twists, turns, and unexpected obstacles. But don’t worry, with JetBrains by your side, you’ll have all the tools you need to tackle any challenge that comes your way.

Think of JetBrains as your trusty sidekick, always ready to lend a hand when you need it. From the early stages of code brainstorming to the final stages of debugging, JetBrains has got you covered.

When you’re just starting out, it’s like you’re trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle with your eyes closed. You’re feeling around, trying to find the right pieces, and that’s where JetBrains’ IDEs come in. They help you to see the big picture, provide suggestions, and make the puzzle a lot easier to solve.

But as your project grows, you’re going to need more than just a little guidance. You’re going to need a map, and that’s where JetBrains’ tools like CLion, PyCharm, and WebStorm come in. These tools provide navigation and help you navigate through complex codebases like a pro.

However, even the best map won’t help you if you don’t have a plan. That’s why JetBrains provides tools like AppCode, DataGrip, and Rider to help you plan and organize your code. With these tools, you can take your code from a jumbled mess to a well-oiled machine in no time.

But what about those times when things just aren’t working out?

That’s when you need a good debugger, and JetBrains has got you covered there too. With tools like Debugger and ReSharper, you’ll be able to find and fix bugs faster than you can say “This code is a hot mess!”

And finally, when your code is running smoothly and your users are happy, it’s time to take a step back and celebrate your hard work.

And what better way to do that than with JetBrains’ team tools?

With tools like YouTrack, Hub, and Space, you can collaborate with your team and keep track of all your accomplishments.

So, whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro, JetBrains has the tools you need to make your software development journey a success.

So buckle up, grab your sidekick, and get ready for the ride of your life! ☝️

12. Homebrew: The MacGyver of Package Management

Let’s be real, managing packages on your computer can feel like trying to untangle a huge knot of spaghetti. But fear not, because that’s where Homebrew comes in to save the day!

Think of Homebrew as MacGyver, always coming up with innovative solutions to complex problems. With Homebrew, you can manage your packages like a boss and never have to deal with that spaghetti knot again.

Now, if you’re using a Mac, you might have heard of a package manager called MacPorts. But have you heard of Homebrew?

It’s like MacPorts’ cooler, younger sibling. With Homebrew, you can easily install and manage packages, without all the bloat that comes with MacPorts.

And the best part❓

Homebrew isn’t just limited to Macs. You can also use it on Linux! So no matter what kind of computer you have, you can use Homebrew to make managing packages a breeze.

But wait, there’s more❗️

Homebrew doesn’t just help you install packages, it also keeps them up to date. No more manually checking for updates and downloading the latest versions. With it, you can update all your packages with just one command.

And let’s not forget about all the cool packages you can install with Homebrew.

  • Want to try out a new programming language❓

Easy peasy! Just run a command and you’re good to go. ✅

  • Want to install a useful tool like wget or htop❓

No problem! Homebrew has got you covered. ✅

  • But what if you run into trouble with a package❓

That’s where Homebrew’s community comes in. ✅ We are talking here about a friendly bunch, always ready to help you troubleshoot any issues you may have.

In short, Homebrew is the missing package manager for macOS (or Linux) that you never knew you needed.

So if you’re tired of dealing with that spaghetti knot, give Homebrew a try and see just how much easier managing packages can be.

13. Asdf-vm: The Swiss Army Knife of Language Version Management

Do you ever feel like you need to be a language wizard, just to keep track of all the different programming languages and their versions you use on a daily basis?

Well, that’s where Asdf-vm comes in to save the day! This is your trusty Swiss Army Knife, always ready to help you with whatever you need. With it, you can easily manage all the different programming languages and their versions, without any hassle.

Now, you might be thinking, “Wait, isn’t that what package managers like Homebrew do?”

Well, sure, but Asdf-vm takes things to the next level. While package managers are great for managing packages, they can’t always handle different versions of the same language. But with Asdf-vm, you can easily switch between different versions of the same language, without any fuss.

And the best part❓

Asdf-vm isn’t just limited to programming languages. You can also use it to manage other tools like database servers and task runners. So no matter what tools you use, you can use Asdf-vm to manage them all in one place.

  • But what if you need to use different versions of the same language for different projects?

That’s where Asdf-vm’s version control comes in. With Asdf-vm, you can easily switch between different versions of the same language, depending on the project you’re working on. ☑️

  • And let’s not forget about all the cool plugins you can install with Asdf-vm. Want to try out a new programming language?

No problem! Just run a command and you’re good to go. ☑️

  • Want to use an older version of a language for a legacy project?

Piece of cake! Asdf-vm has got you covered. ☑️

  • But what if you run into trouble with a plugin?

That’s where Asdf-vm’s community comes in. The Asdf-vm community is a friendly bunch, always ready to help you troubleshoot any issues you may have. ☑️

In short, Asdf-vm is the Swiss Army Knife of language version management that you never knew you needed.

So if you’re tired of juggling different programming languages and their versions, give Asdf-vm a try and see just how much easier managing your tools can be.

14. Magnet: The Window Wizard for Mac

Picture this: You’re working on a project and have multiple windows open, but every time you try to switch between them, you end up feeling like a chicken with its head cut off.

Sound familiar❓

Well, that’s where Magnet comes in to cast its magic spell. ✨

Magnet is a window manager for Mac that helps you organize your windows and makes multitasking a breeze. Think of it as your own personal window wizard, always ready to help you get the job done.

With Magnet, you can easily snap windows to the sides or corners of your screen, giving you more space to work with. No more having to constantly resize windows or struggle to find the one you’re looking for.

And that’s not all! With this tool, you can also define your own custom window arrangements, so you can have your windows arranged just the way you like.

  • Want your text editor on the left and your browser on the right?

No problem! With a simple keyboard shortcut, you can have that setup in seconds. ✅

  • But what if you’re working on a project that requires multiple windows, and you need to switch between them quickly?

That’s where Magnet’s full-screen mode comes in. ✅ With full-screen mode, you can easily switch between different windows, without having to leave full-screen mode.

And let’s not forget about all the cool customization options you have where you can choose from a variety of keyboard shortcuts, so you can find the one that works best for you. And you can even choose between a dark or light mode, so you can have Magnet match your Mac’s look and feel. 😜

In short, this tool is the window wizard for Mac that makes multitasking a breeze. So if you’re tired of feeling like a chicken with its head cut off, give Magnet a try and see just how much easier managing your windows can be.

So there you have it, folks — the top 14 apps that Mac-using developers just can’t live without.

It’s time to upgrade your Mac developer workflow with these 14 must-have apps. Boost your productivity and take your coding game to the next level.

Download them now and start coding like a pro! 🚀

1. VSCode
2. iTerm2
3. Slack
4. Docker
5. Postman
6. Sketch (you can also use Figma if you want)
7. Sketchboard
8. Alfred
9. Xcode
10. Sublime Text
11. Jetbrain
12. Homebrew
13. Asdf-vm
14. Magnet
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Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, these apps will help you work smarter, not harder. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want? To code like a boss and still have time for a cold beer at the end of the day? 💥

So go ahead, give these apps a try. Your workflow will thank you. Happy coding! 😁

What apps are you guys using the most? I’m really curious.

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