6 Necessary Apps for Mac You Should Download Right Now


There are plenty of third-party apps for macOS. While there are apps that are both good and useful, there is another category of apps that is labelled as “must have” as they come with features that are not available anywhere in the OS.

In this week’s roundup we have covered six apps that you should be downloading right now on your Mac. These apps are kind of like your friends, as they tell you what’s going on your machine as well as how you can improve things.

1. Overkill


Overkill is a simple, elegant Mac app that runs in the background and makes sure iTunes never interrupts your work. It does so by killing the iTunes process each time it launches.

  • Runs silently in the background and kills iTunes
  • Easily pause Overkill if you want to use iTunes
  • Support for both Dark and Light mode of the menu bar
  • Supports auto start
  • Supports any Mac app, e.g. add the Photos app, to be killed also
  • No CPU usage, no polling, no analytics, just 300 lines of native Mac code

2. Loading


Loading is a lightweight app that lives in your menu bar and lets you know when an app starts using your network data.

  • Check if an app is using your network data
  • See list of apps that use data
  • View app processes using data

3. Keypad Layout


Keypad Layout allows you to control your windows using the Ctrl and numeric key combination. You can manage your windows in many ways using the app.

  • Control windows using Ctrl + numeric keys
  • Multiple grid support

4. SupaView


SupaView is a tool to help you locate big folders and big files on your hard disk. Every file is represented by a square, which size is proportional to its file size.

  • Locate large folders and files on your disk
  • Graphical view of file sizes
  • Easy to use

5. BeardedSpice


BeardedSpice is a menu bar application for Mac OS X that allows you to control web-based media players and some native apps with the media keys found on Mac keyboards.

  • Smart Mode
  • Automatic Updates
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Multimedia keys of non-Apple keyboards
  • Disables certain handlers

6. MacTerm


MacTerm is a powerful replacement for macOS Terminal, supporting 24-bit color, standard graphics protocols and iTerm2 image sequences and color schemes.

  • True color (24 bits)
  • Inline “Sixel” or iTerm2 images
  • Search and completion lists
  • Notifications and keep-alive
  • Flexible macros
  • Floating command line
  • Multiple keypads
  • Vector graphics
  • Session status
  • Customizable windows
  • Extensibility via Python

Our Software Section contains these and many more apps for the Mac that let you explore a whole new world of possibilities on your machine. Check it out and let us know your thoughts. Also, let us know if there’s an app we should add to the section.

Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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