Frisky Freeware

Add your freeware!
Know of some cool free software for the Mac that's not listed here? Visit the Frisky Forum or send me a note so I can add it!

Programs that Frisky likes best are featured with red stars ([star]).

Found a bad link? I'm not surprised. Most of this software is old, old, old. If you find a bad link and know of a good one, please let me know. Otherwise, I probably don't have time to fix all of these myself. If the link's broken, try Google or MacUpdate, but chances are the software is outdated and gone by now.

Note: While this site is ancient and hasn't been updated for some time, I have been able to add Frisky current list of freeware favorites from Delicious.

Recent freeware highlights

December 7, 2007

November 17, 2007

  • Nexuiz -- First person shooter game.

September 19, 2007

  • Quinn -- Tetris game you can play over a network.
  • App Delete -- Deletes programs and associated files.
  • SchoolHouse -- Organizational program for students to track classes and assignments.
  • WhatSize -- Easily keep track of the largest files on your computer.
  • HandBrake -- Rip DVDs in a variety of formats.

July 23, 2007

July 18, 2007

  • EZ Money -- Checkbook-like budgeting program.
  • MacTrek -- Multi-directional shooter for up to 16 players.

July 3, 2007

June 27, 2007

  • Meteorologist -- Hooray! The sweet little menubar weather app returns, bugs fixed.

May 11, 2007

  • Minions of Mirth -- An MMORPG with no monthly subscription fee? Oh my. MacUpdate has this listed as "free," but it may just be a "Free demo," as they have a $30 version as well, but there still is no monthly fee.

May 9, 2007

May 7, 2007

  • Bean -- A free, lightweight Word Processor.

April 26, 2007

  • MacSword -- A program for reading the bible, devotionals, and other biblical files. It is compatible with Sword Project versions of the Bible available for free here.
  • 7zX -- Compresses files even tighter than ZIP.
  • TubeTV -- Download YouTube movies and convert them using Perian.

April 23, 2007

  • JA Backup -- Java-based backup program using ZIP files.

April 17, 2007

  • Sauerbraten -- a free multiplayer/singleplayer first person shooter that has some gorgeous graphics. Try this out!

April 9, 2007

  • Buddi -- Finance and budgeting app written in Java.

April 3, 2007

  • Actiontastic -- To-do list manager that supports the GTD method.
  • iGTD -- Another to-do list manager that supports the GTD method.
  • FontNuke -- Clean out your font caches.
  • GetTube -- Download music and video from YouTube.
  • Pac the Man -- Free Pac-Man program.
  • SigmaChess -- Free 3D chess program.
  • TrailRunner -- Map out trips for hiking, biking, etc.

March 30, 2007

  • MagiCal -- Menu-based calendar and clock.
  • Google Notifier -- Be alerted with new mail and calendar events.
  • SuperTuxKart -- A racing game like Super Mario Kart featuring Tux the Linux penguin.

March 8, 2007

  • IceClean -- System maintenance utility.

March 5, 2007

  • Exif Untrasher -- Recover pictures that you may have erased from your digital camera!

February 15, 2007

  • Norrkross Register -- Keep a database of items like DVDs, books, et cetera in an XML file with this application.

January 2, 2007

  • Free Ruler -- A free set of screen rulers to measure pixels and other units of measurement based on your screen resolution.

November 27, 2006

  • Minuteur -- This is a kind of egg timer for the Mac, useful for when you're cooking and surfing the web at the same time.
  • Mulberry -- This calendar and e-mail program has been around for a while, but now it's free!
  • VirtueDesktops -- Advanced desktop manager for Mac OS 10.4.

August 21, 2006

  • Buddi -- Budget software written in Java.
  • Mulberry -- This calendar and e-mail program has been around for a while, but now it's free!
  • VirtueDesktops -- Advanced desktop manager for Mac OS 10.4!

June 21, 2006

  • stellarium -- A free open source planetarium for your MAC. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

April 24, 2006

  • OSXII -- An Apple ][ Emulator.

March 17, 2006

  • LinoType FontExplorer X -- A robust font management system that's pretty darn slick. It's free because they have a "store" feature you can use to buy Linotype fonts, but that's the only catch.

February 23, 2006

  • SlipBox -- Notepad-like tool.
  • Frictionless -- If you've joined the Getting Things Done cult (by David Allen), then you'll want to try out this task manager.

February 22, 2006

  • iTerm -- Terminal program that might be better than, we don't know.

January 26, 2006

  • celtx -- Collaboration software for screenwriters. It seems to be in Beta, so we're not sure if it'll stay free. Try it out anyway.

January 25, 2006

  • TextWrangler -- The shinier, newer version of BBEdit Lite, and now it works with Cyberduck for editing files via FTP.
  • aMSN -- An open-source MSN client that has features the "official" program doesn't, like a web cam.
  • Khronos -- Keep track of your time for freelance projects.


December 21, 2005

Check out this collection of free software from FreeSMUG, which includes the "best of the best" in free software.

  • Jahshaka -- Open-source video effects editor.
  • SeeEdit Mini -- XHTML, XML editor.
  • DTV -- Internet TV app.
  • MenuMeters -- Tracks different information on your Mac.
  • Gantt Project -- Project Management system.
  • Max -- Encodes audio files, such as MP3, LAME, Ogg Vorbis.

December 12, 2005

December 2, 2005

  • Touvaly -- Catalog your disks and removable media so you can find files easily later. There have been $hareware programs like this since the beginning of time (usually for $30 or more). Nice to see a free one again!

November 14, 2005

November 11, 2005

  • Journler -- A daily notebook to put your thoughts.

November 9, 2005

  • MyMind -- A very useful note-taking tool allowing you to sort your ideas with hierarchicial lists and multiple columns.
  • bdd Business -- Business software to help handle invoices, reports, etc.
  • Personal Aide -- Keep track of files and components needed for a project (it's the right-most icon on the page).

November 8, 2005

  • Exif Untrasher -- Recover trashed images from a digital camera media card.

November 7, 2005

  • Teleport -- Control several Macs with one mouse and keyboard. I'm assuming this is similar to VNC.
  • WeatherDock -- Get the weather through your dock or a window.
  • Building -- An "interactive fiction" game similar to those Infocom games of the early 80s. It comes with an interpreter.

November 4, 2005

  • Aethera -- Free Personal Information Manager.
  • Chandler -- An open-source Personal Information Manager.
  • FinderPop -- a delightful control panel that makes the control key worth pressing.

October 31, 2005

  • ShakesPeer -- An open source Direct Connect client.
  • Camino -- This Mozilla browser now supports CamiFlash to block Flash content and CamiSearch to edit the search function, so now it's just about perfect!

October 24, 2005

October 19, 2005

  • Coccinella -- Share your Mac with a common whiteboard window system.

October 12, 2005

  • gDisk -- Use your gMail account to upload and download any files you want.
  • BidNobble -- One of those auction sniping tools.

October 7, 2005

  • NeoOffice J -- A Java version of NeoOffice that runs without relying on X11. It's actually much faster than I expected, and works nicely with Microsoft Office files. Try it!

October 3, 2005

  • iEyes -- Eyeballs follow your cursor around the screen.
  • Enemy Territory -- This is allegedly a first-person shooter, though I couldn't quite figure it out. My machine probably isn't fast enough to run it properly.
  • Konfabulator -- When Apple "invented" the Dashboard, they were really just copying this. Also available for Windows.

September 23, 2005

  • Seashore -- Image manipulation program built with Cocoa and code from the GIMP. It has some simple, basic features such as anti-aliased text, layers, and alpha channels. It also works with CMYK!
  • Christmas Super Frog -- Christmas-themed Frogger clone.
  • MacScan -- Designed to remove spyware, keystroke loggers, and Trojans from your Mac system. Hmm. I wasn't aware any existed.

September 21, 2005

  • Critical Mass -- A space shoot 'em up game that uses Opel GL. Looks similar to Galaga.
  • Queen Firefly -- Capture the fireflies and try to locate the Queen.
  • Gizmo -- Internet telephony application designed to look like iChat.
  • WorkTimer -- Keep track of how much time you spend on different projects.
  • Inkscape -- Drawing program similar to CorelDraw, but runs in the X11 environment.

September 19, 2005

  • AquaMacs -- A graphic version of the legacy text editor, Emacs.
  • TimeCounter -- a countdown, stopwatch, reminder and alarm clock.
  • TinyAlarm -- Puts a small alarm clock in the menubar. Works like an egg timer.
  • Smultron -- Elegant little text editor that works with Cyberduck.

August, 2005

  • Battle for Wesnoth -- A turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. This one looks quite awesome and has options for network play.
  • FreeCiv: Simulation game like Civilation. Requires Apple X11.
  • Freespace -- Space combat game.

May 6, 2005

  • BootCD: Create Mac OS X boot disks.
  • Butler: Launches files, keeps bookmarks, Does Things.
  • BwanaDik: Another IP address app with additional features to see when you're connected.
  • cocoaTunes: media player
  • Cyberduck 2.4.3: Free FTP client
  • iSnip: Handles little text snippits with a system-wide menu bar item.
  • Mini vMac: Emulates Mac Plus and lets you play old, old games.
  • OfficeTimer: time projects for freelance work.
  • SideNotes: Puts a drawer on the side of the screen where you can put notes.
  • skiTunes: An open-source replacement for iTunes.
  • SoulSeeX: A SoulSeek client.
  • Youpi Optimizer: Delete unused language packages for extra space.

Merry Christmas!

  • CalendarClock -- Add a very nice calendar and clock to your menubar that integrates with iCal!
  • ABIWord -- A very robust word processor that most of the features you'd expect from Microsoft Word. Really! It can even open and save Word files!
  • Audion -- A sleek little MP3 player and encoder. It used to be shareware, but now it's retired.
  • BootCD Create a boot disk for Mac OS X that you can burn onto a DVD.
  • Car CompanionCar Companion - It's supposed to help you keep track of your car maintenance, but I couldn't get it to work.
  • clamXav - Anti-Virus software.
  • Compress - Squeeze your files with GZIP, BZIP, and other formats.
  • Icarus - A Japanese side-scrolling shooter game.
  • NVU - A WYSIWYG HTML editor based on Gecko, which is part of the Mozilla project.
  • Spectacular -- Spectacular is a spectral audio composition environment (whatever that is!)
  • Stunt Copter -- An old classic, now for Mac OS X!

October 9, 2004

  • Camino ExtraPrefs [star] -- Add several bonus features to Camino, like ad blocking, controls on animated GIFs, and other stuff.
  • EasyFind -- An alternative way to find your files.
  • GPS photo -- Store GPS photo in an image file.
  • MacMAME -- Play classic coin-op arcade games on your Mac--no quarters!
  • MP3-Info CMM -- Check an MP3's ID tags with a contexual menu.
  • Mr. Clean -- Find and trash duplicate files.
  • NewsFire -- Read RSS feeds in an iChat-like interface.
  • OSX Planet [star] -- Put a live globe on your desktop, complete with cloud coverage and other goodies.
  • Priviledge Fix -- Change user priviledges in nested folders.
  • PicturePopPro -- Grab a preview of an image with a contextual menu.
  • RSSOwl -- Java RSS newsfeed reader.
  • SMART reporter - Warns you if you have SMART-diagnosed hard disk problems.
  • SpamAssassin -- Server side spam filtering program that works great, but I don't know how to install myself.
  • ThumbsUp -- Automatically makes thumbnails for your images.
  • Text to MP3 -- Allegedly turns text into audible MP3 with Apple's text to speech software, but I couldn't get it to work.
  • SliMP3 Server -- Stream your MP3s.
  • XMenu -- Like the old Apple menu.

September 15, 2004

August 29, 2004

  • AstroShare -- Used to remotely control a Mac or PC, much like VNC.
  • Audacity -- Edit and create audio with loads of extra features.
  • HimmelBar -- Launch and quit programs more easily.
  • Gimp App -- The best free alternative to Photoshop.
  • ImageWell -- Crop your pictures and put them online.
  • jIRCii -- Java IRC program.
  • KTA Tennis -- Put the current weather in your menubar. Oh yeah!
  • Laughing Man -- Detect when your favorite web pages change.
  • Mac the ripper -- Extract video from DVD.
  • PGP Freeware -- Free encryption software!
  • SNES9X CUSTOM 1.43 -- Put the current weather in your menubar. Oh yeah!
  • Squid Little -- Put the current weather in your menubar. Oh yeah!
  • SuperBrain -- MasterMind game of logic and deduction.
  • Thunderbird -- E-mail program.
  • VLC Media Player -- Play DIVX, AVI, and MPEG-4 movies as well as DVDs outside your own region! How cool is this?
  • Xfolders -- Browse your files in 3D.

June 17, 2004

  • Conversation 2 [star] -- Significant upgrade tothe IRC program, with the option to save chat sessions automatically!
  • Fish-- A virtual fish tank with loads of options.
  • Meteorologist [star] -- Put the current weather in your menubar. Oh yeah!
  • My Sokoban--Push blocks around in this SNES-looking game.
  • Onyx -- The best free maintenance utility for Mac OS X, period.
  • OpenOffice -- A nice alternative to Microsoft's office suite, but it requires "X11," which I don't understand. Try it anyway!
  • PGP Freeware -- The coolest encryption suite gets an upgrade.
  • SubEthaEdit -- You and all your iChat buddies can edit one text document at the same time!
  • SuperBrain -- Mastermind game clone.
  • GNU Privacy Guard -- A free alternative to PGP with loads of add-ons, including GPG Tools and plug-ins for and Entourage.

June 15, 2004

  • Big Bang Chess -- Slick chess game with network capabilities.
  • Butler -- File launcher, bookmark manager, pasteboard extension, and more all wrapped in a cute little icon. Try it out!
  • CashBox -- Simple finance program.
  • Escape Pod -- Force-quit apps, the dock, and use force-logout.
  • FireFox -- Tried this browser yet? Give it a shot!
  • Quinn -- Tetris game you can play over a network.
  • Shiira -- Slick brower based on the Apple took kit (so it works like Safari, only better!) Perfect except it won't save passwords.
  • Wiretap -- Record audio from the Internet or DVDs. I couldn't get this one to work. You try it!
  • Yum! -- Recipe organizer with sample recipes!

May 20, 2004

  • AuctionSieve -- Sort through eBay auction listings easily!
  • BuddyRetriever -- Grab a dozen headlines, comic strips and more content for your online reading pleasure.
  • Cacheout -- Clean out your caches and reclaim valuable disk space!
  • Camino [star] -- Web surfers rejoice! The latest version of this tidy little browser is out, and it works great. Give it a whirl!
  • CyberDuck -- An free FTP client that works great, with sync options and the ability to edit files online.
  • Fire -- Use all popular Instant Messanging systems.
  • MacBoot -- Change the boot image on your Mac. Just drag and drop a picture!
  • Maintain -- Run various maintenance routines on your Mac.
  • RadioRecord [star] -- Save streamed MP3s to your hard drive and set it to record at certain times like a VCR. It also integrates with iTunes, so your files are added to their own playlist.
  • SilverCreator -- Create games on your Mac! I haven't used this, so try it out and let me know howy ou like it.
  • SymbolicLinker -- Create UNIX friendly symbolic links (aliases, shortcuts, you know the deal!)
  • SuperTux -- 2D side-scrolling game with that silly Linux penguin!
  • XFactor -- A very slick peer-to-peer file-swapping program that runs on FastTrack, Gnutella, and OpenFT. How does that light your fire?

May 8, 2004

  • Adium -- Free, multi-protocol instant message program. This rocks!
  • iEatBrains -- Yum. This program will help you give your MP3s all the correct nametags, even if no one grabbed them from CDDB when they wre originally ripped!
  • Laughing Man -- Check to see if web sites are updated.
  • VLC -- Play a bunch different video formats, like DVD and VCD.
  • XFolders -- Alternative to the Finder.

April 26, 2004

  • AbiWord -- A free word processing program that is compatible with Microsoft Word and has many nice features. (Check out the screenshots!)
  • MacSword -- Read the Bible on your Mac in several translations, including Hebrew! Very valuable for Bible scholars.
  • Microsoft Expression -- A big drawing program for both Mac OS X and 9! It's quite a bit different from Illustrator, but it looks like it has many of the same features. Try it!
  • PsyncX [star] -- A reliable backup program that runs quietly in the background.

Hungry for more freeware? Go visit! We find most of the freeware goodies listed here on MacUpdate, so check it.

Frisky Freeware

© 2007, E-mail:
[ Home | Free Software | Journal | Cartoons | Scrapbook | Technology | Portfolio ]