Open Source Flatpak Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Flatpak is Homebrew. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Flatpak and 16 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Flatpak are Snapcraft (Free, Open Source), Advanced Package Tool (Free, Open Source), GNU Guix (Free, Open Source) and Zero Install (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 15, 2021

    1. The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux).
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    2. 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. Apt (for Advanced Package Tool) is a set of core tools inside Debian. The user interface application for Apt is aptitude.
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    4. 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.
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      • 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.


      • 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
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    5. 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.
    6. Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
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    7. Homebrew-cask provides a friendly homebrew-style CLI workflow for the administration of Mac applications distributed as binaries. It's implemented as a homebrew external command called cask.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Spack is a package manager for supercomputers, Linux, and macOS. It makes installing scientific software easy.
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