PortAuthority Alternatives

    PortAuthority is described as 'provides a GUI for the MacPorts Unix software management system for Mac OS X. MacPorts is a powerful command-line tool for installing and updating a variety of Unix-based applications for the Mac'. There are four alternatives to PortAuthority for Mac, Windows, Xfce, Debian and Linux. The best alternative is Synaptic, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PortAuthority are MacPorts (Free, Open Source), NeoSetup Updater (Freemium) and Pallet (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021

    1. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      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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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      NeoSetup is a brand new concept of application installer and updater for Windows. It detects updates quickly and installs them at a click of a button. It will perform automated application installations from a collection of the most popular Windows programs.
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    2. Pallet is the official MacPorts GUI app for Mac OS X and was started as a GSoC project in May 2009. It is in active development and continuous improvement (this is a beta product).
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