Rake is described as 'software task management and build automation tool. It allows you to specify tasks and describe dependencies as well as to group tasks in a namespace'. There are more than 25 alternatives to Rake for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Android. The best alternative is CMake, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Rake are GNU Make (Free, Open Source), SCons (Free, Open Source), Maven (Free, Open Source) and Gradle (Free, Open Source).
SCons is an Open Source software construction tool—that is, a next-generation build tool. Think of SCons as an improved, cross-platform substitute for the classic Make utility with integrated functionality similar to autoconf/automake and compiler caches such as ccache.
Apache Maven is a Java-based tool for build automation and project management (in software development). It is centered around a Project Object Model (POM) described in a XML file that describes the project structure and its dependencies to other components and libraries.
Gradle is build automation evolved. Gradle can automate the building, testing, publishing, deployment and more of software packages or other types of projects such as generated static websites, generated documentation or indeed anything else.
qmake is a tool from The Qt Company that helps simplify the build process for development project across different platforms. qmake automates the generation of Makefiles so that only a few lines of information are needed to create each Makefile.