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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 seven of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Synaptic are Nix Package Manager, Mas CLI, pkgsrc and Pallet.

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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  1. Homebrew icon

    Homebrew

    • Mac
    • Linux
    41 alternatives to Homebrew 

    Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn’t include with macOS. Also available for Linux.

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    1.  Command line interfaceHomebrew either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Nix Package Manager

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    30 alternatives to Nix Package Manager 

    Nix is a powerful package manager for macOS, Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup...

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    Mas CLI

    7 alternatives to Mas CLI 

    A simple command line interface for the Mac App Store. Designed for scripting and automation.

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    pkgsrc

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    9 alternatives to pkgsrc 

    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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    1.  Command line interfacepkgsrc either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    2.  Portablepkgsrc can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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      Pallet

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      1 alternatives to Pallet 

      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).

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      PortAuthority

      • Mac
      3 alternatives to PortAuthority 

      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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      Topgrade

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      8 alternatives to Topgrade 

      Keeping your system up to date usually involves invoking multiple package managers. This results in big, non-portable shell one-liners saved in your shell. To remedy this, topgrade detects which tools you use and runs the appropriate commands to update them.

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