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    Homebrew Alternatives for Windows

    Homebrew is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Ninite, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Homebrew and 13 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Homebrew are Chocolatey (Freemium, Open Source), scoop (Free, Open Source), pacman (package manager) (Free, Open Source) and Windows Package Manager CLI (Free, Open Source).

    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.
      Ninite vs Homebrew opinions
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      RemovedUser Ninite won't give you access to hundreds of open source and CLI softwares like Homebrew does.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

    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. A command-line installer for Windows.
    3. 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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    4. Microsoft's open-source CLI packager manager for Windows.

    5. just-install - The stupid package installer for Windows.
    6. Silent Install Helper determines the type of installation package and allows you to install programs in "silent" mode (without user intervention).


      Firefox and Chrome, among other tools, issue warning for site/downloads.

    7. The tool allows to easily install multiple programs at once. It creates a setup package that contains multiple application installers. Simply run the package. Programs will be installed automatically in background mode (silently).
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    8. If you are tired of manual installation of Windows programs after an OS reset, then you might want to look for an app that acts as and installation manager and includes a collection of apps necessary for day-to-day activities.
    9. Automation that travels with the app. Chef Habitat allows any app to be independent of any particular infrastructure environment, like containers or PaaS.
      Chef Habitat vs Homebrew opinions
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      Habitat makes it easier to run your applications on any platform. :)
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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