Mac App Store Alternatives

    Mac App Store is described as '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' and is an app in the Online Services category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Mac App Store for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Mac, Linux, Windows and Windows Phone. The best alternative is Steam, which is free. Other great apps like Mac App Store are Homebrew (Free, Open Source), Flatpak (Free, Open Source), Npackd (Free, Open Source) and AppAgg (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 9, 2021

    1. Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.
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    2. The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux).
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    3. 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.
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    4. Npackd (pronounced "unpacked") is an application store/package manager/marketplace for applications for Windows. It helps you to find and install software, keep your system up-to-date and uninstall it if no longer necessary.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Windows Mobile
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      • Nintendo Switch Online
      • Playstation
      A web based Application Aggregator. We support all the major platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, macOS, Windows, Linux, Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo.


    5. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      • Linux Mobile
      • Advanced Package Tool
      Software lets you install and update applications and system extensions. A plugin system is used to access software from different sources. Plugins are provided for: Traditional package installation via PackageKit (e.g. Debian package, RPM).
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    6. Cakebrew is the most convenient way to use Homebrew for your daily tasks! It does for Homebrew what Synaptics does to Linux package managers.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      Find, create, or share awesome apps that work right here in your browser. And for developers, join the #1 platform to build, distribute, and monetize web-based apps.
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      Almost everyone thinks Outpan is a great alternative to Mac App Store.
    7. Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
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