Alternatives to popular CLI tools: make

This article spotlights alternative tools to make, a utility which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program’s source files.

Man page for make

The software featured here is free and open source. All tools provide a command-line interface (CLI) unless otherwise stated.

Alternatives to make
CMakeBuild system generator
SConsSoftware construction tool
MavenBuild automation tool used primarily for Java projects
PremakeSimple build configuration
NinjaSmall build system with a focus on speed
justSave and run project-specific commands

Other build systems are covered in this roundup.

Are we missing any open source alternatives to make? Please let us know.
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All the CLI tools in this series.

Alternatives to CLI tools
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1 year ago
Are we missing any open source alternatives to make? Please let us know." Read more »

Although not really an alternative, there’s autotools., tools designed to assist in making source code packages portable to many Unix-like systems.