MacPorts Alternatives

    MacPorts is described as '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' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to MacPorts for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based, Windows and BSD. The best alternative is Chocolatey, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MacPorts are Homebrew (Free, Open Source), Synaptic (Free, Open Source), Advanced Package Tool (Free, Open Source) and Just Install (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 2, 2021

    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.
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    2. The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux).
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    3. Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line utility with a GUI front-end based on Gtk+. * Install, remove, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages. * Upgrade your whole system.
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    4. Apt (for Advanced Package Tool) is a set of core tools inside Debian. The user interface application for Apt is aptitude.
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    5. just-install - The stupid package installer for Windows.


    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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    7. Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
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    8. 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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    9. 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.
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    10. The Linux Mint update manager. Helps installing security updates and new versions of packages.
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