30 Must Have Free Mac Apps for Web Designers and Developers


The Web designing has gained significant popularity over the last few years and the main job of a web developer or a designer is to create websites and content management systems to promote the site. There are many applications used in the web designing which helps to create a theme for a website. The web designers largely depend on the commercial applications like Fireworks, Illustrations, Adobe Photoshop and Indesign to satisfy their graphic design requirements. There are also certain supporting applications such as screen shot snapping, cross browser texting, FTP uploading, pixel measuring and many more.

There are several free Mac applications used by the web designers as well the developers. Some of them are the GIMP which allows the web designers to achieve or complete any work done by the Photoshop. Along with these applications, there are several high quality Plug-ins available. The Seashore application has many tools for layers, textures, gradients, and drawing. The Live Quartz is a Mac interface application that has the standard drawing tools and even complicated designs could be created using this application. Then the Inkscape, Kompozer, Seamonkey, Avaya, Scribus, Textwrangler, Simple CSS, Firebug, Virtualbox, Adobe Browserlab, MAMP and many more applications.

These web designing applications or tools helps greatly in the job of a web designer and a web developer. These Mac applications play a major role for the success of any online business. The important tools used for an effective web designing are the CSSEdit which allows the designer to make immediate changes to the site. CODA has several features like CSS, HTML documents, editors for text and one-click FTP which enables the users to upload their documents easily. Firebug is the Mozilla Firefox which is commonly used by browsers and it enables to correct the bugs instantly.

Espresso, being the most powerful tool used by web designers is a code editor. The Cyberduck is another web designing tool that helps to upload the site to the web server. Another major application used by web designers is the Graphic Designing which helps to create illustrations, and custom images to improve the looks of the website. The HTML Markup represents the content and the layout of the web page. The coding of the text is done using the text editor and the Adobe Dreamweaver assists in writing the Markup code. The other elements that help in web designing are the Java Script and the Testing.

Free Mac Apps for Web Designers and Developers




Google SketchUp









Komodo Edit



Simple CSS


Sequel Pro





  1. Dustin Aug 26, 5:27 pm

    why would I need half a dozen different image-editing softwares. Most web designers and developers… (that’s who this list is for) would only use one type for simplicity. It’s not free, but the adobe suite is boss here.

    • mau Oct 23, 7:01 am

      You kind of have a point. If one is serious about getting into web development and design, but cannot afford things like the Adobe Suite, one can usually acquire it somehow or another. (and then earn money and totally pay for it later!)

      Although honestly other than Photoshop I don’t use the other apps all that much. I switched from Dreamweaver to Sublime Text 2 for coding and am loving it.

      Speaking of being a broke web designer, I tend to get the sense I am the only one doing this not using a Mac! And yes, I actually do have several paying clients and a growing business.

  2. Pablo Almeida Sep 11, 2:57 am

    I like XAMPP for Mac…I already used it in Windows, and now in Mac without any problems! :)

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