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  • Chocolatey icon

    Chocolatey

    Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind. It is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure. In terms of updates, it allows you to update nearly...

    Open Source Windows

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    Homebrew

    Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn't include with OS X.

    Open Source Mac

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    aptitude

    aptitude is a terminal-based frontend for Apt ( Advanced Package Tool ) with a number of useful features, including: a mutt-like syntax for matching packages in a flexible manner, dselect-like...

    Open Source Linux

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    pacman (package manager)

    The pacman package manager is one of the major distinguishing features of Arch Linux . It combines a simple binary package format with an easy-to-use build system. The goal of pacman is to make it possible to easily manage packages...

    Open Source Linux Arch Linux

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    Ubuntu Update Manager

    One of the great things about using open source software is the frequency with which bugs are fixed, security holes are patched, and new features are added. Ubuntu includes a very convenient update manager, which checks the software...

    Open Source Linux

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    Advanced Package Tool

    Apt (for Advanced Package Tool) is a set of core tools inside Debian. The user interface application for Apt is aptitude.

    Open Source Linux

  • App Grid icon

    App Grid

    App Grid is a new lightweight Ubuntu Software Center alternative that tries to make application discovery easier by using a grid view which includes app screenshots and ratings. Discover the best...

    Open Source Linux

  • Just Install icon

    Just Install

    just-install - The stupid package installer for Windows. Chocolatey , Ninite , Npackd are way too slow, bloated and difficult to extend. I needed a no-frills solution to install stuff on Windows machines, here it is. ...

    Open Source Windows

  • win-get

    win-get is an installer and software repository for Microsoft Windows, like apt-get in Linux.

    Open Source Windows

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    OneGet

    OneGet is a unified interface to package management systems and aims to make Software Discovery, Installation and Inventory (SDII) work via a common set of cmdlets (and eventually a set of APIs). Regardless of the installation...

    Open Source Windows

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  • Ubuntu Sources List Generator

    Ubuntu Sources List Generator is a website where you can generate a sources.list file with a lot of useful repositories.

    Free Linux Web / Cloud

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    RubyGems

    RubyGems.org is the Ruby community's gem hosting service. Instantly publish your gems and install them. Use the API to interact and find out more information about available gems.

    Open Source Web / Cloud

  • Duo icon

    Duo

    Duo is a next-generation package manager that blends the best ideas from Component, Browserify and Go to make organizing and writing front-end code quick and painless.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Nix Package Manager icon

    Nix Package Manager

    Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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    PostInstallerF

    PostInstallerF is a small, lightweight, useful tool that can be used to install 100+ essential softwares.

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu After Install

    Automated installation a lot of useful extra software on Ubuntu after the initial desktop install.

    Open Source Linux

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    CoApp

    CoApp is an open-source package management system for Windows. The goal of the CoApp project is to create a community of developers dedicated to creating a set of tools and processes that enable other open source developers to...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Latest commit f1a1e50 on Jan 24, 2015. See https://github.com/coapp/coapp.org
  • Debian Sources List Generator

    The Debgen is a tool that allows the user to create /apt/sources.list file by adding some extra repositories beyond the standards.

    Free Linux Web / Cloud

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    Muon

    Muon is a powerful graphical package manager built on the QApt framework. It boasts a powerful feature set in a usability-minded interface. Targeted for the intermediate to power user range.

    Open Source Linux

  • RPM Package Manager icon

    RPM Package Manager

    The RPM Package Manager (RPM) is a powerful command line driven package management system capable of installing, uninstalling, verifying, querying, and updating computer software packages. Each software package consists of an archive...

    Open Source Linux

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    debfoster

    Debian uses the main programs apt and dpkg to manage packages. These programs do not make a distinction between packages that got installed because some other program happened to need it and packages you really asked for. Debfoster...

    Open Source Linux

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    deborphan

    deborphan finds packages installed on your Debian/GNU system that have no other packages depending on them. Its primary goal (and default action) is to trace unused libraries. A dialog frontend, orphaner, is included in the package...

    Open Source Linux

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    Appupdater

    Automatically download and install many popular applications. Appupdater provides advanced functionality to Windows, similar to apt-get or yum on Linux. It automates the process of installing and maintaining up to date versions of...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The database hasn't been updated in a long time.
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    Discover

    Utility for KDE's Plasma desktop environment for browsing, installing, and removing applications, implemented as an app store like application.

    Open Source Linux KDE KDE Plasma Workspaces

  • YUM Package Manager icon

    YUM Package Manager

    Yum is an automatic updater and package installer/remover for rpm systems. It automatically computes dependencies and figures out what things should occur to install packages. It makes it easier to maintain groups of machines without...

    Open Source Linux

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    Pallet

    Pallet is the official MacPorts GUI app for Mac OS X and was started as a GSoC project in May 2009. It is in active development and continuous improvement (this is a beta product). Currently you can use it to install, upgrade and...

    Open Source Mac

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    Oduso

    Quickly install apps, themes and tweaks with Oduso. Just select the apps that you would like to install and paste the generated command into the terminal.

    Free Linux Web / Cloud

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    Xara-GTK

    Ara is a utility for searching the Debian package database. It works in batch mode, in interactive command-line mode (with a built-in line editor) or with a graphical interface, Xara.

    Open Source Linux

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    launchpad-getkeys

    Launchpad-Getkeys is a script (comes packaged in a .deb) that automatically imports all missing GPG keys, even if you're behind a firewall. It was initially created by blackgr @ ubuntuforums but then [webupd8] decided to...

    Open Source Linux

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    MacLibre

    MacLibre is an Open Source Software Distribution for Mac OS X. It's simple, intuitive with applications you need. It brings a new way of software installation on your Mac. It installs a pack of great free/open source apps and...

    Open Source Mac

    • Discontinued Website not accessible and development seems to have ceased.
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    Galternatives

    galternatives is graphical setup tool for the alternatives system.A GUI to help the system administrator to choose what program should provide a given service.

    Open Source Linux

  • InstallPad icon

    InstallPad

    Downloading the latest versions of your favorite programs is a tiring task, especially on a fresh installation of Windows. Navigating through the mess of websites and download links is frustrating, waiting for the installers to...

    Free Personal Windows

    • Discontinued http://installpad.com/ available for sale
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    NeoSetup Updater

    NeoSetup is a brand new concept of application installer and updater for Windows. It detects updates quickly and installs them at a click of a button. It will perform automated application installations from a collection of the most...

    Freemium Windows

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I use this a lot, because I am on Ubuntu. Even though there ...

Comment by Aaron
about Synaptic Jun 2011

I use this a lot, because I am on Ubuntu. Even though there is an Add/Remove program utility, this usually has more and I can find things easier in it. If something is not in the list of programs I just add or update my repository.

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