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    What are the best Homebrew alternatives?

    Homebrew is described as 'is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with macOS. Also available for Linux' and is a very popular Package Manager in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Homebrew for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based and Chrome OS. The best alternative is Ninite, which is free. Other great apps like Homebrew are Chocolatey, Synaptic, scoop and Flatpak.

    Homebrew is mainly a Package Manager but alternatives to it may also be Software Installers or App Stores. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Homebrew.
    This page was last updated Apr 5, 2022
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      Ninite is the easiest way to install software. Pick the apps you want, and the Ninite installer will download and install all of your selected apps at once, automatically. It is 100% hands-free; Ninite automatically rejects browser toolbars and other prepackaged junk.
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      RemovedUser Ninite won't give you access to hundreds of open source and CLI softwares like Homebrew does.
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    1. Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind. It is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure.
      Almost everyone thinks Chocolatey is a great alternative to Homebrew.


    2. Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line utility with a GUI front-end based on Gtk+.
    3. A command-line installer for Windows.
    4. 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.


    5. The pacman package manager is one of the major distinguishing features of Arch Linux . It combines a simple binary package format with an easy-to-use build system.
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    6. 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.
    7. 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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      Software lets you install and update applications and system extensions.
    8. Microsoft's open-source CLI packager manager for Windows.
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