Top 100 Must-have Apps for macOS High Sierra You Can't Miss

By Abby Poole to macOS apps, Mac tips | Last Updated on Dec 18, 2018

macOS High Sierra vs macOS 10.12 Sierra, the new operating system launched at WWDC 2017 brings a wealth of improvements, like Auto Unlock, Night Shift Mode, better Siri, faster and stable performace, Universal Clipboard, to name a few. A good macOS needs some good apps to run on it. Here we share a list of lesser know but multifunctional must-have apps for macOS High Sierra (also works on macOS Mojave) to make the best use of the latest operating system for Mac, covering a wide range of macOS High Sierra apps, from data backup to productivity, from paid to free.

Must-have app for macOS High Sierra/macOS Mojave

MacX MediaTrans helps backup files on Mac to hard drive by turning iPhone iPad into flash drive and transfer/manage/recovery data in one click, including music, videos, photos, apps, document file folders, iTunes purchases and any other data.

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1. MacX MediaTrans

Price: Free
App Categosries: Data Backup/Transfer/Recovery

If you plan to update to macOS High Sierra, the first essential thing to do is to backup your data on Mac. So, data backup apps should win the title of the must-have apps for macOS High Sierra (macOS Mojave). No Dropbox here, what we want to recommend is MacX MediaTrans, a newbie, but the backup data without limits. The all-around file transfer for Mac can transfer, backup and manage data, covering music, videos, movies, TV shows, photos, apps, document file folders, iTunes purchases, to name a few between macOS 10.13 (also macOS Mojave) and iPhone iPad etc.

must-have app for macOS 10.13

2. MacX Video Converter Pro

Price: Free Trial
App Categories: Video Converter/Downloader/Editor/Compressor

MacX Video Converter is an amazing app for macOS High Sierra (also support macOS Mojave) you must download as it can meet your various needs. You can use the essential software for macOS High Sierra to convert any video formats to solve video compatibility/playback issues, download video from 300+ sites, edit videos, compress video file size without losing quality, record Mac screen activity, make photo slideshow, and more.

essential software for macOS 10.13

3. MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Price: Free Trial
App Categories: DVD Converter/Editor/Compressor

When it comes to DVD transcoder, many may think of Handbrake. But here we recommend another essential app for macOS Sierra (macOS Mojave) for doing the DVD transcoding task - MacX DVD Ripper, a cutting-edge DVD converter that can conquer any type of DVD you throw at, including homemade and protected DVDs, damaged DVDs, new DVD releases, workout DVDs, TV shows on DVDs, Japanese DVDs. Built-in HQ engine, HT tech and QSV acceleration support ensure high quality and No.1 fast speed.

must-have app for macOS 10.13

4. 5KPlayer

Price: Free
App Categories : Media Player/Streaming Media Sever

5KPlayer gets a place on the list of best free apps for macOS High Sierra (macOS Mojave). It's a multifunctional media player and streaming media server better than VLC. The free app can serve as a video/movie/music/radio player, Airplay receiver/sender, region-free DVD player and online video downloader for Mac.

best free apps for macOS 10.13

5. Spotify

Price: Free
App Categories: Music streaming

Music apps are essential for macOS High Sierra users who love music. iTunes is built-in essential software for macOS High Sierra, but there're many other great iTunes alternative when it comes to music, among which is Spotify. As the best music streaming service, Spotify has more than 100 million total users worldwide, 50 million paid subscribers and 32 million songs.

best free macOS 10.13 apps

6. Pixelmator

Price: $ 29.99
App Categories: Photo editing

If Adobe's Photoshop is not the right app for macOS High Sierra to do photo editing and you are looking for a cheaper and easier alternative, Pixelmator is a good choice. Claimed as "the world's most innovative, fastest, full-featured, and powerful image editing app" for macOS High Sierra, the best Mac app 2017 is an simple-to-use photo editor for beginners, allowing user to choose from 126 filters to add style and texture to pictures.

must-have apps for macOS 10.13

7. Nero Video 2017

Price: $ 29.99
App Categories: Video editing

Nero Video 2017 is a must-have app for macOS High Sierra if you have needs to do video editing. The program offers more than 400 effects and transitions. It has two video editing modules for users to choose from. It may take some time to study how it works for beginners. For UHD video editing, know more 4K video editing apps for macOS High Sierra.

essential apps for macOS 10.13

8. Norton Security

Price: $39.99
App Categories: Security, Antivirus

Norton Security is other top rated requisite app for macOS High Sierra in terms of security and antivirus. Better than some free security apps for macOS High Sierra, Nortan gives great performance in detecting and blocking malware threats and guarantees strong internet security. However, sometimes such apps will slow down your Mac, and if so, learn how to speed up macOS.

must-have apps for macOS 10.13

9. App Cleaner

Price: $39.99
App Categories: Security, Antivirus

App Cleaner is one of the best free apps for macOS Sierra for app uninstalling. The tool gives a very straightforward way to remove unwanted app, extensions from macOS Sierra completely. App Cleaner will keep your Mac clean and it works quickly and efficiently. The must-have app for macOS High Sierra adds a new feature of extensions management.

must-have apps for macOS 10.13

10. Sparrow

Price: $ 9.99
App Categories: e-mail clients

Sparrow is a simple macOS High Sierra email app. It gives very efficient way to read, open and reply emails in a single click. The must-have free macOS High Sierra app supports all IMAP accounts like Gamil, Yahoo Hot Mail etc. and users can set up multiple accounts at a time. If you want to remove ads, you have to upgrade to its paid version.

must-have apps for macOS 10.13

11. BetterZip for Mac

Price: $ 19.95
App Categories: zip and rar archive

This top requisite app for macOS High Sierra supports many archive formats, such as ZIP, TXZ, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, ZIP, Apple Disk Images, ARJ, RAR, ePub, to name a few. It allows you to open, extract, modify, add, remove files from archives and create archives. The zip app and video compression software for Mac is also a password manager and generator, which can collect archive passwords.

must-have macOS 10.13 apps

12. Typinator

Price: $ 26.70
App Categories: text , productivity

You type abbreviations, the macOS High Sierra must-have app will quickly define and expand and output the corresponding replacement. "Less typing, fewer mistakes, more spare time". You'll love the essential software for macOS 10.13. The tool will dramatically increase personal productivity, business productivity and development productivity.

must-have app for macOS 10.13

13. Evernote

Price: Free
App Categories: productivity, note taking

It's essential software for macOS High Sierra for users who want to quickly capture what's on mind. You can use the best free app for Mac to take note and organize and archive the note. It gives easy way for users to access, collect and share notes from across macOS and iPhone iPad Android mobile devices. It's an essential app for macOS High Sierra users who want fantastic ideas.

must-have app for macOS 10.13

14. Plex

Price: Free
App Categories: media server

Media server is a basic yet indispensable app for macOS High Sierra to stream, manage and organize data, like movies, TV shows, music, videos, photos anywhere on any devices, like smart TV, iPhone, iPad, computer, Android, game consoles etc. And you can transfer DVD to media server Plex and watch DVD movies in a much convenient way.

must-have software for macOS 10.13

15. Xcode

Price: Free
App Categories: UI design, coding

This is just a must-have macOS High Sierra app for developers who need to write native OS X and iOS applications. Xcode offers everything developers require to create applications for Apple iOS, like Xcode IDE, Swift, analysi tool, SDKs, interface builder, editor and debugger, and many more. The new version of the best apps for macOS High Sierra adds Siri support in the iOS simulator.

must-have app for macOS 10.13

16. ClipMenu

Price: Free
App Categories: clipboard manager, productivity

ClipMenu is a must-have app for macOS High Sierra used to remember copied items and you can paste them in a single click. It can manage clipboard history. It enables users to record eight clipboard types, covering text and image. You can also register e-mail addresses, IDs etc. as snippets and paste them from the menu. It's a very useful and essential macOS High Sierra app to save time and increase productivity.

must-have applications for macOS 10.13

Must-have data backup app for macOS High Sierra

* Backup all Mac data to iPhone iPad iPod, including music, video, photo, movies, TV shows, documents, eBooks, iTunes purchases etc.
* Recovery music, videos etc. data to Mac: import music, videos and more data from Mac to iPhone iPad iPod. It's available for Mac OS X 10.7 or above, including macOS High Sierra.

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