AlternativeTo is a website which lists alternatives to web-based software, desktop computer software, and mobile apps, and sorts the alternatives by various criteria, including the number of registered users who have clicked the "Like" button for each of them on AlternativeTo.[4]

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Type of site
Software directory
Owner27 Kilobyte AB
Created byOla Johansson and Markus Olausson[1]
Alexa rank3649[2]

Users can search the site to find better alternatives to an application they are using or previously have used, including free alternatives[5][6] such as a free web application (cloud computing) which does not require any installation and can be accessed from any browser.[1]

Differences to other software directory websites

Unlike a number of other software directory websites, the software is not arranged into categories, but each individual piece of software has its own list of alternatives, permitting a more tailored listing approach. However, users can also search by tag to find software, which offers an alternative way of finding related software. Users can also narrow their search by focusing on particular platforms and license types (such as "free for non-commercial use").[7][8]

AlternativeTo lists basic information such as platform and license type at the top of each entry, but does not have comparison tables listing software features side-by-side.

AlternativeTo allows anyone to register and suggest new alternatives, or to update the information held about existing entries. Suggestions and alterations are reviewed before being made publicly visible. Registration can be done via Facebook Connect or OpenID, both of which make it unnecessary to create a new password for the site.[4]

As AlternativeTo is itself a web application, it even has a page for alternatives to itself.[9]

Social web features

Tweets from anyone mentioning particular pieces of software are also pulled in dynamically from Twitter.[4] Each application has an RSS feed for notifying users of newly listed alternatives to that application. After a user has clicked the Like button next to an application, they are offered the opportunity to tell their friends on Facebook or their followers on Twitter that they liked it, and the tweet or post can be customised.

The site also has a forum.[10] For software developers, a JSON API used to be available, but has been taken down indefinitely.[11]

See also


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  2. " site info". Alexa. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. "AlternativeTo". AlternativeTo. Archived from the original on 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  4. Lee Mathews (14 April 2009). "AlternativeTo offers social software recommendations". DownloadSquad. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  5. "Search Similar Products & Services Over Internet". Top Ten Alternatives. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  6. "Find & Compare Similar Sites". EqualSites. Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  7. Jason Fitzpatrick (15 April 2009). "AlternativeTo suggests software alternatives". LifeHacker. Archived from the original on 15 July 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  8. "AlternativeTo: Find Alternative Software & Web Apps". MakeUseOf. Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  9. AlternativeTo Alternatives and Similar Software -
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  11. "API -". Archived from the original on 2010-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
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