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Homebrew Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to Homebrew for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Cakebrew, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Homebrew and 14 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Homebrew are MacPorts, Nix Package Manager, Setapp and macapps.link.

Homebrew alternatives are mainly Package Managers but 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.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
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    Cakebrew

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Cakebrew is the most convenient way to use Homebrew for your daily tasks! It does for Homebrew what Synaptics does to Linux package managers. From the Cakebrew UI, you can:

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    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks MacPorts is a great alternative to Homebrew.


  3. Nix Package Manager icon

    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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    Setapp

    • Mac
    • Online

    Setapp provides a curated collection of commercial apps available through a low-cost subscription. Access to the apps is driven by a straight-forward local app that neatly organizes them in a searchable, filterable and configurable list.

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    Homebrew is for open source packages. Setapp is just a subscription-based app ownership platform for proprietary applications.

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    macapps.link

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Online

    The best alternative to Ninite for Mac. Get multiple apps silently. Just choose what apps to install and get apps installed automatically, fast and easy.

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    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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    Homebrew packages linux apps. The app store packages mac apps.

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  7. Spack icon

    Spack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Spack is a package manager for supercomputers, Linux, and macOS. It makes installing scientific software easy.

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    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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    Mas CLI

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    A simple command line interface for the Mac App Store. Designed for scripting and automation.

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    Rudix

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    Rudix is a package-based, user-friendly way to extend the Unix portion of Mac OS X with additional network utilities, computer languages, development libraries, text tools and everything else you missed from command line.

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