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Free Ruler
Free Ruler
2.0.5
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Free Ruler free download for Mac

Free Ruler for Mac

20 February 2021

Screen ruler with many features.

What is Free Ruler for Mac

Free Ruler is a screen ruler for OS X with many intuitive features. Great for Web developers, graphic designers and programmers.

Features:
  • A horizontal and vertical ruler which can be used independently or simultaneously.
  • Measurement in pixels only for now. Support for inches, picas, and centimeters is on the roadmap.
  • Automatic alignment of rulers.
  • The ability to group rulers and move them around as a unit.
  • Shadowless rulers with customizable transparency.
  • Interactive tick marks which follow the mouse location for more precise measurement.
  • Independent resizing of rulers.
  • Single key shortcuts for most ruler functions.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in Free Ruler

Version 2.0.5:
  • Optimized for Apple Silicon
  • Added menu item and keyboard shortcut U for cycling through units
  • Fixed issue with ruler scale changing when ruler is partially off-screen
  • Improvements to ruler drawing code
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handwerksschule
handwerksschule
Dec 6 2019
2.0.3
0.0
Dec 6 2019
0.0
Version: 2.0.3
What happened to "Change Ruler Length" It'S a pain to get it to lenght I need.
dianewestdesign
dianewestdesign
Dec 5 2019
2.0.3
0.0
Dec 5 2019
0.0
Version: 2.0.3
I have loved it for many years. Thank you so much! It is one of my favorite Mac utilities. Any designer worth her salt should have one.
albertop9
albertop9
Nov 8 2019
2.0.3
5.0
Nov 8 2019
5.0
Version: 2.0.3
Dear Pascal Balthrop, you rock!
schmelding
schmelding
Oct 16 2019
2.0.1
5.0
Oct 16 2019
5.0
Version: 2.0.1
Free Ruler, will you marry me?
davidinracine
davidinracine
Nov 12 2018
1.7b5
5.0
Nov 12 2018
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
Still works perfectly in OSX 10.14.1 Mojave. Amazing that this 2007 software still runs fine despite all the OS changes!
orlandojen
orlandojen
Jan 14 2015
1.7b5
5.0
Jan 14 2015
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
Been using this for several years. It's simple but it's so useful. Love it! Glad it continues to work through the OS's.
dummyD5893
dummyD5893
Oct 29 2014
1.7b5
4.0
Oct 29 2014
4.0
Version: 1.7b5
Still works on 10.9.5, although one has to make the rulers visible with cmd-1 and cmd-2 sometimes. Have not figured out the exact behaviour. A great enhancement would be an Always-on-Top option, for e.g, aligning or positioning selections in a graphics program.
Turn-5
Turn-5
Jul 7 2013
1.7b5
5.0
Jul 7 2013
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
Obviously a lot of thought went into this little app. It does what it's supposed to do extremely well. I works so well, I'd have a hard time making any useful suggestion to it!
macola2
macola2
May 30 2012
1.7b5
5.0
May 30 2012
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
Does exactly what I need, simple as that!
AndrewK714
AndrewK714
Sep 21 2011
1.7b5
5.0
Sep 21 2011
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
I use Free Ruler a lot when I am working on websites and graphics. Really good app, and you can't beat FREE!
Drdul
Drdul
Jan 12 2010
1.7b5
0.0
Jan 12 2010
0.0
Version: 1.7b5
Works fine on 10.6.2. Unfortunately, as the notes for the latest release (over two years ago) state, the transparency feature has been removed (although the commands are still available in the menu).
Tapper
Tapper
Aug 23 2009
1.7b5
0.0
Aug 23 2009
0.0
Version: 1.7b5
This application has been around for many years and still works well.
Pxl
Pxl
Mar 8 2007
1.7b5
5.0
Mar 8 2007
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
Finally... I can put down my makeshift paper ruler. A perfect asset for web designers!
Crow
Crow
Feb 13 2007
1.7b5
5.0
Feb 13 2007
5.0
Version: 1.7b5
I don't know what I'd do without this app. As a web designer, it's invaluable for determining available screen real estate. Thanks so much for this - I've been using it since the first version.
SawtoothRising
SawtoothRising
Jan 3 2007
1.7b5
0.0
Jan 3 2007
0.0
Version: 1.7b5
in the next release can we have an angle measure pleeeeeease
Jetfiredx
Jetfiredx
Jul 29 2006
1.7b4
5.0
Jul 29 2006
5.0
Version: 1.7b4
Great tool. Very easy to use. Came in handy for me just after this version was released. Thanks for the work in making this! Just need a universal version now.
Amake
Amake
Jul 19 2006
1.7b4
0.0
Jul 19 2006
0.0
Version: 1.7b4
Thank you so much for making a ruler app that actually gets physical measurements (in, cm, etc.) correct. I tried to get the author of G-Ruler to implement this feature, but he didn't seem to understand the issue.
Shock-J
Shock-J
Jul 19 2006
1.7b4
5.0
Jul 19 2006
5.0
Version: 1.7b4
This is "THE" Ruler appliation. PERIOD. I've been using this since time began. It continues to be the premeire ruler app even though it hasn't been updated in over three years..until now. I figured it wouldn't be updated again, but praise Allah, it lives on! Now, if we can get a Universal version for Intel machines, then the universe will be at peace.
Guest
Guest
May 1 2005
1.6
4.0
May 1 2005
4.0
Version: 1.6
I hate to knock a free application, but Free Ruler has two big problems: 1. It uses way more CPU cycles than it should have to, causing my fan to come on full blast. 2. The drop shadow sometimes makes it very difficult to see details on the screen you're trying to measure. (You can work around this by moving the ruler and using the cursor, but still, the drop shadow needs to go.) I've used Free ruler for a couple of years now, and I'm very grateful to the author, but I've just tried out a program called PixelStick that I'm finding more useful. It's not as intuitive as Free Ruler, but it's worth taking the time to learn it.
Webgod
Webgod
Aug 18 2004
1.6
0.0
Aug 18 2004
0.0
Version: 1.6
I really love this app. I use it daily. However it is a resource hog! Left in the background, it can start taking over 60% of my system resources...
Guest
Guest
Mar 21 2004
1.6
4.0
Mar 21 2004
4.0
Version: 1.6
It works well and I have had no problems with it. The one thing I was looking for though was it to remain above everything else, floating window.
Guest
Guest
Jan 8 2004
1.6
4.0
Jan 8 2004
4.0
Version: 1.6
I've used this for years, from back when it was OS9 only. It is a fabulous little utility that I constantly find uses for in doing various graphics and web work. The author deserves major kudos for making this available to us all!
Guest
Guest
Jun 6 2003
1.6
4.0
Jun 6 2003
4.0
Version: 1.6
Thanks - this is a handy little program for developers to use when laying out an interface... Two suggestions - might be nice to have floating ruler windows, and might be nice to get rid of the drop shadow on them.
Guest
Guest
Oct 29 2002
1.1
4.0
Oct 29 2002
4.0
Version: 1.1
The absolute best free ruler I have ever touched. Seriously.
Pat-Serafine
Pat-Serafine
Feb 19 2002
1.0
4.0
Feb 19 2002
4.0
Version: 1.0
It would be nice if you could change the units of measurement to inches, metric, picas and points too, so you could compare sizes of objects while designing displays for the web or for presentations.
Free
4.6
0.0
App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • ARM
  • macOS 10.12.0 or later
License: 
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