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

    Free Personal Mac 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.


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  • GitHub

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad 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.


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  • Slack

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Electron / Atom Shell Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

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


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  • Design & Frontend

  • Next.js

    Free Self-Hosted React Website

    Javascript framework to run polymorphic apps.


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  • Adobe Photoshop

    Commercial Mac Windows iPad Wine ReactOS Website

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


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  • Sketch

    Commercial Mac 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.


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  • Bootstrap

    Free Self-Hosted HTML5 Boilerplate JavaScript Website

    As the main web framework and scaffolding


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  • jQuery

    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.


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  • Gulp.js

    Free Web Node.JS Website

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


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  • DevOps, Reports and Stats

  • Runscope

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Website

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


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  • 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.


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  • Rollbar

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

    To keep track of errors.


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  • Cloudflare

    Freemium Web Website

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


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  • Zapier

    Freemium Web Website

    To communicate between Slack, Trello and other services.


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  • Google Analytics

    Free Web Android iPhone Android Tablet 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.


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  • Hosting & Libraries

  • Redis

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted Website

    As a cache for data that is accessed often.


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  • NuGet

    Free Windows Microsoft Visual Studio Website

    As the server side package manager in Visual Studio


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  • Algolia

    Free Personal 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


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  • Admin & Other

  • Asana

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    For all our task management and daily operations.


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  • Front

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    A collaborative inbox and support chat.


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  • iA Writer

    Commercial Mac Windows 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.


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  • VirusTotal

    Free Mac Windows Web Android Website

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


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Comments on What we use to build AlternativeTo

· Jul 2018 · Helpful Not helpful 25 Helpful Report as spam

This is an awesome list! Love that you guys are using .NET technology - not all that frequently I see that - though seems to be having a bit of a renaissance! :)


· Jan 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 20 Helpful Report as spam

You guys are wicked awesome for even sharing this information


We could argue they are open-sourcing their open source alternative website!

· Mar 2020 · Helpful Not helpful 6 Helpful Report as spam

Can there be an alternative to alternativeto?


Yes, absolutely! There already are alternatives listed here:
Small AlternativeTo iconAlternativeTo

Feel free to add new ones or suggest changes to the apps in that list!

· May 2020 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

This is pretty cool that you're willing to share this stuff! Always fun to see the clock innards. <3


· Jul 2020 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

The technologies used by you are great. But I wonder if you could have made the same web app using fewer technologies.


· 5 days ago · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

So cool!!!


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