Synaptic Alternatives for Mac

    Synaptic is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 six of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Synaptic are Nix Package Manager (Free, Open Source), Mas CLI (Free, Open Source), pkgsrc (Free, Open Source) and Pallet (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 14, 2021

    1. The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux).
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    2. Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
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    3. A simple command line interface for the Mac App Store. Designed for scripting and automation.
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    4. pkgsrc is a framework for building over 17,000 open source software packages. It is the native package manager on SmartOS, NetBSD, and Minix, and is portable across 23 different operating systems. Use one package manager across all of your systems!
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    5. Pallet is the official MacPorts GUI app for Mac OS X and was started as a GSoC project in May 2009. It is in active development and continuous improvement (this is a beta product).


    6. PortAuthority provides a GUI for the MacPorts Unix software management system for Mac OS X. MacPorts is a powerful command-line tool for installing and updating a variety of Unix-based applications for the Mac.
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