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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 Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based, Windows and Android. The best alternative is Steam, which is free. Other great apps like Mac App Store are Homebrew, Flatpak, Npackd and AppAgg.

Mac App Store 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 Mac App Store.
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac

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  1. Steam icon

    Steam

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • SteamOS

    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.

    ⚫︎ Achievements SupportedSteam offers the possibility of unlocking achievements through completing challenges.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Two-factor AuthenticationSteam supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeSteam supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Cloud savesSteam allows you to save your progress in the cloud.
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    Steam Store
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    Homebrew

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with macOS. Also available for Linux.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceHomebrew either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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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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    Npackd

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

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    AppAgg

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Nintendo Switch Online
    • Playstation

    A web based Application Aggregator. Support all major platforms: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo.

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    Flathub

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Linux Mobile

    Flathub aims to be the place to get and distribute apps for Linux. It is powered by Flatpak which allows Flathub apps to run on almost any Linux distribution.

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    Snapcraft

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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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    Super Tux Cart
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    GNOME Software

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • Linux Mobile
    • Advanced Package Tool

    Software lets you install and update applications and system extensions.

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    Overview Page
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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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    Homebrew Cask

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Homebrew

    Homebrew-cask provides a friendly homebrew-style CLI workflow for the administration of Mac applications distributed as binaries.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceHomebrew Cask either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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