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    Mac App Store Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Mac App Store for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Steam, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Mac App Store and ten of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Mac App Store are Homebrew (Free, Open Source), AppAgg (Free), Cakebrew (Free, Open Source) and Setapp (Paid).

    This page was last updated Feb 18, 2022
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    1. Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation.
    2. Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with macOS. Also available for Linux.

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      A web based Application Aggregator. Support all major platforms: Android, iOS, macOS, Windows, Steam, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo.
    3. 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:
    4. 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.
      Setapp vs Mac App Store opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Setapp is a great alternative to Mac App Store.
      jnjn Setapp is a subscription based alternative to the Mac App Store. Subscribe and have access to all of the apps in Setapp!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      Subscription based service with access to essentials apps
      Positive comment over 4 years ago


    5. Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
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    6. Homebrew-cask provides a friendly homebrew-style CLI workflow for the administration of Mac applications distributed as binaries. It's implemented as a homebrew external command called cask.
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    7. The MacPorts Project is an open-source community initiative to design an easy-to-use system for compiling, installing, and upgrading either command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software on the Mac OS X operating system.
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    8. 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.
    9. MacUpdate Desktop makes managing and updating your applications easy and automatic. It helps you organize your favorite applications and keep track of them when new versions become available. Download and install new updates. Find out whats new. Stay up to date like never before.
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