21 Essential Free Applications For Your Mac

There are many quality free applications on Mac OS X that Mac users use them on a daily basis. List here are what we considered the 21 essential free downloads for the Mac, chosen from a variety of application category. We provide the URL link to the software, making this checklist handy for your new Mac or when you are doing a clean install of Mac OS X.

### 1. [Adium](http://adiumx.com/)

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Connect to multiple instant messaging platforms with one software. Supports AIM, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, iChat, MySpace IM etc.

### 2. [AppCleaner](http://www.freemacsoft.net/AppCleaner/index.php)

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Software that removes extra preference and config files when uninstalling app. The ‘uninstaller’ for Mac OS X. Apple does not make one.

### 3. [Audacity](http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

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A popular open source audio editor.

### 4. [Colloquy](http://colloquy.info/)

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A highly regarded IRC chat client. Available for iPhone and iPod touch as well.

### 5. [Cyberduck](http://cyberduck.ch/)

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FTP and SFTP client. One alternative to Cyberduck is FileZilla.

### 6. [Firefox](http://www.getfirefox.com/)

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A must-have browser for some. Apple Safari is fine for many others.

### 7. [Flip4Mac](http://www.flip4mac.com/)

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Plug-in for QuickTime to enable the playback of WMV/WMA files.

### 8. [Google Earth](http://earth.google.com/)

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Explore and zoom in to view satellite pictures of beautiful planet earth.

### 9. [Growl](http://growl.info/)

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System wide notification system that is used by many applications such as Adium and NetNewsWire.

### 10. [Handbrake](http://handbrake.fr/)

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Convert DVD to MPEG-4 video file. Presets available to output to iPhone, iPod, PS3 and AppleTV.

### 11. [Max](http://www.sbooth.org/Max/)

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CD ripper and audio format converter that support much more audio formats than iTunes such as Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, and Monkey Audio.

### 12. [NeoOffice](http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php)

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The best open source Office suite for the Mac. Based on OpenOffice.org.

### 13. [NetNewsWire](http://www.newsgator.com/Individuals/NetNewsWire/)

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Popular and fast RSS reader. Version available for iPhone and iPod touch.

### 14. [Perian](http://perian.org/)

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Must have plug-in for QuickTime in order to play a wider range of audio/video codecs.

### 15) [QuickSilver](http://www.blacktree.com/)

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A popular extensible application launcher to increase your productivity.

### 16. [Quinn](http://www.simonhaertel.de/quinn)

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Tetris on your Mac. Try out Klondike Forever if you miss Solitaire.

### 17. [Skype](http://www.skype.com)

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The best internet calling software, with the best video chat on the Mac.

### 18. [TextWrangger](http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/index.shtml)

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Powerful general purpose text editor. Use it in place when your need is more than TextEdit.

### 19. [Transmission](http://transmission.m0k.org/)

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A light-weight bit torrent client. An alternative is the program Azureus.

### 20. [The Unarchiver](http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/unarchiver.html)

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Universal unarchiver for ZIP, RAR, TAR, 7-ZIP etc. UnRarX is an alternative if you deal mainly with RAR files.

### 21. [VLC](http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)

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VLC media player that supports large number of multimedia formats including MPEG, MP4, 3GP, DIVX, WMV, MKV, FLV (Flash eg YouTube), OGG, FLAC etc. Use VLC along with QuickTime+Perian+Flip4Mac for all your multimedia playback need.