Developer MacPaw’s new Netflix-like subscription service for prime Mac apps has been in invite-only beta since December 2016. Beginning today, Setapp is available to everyone in exchange for a flat monthly fee of $9.99. An alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store, Setapp gives you unlimited access to 61 Mac apps, with more to be added as additional developers join the service. These are fully functional apps that update automatically and contain no In-App Purchases, paid upgrades or ads.

Shortcuts to each and every app offered in the Setapp bundle are saved in the Setapp folder inside your Applications folder. The apps take very little space until you choose to use an app, at which point Setapp’s helper app downloads an item to your computer. You also get handy app previews that contain a short description, system requirements, screenshots and so forth.

In development for more than a year, Setapp signed up more than 30,000 beta testers during its beta-testing period.

MacPaw aims to provide a steady revenue stream to app makers: developers keep 70 percent of the total proceeds generated by apps customers use during a billing cycle, plus two-thirds of the remaining 30 percent as part of a partner fee. Apps in Setapp can be used without an Internet connection and are free from limitations imposed by Mac App Store sandboxing.

Cancelling a subscription revokes access to your  Setapp apps.

“If you want to get the most out of your Mac, you need great software and if you’re like most Mac users, you’re probably always on the lookout for new stuff that helps you get more done during your day without wasting too much time or money,” said Oleksandr Kosovan, founder and CEO of MacPaw and its Setapp division.

“Setapp is the ultimate ‘unstore’ option that gives you unlimited access to lots of great software without the anxiety of non-refundable, expensive purchases.”

The following 61 apps are available with the Setapp service at launch:


  • Aeon Timeline
  • Alternote
  • Be Focused
  • Blogo
  • Cloud Outliner
  • Findings
  • Focused
  • GoodTask
  • HazeOver
  • Home Inventory
  • iThoughtsX
  • Lacona
  • Manuscripts
  • Marked
  • Pagico
  • Paste
  • PDF Squeezer
  • RapidWeaver
  • Studies
  • TaskPaper
  • Timing
  • Ulysses
  • Yummy FTP Pro


  • Downie
  • iFlicks
  • Permute


  • Archiver
  • ChronoSync Express
  • CleanMyMac
  • Folx
  • Gemini
  • Get Backup Pro
  • Gifox
  • iMazing
  • Remote Mouse
  • Renamer
  • Screens
  • Shimo
  • WiFi Explorer

Developer tools

  • Base
  • CodeRunner
  • Simon
  • Sip
  • SQLPro Studio


  • Jump Desktop


  • Chronicle
  • MoneyWiz

Graphics & Design

  • Hype
  • Image2icon
  • Pixa


  • My Wonderful Days


  • Polarr


  • Capto
  • Disk Drill
  • Elmedia Player
  • iStat Menus
  • Numi
  • Squash
  • XMind
  • Forecast Bar
  • Flume

The running list of Setapp apps is available on the official website.

You can subscribe to Setapp using your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Amex, Discovery or JBS credit card. The ability to pay via Paypal will also be added soon.

If you’d like to gain access to some of the best Mac apps available today, without having to pay for them upfront, sign up for the service at and follow the instructions to install the Mac client.

A one-month free trial is available with all the apps included without limitations.

  • Connecting Mac User 

    I was excited until this paragraph “Cancelling a subscription revokes access to your Setapp apps.” Nowthatsomething 🙂

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Well that makes sense…If you cancel a subscription to anything you don’t get to keep it…unless its Audible, which I love that fact!

    • TechnoBuff

      It is called a subscription…
      When you subscribe to something.. you are merely renting!

  • Reilitas

    I don’t particularly like this. You get all of the apps for a ‘cheaper’ price when it’s a monthly fee, you may not even use half of the apps there. Everyone has their classics and if we wanted something then we’d just get the app instead of paying for a bunch of other ones (for a cheaper…monthly price), it doesn’t seem valuable to me.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Lucky I signed up for the beta a couple days ago. I get it free until March I think!

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  • ProllyWild

    I was skeptical a aboutthe concept of subscription based services like this, but I have to say it’s lived up to its value in other similar casss. It’s easy to spend $60 on any two of the apps included in the service, and then with many companies they end up making you pay again later for upgrade two or three years down the line. I think it is potentially cheaper this way and if you ever decide you’re done and have found better options elsewhere, you can just end the subscription and move on.

    It may not be for everyone, but I will be trying this out.