When comparing Scoop vs Ninite, the Slant community recommends Scoop for most people. In the question“What are the best Windows package managers?” Scoop is ranked 1st while Ninite is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Scoop is:
Github repo can be found [here](https://github.com/lukesampson/scoop).
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Pro Free and Open Source
Github repo can be found here.
Pro Absolutely zero costs
Unlike some competitors, there is no free nor paid version, simply the FLOSS software as it is built.
Pro Apps are installed without requiring admin permission
Installing for all users requires admin permissions in order to be secure, so scoop installs without that requiring an elevated command prompt.
Pro App packages install locally (so users can preserve their own environment) or globally
Pro App installs are independent and self-contained; therefore, they have fewer conflicts and are easier to uninstall
Pro Users can easily create their own apps and collections of apps
Pro Customisable selection
If the standard package selection isn't enough for you, you can easily find additional "buckets" that suit your needs. You can also create your own and share them.
Pro Good CLI UX
Packages have well-defined, simple names, without any unnecessary duplication, and are actively maintained. If you are used to Homebrew in OSX, you will (almost) feel at home.
Pro Great help available on GitHub Wiki
Pro Installed packages verified by checksums
Pro Easy to upgrade installed packages
Easy to upgrade installed packages, unlike in Chocolately which makes you pay for upgrade feature.
Pro Sets reasonable default configuration options for apps
E.g. installing npm configures the global package prefix to your local app folder, and curl includes the Mozilla CA list.
Pro Simple versioning model for dependencies
In Chocolatey, if a package declares dependencies on a bad version of a package, installation or upgrade might break. Scoop dependencies are the latest version of a package, which reduces the chance of things breaking.
Pro Curated list of commonly used quality software
Everything from Steam and iTunes to Putty and Eclipse - likely has most, if not all of the major free applications you use on a regular basis. Check the website for the full list.
Pro Handles updates for you
Save yourself from having to manually update all those small apps that don't auto-update themselves.
Pro Install in bulk, without the restarts
Perfect for getting a fresh install of Window up to speed in as little time as possible.
Pro Saves you from manually filling in all the details of installation
Installs apps to their default locations, using your PC's language or one you choose, using Internet Explorer's proxy settings (so you can quickly get Chrome, Firefox, or Opera up and running on a fresh Window install).
Pro Well adapted to the Windows environment
Pro No toolbars or extra junk
Ninite's installation does not install "extra features" offered during installation.
Pro Verifies file checksums
Ninite makes sure that you've downloaded the right file, and that it's not corrupted, by checking the file checksums for each application. This means that you're less likely to end up with a buggy app, or to accidentally download malware/viruses, all with no extra work.
Con Has a smaller selection of packages than Chocolatey
While Chocolatey seems to have a huge selection of packages including some windows updates, Scoop has a much smaller selection mainly focused on command-line tools. However, it can be argued that Scoop is focusing on a different type of setup than Chocolatey so package count may not be a good comparison.
Con Doesn't handle dependencies, which is the entire point
Judging from the author's own demo video, where git fails to install because it requires other stuff.
Seems like the author has never used a real package manager like apt.
Con Limited selection of apps
Con No command-line interface in free version
Con Installs apps only in their default location
Very unfortunate for those having their system on a budget or even mid-tier SSD.