What is macOS?

Desktop, laptop and home computers, and by web usage, it is the second most widely used desktop OS, after Microsoft Windows.
macOS is a tool in the Operating Systems category of a tech stack.

Who uses macOS?

12 companies reportedly use macOS in their tech stacks, including PACE, Sotong Kitchen, and fligoo.

59 developers on StackShare have stated that they use macOS.

macOS Integrations

Macaw, Slack, SourceTree, LevelDB, and Supervisord are some of the popular tools that integrate with macOS. Here's a list of all 45 tools that integrate with macOS.

Why developers like macOS?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use macOS
Top Reasons
macOS Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose macOS in their tech stack.

Tim Abbott
Tim Abbott
Founder at Zulip · | 4 upvotes · 2.1K views

We use Vagrant because it is the best toolchain for having a standardized development environment that is readily provisoned with just a single command on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

There's a lot of things that could be better; the thing I dislike the most is how Vagrant configuration file is a Ruby script with weird semantics around conditionals, which makes it its own special language to learn. They would have been a lot better off with the configuration approach taken by Xen (where the configuration file was a straightforward Python system).

Also, it's error messages are optimized too much for people developing Vagrant itself, and not enough for helping end users who are using Vagrant, which means one has to google often to figure out what the actual problem is.

Still, I don't think there's a better alternative for a development environment that Just Works for hundreds of developers. Docker isn't really designed for the development environment use case in my view, since it's optimized for throwing away state and getting a clean one when you make changes, and that's sometimes really not what you want. And having to SSH into a remote development environment has significant latency and editor setup costs that in my view make it a backup plan, not the main way to do things.

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 1.4K views

I use CloudApp because it saves me so much time and energy. I use it at the very least once an hour. When Skitch was shutdown I thought my life was over! CloudApp saved the day and gave me features that Skitch didn't have.

If you write a lot of technical content (or any content for that matter) it is an invaluable tool. I'm not sure about Windows support but it integrates flawlessly with macOS. 🤘

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 3 upvotes · 3.9K views
Google Chrome

I use Trello, the macOS app for my personal projects and Google Chrome for work. At work, I have 7-8 active boards for various projects.

At first, I wasn't sure about Trello. The last company I worked at used Asana and I was really used to that. Before then I was using Jira. Now I ❤️Trello. It is amazing. Power-Ups™️ are so awesome!

For personal projects, I have used it for planning a move across town. I'm also using it for my Wedding. I got my fiancè almost loving it too.

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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 3 upvotes · 1.3K views
GNU Bash
Windows 10

I have been using macOS for 12 years. I can't imagine switching to another operating system since I have all of my hotkeys memorized. Windows 10 has made some drastic improvements like adding GNU Bash/Linux to win developers over from unix-like systems, I just don't feel it is there yet. Maybe I'll give it a shot next time I need a new laptop. 🤷‍♂️

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macOS Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to macOS?
A series of personal computer operating systems produced by Microsoft as part of its Windows NT family of operating systems.
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
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macOS's Followers
37 developers follow macOS to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
Renato Luis Silva
Ignacio Velazquez
Ryan Hicks
Frank Magoti
Joel Malinao
Siddharood Halli
Junho Lee
Tim Behrsin