For web developers, applications are important factors to better productivity; without having the right ones, developing a single website could take up a lot of a developer’s time. There are many applications for web development for every platform.
In this post, we will put together the best OS X Applications that you should include in your web development toolbox. The best part is that all these applications are totally free. So, let’s take a look.
VirtualHostX was started as a “Web Sharing” plugin; a utility that Apple removed from the System Preferences since OS X Mountain Lion. This option lets you turn on and off the built-in macOS Apache Server, where you can host localhost environment for your websites.
Now VirtualHostX has evolved into a quite powerful application to manage a localhost environment. Some of its features include improved modern macOS UI, creating and sharing a public URL to access the localhost site, installing free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, and built-in backups.
2. Keka 1
Most file packages that we download are compressed either in
tar format, allowing multiple-file delivery. Even though the Mac has a built-in feature to extract these formats, it is rather limited.
Keka is a free open-source OS X application for file compression and extraction. It supports the three formats above and various compression formats including 7z, Gzip, Tar, DMG, and ISO, and it can extract RAR, EXE, CAB, and PAX format as well.
With Keka, you can also apply password restriction to the compressed file, split the compressed file into multiple parts at a specified size threshold, automatically delete the source file after compression or extraction, and choose the compression method for much smaller file output. It also integrates with OS X Notification Center to put failure and success notification.
There are two ways to compress files with Keka. First, you can download and install the Services context menu.
Second, you can drag and drop your files onto the Keka application window, as shown below. The files will be compressed as the specified default setting.
3. Sequel Pro
MySQL could be the most popular open-source database used worldwide. There are many websites including open source projects like WordPress that rely on MySQL for storing its databases. If you are on OS X, and want to manage databases in MySQL, then Sequel Pro is the best option for the job.
Sequel Pro is a native OS X application, built with Cocoa, and it has a nicer GUI compared to similar applications. You can create, remove, export, import, and filter the databases, create MySQL users, as well execute MySQL query through the app.
Koala is a tool to compile LESS, Sass, Compass, and CoffeeScript into browser-compliant format. If you’re using one of these trendy technologies, then Koala is one app to install in your Mac.
If you need to test your websites for the mobile platform, you can either use a physical mobile phone or tablet or simply use a simulator application like iPhone Simulator. However, to get the iPhone Simulator, you first need to install Xcode from the AppStore.
The iPhone Simulator is deeply buried within the Xcode application. So, for easy access, you can run the following command to launch it right from the Application folder.