Essential tools and software for web development on macOS

Software Toolkit

This is a glimpse into my personal macOS setup, a collection I've curated over time to suit my development needs. While not strictly web-focused, it covers a broad spectrum of tasks and challenges I face regularly. If you're on the hunt for new tools or just curious about what others use, consider this list as a source of inspiration. Remember, the best setup is the one that fits your unique workflow!

Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) & Code Editors

  • JetBrains Suite:
    • PhpStorm: IDE tailored for PHP development. Enhanced PHP debugging, testing, and coding assistance.
    • WebStorm: JavaScript-focused IDE. Tools and integrations for modern web development.
    • GoLand: IDE for Go programming. Efficient code navigation and built-in tools.
    • PyCharm: Python-specific IDE. Integrated testing, debugging, and comprehensive code analysis.
    • DataGrip: Database management tool. Ideal for developers dealing with multiple databases.
  • Visual Studio Code: A lightweight, powerful source code editor. Highly customizable for various programming languages.
  • Xcode: Apple's official IDE for Apple platforms. Essential for any Apple application development.

Utilities & Productivity

  • Docker Desktop: Run containerized applications. Essential for containerized apps.
  • ProxyMan: Network debugging tool. Useful for monitoring, intercepting, and debugging network requests.
  • HomeBrew: Package manager for macOS. Simplifies software installations and updates.
  • Sync Folders Pro: Synchronize folders. Useful for backups and data syncing.
  • UTM: Virtualization tool. Run other OSs within macOS for cross-platform testing.
  • Transmit: FTP client. Facilitates file transfer between your Mac and servers.
  • JSON Editor: View, edit, and format JSON. Simplifies working with JSON data.
  • BBEdit: Text editor with advanced features. Offers extensive search and editing capabilities.
  • ITerm: Terminal replacement for macOS. Advanced features over the default terminal.
  • Helm: Edit your hosts file. Useful utility available in the App Store.
  • AWS-cli: CLI for Amazon Web Services. Integral for managing AWS resources.
  • Oh My Zsh & zsh-autosuggestions: Enhance the terminal experience with themes, plugins, and command suggestions.
  • ContextMenuLite: Enhance macOS context menu. Speed up regular tasks.

Security & Password Management

  • 1Password: Password manager. Secures and automates password retrieval.
  • Enpass: Password manager. Secure passwords and important information.

Office & Design

  • Pages, Numbers, KeyNote: Apple's office suite. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation tools.
  • Microsoft Office: Office suite with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Standard in many professional environments.
  • Omnigraffle: Diagramming and illustration tool. Create detailed visuals.
  • Acrobat Reader: View, create, edit, and sign PDFs. Standard for PDF work.
  • Evernote: Note-taking software. Capture and organize information.
  • Tyme: Time tracking tool. Manage projects and billing.


  • Slack: Collaboration platform. Essential for team projects.
  • Discord: Voice and text chat platform. Popular for various communities.
  • WhatsApp: Messaging app. Personal and business communication.

Testing & Backup

  • BlackMagick disk speed test: Check storage device performance. Just to know how performant your computer is.
  • Vorta: Backup client for Borg. Secure and efficient data backup.

Entertainment & Miscellaneous

  • Spotify: Music streaming. Listen to music and podcasts during work and for fun
  • DiffusionBee: Run Stable Diffusion image generation locally. Great for creating images for blog posts.

Post date: October, 2023


HomeBrew is a package manager for Mac, similar to yum, apt, and the like. There is a lot of software available, such as wget, ffmpeg and imagemagick. However, be careful about what you install; it's best to avoid exotic packages as they can pose security risks. More complex packages like web server software are better run in docker! This provides more security and platform independence.

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