TinkerTool System
TinkerTool System
6.8

4.3

TinkerTool System free download for Mac

TinkerTool System

6.8
10 October 2019

Change advanced OS X settings and more.

Overview

TinkerTool System is a collection of system utility features helping you in performing advanced administration tasks on Apple Macintosh computers. The application makes use of a self-adapting user interface which automatically adjusts to the computer model and to the version of OS X you are running. All options available in the current situation are accessible via "panes", very similar to the techniques you already know from the System Preferences application. The features are controlled via a single window which allows you to use the application as a general toolbox and First Aid assistant. This includes:

  • Built-in maintenance features of OS X, usually not visible on the graphical user interface;
  • Extended file operations, not available in the OS X Finder;
  • The possibility to access advanced system settings which are not visible in System Preferences;
  • Genuine and unique features of TinkerTool System, designed to resolve typical real-world problems of administrators and to fix the effects of certain defects ("bugs") in the operating system;
  • An emergency tool to troubleshoot and repair OS X in cases where the graphical user interface is no longer starting correctly or the user account of the system administrator has been damaged;
  • Features to protect your privacy, e.g., by reviewing and editing the list of Internet cookies stored for your user account;
  • Functions to collect advanced information about the hardware, operating system, and applications.

What's new in TinkerTool System

Version 6.8:
  • This version adds full support for macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • Added new feature to display the notarization state of applications or disk images (macOS Catalina only).
  • The reference manuals have been updated with information that could not be published while the news embargo for macOS Catalina was active.
  • Evaluation mode (“Try Before Buy” testing) is now unlocked for macOS Catalina.
  • Fixed an issue where the list of startup jobs shown for the category User Service Login Item could be inaccurate, showing entries already deactivated.
  • Fixed an issue where the data portion of the Catalina system volume was not offered for specific maintenance operations.

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Just-Annutha-Dewd
18 April 2011

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I had long ignored TinkerTool System since I had been happy with Onyx and didn't see any value in TTS. A year or so ago, I gave TTS a new whirl and soon enough was sold on it. It really does have a number of features not present in Onyx, and one thing that TTS excels at is explaining everything it does and why or why not you should use a certain tool. Onyx does to an extent, but TTS seems to be more thorough. Beyond helpful explanations, TTS does have a couple tricks up its sleeve that no one else has, or is available in apps that are not actively maintained. For example, its ACL Permissions tool can perform operations that I've only seen before in a couple other apps: ACL Fix and iRepair, neither of which have seen updates in years. And before anyone says "Oh you can just do that in the Finder", no, not to the extent that these apps can. When Snow Leopard came out, there were wide reports of permissions bugs and I got bitten by it myself. ACL Fix was what eventually fixed my problems, and it appears TinkerTool System should be equally capable. TTS has the advantage in being actively maintained and I can count on it in the years to come. Code Thinning is one that can be done with TrimTheFat for free, but it hasn't seen an update in 5 years. Or you can go with XSlimmer, but that costs 15 bucks… JUST to do that. TinkerTool System costs about that, but does MUCH more. The Uninstallation Assistant in TTS is superior to AppZap, iTrash, and all the other similar ones. Reason being is that it will optionally seek out and delete the extra components in all user accounts, not just the one you are logged into. I've not seen that ability in any other uninstaller. There's more to mention, but it comes down to this: TinkerTool System is a more complete system maintenance utility than anything else out there. Some of its tools are more thorough than the competition; are more actively maintained than the competition; are better explained; and is very reasonably priced. If all you need from it are the same tools offered by Onyx, then by all means go with Onyx (an outstanding tool in its own right). But TinkerTool System does have more to offer… you just have to decide for yourself if it's worth the 14 bucks to have an actively maintained utility that can replace half a dozen other tools that may or may not be freely available otherwise.
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Version 2.7
George-Baron
23 June 2019
I've used TT System for many years. This 6.5 update has made it impossible to "Rebuild the Launch Services Database." The rotating beach ball goes on for hours. The only way to handle it is to "Force Quit." I'm used to a 15+minute spin of the beach ball but not hours. I have MacOS Mojave 10.14.5, iMac 5k, 27 inches, 44.2 GHz, 32G Ram, Radeon Pro 580 8 GB. I have sent an email to the owner of this app.
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Version 6.5
higherterrain-com
18 June 2019
Oh look an app I update last week.
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Version 6.5
Just-Annutha-Dewd
12 April 2019
I've been a long-time user of TInkerTool System and it's been very useful. Much of what it does isn't unique and found elsewhere in freebies like Onyx, but it does have a few tricks up its sleeve I've not seen in any other app. There's one thing it can't do that many free apps can do, and this has been a long time irritant of mine. It can't update itself. Oh sure, it can check for updates, but then it simply sends you to the website where you have to fumble around for the download link. This is clumsy.. Why can't this otherwise excellent utility that we PAY FOR not do something so basic that most other software does, even freebies?
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Version 5.99 S1
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Roxzilla
Roxzilla
18 June 2019
https://www.bresink.com/osx/BresinkSoftwareUpdater.html

You can use that, I know it’s a separate app, but its easier than going to the website and download/installing it.
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Just-Annutha-Dewd
Just-Annutha-Dewd
18 June 2019
Thanks for the heads-up Roxzilla. I actually did stumble across it since posting that. Talk about a non-obvious and half-baked solution.
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JBob2047
13 February 2019
The absolute best there is.. No question.
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Version 5.99
NDirish056
04 February 2019
Great control over the OS & system
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Version 5.99
Foulger
02 February 2019
I cannot praise Tinker Tool System more highly. Just one use where a slow system is cured, is worth the cost of the license. The developer is responsive in that he answers within minutes, day or night. Especially great is the emergency tool which enables many repairs from single user mode. For those of you who remember Applejack (where did he go?) This is much better. Very highly recommended. Get a demo license and try it out - you will be amazed. Version 6 for Mojave and up is out from their web site
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Version 5.99
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Suricate15
Suricate15
12 October 2019
Using this very fine software I must admit that we probably have the best solution for maintenance and optimization of MacOS. Service is really Pro-class. Others should be inspired by this software team.
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Version 6.8
TeRRyZx
29 January 2019
Used to really like this software but it seems to be DEAD now. I see no reason to pay an upgrade to something that really does NOTHING new or worthwhile....SAD!!!
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Version 5.99
higherterrain-com
03 December 2018
Not sure but I believe this release of TTS 5,98 is probably for High Sierra, not Mojave, since Mojave version number is 6.02
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Version 5.98
1 answer(s)
Fariborz
Fariborz
04 December 2018
Hello. As I mentioned here below, there’s something wrong with this link. The latest version at this date (december 4, 2018) is 6.02. Leave this link alone and go to the developer’s site to download it. The new serial number comes as an attached file that once launched registers the application. The new version functions perfectly with Mojave and has no problem whatsoever. Hope this helps.
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
27 November 2018
Before the link below to TinkerTool System 6 was killed, I downloaded version 6 and paid $14 for it. I never received a serial number for the new version. The link now leads to an error message on the TinkerTool site. So apparently version 6 was withdrawn, without notice or explanation. I wrote to the developer about the fact that I never received a serial number and I included the order ID from my receipt, but have received no response. Not even an acknowledgement that version 6 was released by mistake, much less an offer to refund my payment. I have been buying software from Marcel Bresink for many years and can't remember a similar situation. Needless to say, I feel burned. Has anyone else had this experience? It would appear from the Marcel Bresink web site that version 5.9.8 was released just today which does not require a paid update from earlier editions of TTS 5—though MacUpdate has not been updated for that version. I haven't tested it yet in Mojave, but since Mojave is mentioned in the release notes it would appear that this version is supposed to work there. We shall see. Version 5.97 would run with some functions disabled, which is why version 6 seemed like a good idea. Apparently it was not. Presumably a properly serialized version 6 will be released eventually, but I'll hesitate to spend any more money on TinkerTool System, given their unresponsiveness regarding this apparent mistake. They've broken trust, with me at least.
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Version 5.97
1 answer(s)
higherterrain-com
higherterrain-com
03 December 2018
I bought TTS for Mojave but it now will only allow one machine per license. He is doing the same thing that Microsoft is doing and has been doing with Office. It came through from MyCommerce.
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RogerKatz
05 October 2018
MacUpdate link is broken: "A download problem occurred We are sorry. The download session could not be initiated."
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Version 5.97
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Fariborz
Fariborz
13 October 2018
I’ve already mentioned this broken link here below. You need to download it directly from the developer’s site.
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4.3

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.0 or later
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