Use UNIX to run over 1,000 maintenance tasks

If you've never used Terminal to execute commands and perform tasks on your Mac then CLIX is a good starting point. View full description


  • A good introduction to using UNIX commands
  • Over 1,000 commands to browse through


  • Can be difficult for those used to GUIs
  • Requires some Terminal experience with Sudo commands


If you've never used Terminal to execute commands and perform tasks on your Mac then CLIX is a good starting point.

CLIX provides over 1,000 system commands for investigating your system status, cleaning out the junk files, accessing hidden Dock settings, and other tweaks related to Finder, Spotlight, Dashboard, Exposé, and many more. The advantage of this is that it's quick, requires no third party application, and there's no danger of crashes.

In reality though, CLIX can be a little tricky to master. If you're used to a GUI for administering your maintenance programs and have never used Terminal, then you might find yourself a bit lost. This is particularly true if you've never used the 'Sudo' command , which some commands require before executing.

Commands in the files are divided into categories such as Clean, Disk, Dock, Finder, Global, Log, Network, Purge, Safari, and System. Each command has a title and a description which you can browse through, until you find something of interest and then double click to bring up the command console. All you have to do is hit the 'Run' button then hit 'Stop' when you want to stop it.

CLIX offers a handy introduction into using UNIX and Terminal, although if you're just looking for an easy-to-use maintenance tool, it's probably not the best choice.


  • Both 32-bit and 64-bit builds.
  • Commands augmented - total number commands in all directories: 5000.
  • Supports OS X 10.5.8 and 10.6.3 even though site information may indicate otherwise.
  • Support for passwords in any character in the BMP.
  • New command file set for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
  • New 64-bit build brings this version in line with the ACP version.
  • 1952 commands including new commands for monitoring Apple Mail bugs. Further commands arriving shortly.
  • Downloads in bzip2 and DMG formats also available.
  • Additional configurable settings. Completely new help system. Builds on version 2.0, the biggest update in the program's history.