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Synaptic Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Synaptic for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Homebrew, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Synaptic and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Synaptic are pacman (package manager), Advanced Package Tool, aptitude and GNOME Software.

Synaptic alternatives are mainly Package Managers but 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.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • Debian
  • Xfce

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  1. Homebrew icon

    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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceHomebrew either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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  2. pacman (package manager) icon

    pacman (package manager)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Arch Linux

    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.

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  3. Advanced Package Tool icon

    Advanced Package Tool

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Apt (for Advanced Package Tool) is a set of core tools inside Debian. The user interface application for Apt is aptitude.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceAdvanced Package Tool either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Updating Packages (apt-get upgrade)
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    aptitude

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Terminal-based apt frontend.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceaptitude either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Lightweightaptitude consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    aptitude vs Synaptic opinions
    Almost everyone thinks aptitude is a great alternative to Synaptic.

    It provides advanced functionality with easy access on the terminal.

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  5. GNOME Software icon

    GNOME Software

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • Linux Mobile
    • Advanced Package Tool

    Software lets you install and update applications and system extensions.

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  6. Nix Package Manager icon

    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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    Pamac

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Arch Linux
    • Manjaro Linux

    Graphical Package Manager for Manjaro Linux (based on libalpm).

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    Octopi

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

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    Octopi vs Synaptic opinions
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    This does not work with Debian based distros.

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  9. Software Updater (Canonical) icon

    Software Updater (Canonical)

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    One of the great things about using open source software is the frequency with which bugs are fixed, security holes are patched, and new features are added.

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    Discover

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • KDE
    • KDE Plasma Workspaces

    Discover is your new one stop shop for all things app- and addon-related. Designed from the ground up to be easily handled by users as well as easily integrated for distributions.

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    Discover in Plasma 5
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