TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into macOS. 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. Compliance with these security rules is additionally guaranteed by the application sandbox of macOS.

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.


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TinkerTool 1.1.2

Historic edition for Mac OS X Public Beta, released June 2020.

TinkerTool 1.5.2

Historic edition for Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah, released June 2020.

TinkerTool Classic v3.95

Classic version for Mac OS X 10.1 Puma, 10.2 Jaguar and 10.3 Panther, released August 2009.

TinkerTool Classic Generation 2 v4.5

For Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard, released March 2011

TinkerTool v4.97

For Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion, released July 2014

TinkerTool v5.7

For OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite and 10.11 El Capitan, released September 2016

TinkerTool v6.5

For MacOS 10.12 Sierra and 10.13 High Sierra, released April 2019

TinkerTool v7.6

For MacOS 10.14 Mojave and 10.15 Catalina, released September 2020

TinkerTool v8.2

For MacOS 11 Big Sur, released June 2021

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