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10 Best Screenshot Apps for macOS

Best Desktop Screenshot Tools for Mac
Written by Martins D. Okoi

macOS comes with built-in options for taking screenshots but it doesn’t offer users sufficient annotation options or advanced features like encryption, conversion to GIF, etc.

Today, we bring you a list of the 10 best screenshot apps available for macOS and they all have their unique features.

1. Snappy

Snappy is a beautiful feature-rich screenshot tool with so many advanced features I am surprised that it is free. It was designed for taking quick shots (referred to as snaps) and organizing them for you into collections.

Snappy also supports annotation, sharing, iCloud sync, and password encryption.

Snappy Snapshot Tool for Mac

Snappy Snapshot Tool for Mac

2. CloudApp

CloudApp enables you to record videos, webcam, annotate screenshots, and create GIFs that you can save to the cloud.

It is free to use forever (after a 14-day free trial) and it is on our list because the free version offers all that you will need for typical and even somewhat advanced screenshotting tasks.

CloudApp Screen Capture Tool for Mac

CloudApp Screen Capture Tool for Mac

3. Quicktime

macOS ships with Quicktime so you don’t need to go looking for a download link. If you didn’t already know, Quicktime is a beautiful video player that you can use to record your screen.

Quicktime is excellent for those who want to take screenshots without the need for making annotations or adding effects. You can record your screen by heading to File > New Screen Recording.

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Select the screen area that you want to capture, choose whether you want to record video, and hit the record button.

Quicktime Screen Capture Player for Mac

Quicktime Screen Capture Player for Mac

4. Lighshot

Lightshot is a lightweight screenshot app for taking quick captures of your screen. All you have to do is drag the selection tool to cover the area you want to capture and save it either locally or online on prntscr.com where it will be publicly available.

Lightshot Screenshot Tool for Mac

Lightshot Screenshot Tool for Mac

5. Monosnap

Monosnap is a free screenshot utility that allows you to annotate images as soon as they are captured. You can decide to export your captures to JPG or PNG, or even export them to external apps like Gimp.

Monosnap Screenshot Editor for Mac

Monosnap Screenshot Editor for Mac

6. Skitch

Skitch is an app that was created to work with Evernote. You can use it to create screenshots and it has a variety of annotation tools that you can easily use to mark up images.

Skitch Screenshot Tool for Mac

Skitch Screenshot Tool for Mac

7. Jing

Jing is a free screenshotting tool brought to you by the makers of Snag It. It provides an avenue for home and office users to create visual elements and share with others. It also supports a seamless integration with Screencast.

Jing Screenshot Tool for Mac

Jing Screenshot Tool for Mac

8. Screenie

Screenie is a free screenshotting tool that also works as an image manager. It features the ability to filter and search through images, change screenshot filetypes to JPG, PSD, etc., and to take timed desktop screenshots using the touch bar.

Screenie Screenshot Tool for Mac

Screenie Screenshot Tool for Mac

9. Teampaper Snap

Teampaper Snap is a modern screenshotting app that allows you to take screenshots of a selected area. It works in the menu bar with copy & paste support. It also allows you to share your screenshots with third parties via links.

Teampaper Snap Screenshot Tool for Mac

Teampaper Snap Screenshot Tool for Mac

10. CleanShot

The last but definitely not the least is the awesome CleanShot. It enables you to take clutter-free screenshots of your Desktop. That’s right, you don’t have to worry about your desktop icons being all over the place.

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What’s even cooler is that you can generate correctly aligned window screenshots with your wallpaper as a background, customize keyboard shortcuts, record your screen, etc.

CleanShot is the only non-free app on our list and it will cost you a whole $15. You decide if it’s worth it.

CleanShot Tool for Mac

CleanShot Tool for Mac

Did I mention any of your favourite screenshot app for Mac or I leave it out? Drop your comments in the section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.