Categories on AlternativeTo, how did this happen?

When we came up with the idea that was to become AlternativeTo we were determined to focus on helping people find alternatives to the applications they want to replace. To really make sure this stayed the focus we totally left out categories from the equation. Every application was its own category with a list of alternatives that shared the same main functionality. We believe that we, together with our great user community, managed to keep this focus for the site very well but now we feel it’s time to make small improvement.

The focus is still the same for AlternativeTo but during the years we have learned that many people go far beyond the usual “search for alternatives to application X, find it and move on” type of usage of the site. Many of you spend much time browsing the different application lists, forum posts and alternative lists without having a specific application to replace in mind. To make casual browsing easier we have launched 22 categories that can be attached to the applications in our database. The categories are based on tags so please help us keep the tags for all applications up to date and relevant.

You have probably already noticed the category list in the menu bar and you can use it to show only a specific category of apps when browsing  an application list like Most Likes, New & Popular etc. It’s also possible to combine it with the platform filter and browse something like Business applications for Mac OS X sorted by Most Likes.

To get a quick peek at the 10 most popular applications in every category then head over to our new Category  Overview page. This page can be filtered by platform as well.

As always, we’re very interested in feedback about this new feature so send us an email or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook. Any feedback about the choice of categories is also very appreciated. We’re open to changes and additions if needed.


  1. Xeogin says:

    You could really use an Operating Systems category, possibly an Updater & Games one too. The Burning & Ripping category needs more tags associated with it and add “codecs” in as a Audio & Music category tag. 😉

    • Ola says:

      We already have a Game category. But we will try to figure out Operating System category. I think it’s a bit to thin to only have OS’s in one category. Will think about it. Maybe OS & Utilities?

      Do you have any tag suggestions about ‘Burning & Ripping’ category? I’ve added codecs to the video category and audio-codecs to the audio category! It feels like “codecs” is a bit more common in video software than audio.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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