Top 10 Mac apps of 2012

Discover which Mac products landed on the most desktops in 2012 via Download.com with our yearly ranking of the site's most popular products.

Although the Download.com Mac catalog is still dwarfed by the Windows software directory, OS X (and its younger sibling iOS) has certainly been ascendant over the past decade or more, and the software titles in this year's collection for Top 10 downloads of 2012 for Mac OS X attest to that global appeal. (In fact, you're likely to see more Mac laptops than Windows machines in the CBSi offices these days.)

As our online and "IRL" activities begin to merge, it's clear so far that we software downloaders want freedom of format and device, as well as the ability to shift our content across all platforms. We're always online and always connected to "the cloud," wherever our nebulous sources of online content may lie, so we need secure connections and reliable systems.

Check out the past winners from 2010 and 2011, or browse this year's collection of Top 10 Windows software programs.

The total download count for this distinction is based on the period from January 1, 2012 to December 14, 2012. Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

Top 10 Mac Software Programs of 2012

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Avast Free Antivirus 1,296,622
2. VirtualDJ Home 954,078
3. Hotspot Shield 589,284
4. Mozilla Firefox 562,846
5. VLC Media Player 562,846
6. TeamViewer 537,980
7. Adobe Flash Player 465,613
8. Microsoft Office 2011 433,411
9. Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard 398,310
10. RAR Expander 267,199

Top 10 Mac software by category

MP3 & Audio Software (4,688,606 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. VirtualDJ Home 954,078
2. VLC Media Player 560,395
3. RealPlayer SP 252,159
4. HandBrake 155,713
5. Apple GarageBand 135,359
6. MacTubes 128,027
7. Apple iMovie X 117,591
8. All2MP3 112,877
9. MediaHuman YouTube to MP3 Converter MAC 95,233
10. Switch Audio Converter for Mac 94,947

Utilities & Operating Sytems (4,188,100 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard 398,310
2. Disk Drill 241,861
3. Apple Mac OS X Lion 185,238
4. StuffIt Expander 2010 178,403
5. MacZip 171,620
6. Apple Boot Camp 125,475
7. Dropbox 98,592
8. Onyx (Lion) 98,022
9. WinZip 94,380
10. The Unarchiver 87,143

Security Software (2,855,821 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Avast Free Antivirus 1,296,622
2. Hotspot Shield 589,284
3. Hotspot Shield Elite 115,444
4. AVG LinkScanner 74,976
5. Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 71,597
6. Tor Browser Bundle 51,416
7. Symantec iAntiVirus 47,929
8. Aobo Mac Keylogger Standard 42,465
9. CCleaner 38,227
10. Little Snitch 35,522

Internet Software (2,430,078 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. JDownloader 256,054
2. uTorrent 207,642
3. MacX YouTube Downloader 172,038
4. Vuze 170,830
5. Cyberduck 116,045
6. Folx 113,539
7. FrostWire 74,169
8. BitTorrent 57,077
9. MovieSherlock 51,353
10. Transmission 48,637

Video Software (1,895,025 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Flip4Mac WMV Player 218,668
2. Flv Crunch 187,117
3. Apple iDVD X 93,975
4. Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate 50,848
5. Get Tube 39,235
6. Xilisoft DVD Creator for Mac 28,675
7. Elmedia Player 25,502
8. Avidemux 21,482
9. ScreenFlow NMBR

Games (1,796,479 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Facade 83,512
2. The Sims 2 69,860
3. Solitaire XL 63,340
4. Plants vs Zombies 57,520
5. Spider-Man 2 53,330
6. Ares 52,604
7. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 45,531
8. Call of Duty 4 Patch 37,021
9. Marble Blast Gold 35,324
10. Age of Empires II 30,729

Browsers (1,740,911 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Mozilla Firefox 584,263
2. Adobe Flash player 465,613
3. Google Chrome 160,122
4. Opera 78,400
5. DoNotTrackMe for Safari 54,274
6. Apple Safari 45,277
7. Facebook 4 Mac 31,456
8. Microsoft Silverlight 30,000
9. Google Chrome dev 16,561
10. Mozilla Firefox beta 14,383

Business Software (1,525,628 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Microsoft Office 2011 433,411
2. OpenOffice.org 167,497
3. Adobe Reader 165,876
4. Microsoft Office 2008 105,214
5. Apple iWork 36,577
6. Apple Keynote 31,531
7. Microsoft Office 2004 27,834
8. NeoOffice/J 19,023
9. Bean 15,975
10. AppleWorks X 15,451

Digital Photography (1,438,554 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Adobe Photoshop CS6 257,037
2. Apple iPhoto 153,887
3. CorelDRAW 98,182
4. Picasa 91,843
5. The GIMP 63,390
6. CollageIt 46,750
7. GraphicConverter 28,162
8. Sizerox 25,758
9. Apple iLife 24,020
10. The Logo Creator Software 21,474

Communications Software (1,404,629 downloads)

Rank Software Name 2012 Downloads
1. Free YouTube Downloader 314,562
2. Skype 229,976
3. Camfrog Video Chat 193,733
4. Yahoo Messenger 165,202
5. ManyCam 69,834
6. Facebook Exporter for iPhoto 41,650
7. EvoCam 17,417
8. Microsoft Messenger 16,375
9. Apple FaceTime 13,667
10. ooVoo 11,496

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