SourceForge Reviews

Avoid, or use with extreme caution

about SourceForge and Chocolatey, Unchecky, GitHub · · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

Sadly, SourceForge has seen it as their goal to distribute adware in their installers.

They've been silently, without explicit concent, packaging older apps (2ys or older) in installers which provide you with relevant content (read: adware, crapware and other nopeware).

Therefore, this site can no longer be trusted as a clean source for programs. If you must download from this site, use software like Unchecky to prevent your PC from getting blown up with useless programs.

You're better of using GitHub (with their Releases system) or a package manager like Chocolatey

[Edited by Roelof, August 13]


about SourceForge · · 1 Helpful Report as spam

It allows peoples to release software for users easily, other than developer code share sites.


about SourceForge · · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

It is true that SourceForge entirely destroyed their credibility by bundling adware into some of their downloads, but since 2016 they stopped doing it, went through purgatory and I think they might be worth a second look. They also made it easy to import GitHub projects.

What I like about SourceForge is the browsability by type of software, platform, and other categories of the repository, whereas GitHub has none of that. I found it much easier to discover cool projects on SourceForge. Unfortunately through the adware debacle most interesting projects have moved elsewhere.

[Edited by wonderwarthog, February 18]