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Chocolatey Alternatives for Mac

Chocolatey is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Homebrew, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Chocolatey and nine of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Chocolatey are Zero Install, Nix Package Manager, Homebrew Cask and MacPorts.

Chocolatey alternatives are mainly Package Managers but may also be Software Installers or Software Updaters. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Chocolatey.
This page was last updated Jun 16, 2022
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  • FreemiumOpen Source
  • Windows

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  1. Homebrew

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with macOS. Also available for Linux.

    Most users think Homebrew is a great alternative to Chocolatey.
  2. Zero Install

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris

    Zero Install is a decentralised cross-distribution software installation system. Other features include full support for shared libraries, sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers.



  3. Nix Package Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Nix is a powerful package manager for macOS, Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.

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  4. Homebrew Cask

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Homebrew

    Homebrew-cask provides a friendly homebrew-style CLI workflow for the administration of Mac applications distributed as binaries.

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  5. MacPorts

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    The MacPorts Project is an opensource package management system that simplifies compiling, installing, upgrading, and removal of other open-source software on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and later, running on Intel or Apple Silicon.



  6. Fink

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    What is Fink?

    Fink is a project that wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. As a result, we have two main goals. First, to modify existing Open Source software so that it will compile and run on Mac OS X. (This process is called portin.

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  7. pkgsrc

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    pkgsrc is a framework for building over 17,000 open source software packages. It is the native package manager on SmartOS, NetBSD, and Minix, and is portable across 23 different operating systems. Use one package manager across all of your systems!

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  8. GitRel

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Install and update binaries via GitHub Releases API.

  9. FileOur

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Way to download freeware, shareware, trialware and demo software for any Windows operating systems. This site is currently very popular for downloading software. Successful software is organized into a variety of categories.

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