Stellar Data Recovery

Free Mac Data Recovery Software

Recover up to 1 GB lost or deleted data on Mac devices, free of cost.

  • Recovers lost or deleted documents, photos, videos, audio, email & more
  • Recovers from MacBook®, MacBook Air®, MacBook Pro®, iMac®, Mac mini® etc.
  • Recovers files lost due to Startup disk formatting or drive corruption
Available for Windows

Best Free Mac File
Recovery Software

Try this free data recovery software for Mac, recommended by leading technology media as one of the top-rated tools for recovering lost or deleted files from mac.

  • Recovers deleted files from Mac or external hard drives
  • Recovers data from unmounted drives & corrupted media
  • Easiest tool to restore data from Mac, no expertise required

Recover All File Formats from Mac Systems for Free

The tool can get back all leading file types & formats associated with Mac.

  • Recovers hundreds of file formats from Mac
  • Restores Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Mail files, etc.
  • Gets back deleted Word, PowerPoint, Excel files & more

Restore Data from All Mac Devices & Drives

Use the free Mac file recovery tool to retrieve data from various storage drives.

  • Recovers from the devices running on macOS Catalina till OS X Lion
  • Recovers from Fusion drive, Time Machine device & more
  • Retrieves from SSD, portable HDD, jump drives, etc.

More Awesome Features

Recover your data in 3-steps

Recover Files from Emptied Trash

The Mac trash recovery tool offers a free, DIY solution to restore the deleted files from Trash. The software can restore your files even if you had emptied the Trash. It can get back the files that were deleted using the Command-Shift-Delete or Command-Option-Shift-Delete options.

Preview files before you save them

Recover Data from Mac USB Drive

The free data recovery tool for Mac can recover deleted data from USB-C portable SSD, flash media, external hard drive, SD card, etc. The software can recover lost data from any USB drive having APFS, HFS, HFS+, ex-FAT or NTFS file system and works equally well with high-capacity storage drives.

Retrieve any kind of data

Recover Data from Formatted Partition

The software can scan formatted partitions on Mac Startup disk and removable storage media to determine the location of the lost data. It uses powerful deep scan technology to search the data using file signature, thereby maximizing the recovery of data from formatted partitions.

Recover from BitLocker® encrypted drive

Preview the Files before Saving Them

The software displays a detailed Preview of all other recoverable data after scanning the storage media. It allows you to clearly see all the data that can be recovered from the Mac device or attached storage media before you decide to choose and save the files.

Do Even More with Paid Software

Recover data from lost partition

Recover Data from Crashed Mac

Professional, Premium and other advanced variants of this free Mac recovery software can also restore data from a crashed Mac system. These paid variants have the ability to create a bootable USB recovery media to boot the crashed Mac, access the storage drive and recover the data effortlessly.

Recover data from crashed system

Retrieve Data from Lost Partition

Paid variants of the software can scan and locate lost or deleted partitions of Mac storage drives, thereby allowing recovery of data from such partitions. These advanced variants of the Mac data recovery tool can recover data from lost partitions of Startup disk, USB-C hard drive, portable drive, flash storage, etc.

Repair corrupt videos

Recover Data from Time Machine

Professional, Premium and Technician editions of the software can scan Time Machine backup and restore data. So, if you had deleted the data or lost it due to drive corruption or formatting, you can recover it by scanning the Time Machine backup. A benefit of using the software is that you can recover specific files.

Repair corrupt photos

Recover from Drive Having Bad Sectors

Professional & upper variants of the free Mac recovery tool offer disk imaging, allowing recovery of data through the disk image. This feature is helpful for recovering data from hard drives having bad sectors, as recovery from the disk image is faster and it avoids hard drive failure risks while performing data recovery.

Advanced RAID recovery capability

Repair Corrupt Photos

Premium and Technician editions of the software can repair corrupt photos taken with DSLR, digital camera, drone, Android phone etc. These paid variants can easily repair distorted, grainy, blurry, pixelated, & greyed-out images, and restore the images to their original state.

Virtual Drive recovery

Repair Corrupt Videos

Premium and Technician editions of the tool can also fix corrupt video files shot with all types of cameras such as DSLR, action camera, drone, CCTV camera, etc. These software can resolve choppiness, blurriness, and stuttering, etc. and work seamlessly with brands such as Canon®, Sony®, Go Pro®, etc.

Software Walkthrough

How it works

  • Step 1
    Select File Type

    Select the type of data that you want to recover.

  • Step 2
    Select the Location

    Select the Startup disk or location, and click Scan.

  • Step 3
    Preview & Recover

    Preview the scanned files and click Recover.

Select File Type
Select Recover From
Scan & Recover
Select files after the scan and click 'Recover' to save recovered data.

Quick Comparison

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Recover Data Upto 1GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
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Installations Single System Single System Single System 3 Systems
OS Required macOS macOS macOS macOS
Recovers Deleted Photos, Videos and other Critical Files
Recovers from Formatted Systems
Recovers from Any Storage Media
Recovers Data from APFS, HFS+, NTFS, ex-FAT, FAT(FAT16/FAT32)
Recovers from Non-Booting macOS
Recovers Files from Lost Partition
Optical Media Recovery (CD, DVD, HDDVD, Blu-ray Disc)
Creates Disk Image
Monitors Hard Drive Health (SMART) & HDD Cloning
Repairs Corrupt or Distorted Videos
Repairs Corrupt or Distorted Photos
Repairs Multiple Videos or Photos simultaneously
Extracts Thumbnails of Images
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Toms Guide

Toms Guide

Stellar Mac data recovery does an admirable job of trying for something more usable and attractive.

PC World


In testing this Data Recovery Mac software, I have found it very easy to use and straightforward. The configuration was user-friendly.



It works & you will be rest assured by how quickly the software digs down to find what you are missing.

Computer Active

apple JAC

The Mac Data Recovery is very straight-forward and easy to use, the results are quite impressive.



Your best bet is to download the application and scan your devices for free.

You're in Good Hands

I first met you at a Macworld in SF so I know you've been around a while, and I personally used Stellar to recover most of the photo files from a friends brand new MacBook a number of years ago. I had saved almost all her images of her new baby.

Jan Wagner

Lynette Kent

You guys are masters of data recovery :). Only your software located my troublesome 32 GB Wi-Fi SDHC Class 10 Memory Card, and it comfortably recovered deleted files on macOS Sierra 10.12.2.

Adam B Tolbert

Carmelita Nichols

I ran the demo version of this software and it returned 20.4 GB of recoverable data. After I purchased, I was able to save the recovered data on my machine. Thanks for this!

Lee Scotti

Matt Flanagan

Technical Specifications

About Product

Stellar Data Recovery Free


Release Date

June 2020


Single User


Free, Professional, Premium, Technician

Language Supported

English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

System Requirements

System Requirements



Operating System

macOS Catalina 10.15, Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8 & 10.7


2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)

Hard Disk

250 MB free space


Recover 1 GB data, absolutely free

*Recover up to 1GB lost or deleted data for free

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Knowledge Base & Guides

Product Related Articles

You need to follow the mentioned steps to recover the data from lost or inaccessible partitions, however before that you need to upgrade to Professional or Premium version. Learn more
Stellar Data Recovery software recovers deleted files from macOS Catalina 10.15, Mojave 10.14 or High Sierra startup disk. But to restore deleted files, you need to disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) first and then run the software.Learn more
Stellar Data Recovery software comes with an advanced upgrade feature that allows you to upgrade your activated software from lower to a higher edition. Learn more

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You can recover up to 1 GB data using Stellar Data Recovery Free edition. The maximum size of individual files recovered with the tool could be up to 25 MB.


You can upgrade the free edition of the tool to Professional or Premium editions to recover more than 1 GB data. These paid editions of the software can recover unlimited files of any size.


Software "version upgrade" option is available only with Paid variants of Stellar Mac data recovery tool. So, in case if you're using the free edition and want to upgrade, you would need to first activate the free edition by purchasing the license key of Standard edition. Once you have the Standard edition, you can upgrade it to the Professional or other higher variants.


Yes, the free edition can recover data from devices running macOS Catalina, Mojave and older OS X versions.


Yes, it is absolutely safe to use this software.


Free 24x5 Technical support is available with all Paid editions of Stellar Data Recovery software.


On macOS Catalina, Mojave and High Sierra, you need to safely disable the System Integrity Protection on Mac for recovering deleted files from start-up disk. The process for disabling SIP temporarily is safe and hassle free.Learn more