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The best remote pair programming app on macOS

Because we programmers deserve better than a generic screen sharing tool
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After Screenhero was acquired, we were sure someone would come along to make a tool specifically for pair programming.

But four years later, it still felt like no one had really nailed it.

Sure, you could technically get some pairing done with something like Zoom, but it was clearly built for business types, not programmers who hate undismissable UI chrome.

And Slack Calls is fine, but not having remote control is rough. Have you ever tried to dictate some code for your pair to write? Or narrated a set of vim commands? Not fun.

Another problem: if you’re going to type on a remote machine, the connection has to be low-latency. This is the sort of thing that generic screen sharing tools just don’t care much about.

After much deliberation, the three of us (Ben, Joel, and Spencer) quit our cushy dev jobs, started living off our savings, and dove into the problem full-time.

It's been a ton of work, but we finally have something we've always wanted: a fast, lightweight tool built for nitpicky developers like ourselves. One that sweats the details programmers care about like efficient CPU usage, no UI chrome, and 5K-quality video stream. A tool that fades into the background and lets you focus on being a great pair.

We are proud of Tuple and we love using it. We think you will too.

P.S. We're fully self-funded, have no intention of raising money or selling, and are sustainably profitable. We're in this for the long haul. :)

Built for Pair Programmers

Seamless control for two

Tuple gives mouse and keyboard control to both parties. Handing off control takes one click, so you never need to dictate what you want your pair to do.

Crazy-low CPU usage

An active Tuple call often uses less CPU than Chrome does while sitting "idle". We're stingy with your CPU cycles so you've got space to spin up yet another Docker container.

Ridiculously crisp audio and video

If you've got the bandwidth for it, Tuple will stream your desktop in glorious 5K. Our audio is low-latency and super clear.

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Tuple has become our default tool for remote pairing at Shopify. The teams ❤️ it.

Farhan Thawar
VP of Engineering, Shopify

Features for discerning developers

We'll admit it: we're a little crazy about the small details in our tools. Someone in marketing might be okay with Zoom's UI cluttering their screen, but we didn't want to live that way.

Handy screen annotation

When navigating, you can highlight or draw on your pair's screen. No more calling out line numbers to direct their attention to some code.

One click to start pairing

No need for clunky invites, URLs, “rooms”, or “hosts”. One click on your friends list and you're collaborating.

No UI in your way

Tuple lives in your toolbar and has no persistent UI elements, even while pairing. You'll never struggle to read something that's hidden underneath annoying chrome.

While pair programming all-day, every day is never going to be my speed, there are still plenty of times where pairing is just the right thing. At Basecamp, we've been using Tuple for this to great reviews. Shatters the argument you can't remote pair in hifi.

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CTO at Basecamp

Just did my second Tuple call and it really feels like magic.

That's the fastest Adam Wathan has ever been able to explain a concept to me.

Having the ability to highlight different parts of the screen is 👍.

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Justin Jackson
Co-founder of Transistor

Been using Tuple the last week and it is such a massive improvement over hangouts/zoom. Mega fast connections, low latency mouse and keyboard takeover, it’s nearly perfect!!

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Brandon Newton
Javascript Developer

My team has been pairing with Tuple for almost a month now and the verdict is -- it's amazing. Major brownie points to their team for promptly responding to user feedback as well. Blown away by their commitment!

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Joel Taylor
Developer at TaskRabbit

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