The best database apps for Mac

Running a database in an Apple environment is entirely possible thanks to the growing number of impactful software solutions available to those wanting to achieve this.

With so much choice comes the challenge of actually choosing the best database apps from a broad field of options. To point you in the right direction, here are just a handful of the top software platforms to put up for consideration.

SQL Server

Microsoft’s widely used database solution may be more familiar as a choice for those who prefer Windows, but it is perfectly possible to run it on Mac.

There are lots of features and functions of SQL Server that make it appealing to prospective users, and you should get an overview before you make a commitment. The short version is that it proves an effective choice whether you want to host your database locally or in the cloud, as well as offering solid data security and disaster recovery capabilities.


While SQL Server is a paid database app with Mac compatibility, MySQL is a free, open-source equivalent that uses similar underpinnings but has the benefit of being unhindered by ties to a specific software vendor or brand.

Because MySQL is open source, it is also better suited to those who are keen to make their own adaptations and additions to their database over time. Having said that, it is also comparatively user-friendly and does not require expert knowledge to get started.


Falling into the category of NoSQL databases, MongoDB is an alternative to SQL-based platforms and instead operates a little more like JavaScript-oriented ecosystems.

While you will need to do a little more tinkering to get it up and running on Mac, the perks of doing so include a very agile design that is built to be changed by developers, rather than being rigid and immutable. Storing documents in particular are its strong point, and it also boasts excellent integrated analytics tools for added convenience.


If you are looking for the most approachable and accessible database app around, then TeamDesk could be a good choice. It is compatible with Mac thanks to the fact that it is cloud-powered and also prevents you from needing to splash out on your own server hardware, which is an extra benefit.

As with any cloud service, you will need to pay a subscription fee to use it and there are a number of packages available. You can also opt for a database that is formatted according to a pre-existing template, or go further and make your own customizations.


Tailored to the needs of Mac users, TablePlus is an on-premises database app that is built for managing other databases that may be within your remit as an administrator. This can include SQL instances, and it empowers users with a range of intuitive interface elements that make working on a database a breeze.

Ultimately your choice of app for Mac will depend on what you want to get out of it, and it pays to test different solutions to narrow down the field.


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