Shovelware (sometimes also crapware or garbageware) is a derogatory computer jargon term that refers to software noted more for the quantity of what is included than for the quality or usefulness. The term is also used to refer to software that is ported from one computer platform or storage medium to another with little thought given to adapting it for use on the destination platform or medium, resulting in poor quality. The term is also sometimes used to refer to pre-installed software.

The metaphor implies that the creators showed little care for the original software or the resulting product, as if the new compilation or version had been indiscriminately created or ported with a shovel. The term "shovelware" is coined with semantic analogy to phrases like shareware and freeware, which describe methods of software distribution.

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