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Snapcraft Alternatives

Snapcraft is described as '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' and is a Package Manager in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Snapcraft for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based and BSD. The best alternative is Homebrew, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Snapcraft are Flatpak, npm, Flathub and aptitude.

Snapcraft alternatives are mainly Package Managers but may also be Operating Systems or Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Snapcraft.
This page was last updated Feb 19, 2022
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  • 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...

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  1. 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.

  2. 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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    While snapcraft and flatpak are both universal package managers, flatpak (in my experience) supports distributions other than ubuntu much better than snapcraft.

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  3. npm

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    npm is a package manager for Node.js that is run through the command line and manages dependencies for an application. It is the predominant package manager for Node.js.

  4. 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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  5. Terminal-based apt frontend.



  6. GNU Guix

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • GNU Hurd

    A purely functional package manager and an advanced distribution of the GNU operating system developed by the GNU Project—which respects the freedom of computer users.

  7. Zero Install

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris

    Zero Install is a decentralised cross-distribution software installation system. Other features include full support for shared libraries, sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers.

  8. Nix Package Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Nix is a powerful package manager for macOS, Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.

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  9. Homebrew Cask

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Homebrew

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

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  10. AppImageKit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Using AppImageKit you can package desktop applications as AppImages that run on common Linux-based operating systems, such as RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and derivatives.

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