TinkerTool
TinkerTool
7.42

5.0

TinkerTool free download for Mac

TinkerTool

7.42
18 October 2019

Expanded preference settings for OS X.

Overview

TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don't need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.

All preference settings changed by TinkerTool can be reset to Apple's defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for TinkerTool's operation. You may send bug reports here.

What's new in TinkerTool

Version 7.42 (Build 191016):
  • The documentation could be updated for macOS 10.15 Catalina because its news embargo is no longer active
  • The Portuguese user interface has been reviewed for terminology changes in macOS 10.15

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Robogobo
08 July 2007

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I'm duplicating my review of Tinkertool System here, because this review is developer/support related. After using Tinkertool System for a few months, I did weekly maintenance and ran all the recommended processes religiously. Two weeks ago, after doing the same thing I did before, I experienced constant kernel crashes and freezes immediately following a Tinkertool session. I spent a few days trying to troubleshoot. I'm a moderately experienced user, so I did all the standard stuff- Diskwarrior, fsck, memtest, etc. All found nothing. I do regular backups using CCC, and so I cut my losses, saved my client data and cloned my hard drive from the last backup before Timkertool tinkered too much. That was three days ago, and no more problems. Now, I'm sure Tinkertool is a good program, but the worst part came when I contacted the developer, Marcel Bresnik. He insisted kernel crashes are only caused by hardware problems, and called me a liar when I said my crashlogs were naturally reverted when I cloned from a backup, and would be of no use in troubleshooting. I asked for a refund, but then told him he could keep his $10 if it was too big a deal, to show him I wasn't lying to rip him off, and I would simply give honest feedback on Versiontracker. So there it is. And it's a shame, because it's probably a good program that needs improvement in a few areas, and the developer just happens to be a defensive ass. Oh well, back to Butler.
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Version 3.7a
DragonMaster
03 November 2019
Fine, fine. fine!!! I love it so much I can hardly say!.
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Version 7.42
Wts
27 October 2018
somewhat disappointed with MacUpdate in that they did not make it clear or i may have missed it that macOS 10.14 Mojave is required . A complete waste of time downloading .
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Version 7.1
Derekcurrie
26 October 2018
v6.4 is downloading. I couldn't find a direct link to 7.1. But the current version download page is here: http://www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/download.php
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Version 7.1
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STL@MacUpdate
STL@MacUpdate
27 October 2018
HI,
We have double checked download link - everything is working. Latest version 7.1
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AlVarnell
26 September 2018
According to this page https://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerToolOverview.html, TinkerTool 7 REQUIRES macOS Mojave.
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Version 7.0
BobK1
26 September 2018
Note to MacUpdate: Clicking on "Download" here yields something called "SystemMonitorTrial". I don't know what that is, and I'm not interested in installing it. Going to Marcel Bresink's web site produces the correct file (TinkerTool 7.0).
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Version 7.0
jhensley
25 January 2018
A solid defaults/prefs editor for everyone.
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Version 6.21
june8
03 January 2018
6.21 Released on September 25, 2017. ???
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Version 6.21
MicheleB
12 August 2017
I always liked this app; currently though, I can't seem to run it with Capitan - does anybody know a fix? Downloaded the last working version for 10.11, which is 5.7; but all the same a popup tells me, the app needs 10.12 in order to run. Thrashed everything, incl. prefs, reinstalled, doesn't make a difference... Tips appreciated :-)
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Version 6.2
Derekcurrie
09 July 2017
You can still download TinkerTool directly from the developer. I don't know why this page at MU only offers the Mac App Store version.
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Version 6.2
freevito
23 June 2016
Tinker Tool does just what it says; it enables the user to access and tweak various under-the-hood features of OS X, many of which you'd have to otherwise control using the command line interface (CLI) in Terminal.app. I'm not afraid of using CLI, but I'd much rather use the graphical user interface (GUI), which is really what the Mac was supposed to be all about. One of the features I use most is "Show hidden and system files" under Finder options in the Finder tab. It's handy to be able to toggle visibility on hidden files. I suspect most users don't need that feature, but when you do need it, it's mighty handy. I also like the fact that Tinker Tool is its own application that I can get straight from the developer, without submitting to The Tyranny Of The App Store™, which takes version control and configurability away from the user...an intrusive abomination that stomps the Mac's traditional freedom of user choice into the dirt. 'Tis most un-Mac-like, IMO. Tinker Tool is free, so my best recommendation is to just download it and try it for yourself.
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Version 5.51