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    MacPilot 11
    Version 11.1.4
    Scared of the terminal or can't be bothered to remember those commands to customize your system the way you want? MacPilot is your digital savior. Easily enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X.
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Power Unlocked

With the power of Unix and the simplicity of Macintosh, you have a phenomenal amount of untapped power in your hands! Use MacPilot to unlock over 1,200 features, and access them all with the easy and familiar Macintosh user interface. No command line tools or complicated file operations!

Display hidden files in the Finder, disable the startup chime, add spacers and stacks to the Dock, change the screenshot file format, run maintenance tools, tweak network settings, force empty the Trash, and tons more. Keep yourself in awe and busy for days as you discover how much macOS has "under the hood".


We have gone to great lengths to incorporate a large volume of in-program assistance within MacPilot. Don't know what something does? Just hover over it with the mouse!
Do you manage a lab and want the same configuration across multiple computers? Create "save points" and deploy them on any number of computers.
Configured something by mistake and want it back to factory settings? Simply right-click the feature and choose "Set to Default" or click the main "Reset All" button on each tab.

The Wow Factor

Get out of the passenger seat and take control of your Mac. Set your login window picture, use the screensaver as your Desktop, modify advanced file permissions (ACL), change the system welcome message, enable simultaneous recordings in QuickTime, view system logs, or enable the Debug menu in numerous apps.

Or perhaps you're feeling the need for a simpler lifestyle? Disable the Notification Centre, virtual memory, Dashboard and iCloud saving. Ditch time-wasting graphical animations, prevent system sleep, suspend Safari's web caching, disable App Nap, remove the downloaded files warning message, and more!


Other Highlights

Fully Loaded

Over 1,000 features to tweak your Mac experience and optimize your experience!

Finder

Toggle animations, show the Quit menu, show the file path in the window titlebar, use your screensaver as the desktop, show hidden files, disable features, and more.

Dock

Add spacers and smart stacks/menus, show only open apps, lock settings, toggle the open app indicator light, fade icons for hidden apps, and change many other interface effects and features.

iTunes

Enable half-star ratings, disable elastic scrolling, play songs while importing, disable device access, enable a high contrast interface, prevent update checking when devices are connected and more.

Login Window

Set the welcome text, enable a startup delay, change the number of retries before hint, disable the power buttons, enable Kiosk mode, disable console access, auto-lock the screen when logging in, show system users, require manual username entry, edit login items and launch agents.

Power

Complete control over wake, sleep, power saving, and more. From changing sleep durations and the hibernation mode to scheduling power events.

Startup

Force safe startup mode or 32/64-bit, enable kernel debugging, limit system RAM, mute the startup chime, disable kernel caches, and toggle a variety of other advanced Unix options.

Safari

Disable spell checking, set Find on Page to use 'starts with' instead of 'contains', disable site icons, disable caching, show the Develop or Debug menu, change the User Agent string, make the Delete key go back to the previous page, and more!

Slim Apps

Extract only PowerPC or Intel version from an app.

Easy Access

One-click access to internal system tools like the Bluetooth, Certificate, RAID, or Directory assistant.

Maintenance

Run cron, rebuild launch services, update prebinding, force empty the Trash, rotate system logs, clear the print queue, reclaim inactive system memory, find and delete corrupt preference files and more!

Disk Info

View incredibly detailed information about connected disks such from their number of free blocks and device tree path to the journal offset and RAID status.

File Browser

Quickly and easily browse and edit advanced details for files and folders. Complete control over permissions including Access Control Lists.

File Tools

Force erase files, lock files, visify/invisify, merge folders, clear ACL data, create symbolic links, and wipe Quarantine data.

Network

Discover advanced network device information that goes beyond your IP address. From DNS, IPV4, IPV6 to Proxies, Samba, and File Sharing!

Info

View a complete list of ports, error codes, fonts, key combos, manuals, and system configuration.

Automation

Save a system configuration for easy deployment across numerous systems or after a system restore.

Advanced

View an advanced feature list that has hundreds of additional untested, but reported, tweaks for all versions of macOS dating back to 10.0.

For the full or trial version of our app, please use the download links below. After installation, the trial will automatically begin. For users owning a valid license, unlock the software via the "Unlock Product..." menu item if necessary.

Current Version

Older Versions

These versions are no longer supported and are listed primarily for customers owning older licenses.

Name Version Size Date Platform Minimum OS Download
MacPilot 11.1.3 36.82 MB March 31, 2020 Mac macOS 10.13 Download
  Last version that supports 10.13 through 10.15 inclusively. Next version was Catalina (10.15) and up.
MacPilot 10.15.0 33.90 MB November 27, 2018 Mac macOS 10.12 Download
MacPilot 9.1.4 29.59 MB April 17, 2018 Mac macOS 10.12 (Intel) Download
MacPilot 8.1 18.83 MB February 10, 2017 Mac macOS 10.10 (Intel) Download
  Last version for Mac OS X 10.10 and 10.11
MacPilot 8.0.8 18.60 MB October 8, 2016 Mac macOS 10.11 (Intel) Download
MacPilot 7.1.7 18.01 MB October 6, 2015 Mac macOS 10.7 (Intel) Download
  This is the last version of MacPilot certified for Mac OS X 10.7.
MacPilot 6.0.4 15.58 MB February 2, 2014 Mac macOS 10.6 (Intel) Download
  This version may also run on Mac OS X 10.6, but no guarantees.
MacPilot 6.0.2 15.53 MB January 19, 2014 Mac macOS 10.6 (Intel) Download
  The final version available for Mac OS X 10.6.
MacPilot 5.1.1 12.94 MB November 22, 2013 Mac macOS 10.6 (Intel) Download
MacPilot 4.3.4 14.20 MB October 16, 2012 Mac macOS 10.4 (PPC/Intel) Download
MacPilot 4.3.3 13.60 MB February 16, 2012 Mac macOS 10.4 Download
MacPilot 4.3.2 13.05 MB January 4, 2012 Mac macOS 10.4 Download
MacPilot 3.5.6 11.21 MB April 3, 2010 Mac Unknown Download
MacPilot 3.4.7 11.21 MB November 16, 2009 Mac Unknown Download
MacPilot 2.5.8 7.95 MB April 26, 2008 Mac Unknown Download
MacPilot 2.3.6 7.15 MB November 2, 2007 Mac Unknown Download
MacPilot 1.1.5 1.32 MB November 16, 2005 Mac Unknown Download

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The must have utility for Mac OS X.

Nolan Armstrong

I picked up MacPilot in a software bundle, and have seen it's value many times over. Being just a little bit of a tinkerer, I find MP to be a great tool for making temporary changes to the system when I have that need. MP gives me control of the system in an easy to use interface, and I do use it often!...

William Howard

Definitely one of the best utilities I've used several years.

Jim Edmunds

Even though it may look daunting, it is well worth trying. Fantastic customization that all users should have a go with.

Mathew J Walters

I've been using this app since I was in diapers...well maybe? I happily admit I was a early adopter of this software...have up-graded every release...and find it a pleasure to use!

John Benjamin

I've heard of being able to modify the way your Mac works with terminal commands and messing around with all that stuff, but I've always been too afraid to try it. For that reason alone, I'm glad I discovered this app! MacPilot is a safe way to screw around and discover things you never even imagined were possible with your Mac. Don't like the modification you just did? Just click the button again. It's honestly that simple.

Landon Spears

This is by FAR the best incarnation of MacPilot yet. Version 9 feels like a native OS X app!

Gray Dereikson

Fine! Fine! A Mac essential!

John Turner

Fantastic app for those of us who know little about using the terminal.

Ed Walsh

MacPilot is an essential utility for serious Mac OSX users, imho. I am a fairly technical user, including being a certified Java developer, and I spent a couple years fighting through certain configuration issues, usually looking up issues in one of the Mac Community forums then often going to a terminal shell and UNIX to sniff around and try to get the settings right. MacPilot saves me all those hours trying to learn esoteric methods, and provides me with a simply GUI to configure things that I wasn't previously aware of. MacPilot also saves me from the painful recovery time from my prior modus operandi: query a forum for a solution to a config issue, get some incomplete or incorrect info, get into the weeds on my machine and execute some commands that make things worse, and then spend a couple hours fixing it!

Brian Herbert

All of our products come with a full set of licensing options: from single users and households to small businesses and larger corporations.


Personal Licenses

Student/Senior

$092
  • 1 computer
    2 unique activations per year

Household

$325
  • 1 household
    10 unique activations per year

Business Licenses

School

$375
  • 1 school
    300 unique activations per year

Corporate

$1242
  • Unlimited
    10000 unique activations per year

Our manual is always expanding! While we strongly believe our products as so intuitive you shouldn't need a manual, there are exceptions now and then. If you feel there is something missing from the documentation, please contact us.

For a single-page listing of all help entries, click here.

Version 11.1.4 – May 23, 2020
Requirements: This version requires at least macOS 10.15 (Catalina).
Upgrade Notes: This upgrade is free for users owning an active subscription or a non-subscription "lifetime license." No action is required other than downloading the new version from our web site and unlocking as normal with an e-mail address. For all other users, orders for the current version can be purchased on our web site.
Modification: Removed desktop screensaver feature as this is no longer possible in macOS Catalina.
Modification: Removed Dashboard feature as its no longer in macOS Catalina.
Bug Fix: Fixed crash when querying running programs executable paths.
Bug Fix: Fixed iTunes to Music app mapping.
Bug Fix: Fixed Grab to Screen Capture app mapping.