Get your free trial of Setapp, the Netflix for Mac apps


Setapp brings the subscription model of Netflix to Mac apps.
Setapp brings the subscription model of Netflix to Mac apps.
Photo: MacPaw

This post is presented by MacPaw, the software team behind Setapp and a variety of proven Mac apps.

These days, lots of us indulge in subscription services. From TV, movies and music to nerd paraphernalia and razors, subscribing to what you love is a great model for exploring many options at an affordable price. If you can name it, you can find a curated collection sent straight to your door or inbox — and now the subscription model is coming to disrupt Mac apps.

Setapp offers an easy alternative to poring over the Mac App Store. Subscribe to Setapp and you’ll get dozens of carefully curated apps delivered to your computer for just under 10 bucks a month.

Pick and choose from dozens of Mac apps

Each of the 63 apps in Setapp’s diverse (and growing) roster is worthy of mention. You’ll find high-quality apps like RapidWeaver, CleanMyMac, iMazing, MoneyWiz, Disk Drill, iStat Menus, XMind — the list goes on and on.

This collection of great Mac apps can fill just about any need you might have. You’ll find productivity apps, Mac utilities, developer tools, photo editors, video apps and much more. These apps will let you do everything from iPhone and hard drive maintenance to money management and remote desktop access.

Like any subscription service, the value appears in which items you decide to use. Purchased separately, the apps in the bundle would normally cost thousands of dollars. You can try them all for free, and pay just $9.99 per month for access to the whole batch if you decide to join Setapp.

Even if you only regularly use one or two of the apps in the bundle, the price is still well worth it. And to make sure it is, Setapp is offering a free month to get acquainted with all the apps on tap. No credit card required.

An easy-to-use subscription service for Mac apps

Setapp wouldn’t be a proper subscription service if it weren’t super-easy to use. After signing up on the website, you simply download Setapp like you would any other Mac app. Once it’s downloaded, you simply sign in with the credentials you established on the site — the Setapp folder will be accessible right from Finder or in your Mac’s Dock, with all its apps ready to go.

Setapp screenshot finder window
Once you’ve downloaded Setapp, the full library is available through the Dock, Finder and Search.
Photo: MacPaw

Speaking of simple, Setapp’s search function comes in handy. Even if you can’t remember the name of a particular app you found useful, you can simply search based on what it is you need to do. Type “focus” into Search, for example, and it will pull up apps like task timer Be Focused or HazeOver, which dims unused applications into the background.

Setapp: A shortcut to the best Mac apps

Think of Setapp as a shortcut to some of the best apps available for Mac. Since everything is curated by a team of savvy developers, it’s a great way to cut through the chaff in the Mac App Store and get straight to the good stuff.

Each app on Setapp is constantly updated to the latest version. And you won’t need to parse endless reviews and compare prices — just try as many apps as you like and learn for yourself which ones work for you by actually getting your hands on them.

Ultimately, Setapp’s curators are aiming to add hundreds of apps to the service, but they’re careful not to create just another batch of bloatware. After all, there are only so many great apps out there.

Try Setapp for free

To get a taste of the best Mac apps available, we recommend giving Setapp a try. Get your free one-month trial of Setapp to see just how powerful this Mac apps subscription service can be. There’s nothing to lose — and lots of great new software to help you get the most from your Mac.


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