What we use to build AlternativeTo

All the tools, services and so on that we use when we develop AlternativeTo. AlternativeTo is built in ASP.NET using C# and is hosted on Azure. We do use a lot of other services as well and you can read all about them below.

Let's start with the apps were we spend most of our time.

  • Microsoft Visual Studio icon

    Microsoft Visual Studio

    Free Personal Windows Web .NET Framework Website

    Visual Studio is the main IDE we use for coding, debugging and everything else that you do in a large app like this.


  • GitHub icon


    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Web Android Windows RT ... Android Tablet BSD Website

    Like most other software developers nowdays we use GIT as our source control system and we host our code on GitHub. We also use their issue system to associate bugs with commits and so on.


  • Slack icon


    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone BSD Apple Watch Electron / Atom Shell Website

    AlternativeTo is a distributed team and since not two single people are based in the same city, this is our digital office.


  • Trello icon


    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Web Android iPhone ... Windows RT Android Tablet iPad Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire Website

    We have a lot of plans for the site and this is currently where we keep them organized, or at least keep them.


  • Design & Frontend

  • Adobe Photoshop icon

    Adobe Photoshop

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Website

    A lot of the design elements on the site was done in Photoshop over the years, but lately we're leaning towards Sketch.


  • Sketch icon


    Commercial Mac OS X Website

    A modern way to create user interfaces and more. Most of the current design on the site was made with Sketch, the rest with Photoshop.


  • Bootstrap icon


    Free Self-Hosted HTML5 Boilerplate JavaScript Website

    As the main web framework and scaffolding


  • jQuery icon


    Free Web Website

    Used for most of our Javascript on the site. Greatly simplifies interaction with the DOM and is an awesome open source project.


  • Gulp.js icon


    Free Web Node.JS Website

    Used to "compile" Javascript and CSS and other continuous integration tasks.


  • DevOps, Reports and Stats

  • Runscope icon


    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Linux Web Website

    To test APIs, status codes, redirects and stuff like that.


  • Ghost Inspector icon

    Ghost Inspector

    Freemium Web Website

    For tests of our UI, mostly use it to keep track of noindex / canonicals and other boring stuff that need to be correct.


  • Rollbar icon


    Freemium Web Android Ruby Python .NET Framework ... JavaScript PHP Ruby on Rails Node.JS Website

    To keep track of errors.


  • Cloudflare icon


    Freemium Web Website

    To speed up your requests, detect spam and some great HTTPS support.


  • Zapier icon


    Freemium Web Website

    To communicate between Slack, Trello and other services.


  • Google Analytics icon

    Google Analytics

    Free Web Android iPhone Website

    We spend a lot of time trying to understand how the site works and how our users engage with the site, and we do most of that digging in Google Analytics.


  • Hosting & Libraries

  • Redis icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted Website

    As a cache for data that is accessed often.


  • NuGet icon


    Free Windows Microsoft Visual Studio Website

    As the server side package manager in Visual Studio


  • Algolia icon


    Commercial Web Android SDK Ruby Python JavaScript ... AngularJS cURL Ruby on Rails Node.JS Objective-C Website

    To provide you with an incredible fast and accurate search


  • Admin & Other

  • Front icon


    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    A collaborative inbox and support chat.


  • iA Writer icon

    iA Writer

    Commercial Mac OS X Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    A lot of blog posts, plans and other long.form texts have been typed up in this application, either on Mac OS X or on iOS.


  • VirusTotal icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Web Android Website

    The team often checks on apps using VirusTotal, to ensure they're safe for users.