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    Synaptic Alternatives

    Synaptic is described as '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+' and is a very popular Package Manager in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Synaptic for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Online / Web-based, Windows, Mac and Linux Mobile. The best alternative is Homebrew, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Synaptic are pacman (package manager), aptitude, Advanced Package Tool and GNOME Software.

    Synaptic is mainly a Package Manager but alternatives to it may also be Software Installers or Software Updaters. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Synaptic.
    This page was last updated Feb 18, 2022
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Debian
    • Xfce
    Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt. It provides the same features as the apt-get command line...
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    1. Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with macOS. Also available for Linux.
    2. The pacman package manager is one of the major distinguishing features of Arch Linux . It combines a simple binary package format with an easy-to-use build system.
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      pacman (package manager) vs Synaptic opinions
      This alternative is disputed. pacman (package manager) is still a legitimate alternative to Synaptic, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      pacman is for arch based distributions... synaptic is for debian based distributions. They are not compatible with each other.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago


    3. Terminal-based apt frontend.
      aptitude vs Synaptic opinions
      Almost everyone thinks aptitude is a great alternative to Synaptic.
      It provides advanced functionality with easy access on the terminal.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    4. Apt (for Advanced Package Tool) is a set of core tools inside Debian. The user interface application for Apt is aptitude.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Chrome OS
      • Linux Mobile
      • Advanced Package Tool
      Software lets you install and update applications and system extensions.

    5. just-install - The stupid package installer for Windows.
    6. Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Arch Linux
      • Manjaro Linux
      Graphical Package Manager for Manjaro Linux (based on libalpm).
    7. Octopi is a GUI package manager built on QT that makes using both of the Arch/Manjaro prime terminal package managers - pacman & yaourt - simple point & click operations.
      Octopi vs Synaptic opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      This does not work with Debian based distros.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      OneGet is a unified interface to package management systems and aims to make Software Discovery, Installation and Inventory (SDII) work via a common set of cmdlets (and eventually a set of APIs).
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