Java Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Java for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Python, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Java and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Java are JavaScript (Free, Open Source), C++ (Free, Open Source), C# (Free, Open Source) and PHP (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 25, 2021

    1. Kotlin is a cross-platform, statically typed, general-purpose programming language with type inference.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      Dart (originally called Dash) is a Web programming language developed by Google. It was unveiled at the GOTO conference in Aarhus, 2011 October 10-12. The goal of Dart is "ultimately to replace JavaScript as the lingua franca of web development on the open web platform.
      Dart vs Java opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Dart is still a legitimate alternative to Java, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Dart has no ability to handle UI at all. Java does desktop too!
      Negative comment about 6 years ago


    2. Scala is a modern multi-paradigm programming language based on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way.
      Scala vs Java opinions
      Most users think Scala is a great alternative to Java.
      Scala was made with the explicit purpose of being a better Java. It is more concise and has many more useful features.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    3. Haskell is an advanced purely-functional programming language. An open-source product of more than twenty years of cutting-edge research, it allows rapid development of robust, concise, correct software.
      Most users think Haskell is a great alternative to Java.
    4. D is a language with C-like syntax and static typing. It pragmatically combines efficiency, control, and modeling power, with safety and programmer productivity.
      D (Programming Language) vs Java opinions
      Most users think D (Programming Language) is a great alternative to Java.
      nineninesevenfour Pro: D includes garbage collection and the syntax highly resembles Java's syntax. Con: It's compiled, hence it requires recompilation on every platform.
      Positive comment 5 months ago


    5. Swift is a programming language for iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS apps that builds on the best of C and Objective-C, without the constraints of C compatibility. Swift adopts safe programming patterns and adds modern features to make programming easier, more flexible, and more fun.
      Most users think Apple Swift is a great alternative to Java.
    6. Nim is a statically typed, imperative programming language with a powerful macro system that tries to give the programmer ultimate power without compromises on runtime efficiency.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Raspberry Pi
      Haxe is an open source toolkit based on a modern high level strictly typed programming language, a state-of-the-art light-speed cross-compiler, a complete cross-platform standard library, and ways to access to each platform's native capabilities.
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    7. Clojure is a dynamic programming language that targets the Java Virtual Machine (and the CLR ).
    8. F# is a succinct, expressive and efficient functional and object-oriented language for .NET which helps you write simple code to solve complex problems.
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