The Best Mac Cleaning Apps: Reclaim Storage Space

The Best Mac Cleaning Apps: Reclaim Storage Space

The best software to clean files and folders that block your Mac’s storage space. […]

Whether it’s your house, your car or your Mac, no one likes to clean up (unless you’re Felix Unger). While there are other websites that are better at cleaning your house and car, we have researched which apps are best for cleaning up the files and folders that have accumulated in your Mac’s memory.

On this page you will find short summaries of the Mac cleaning programs we have tested with links to get product information from the developer and how to get the software.

Why should you use any of these applications at all? Newer versions of macOS include Optimize Storage, which has several features to get rid of unnecessary files, and this is enough for most users. But it only works with the internal memory of your Mac. If you want to manage external drives, you need a third-party program. Also, other programs may offer more features that allow you to analyze what is on your drive and help you decide what you should keep and what you can throw away. Any experienced Mac user will tell you that a good cleaning software is an indispensable tool to keep your Mac running smoothly for years to come.

1. Software Ambience Daisy Disk 4

Price: 10 Euro

No one has ever claimed that tracking down and eliminating all the things that are eating up space on your Mac would be enjoyable, but DaisyDisk manages to make this pretty easy and even a little fun. DaisyDisk focuses on file management and shows you what consumes valuable disk space and allows you to work with it.

2. Titanium Software Onyx 3.9.7

Price: Free

There’s a reason why Onyx has been one of the favorite tools for Mac technicians for so long. It offers a variety of tools and an incredible level of customization. Onyx combines a unique, simple approach in its user interface with an incredible level of customization in terms of the files that are affected during a repair.

3. Piriform Software CCleaner 1.18.30

Price: Free; 29,95 Euro Pro version

CCleaner does what it wants to do: clean up gigabytes of cache files and Internet history files, and find and delete large files on your Mac – all with an impressive level of control. CCleaner may not be as flashy as its competitors, but it does its job.

4. MacCleaner Pro 2

Price: 49.95 Euro

MacCleaner Pro 2 is an unexpected surprise in a crowded field of utilities, with quick responses to email requests, a good interface and smooth operation.

5. MacPaw CleanMyMac X 4.8.6

Price:: 34,95 Euro per annual subscription (89,95 $ one-time purchase)

CleanMyMac X performs most of its functions in an admirable way and is an excellent means to remove gigabytes of unused system garbage from your Mac. However, it needs to catch up and work equally well on each of its modules.

6. MacKeeper


Price: 110 Euro/year family plan; 80,40 Euro/year single Mac; 14,95 Euro/month single Mac

You can probably find a separate product for each of MacKeeper’s features – and in some cases even a more robust one. But having all these tools under one roof is easy and convenient.

*Roman Loyola has been reporting on technology since the early 1990s. His career started at MacUser, and he has worked for MacAddict, Mac|Life and TechTV.

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