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Flatpak Alternatives

Flatpak is described as 'Distributing applications on Linux is a pain: different distributions in multiple versions, each with their own versions of libraries and packaging formats. Flatpak is here to change all that' and is a Package Manager in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Flatpak for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Linux Mobile and BSD. The best alternative is Homebrew, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Flatpak are Snapcraft, Advanced Package Tool, Flathub and GNU Guix.

Flatpak alternatives are mainly Package Managers but may also be Operating Systems or Virtualization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Flatpak.
This page was last updated Jun 16, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

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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.

  2. Snapcraft

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Snaps are software packages that are simple to create and install. They auto-update and are safe to run. And because they bundle their dependencies, they work on all major Linux systems without modification.

    Almost everyone thinks Snapcraft is a great alternative to Flatpak.


  3. Advanced Package Tool

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

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

  4. Flathub

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Linux Mobile

    Flathub aims to be the place to get and distribute apps for Linux. It is powered by Flatpak which allows Flathub apps to run on almost any Linux distribution.

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    yeyer11817

    Not really an alternative, but a repository to use with flatpak

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  5. GNU Guix

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • GNU Hurd

    A purely functional package manager and an advanced distribution of the GNU operating system developed by the GNU Project—which respects the freedom of computer users.



  6. 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.

  7. 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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  8. AppImageKit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Using AppImageKit you can package desktop applications as AppImages that run on common Linux-based operating systems, such as RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and derivatives.

  9. 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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  10. Mac App Store

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    The Mac App Store is the best place to find apps for Mac. No more boxes, no more disks, no more time-consuming installation. Just like the App Store for iPhone and iPad, click once to download and install any app on your Mac.

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