The last version of Microsoft Project for Mac died way back in 1994.
Since then, Microsoft has never released another version of its flagship project management software on Mac.
The good news is however there are some even better and cheaper options than MS Project available on macOS.
There are in fact literally hundreds of project management solutions out there so here we’ve narrowed down the very best alternatives to Microsoft Project for Mac.
All of the tools featured here support Gantt Charts for managing project timelines or Kanban Boards for agile project management and are excellent at helping PMs develop plans, assign resources, track project progress and managing budgets.
They are ideal for Project Managers working on Macs in all industries but particularly for:
- Digital Agencies
- Event Planning
- Construction Companies
- Marketing Teams
- HR Teams
- Software Developers
Before we go into the reviews, you can get a quick overview of how these tools compare side-by-side in the table below.
Microsoft Project For Mac Alternatives Compared
|Teamwork||Monday.com||Vizlo||Project Online||Backlog||Wrike||SmartSheet||ProjectManager.com||LiquidPlanner||ProofHub||Redbooth||Active Collab||Celoxis||Clarizen||Mavenlink|
|Gantt Charts||Uses Timelines|
|Import & Export MS Project||XML Only|
|MS Project Integration|
|Works on iPad/Android|
|EU Hosting Option|
|Price||Free / $9/m+ ||$39/m+ for 5 users ||Free / $11/m+ ||Free / $10/m+ ||Free / $35/m+ ||$9.80/m||$10/m||$15+/m||$9.99/m||$45+/m||$9/m||$7/m||$25/m||On Request||$19+/m|
With this in mind, here is our list of the best alternatives to Microsoft Project on Mac in 2020.
Teamwork (formerly known as Teamwork Projects) really pushes the boat out when it comes to project management and in our view, is the best alternative to Microsoft Project that Mac users can find.
Teamwork has been around for over a decade now and is all about helping employees, teams and PMs be more organized, cooperative and informed without getting in the way.
It’s suitable for use in all industries although its particularly popular with marketing, creative, software and customer support teams.
From the way it feels like something made for macOS to the way it accurately imports and exports MS Project files, Teamwork is also so much better to use than MS Project in almost every way.
Teamwork also has the best integration with Microsoft Project of any project management software we’ve tried.
The Teamwork Microsoft Office add-on not only allows you to import and export to Microsoft Project but even integrate with Microsoft Project in real-time with it too.
Combined with clear, color coordinated Gantt Chart and Kanban project views, automated Triggers and Webhooks to alert others when work is complete and Zoho Reports integration, Teamwork is a pleasure to use when it comes to project management.
Although Teamwork is an enterprise project management tool, private individuals or freelancers can use it for free but note that free accounts are limited to just 2 projects and 100MB of storage.
Professional Plans start at a reasonable $9 per user/month but you’ll need the enhanced Premium Plan for MS Project integration which costs $15 per user/month.
You can find full details here on Teamwork pricing.
You can try a 30 day free trial of any Plan with no credit card required.
You can also read our full Teamwork review for a more in-depth look.
You can see a full comparison of how Teamwork vs Microsoft Project compares below.
Teamwork vs Microsoft Project
|Teamwork||Microsoft Project Pro|
|Works on Mac|
|Import & Export MS Project|
|Project Overview Chart|
|MS Project Integration||-|
|Works on iPad/Android|
|EU Hosting Option|
|Price||Free / $9+/month ||$30/month|
Pricing: Free/$9+ per month
Monday.com is simple but deceptively powerful and unbelievably effective.
What we like about Monday.com is that it doesn’t try to be the ultimate project management tool. It just keeps things to a bare minimum making it easy for anyone to learn and use within minutes of signing-up.
The best thing that Monday.com does is make it crystal clear the sequence in which tasks need to be completed before the next can be done.
In fact, Monday feels a lot like a spreadsheet but is far easier to manage, track and modify without complicated formulas or endless numbers of cells.
You can actually choose various views for projects such as spreadsheets, lists, maps, Kanban boards and more.
You can easily upload attachments to cards and leave comments for colleagues. Although there is no specific Gantt chart view, Monday.com does have something very similar called timelines.
You can create some really slick summary charts and export them for sharing with anyone that doesn’t use Monday.com.
You can’t import or export Microsoft Project files into Monday.com but there’s lots of integration with third party products such as Jira, Google Drive, Slack, Excel and more.
You can try Monday.com now for free and pricing starts at $39 a month for 5 users which works out at just under $8 per user.
Pricing gets cheaper the more users you subscribe with Enterprise plans available.
If you love charts, then you’ll love Vizzlo.
Vizlo specializes in kinds of charts including project timeline charts, Gantt charts, waterfall charts and just about any other chart you can think of.
Vizzlo doesn’t have all the advanced PM features of Teamwork but there’s no other app that makes charts look so good on your Mac.
That doesn’t mean it’s not professional – massive companies like Adidas, IBM and Uber use Vizzlo to produce smart and impactful project management charts quickly.
Vizzlo is incredibly easy to use, taking you step-by-step as you create a chart and the results are extremely slick.
The Project Phase chart (also known as a process chart) in particular produces an original, attractive detailed chevron list to visualize project phases or process flows.
You can get started with Vizzlo for free now and the free version allows unlimited documents, over 100 chart templates and the ability to create custom themes.
Project Online is Microsoft’s Cloud project management software but it’s important to be aware that it’s not the same as Microsoft Project.
Microsoft clearly states that:
Project Online is an entirely separate service that offers full portfolio and project management tools on the web.
If you’ve already got a Microsoft Office 365 account then you can start using Project Online on your Mac now. Windows users can also open Project Online plans in Microsoft Project on their PC but of course, this isn’t possible for Mac users.
Project Online can though be used on all platforms, including Mac, and does many of the things MS Project can including Gantt charts, project planning and scheduling and team collaboration.
If you just want to track timescales, balance resources and manage projects Project Online is sufficient although it feels very dates and lacks the modern approach of tools like Teamwork which offers far more.
The other thing to be aware of is that Project Online isn’t cheap.
If you want to access all features, it costs $55.00 per user per month which is a lot more than most of the alternatives to Microsoft Project featured here.
Pricing: Office 365 Subscription/$10+/month
Backlog is a straightforward, slick, no-nonsense project management and although it’s aimed mainly at developers, it can easily be used by industries of all types.
Backlog is already used by some of the biggest companies out there including Adobe, SoftBank and TransferWise.
Bakclog is very task oriented and doesn’t bog you down with bloated features and tools.
What we like most about Backlog is the overall simplicity. Backlog makes it very easy to track projects and assess risks.
Backlog offers three ways to view your project timelines: Burndown Charts, Git Graphs (for developers) and of course, Gantt Charts.
Again, these are all very simple in layout and presentation but make it easy to focus on the essential tasks.
The third party integration is limited in Backlog but still includes major products such as Jira, Slack and TypeTalk. You can also build your own integrations with Backlog’s API.
There are also iOS and Android apps so that you can manage and track projects from anywhere.
Pricing for Backlog starts at $35 per month for a Backlog Starter Plan which allows up to 30 users and 5 projects. The Standard Plan costs $100 per month which allows unlimited users, 100 projects and 30GB of storage. There are also Premium and Enterprise plans for an unlimited number of users and projects starting at $175 per month.
You can try Backlog for free to judge for yourself.
Wrike is one of the most popular cloud based project management apps available and used by over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
Wrike is like a mix between project management tools Trello and Jira but in a slicker and more intuitive interface.
Wrike is very flexible and suitable for everything from creative projects to corporate project management and marketing campaigns.
When it comes to scheduling and project overviews, Wrike uses a classic Gantt chart timeline to help you see how you’re doing and make adjustments to project estimates.
Wrike is also one of the most well-integrated apps we’ve seen and works with over 30 major apps such as Microsoft Office 365 including Microsoft Project, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive.
You can import MS Project files into the Professional and Business versions of Wrike as long as they are in MPP, MPX and XML format.
There are 4 main versions of Wrike, Free, Professional, Business and Enterprise plus an extra version Wrike for Marketeers which is designed specifically for marketing professionals.
You can get more information on Wrike pricing here.
You can try it for yourself as all plans have a free trial of Wrike.
SmartSheet is a powerful online alternative to Microsoft Project which puts making Gantt charts easy at the center of its design.
It’s incredibly easy to get up and running with SmartSheet as the learning curve is minimal compared to most project management software but it does not skimp on features and capabilities.
SmartSheet is very easy to use and makes it simple to create timelines, calendars and share or collaborate on projects with other users.
If you need to work with Microsoft Project users, SmartSheet can import and export Microsoft Project files as well as PDF, PNG and other major formats.
Managing timelines is also easy allowing you to drag and drop tasks to change duration or completion dates and enter more information.
You can also add Milestones and choose whether you want them to have a knock-on effect on the rest of your tasks or not.
SmartSheet costs $10 a month for single users or $15 per month for team users of more than three people.
You can also try SmartSheet for free before deciding whether it’s for you.
ProjectManager.com is a Cloud project management tool which provides an easy to use and colorful way to plan and track projects.
ProjectManager is a powerful Gantt chart software with major corporate customers such as Volvo, NASA and Nike using it.
You can import MPP files and although it’s web-based, there is a free iPad and iPhone app which syncs with it so you can edit projects anywhere.
The useful thing about ProjectManager.com is that multiple members of a team can log onto it at the same time and update tasks, roadmaps and reports in real-time.
There’s a 30 day free trial of ProjectManager.com and then pricing plans start from $25 a month for 1-5 users up to $45 a month for more than 10 users.
LiquidPlanner is a powerful software-as-a-service (SaaS) project management application aimed at technology teams.
LiquidPlanner is ideal for task management, project scheduling, and team collaboration in one application.
LiquidPlanner is suitable for agile environments but could also be easily deployed in waterfall environments too.
LiquidPlanner attempts to be a bit different from most software by using “predictive project management” to help identify issues, bottlenecks and problems before they arise.
The idea behind this is that you end up with more realistic deadlines due to the LiquidPlanner scheduling engine which automatically calculates dates for projects and task across the entire project timeline in real-time.
If you already use a CRM software on your Mac, you can integrate LiquidPlanner into major CRM platforms such as Salesforce and Zapier.
If you want to integrate into a specific application, there’s a RESTful API to connect to other services.
LiquidPlanner starts at $9.99 per user per month for small businesses and $39 for larger enterprises although it depends on how many users you need it for.
Your best bet is to try the free trial of LiquidPlanner to judge for yourself before subscribing.
Pricing: $9.99+/month – Free Trial
ProofHub is an online project management solution that’s used by everyone from freelancers to large corporations.
It’s designed for project of all size and industries and according to the developers, is already used by companies such as Netflix, Google, Disney and NASA.
One of the main attractions of ProofHub is its accessibility and ease of use for all technical abilities. This is partly because ProofHub feels a little bit like a Google product with a navigational interface like Google Docs and an instant messenger client that’s not unlike GChat.
Although you can use a Gantt chart style overview of your projects, it’s not at the center of ProofHub.
You can navigate ProofHub using the different tabs at the top such as the Tasks bar which allows you to add, modify and set the priority of tasks and jobs.
You can breakdown tasks into subtasks with ProofHub and easily assign tasks to different members of your team. If you need to switch to a Gantt chart view of your timeline, you can do using the Gantt tab.
Outside of the main taskbar across the top, the ProofHub chat client allows you to start direct chats, group chats and includes chart history and emojis.
There are also advanced features such as IP restrictions, white label branding of the client and advanced search tools.
The developer is also constantly updating ProofHub with new features and has recently added Kanban, third-party integrations and an iOS app.
There’s a lot more to ProofHub and you can check out the full list of features here.
You can try ProofHub for free but a basic Essential plan starts at $45 per month (limited to 40 projects and 15GB of data) and goes up to $89 per month for Enterprise plans with no restrictions.
Redbooth is actually free for users that only need up to 2GB of storage and 5 work spaces but this includes Gantt charts, unlimited comments and conversations and free integration with Google Drive, Slack and Dropbox.
Redbooth is extremely streamlined with a very simple interface that clearly shows tasks in progress and tasks to be done.
You can prioritize tasks, and easily delegate and assign work by tagging members of your team.
There are several ready-made project templates in Redbooth and you can customize them how you want. You can then re-use customized templates when you start a new project.
Other useful features in Redbooth include spreadsheet importing, @mentions, hashtags, external user invites, email notifications and a Google Chrome extension.
One other nice touch is integration with Gmail which means you can turn emails into tasks instantly. There are also native apps for iPad, iPhone, Android and even Apple Watch to keep track of your projects.
Redbooth is for anyone that wants a basic but functional project management app that won’t break the bank.
You can try a fully featured version of Redbooth free for 30 days.
Pricing: Free/$9+ per month
Active Collab offers both cloud based and self hosted software that keeps things extremely simple but does not lack power.
Active Collab has a clear and distraction free interface with plenty of handy features.
One of the things we like most about Active Collab is the Estimated v Tracked Time feature which makes it easy to see where things are getting out of hand.
There’s also a useful un-invoiced report which monitors work which hasn’t been invoiced for and a workload report which allows easy macro management of project personnel.
Other nice touches include up to 500GB of file sharing space, Gantt charts accessible to everyone and Kanban Boards for collaboration.
The online version includes integration with major online storage and payment solutions such as Dropbox, Google Drive and PayPal but you can also install Active Collab locally to utilize local storage servers instead.
Active Collab starts at $25 a month for the cloud hosted version but starts at $999 for the self hosted version.
You can try Active Collab free for 30 days.
Celoxis is an advanced Indian based online and on-premise project management tool but still remains surprisingly easy to use.
Celoxis is used by companies as notable as HBO, LG and Rolex for project management indicating just how powerful it is.
One of the best features of Celoxis is the real-world scheduling engine which calculates project times automatically based on dependencies, constraints and calendars so that you don’t have to do all the number crunching yourself.
Of course, there are also Gantt charts which can be edited via keyboard shortcuts and a very useful portfolio report which can assimilate and report on several projects at once.
Free online file storage and sharing is limited to 2GB but you can pay $10 for every extra 10GB which is quite steep but flexible.
Other features include time tracking, invoicing and extensive reports.
Celoxis starts at $25 per month for the online version but goes up to $450 per month for the on-premise version.
Clarizen is a cloud based project management tool which tries to take the hard work out of project management.
One way it does this is via the Project Highlight Report which automatically summarizes essential project information, status, pending issues etc.
There’s also a Portfolio Optimizer which automatically suggests areas where you can make improvements including running “what-if” scenarios such as budget changes, date changes and personnel adjustments.
Online storage is limited to 1GB per user although you can use Dropbox and Google Drive.
Other useful tools include Gantt charts, brainstorming discussions and timesheets.
Clarizen pricing is done on a per-client needs basis but you can also try a free trial.
Pricing: On Request
Mavenlink is a highly accomplished cloud based software which is used by companies such as Buzzfeed, CocaCola and SalesForce.
Mavenlink features everything you’d expect in a PM app such as Gantt Charts, resource utilization, comprehensive customizable reports and budget status.
Mavenlink is a very advanced tool designed for the needs of large enterprises with an upper online file storage limit of 1TB.
However, small teams can still use it from $19 per month and if you think your organization is going to grow significantly, it’s definitely worth a looking at.
Which Is The Best Microsoft Project For Mac Alternative?
Overall, we’ve found Teamwork is the best of the bunch because it’s so well thought and we really love the Microsoft Project syncing tool. It also looks like an app that was designed for macOS which perfectly fits the Apple aesthetic.
For simplicity, ease of learning and effectiveness, you can’t beat Monday.com.
If you want to create stunning charts for your project management needs, then look no further than Vizzlo which really has got chart creation down to a fine art.
Backlog takes a simpler approach but we like the way it keeps things incredibly simple and makes it easy to keep focused on the essential. It’s particularly good as a software development project management tool.
All of the solutions featured here are excellent project management apps and the best one for you depends on whether you want a cloud or desktop solution, need MPP file support and what your budget will allow.
Are There Any Free MS Project Alternatives?
The simple answer is there’s no free PM software that can compete with an enterprise application like Microsoft Project.
However, there are free versions of some of the apps featured in these reviews but they all have restrictions.
The Free Forever Plan of Teamwork is an excellent free alternative to MS Project for example but unless you upgrade to a paid plan, you can only do 2 projects and use 100MB of storage.
For more information, check out our look at the best free alternatives to Microsoft Project on Mac.
Can You Run Microsoft Project on a Mac?
Yes you can run Microsoft Project on a Mac by installing Windows on macOS.
However, to do it easily you’ll have to purchase extra software such as Parallels and then of course, don’t forget you’ll also have to pay for Microsoft Project as well which will work out a lot more expensive than the solutions featured here.
We think that the software featured here are not only better than Microsoft Project but also avoid the hassle and expense of installing Windows on your Mac.
Is There A Google Equivalent Of Microsoft Project?
Surprisingly, Google doesn’t offer its own Project Management software but most of the apps here do offer integration with Google Drive.
Some PM apps like Gantter even offer a Google Chrome plugin that integrates with Google Calendar, Google Hangouts, Google Drive and Google Team Drive.
Why Hasn’t Microsoft Released Project For Mac?
Quite simply Microsoft decided long ago it wasn’t worth the effort and resources to develop a version of Project for the Mac market.
The market for Mac users is a lot smaller than for Windows and it would require Microsoft to develop and maintain an entirely different product on macOS.
If you have any questions, problems or suggestions regarding the apps featured here, let us know in the comments below.