Awesome Linux Software

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ūüźß Collection of AWESOME Linux applications and tools for any users/developers.

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  • Open-Source Software¬†Airtime¬†– The open broadcast software for scheduling and remote station management
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ardour¬†– Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux
  • Open-Source Software¬†Audacious¬†– An open source audio player that plays your music how you want it, without stealing away your computer‚Äôs resources from other tasks.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Audacity¬†– Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Audio Recorder¬†– Simple audio recorder available in an Ubuntu PPA.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Auryo¬†– Unofficial multiplatform SoundCloud¬ģ app for your desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cantata¬†– Qt5 Graphical MPD (Music Player Daemon) Client for Linux, Windows, MacOS.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Clementine¬†– Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cmus¬†– A small, fast and powerful console music player for Unix-like operating systems.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Deepin Music¬†– An application, developed by Deepin Technology Team, which focused on local music playing.
  • Open-Source Software¬†fre:ac¬†– fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. It currently converts between MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, WAV and Bonk formats.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gnormalize¬†– An audio converter and CD ripper with ReplayGain normalization algorithms, a metadata (tag) editor and an audio player. It uses gtk2-perl under GNU/Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Google Play Music¬†– Unofficial but beautiful cross-platform desktop player for Google Play Music.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gpodder¬†– Media aggregator and podcast client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GRadio¬†– Radio software for Ubuntu Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Harmony¬†– Music player with sleek interface & cloud compatibility.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Helm¬†– A software synthesizer, that runs either standalone, or as an LV2, VST, VST3 or AU plugin.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Hydrogen¬†– Advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†ieaseMusic¬†– iEaseMusic is a multiplatform program built in electron for listening to NetEase Music.
  • Open-Source Software¬†K3b¬†– The CD/DVD Kreator for Linux, optimized for KDE.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kid3Qt¬†– Edit tags of multiple files, e.g. the artist, album, year and genre of all mp3 files of an album.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KxStudio¬†– A collection of applications and plugins for professional audio production.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Libretime¬†– The open broadcast software for scheduling and remote station management; forked from Airtime.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LMMS¬†– Making music on your PC by creating melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples and much more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Lollypop¬†– A GNOME music playing application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Lyricfier¬†– A Spotify Lyrics alternative app.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mellow Player¬†– Cloud music integration for your desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mixxx¬†– Free DJ software that gives you everything you need to perform live mixes; veritable alternative to Traktor.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mopidy¬†– An extensible music server written in Python.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Museek¬†– A simple, clean and cross-platform music player.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MuseScore¬†– Create, play and print beautiful sheet music.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MusicBrainz Picard¬†– Picard is a cross-platform music tagger written in Python.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MusixMatch¬†– A Capable lyrics app with synchronized lyrics function.
  • Netease Music¬†– A music player of Netease – a cloud music service in China.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Nuclear¬†– An Electron-based, multiplatform music player app that streams from multiple sources.
  • Ocenaudio¬†– A cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OSD Lyrics¬†– Show lyrics with your favorite media player.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Parlatype¬†– GNOME audio player for transcription.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pithos¬†– A native Pandora client for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PulseEffect¬†– Limiter, compressor, reverberation, equalizer and auto volume effects for Pulseaudio applications.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Quod Libet¬†– GTK+ music player written with huge libraries in mind. Supports search-based dynamic playlists, regular expressions, tagging, Replay Gain, podcasts & Internet radio.
  • Open-Source Software¬†RadioTray-NG¬†– An Internet radio player for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Rhythmbox¬†– Music player from GNOME.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sayonara Player¬†– A small, clear and fast audio player for Linux written in C++, supported by the Qt framework.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sonata¬†– A Music player that is designed to be an elegant and intuitive interface for your music collection via the Music Player Daemon (MPD).
  • Open-Source Software¬†Soundconverter¬†– Leading audio file converter. Aims to be simple to use, and very fast.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SoundJuicer¬†– CD Ripping tool for GNOME.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Soundnode¬†– An opensource SoundCloud app for desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Spotio¬†– A Rdio-inspired light theme for the Spotify desktop app.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tomahawk¬†– A new kind of music player that invites all your streams, downloads, cloud music storage, playlists, radio stations and more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Vocal¬†– Podcast client for the modern desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Yktoo Sound Switcher Indicator¬†– Sound input/output selector indicator for Ubuntu/Unity.

Chat Clients

3rd party Client

  • Open-Source Software¬†Caprine¬†– Elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Chatty¬†– Chatty is a Twitch chat client for everyone who wants to try something new and different from the webchat, but doesn’t want the complexity of an IRC client or miss out on the Twitch specific features.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cutegram¬†– Offers more features than the official Telegram app
  • Open-Source Software¬†GhettoSkype¬†– open source web wrapper for Skype.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Messenger for Desktop¬†– An app for Facebook messenger.
  • Open-Source Software¬†ScudCloud¬†– A Slack client for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†YakYak¬†– Desktop chat client for Google Hangouts.

All-in-One Client

  • Open-Source-Software¬†Franz¬†– Franz is a free messaging app that combines many chat & messaging services into one application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pidgin¬†– A universal chat client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Rambox¬†– Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one.

Chat Client Utilities

  • Open-Source Software¬†Red Discord Bot¬†– Red Discord Bot is a self-hosted music/chat/trivia bot that can run on a Raspberry Pi and a variety of OS’s. It’s extensible through a system of “Cogs” that allow it to do more.

IRC Client

  • Open-Source Software¬†HexChat¬†– HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat, but unlike XChat it‚Äôs completely free for both Windows and Unix-like system.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Irssi¬†– Irssi is a modular chat client that is most commonly known for its text mode user interface.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KVIrc¬†– KVIrc is a free portable IRC client based on the excellent Qt GUI toolkit.

Official Client

  • Open-Source-Software¬†BeeBEEP¬†– BeeBEEP is an open source, peer to peer, lan messenger. You can talk and share files with anyone inside your local area network. You don’t need a server, just download, unzip and start it. Simple, fast and secure.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Dino¬†– Clean and modern Jabber/XMPP chat client
  • Discord¬†– All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that‚Äôs free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gitter¬†– Gitter ‚ÄĒ Where developers come to talk. Gitter is designed to make community messaging, collaboration and discovery as smooth and simple as possible.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Jitsi¬†– Jitsi is a free and open source multiplatform voice, videoconferencing and instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Android.
  • Open-Source Software¬†qTox¬†– A simple distributed, secure messenger with audio and video chat capabilities.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ring¬†– Chat. Talk. Share. Ring is a free and universal communication platform which preserves the users’ privacy and freedoms.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Riot¬†– A glossy Matrix collaboration client for the web.
  • Skype¬†– Skype keeps the world talking, for free.
  • Slack¬†– real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Telegram¬†– A messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it‚Äôs super fast, simple and free.
  • Viber¬†– Viber for Linux lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users on any device and network, in any country.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Weechat¬†– WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Wire¬†– Secure communication. Full privacy.

Data Backup and Recovery

  • Open-Source Software¬†Borg Backup¬†– A nice tool to backup data.
  • Open-Source Software¬†bup¬†– Very efficient backup system based on the git packfile format, providing fast incremental saves and global deduplication (among and within files, including virtual machine images).
  • Open-Source Software¬†Deja Dup¬†– A simple backup tool with built-in encryption
  • Open-Source Software¬†Duplicity¬†– Duplicity does directory backups by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FreeFileSync¬†– FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files. Instead of copying every file every time, FreeFileSync determines the differences between a source and a target folder and transfers only the minimum amount of data needed.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Photorec¬†– PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Qt4-fsarchiver¬†– qt4-fsarchiver is a GUI for the fsarchiver program to save/restore partitions, folders and even the MBR/GPT table. The program is for systems based on Debian, OpenSuse or Fedora.
  • Open-Source Software¬†rclone¬†– Rclone is a command line program to sync files and directories to and from various cloud storage solutions. It also allows encrypted backups.
  • Open-Source Software¬†rsnapshot¬†– rsnapshot is a command line utility based on rsync to make periodic snapshots of local/remote machines. The code makes extensive use of hard links whenever possible to greatly reduce the disk space required.)
  • Open-Source Software¬†System Rescue CD¬†– SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Test Disk¬†– TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Timeshift¬†– TimeShift is a system restore utility which takes incremental snapshots of the system using rsync and hard-links. These snapshots can be restored at a later date to undo all changes that were made to the system after the snapshot was taken. Snapshots can be taken manually or at regular intervals using scheduled jobs.

Desktop Customization

Desktop Themes

  • Open-Source Software¬†Adapta Theme¬†– An adaptive Gtk+ theme based on Material Design Guidelines.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ant Theme¬†– Ant is a flat GTK theme for Ubuntu and other GNOME-based Linux desktops it comes in three varieties: vanilla, Bloody, or Dracula.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Arc Theme¬†– A flat theme with transparent elements
  • Open-Source Software¬†EvoPop Theme¬†– EvoPop is a modern desktop theme suite build for the Solus Project. Its design is mostly flat with a minimal use of shadows for depth.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Flatabulous¬†– This is a Flat theme for Ubuntu and other Gnome based Linux Systems.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Flatabulous Arc Theme¬†– A flat and blue GTK theme that also comes in darker versions.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Irradiance Theme¬†– A Unity theme inspired by OSX Yosemite based on Radiance.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Numix Theme¬†– A flat and colorful GTK-Theme.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Yosembiance theme¬†– A modified Ambiance theme (loosely) inspired by OSX Yosemite.

Desktop Widgets and Theme Utilities

  • Open-Source Software¬†Compiz Config settings manager¬†– The OpenCompositing Project brings 3D desktop visual effects that improve usability of the X Window System and provide increased productivity.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Conky¬†– Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any kind of information on your desktop.
  • Gnome Extensions¬†– Extensions for the Gnome Desktop Environment.
  • Gnome Look¬†– A website that hosts a Large amounts of community created icons, shell themes, fonts, and many more assets that can be used to customize your Gnome desktop environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Hardcode Tray¬†– This script fixes hardcoded tray icons in Linux by automatically detecting your default theme, the right icon size, the hard-coded applications, the right icons for each indicator and fix them.
  • Macbuntu¬†– A transformation pack for making your desktop look like a macOS.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OCS store¬†– Desktop app of, which is one of the largest communities where developers and artists share applications, themes and other content.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Oomox theme generator¬†– A Graphical application for generating different color variations of a Numix-based and Flat-Plat themes (GTK2, GTK3), Gnome-Colors and Archdroid icons.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Polybar¬†– Fast and easy-to-use status bar.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Unity Tweak Tool¬†– A Must-have app for Ubuntu Unity customization.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Wpgtk¬†– A universal theming software for all themes defined in text files, compatible with all terminals, with default themes for GTK2, GTK+, openbox and Tint2 that uses pywal as it’s core for colorscheme generation.

Desktop Icon Packs

  • Open-Source Software¬†Arc Icon Theme¬†– A modern flat icon theme that builds on and requires the Moka Icon Theme to work.
  • Open-Source Software¬†La Capitaine Icon Theme¬†– A macOS and Material design inspired icon theme designed to fit into most desktop environments.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Moka Icon Theme¬†– Moka was created with simplicity in mind. With the use simple geometry & bright colours.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Numix Icon Theme¬†– A flat icon theme that comes in two varieties, Numix Main, and Numix circle.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Papirus Icon Theme¬†– SVG icon theme for Linux systems, based on Paper with a few extras like (hardcode-tray support, kde-color-scheme support, libreoffice icon theme, filezilla theme, smplayer themes …) and other modifications. The theme is available for GTK and KDE.



  • Open-Source Software¬†Anbox¬†– Run Android applications on any GNU/Linux operating system.
  • Android studio¬†– The Official IDE for Android: Android Studio provides the fastest tools for building apps on every type of Android device.


  • Code::Blocks¬†– Code::Blocks is a free C, C++ and Fortran IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable.
  • Codelite¬†– A Free, open source, cross platform C,C++,PHP and Node.js IDE.
  • Non Free¬†Clion¬†– A cross-platform and powerful IDE for C and C++!¬†Nonfree
  • Open-Source Software¬†QT Creator¬†– Fully-stocked cross-platform integrated development environment for easy creation of connected devices, UIs and applications.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Cassandra¬†– Apache Cassandra database is the right choice when you need scalability and high availability without compromising performance. Linear scalability and proven fault-tolerance on commodity hardware or cloud infrastructure make it the perfect platform for mission-critical data.
  • Open-Source Software¬†CouchDB¬†– Seamless multi-master sync, that scales from Big Data to Mobile, with an Intuitive HTTP/JSON API and designed for Reliability.
  • DataGrip¬†– DataGrip is a cross-platform IDE that is aimed at DBAs and developers working with SQL databases. It has built-in drivers that support DB2, Derby, H2, HSQLDB, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Sqlite and Sybase.
  • Open-Source Software¬†DBeaver¬†– A universal database client supporting multiple platforms and databases.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kexi¬†– Kexi is an open source visual database applications creator, a long-awaited competitor for programs like MS Access or Filemaker.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MariaDB¬†– One of the most popular database servers. Made by the original developers of MySQL.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MongoDB¬†– MongoDB is a free and open-source cross-platform document-oriented database program, uses JSON-like documents with schemas.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MyCLI¬†– MyCLI is a command line interface for MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona with auto-completion and syntax highlighting.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MySQL¬†– MySQL is the world’s leading open source database thanks to its proven performance, reliability and ease-of-use. It is used by high profile web properties including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo! and many more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MySQL Workbench¬†– MySQL Workbench is a unified visual tool for database architects, developers, and DBAs. MySQL Workbench provides data modeling, SQL development, and comprehensive administration tools for server configuration, user administration, backup, and much more.
  • OmniDB¬†– Browser-based tool that visually create, manage, and view databases.
  • Non Free¬†OracleDB¬†– Object-relational database management system produced and marketed by Oracle Corporation, one of the most trusted and widely-used relational database engines.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Percona MongoDB¬†– Percona Server for MongoDB provides all features and benefits of MongoDB Community Server.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Percona Monitoring¬†– Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM) is a free and open-source platform for managing and monitoring MySQL, MariaDB and MongoDB performance. You can run PMM in your own environment for maximum security and reliability. It provides thorough time-based analysis for MySQL, MariaDB and MongoDB servers to ensure that your data works as efficiently as possible.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Percona MySQL¬†– Percona Server for MySQL is a free, fully compatible, enhanced, open source drop-in replacement for MySQL that provides superior performance, scalability and instrumentation.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Percona XtraDB Cluster¬†– Percona XtraDB Cluster is an active/active high availability and high scalability open source solution for MySQL clustering. It integrates Percona Server and Percona XtraBackup with the Codership Galera library of MySQL high availability solutions in a single package that enables you to create a cost-effective MySQL high availability cluster.
  • Open-Source Software¬†pgcli¬†– Pgcli is a command line interface for Postgres with auto-completion and syntax highlighting.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PostgreSQL¬†– PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system with more than 15 year development. PostgreSQL is not controlled by any corporation or other private entity and the source code is available free of charge
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sqlite¬†– SQLite is an in-process library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sqlite Browser¬†– Visually create, manage, and view sqlite database files.


  • GoLand¬†– GoLand is the codename for a new commercial IDE by JetBrains aimed at providing an ergonomic environment for Go development.


  • Open-Source Software¬†BlueJ¬†– A free Java Development Environment designed for beginners, used by millions worldwide.
  • Eclipse¬†– Eclipse is famous for our Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE), but can also download packages to support C/C++ IDE and PHP IDE.
  • Open-Source Software¬†IntelliJ IDEA¬†– Powerful IDE for JAVA. The Community version is open sourced.


  • Webstorm¬†– Powerful IDE for modern JavaScript development, made by JetBrains.

Microcomputer and Embedded Devices

  • Open-Source Software¬†Arduino IDE¬†– The open-source Arduino Software (IDE) makes it easy to write code and upload it to the board.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Fritzing¬†– Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sloeber IDE¬†– Sloeber IDE. The Arduino IDE for Eclipse.

Multiple Languages Support

  • Open-Source Software¬†Aptana¬†– Aptana Studio harnesses the flexibility of Eclipse and focuses it into a powerful web development engine.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KDevelop¬†– It is a free, open source IDE, feature-full, plugin extensible IDE for C/C++ and other programming languages.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MonoDevelop¬†– Cross platform IDE for C#, F# and more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Netbeans¬†– NetBeans IDE lets you quickly and easily develop Java desktop, mobile, and web applications, as well as HTML5 applications with HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.


  • PHPStorm¬†– Lightning-smart and powerful PHP IDE from Jetbrain.


  • Open-Source Software¬†PyCharm¬†– Powerful IDE for Python


  • Open-Source Software¬†Fish¬†– A smart and user-friendly command-line shell.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Fisherman¬†– A plugin manager for fish shell.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ipython¬†– Powerful Python shell.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Oh-my-fish¬†– Provides various packages and themes to extend the functionality of your fish shell.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Oh-my-zsh¬†– A delightful community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zsh¬†– A powerful command line shell.

Supporting Tools

  • Open-Source Software¬†Cscope¬†– Cscope is a developer’s tool for browsing source code. Although cmd-line application, it is nativelly integrated with Vim editor. It allows searching code for symbols, definitions, functions (called/calling), regex, files.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Devilbox¬†– The devilbox is a modern and highly customisable dockerized PHP stack supporting full LAMP and MEAN and running on all major platforms. The main goal is to easily switch and combine any version required for local development.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Diffuse¬†– Diffuse is a graphical tool for comparing and merging text files. It can retrieve files for comparison from Bazaar, CVS, Darcs, Git, Mercurial, Monotone, RCS, Subversion, and SVK repositories.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Fossil¬†– Self-contained, distributed software configuration management system with integrated bug-tracking, wiki, technotes and web interface.
  • Genymotion¬†– Genymotion is a fast third-party emulator that can be used instead of the default Android emulator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Giggle¬†– Giggle is a graphical frontend for the git content tracker.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gisto¬†– Gisto is a code snippet manager that runs on GitHub Gists and adds additional features such as searching, tagging and sharing gists while including a rich code editor.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Git¬†– Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GitCola¬†– Git Cola is a sleek and powerful graphical Git client. Written in Python and GPL-licensed.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gitg¬†– gitg is the GNOME GUI client to view git repositories.
  • GitKraken¬†– The downright luxurious Git GUI client,for Windows, Mac & Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GitLab¬†– GitLab is a web-based Git repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gitolite¬†– Gitolite allows you to setup git hosting on a central server, with fine-grained access control and many more powerful features.
  • Insomnia¬†– A simple, beautiful, and free REST API client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Jupyter Notebook¬†– An open source program that provides interactive data and scientific computing information across over 40 programming languages.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Meld¬†– Meld is a visual diff and merge tool that helps you compare files, directories, and version controlled projects.
  • Mockingbot¬†– Mockingbot is an easy-to-use prototyping tool.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Nemiver¬†– Nemiver is a project to write a standalone graphical debugger that integrates well in the GNOME desktop environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pencil¬†– An open-source GUI prototyping tool that’s available for ALL platforms.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pick¬†– Simple color picker.
  • Postman¬†– Postman, allows a user to develop and test APIs quickly.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Rabbit VCS¬†– RabbitVCS is a set of graphical tools written to provide simple and straightforward access to the version control systems you use.
  • Nonfree¬†SmartGit¬†– SmartGit is a Git client with support for GitHub Pull Requests+Comments and SVN.
  • Non Free¬†StarUML¬†– A sophisticated software modeler.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Uncrustify¬†– Source Code Beautifier for C, C++, C#, ObjectiveC, D, Java, Pawn and VALA. See UniversalIndentGUI below.
  • Open-Source Software¬†UniversalIndentGUI¬†– UniversalIndentGUI offers a live preview for setting the parameters of nearly any indenter.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Wdiff¬†– The GNU wdiff program is a front end to diff for comparing files on a word per word basis. It collects the diff output and uses it to produce a nicer display of word differences between the original files.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Wireshark¬†– Wireshark is the world’s foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what’s happening on your network at a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zeal¬†– Zeal is an offline documentation browser for software developers.

E-Book Utilities

  • Open-Source Software¬†Bookworm¬†– A simple, focused eBook reader.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Buka¬†– A program for EBook Management.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Calibre¬†– Incredibly ugly but powerful software for ebook management and conversion.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Calibre-web¬†– Calibre Web is a web app providing a clean interface for browsing, reading and downloading eBooks using an existing Calibre database.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Easy Ebook Viewer¬†– Modern GTK Python Ebook Reader app to easily read epub files.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Evince¬†– Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. The goal of evince is to replace the multiple document viewers that exist on the GNOME Desktop with a single simple application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FBReader¬†– One of the most popular eReader apps.
  • Foxit¬†– Foxit Reader 8.0‚ÄĒAward-winning PDF Reader.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gnome Books¬†– GNOME Books is application for listing, searching and reading eBooks.
  • Open-Source Software¬†llpp¬†– A lightweight, fast, customizable and featureful PDF, EPUB, XPS and CBZ viewer with vi-like keybindings based on MuPDF.
  • Lucidor¬†– Lucidor is a computer program for reading and handling e-books. Lucidor supports e-books in the EPUB file format, and catalogs in the OPDS format.
  • MasterPDF editor¬†– Master PDF Editor a convenient and smart PDF editor for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mcomix¬†– GTK+ comic book viewer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MuPDF¬†– a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Okular¬†– Okular is a universal document viewer based developed by KDE. Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, BSD, etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PDFsam¬†– A desktop application to split, extract pages, rotate, mix and merge PDF files.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Peruse¬†– A pleasant way to read comic books.
  • Open-Source Software¬†qpdf¬†– qpdfview is a tabbed document viewer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sigil¬†– Sigil is a multi-platform EPUB ebook editor.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zathura¬†– Zathura is a highly customizable and functional document viewer.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Atom¬†– Hackable text editor for the 21st century.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Bluefish¬†– Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web developers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Brackets¬†– A modern text editor that understands web design.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Emacs¬†– An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor ‚ÄĒ and more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Geany¬†– Geany is a text editor using the GTK+ toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment. It was developed to provide a small and fast IDE, which has only a few dependencies from other packages.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gedit¬†-gedit is the GNOME text editor. While aiming at simplicity and ease of use, gedit is a powerful general purpose text editor.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gnome Builder¬†– Powerful IDE for modern C / C++ / Bash / JavaScript development, made by Gnome Team. One of the best IDE for C/C++ developement (Cmake integrated).
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kakoune¬†– Kakoune code editor – Vim inspired. ‚ÄČFaster as in less keystrokes. ‚ÄČMultiple selections. ‚ÄČOrthogonal design. Has a strong focus on interactivity.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kate¬†– Kate is a multi-document editor part of KDE since release 2.2.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Komodo Edit¬†– Free and open source multilanguage development environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Lighttable¬†– The next generation code editor! Support live coding.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Micro¬†– Micro is a terminal-based text editor that aims to be easy to use and intuitive, while also taking advantage of the full capabilities of modern terminals.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Nano¬†– GNU Nano is a text editor which aims to introduce a simple interface and intuitive command options to console based text editing.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Neovim¬†– Neovim is a fork of Vim aiming to improve user experience, plugins, and GUIs.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Spacemacs¬†– A community-driven Emacs distribution.
  • Sublime¬†– A very capable text editor with advanced search capabilities, and many powerful plugins to improve its functionality.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Textadept¬†– Minimalist text editor for programmers. Textadept is extensible with Lua programming language.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Vim¬†-Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor ‘Vi’, with a more complete feature set. It’s useful whether you’re already using vi or using a different editor.
  • Open-Source Software¬†VSCode¬†– Visual Studio Code is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which runs on your desktop and is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. It comes with built-in support for JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js and has a rich ecosystem of extensions for other languages (C++, C#, Python, PHP, Golang) and runtimes.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Anki¬†– Powerful, intelligent flash cards which makes remembering things easy.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Artha¬†– Artha is a free cross-platform English thesaurus that works completely off-line and is based on WordNet.
  • Open-Source Software¬†BibleTime¬†– BibleTime is a Bible study application based on the Sword library and Qt toolkit.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Celestia¬†– The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Chemtool¬†– Chemtool is a small program for drawing chemical structures on Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Epoptes¬†– An open source computer lab management and monitoring tool.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GAP¬†– A computer algebra system for computational discrete algebra with particular emphasis on computational group theory.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gcompris¬†– GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Geogebra¬†– The graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics and 3D mathematics.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gnome-dictionary¬†– A powerful dictionary for GNOME.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GNU Octave¬†– GNU Octave is a scientific programming language, primarily intended for numerical computations, that is mostly compatible with MATLAB.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GNU Typist¬†– ncurses-based free-software typing instructor
  • Open-Source Software¬†GNUKhata¬†– Open source accounting software.
  • Google Earth¬†– Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GPeriodic¬†– GPeriodic is a periodic table application for Linux.
  • KDE Edu Suite¬†– Free Educational Software based on the KDE technologies.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Klavaro¬†– A touch typing tutor very flexible, supporting customizable keyboard layouts. You can edit and save new or unknown keyboard layouts, as the basic course was designed to not depend on specific ones. Also, there are some charts about the learning process.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ktouch¬†– KTouch is a program to learn and practice touch typing.
  • Nonfree¬†MAPLE¬†– Maple is math software that combines the world’s most powerful math engine with an interface that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems.
  • Nonfree¬†MapTiler¬†– MapTiler generates zoomable raster maps from images in user-defined coordinate system.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Marble¬†– Marble is a virtual globe and world atlas ‚ÄĒ your swiss army knife for maps.
  • Nonfree¬†MATLAB¬†– The MATLAB platform is optimized for solving engineering and scientific problems. MATLAB helps you take your ideas beyond the desktop. You can run your analyses on larger data sets and scale up to clusters and clouds.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Maxima¬†– Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, and much more.
  • Mendeley¬†– Mendeley is a program for managing and sharing research papers, finding research data and collaborating online.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Moodle¬†– Course management system for online learning.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenEuclid¬†– OpenEuclide is a 2D geometry software: figures are defined dynamically by describing formal geometrical constraints.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenMapTiles¬†– OpenMapTiles is a set of open-source tools for self-hosting of OpenStreetMaps in more than 50 languages. It provides both raster as well as vector tiles, WMS, WMTS, support for JavaScript viewers and mobile SDK.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenSIS¬†– School Management Software that Increases Student Achievements & Teacher Performances.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PARI/GP¬†– A computer algebra system for fast computations in number theory.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SageMath¬†– A mathematical software with features covering many aspects of mathematics, including algebra, combinatorics, numerical mathematics, number theory, and calculus.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Scipy¬†– SciPy is a Python-based ecosystem of open-source software for mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Scratch¬†– With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations ‚ÄĒ and share your creations with others in the online community.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Stellarium¬†– Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†UGENE¬†– UGENE is free open-source cross-platform integrated GUI-based bioinformatics software.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Veyon¬†– Veyon is a computer management software for classrooms, it allows a teacher to control student computers and guide students over a computer network.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Claws¬†– Claws is an email client and news reader, featuring sophisticated interface, easy configuration, intuitive operation, abundant features and plugins, robustness and stability.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Evolution¬†– Evolution is a personal information management application that provides integrated mail, calendaring and address book functionality.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Geary¬†– Geary is an email application built for GNOME 3. It allows you to read and send email with a simple, modern interface.
  • Hiri¬†– Hiri is a business focused desktop e-mail client for sending and receiving e-mails, managing calendars, contacts, and tasks.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KMail¬†– KMail is the email component of Kontact, the integrated personal information manager from KDE.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mailnag¬†– Mailnag is a daemon program that checks POP3 and IMAP servers for new mail.
  • Mailspring¬†– A beautiful, fast and maintained fork of Nylas Mail (dead) by one of the original authors.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sylpheed¬†– Lightweight and user-friendly e-mail client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Thunderbird¬†– Thunderbird is a free email application that‚Äôs easy to set up and customize and it‚Äôs loaded with great features.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Trojita¬†– A super fast desktop email client for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Vmail¬†– Vim-like Gmail client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Wmail¬†– Gmail & Google Inbox unofficial desktop client for linux.

File Manager

  • Open-Source Software¬†7Zip¬†– A very capable program that can unzip nearly any file archiving format.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Caja¬†– Is the default file manager for the MATE desktop environment, it is very fast and simple to use.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Dolphin¬†– Dolphin is the default file manager of the KDE desktop environment featuring usability as well as functionality.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Double Commander¬†– Double Commander is a cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Krusader¬†– Krusader is an advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE and other desktops in the *nix world, similar to Midnight or Total Commander.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Midnight Commander¬†– A feature rich full-screen file manager that allows you to copy, move and delete files and whole directory trees.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Nautilus¬†– Nautilus (Files) is a file manager designed to fit the Gnome desktop design and behaviour, giving the user a simple way to navigate and manage its files.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Nemo¬†– Nemo is the file manager for the Cinnamon desktop environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†nnn¬†– A very lightweight and fast terminal file browser with excellent desktop integration.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Polo¬†– Polo is a modern, light-weight file manager for Linux with support for multiple panes and tabs; support for archives, and much more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†QDirStat¬†– Qt-based directory statistics – KDirStat without any KDE, from the original KDirStat author.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ranger¬†– Ranger is a console file manager with VI key bindings.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Thunar¬†– Thunar is the file manager designed to be the default file manager of Xfce 4.6 It has been designed to be fast and easy to use.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Vifm¬†– Vifm is an ncurses based file manager with VI like keybindings, which also borrows some useful ideas from mutt.



  • Open-Source Software¬†0 AD¬†– Age of Empires like RTS game of ancient warfare.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Nethack¬†– Open-source rogue-like with ASCII graphics.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TripleA¬†– Open source grand strategy game with “Axis and Allies” game rules.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Warzone 2100¬†– Open-source real-time strategy game that takes place after a nuclear war.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Widelands¬†– Widelands is a open source RTS game with singleplayer campaigns and a multiplayer mode inspired by Settlers II.

Turn Based Strategy

  • Open-Source Software¬†Battle for Wesnoth¬†– The Battle for Wesnoth is an open source, turn-based strategy game with a high fantasy theme. It features both singleplayer and online/hotseat multiplayer combat.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FreeCiv¬†– Freeciv is a Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization.

City Building Simulation

  • Dwarf Fortress¬†– A famously complex simulation of a High Fantasy Dwarf Fortress, fight goblins, and slay massive legendary beasts. Strike the earth!
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenTTD¬†– An open-source clone of Transport Tycoon Plus with major improvements.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Simutrans¬†– Simutrans is a freeware and open-source transportation simulator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Unknown Horizons¬†– A 2D realtime strategy simulation with an emphasis on economy and city building. Multiplayer currently broken.


  • Open-Source Software¬†ChaosEsqueAnthology Disc 1¬†ChaosEsqueAnthology Disc 2¬†– A modification of Xonotic which included extended weapons, maps, vehicles, buildable buildings, mounted weapons, spell casting, monsters, player characters, textures, and game mode (such as colorwar (think liquidwar))
  • Open-Source Software¬†Red Eclipse¬†– Red Eclipse is a fun-filled new take on the first person arena shooter, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, with a general theme of agility in a variety of environments.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Urban Terror¬†– A “Hollywood” tactical shooter – realism based, but the motto is “fun over realism”.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Xonotic¬†– Arena shooter inspired by Unreal Tournament and Quake.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zandronum¬†– Leading the way in newschool multiplayer Doom online.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Tales of Maj’Eyal¬†– Tales of Maj‚ÄôEyal (ToME) is a free, open source roguelike RPG, featuring tactical turn-based combat and advanced character building.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zelda Classic¬†– A tribute to Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda with additional quests, items and challenges.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zelda: Mystery of Solarus DX¬†– A direct sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on the SNES, using the same graphics and game mechanisms.

Command Line Games

  • Open-Source Software¬†2048¬†– Play the famous 2048 in commandline.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Backgammon¬†– Play Backgammon in commandline.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Bastet¬†– Play Tetris in commandline.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Greed¬†– Tron game in the linux command line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ninvaders¬†– Play Space Invaders on the command line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†nSnake¬†– Play the classic Nokia snake game on the command line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pacman4console¬†– Play Pacman game in console.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tron¬†– Play the best action game, Tron in the command line.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Cockatrice¬†– Cockatrice is an open-source multiplatform supported program for playing tabletop card games over a network.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Galois¬†– Galois is a Falling Blocks type game that isn’t limited to the standard tetrominoes that most games in it’s genre are limited to.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GBrainy¬†– Gbrainy is a brain teaser game with logic puzzles and memory trainers.
  • Nonfree¬†Minecraft¬†– Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures. Explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Minetest¬†– Open-source Minecraft written in C++ (uses less resources) and includes modding API.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mudlet¬†– A cross-platform, open source, and super fast MUD (text-only MMORPGs) client with scripting in Lua.
  • OhMyGiraffe¬†– A delightful game of survival. A game about a giraffe eating fruit while being chased by lions.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Snake Game¬†– Cross-platform Classic Snake Game based on Node.js.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SuperTuxKart¬†– SuperTuxKart is a 3D open-source arcade racer with a variety characters, tracks, and modes to play.

Engine Re-creations (require the actual game)

  • Open-Source Software¬†NXEngine¬†– A source port of Cave Story that runs natively on Linux, source needs to be built.
  • Open-Source Software¬†openage¬†– Free (as in freedom) open source clone of the Age of Empires II engine, source needs to be built.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenMW¬†– A recreation of the Morrowind engine, expanding upon the original. It can be used to play legitimate copies of original game.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenRA¬†– Classic strategy games, rebuilt for the modern era. Open source.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenRCT2¬†– A recreation of the Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 engine. Requires the original games assests.

Gaming Applications

  • Open-Source Software¬†itch¬†– The app. All of your downloads are kept in a single place and are automatically updated. Plenty of free games.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Lutris¬†– Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PlayOnLinux¬†– A front-end for Wine.
  • Open-Source Software¬†RetroArch¬†– A front-end for a lot of game emulators.
  • Steam¬†– Gaming store, which opens the gates to many games.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Wine¬†– Wine (“Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on Linux, quality depends from game to game.


Graphic Creation

  • Open-Source Software¬†Aseprite¬†– Animated sprite editor & pixel art tool.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Blender¬†– a free and open source complete 3D creation pipeline for artists and small teams.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cinepaint¬†– Open source deep paint software.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gifcurry¬†– Your open source video to GIF maker built with Haskell.
  • Gravit¬†– Gravit Designer is a full featured free vector design app right at your fingertip.
  • Heron Animation¬†– A free stop animation making program.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Inkscape¬†– A powerful, free design tool for you , whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Karbon¬†– An open source vector drawing program.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Knotter¬†– A Program designed solely to help design and create Celtic Knots.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Krita¬†– Open Source Software for Concept Artists, Digital Painters, and Illustrators.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mypaint¬†– Mypaint is a paint program for use with graphics tablets.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Open DVD Producer¬†– A modern, open source cross platform software to produce DVD images.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pinta¬†– Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing.
  • Open-Source Software¬†StopMotion¬†– Linux Stopmotion is a Free Open Source application to create stop-motion animations. It helps you capture and edit the frames of your animation and export them as a single file.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Synfig Studio¬†– Open-source 2D animation software.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Scan Tailor¬†– Scan Tailor is an interactive post-processing tool for scanned pages. For a tutorial on how to use it, consult its¬†User Guide.
  • Vectr¬†– Vectr is a free graphics software used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively. It’s a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your designs into reality.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Xara Extreme¬†– Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD.
  • yEd Graph Editor¬†– yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams. Create diagrams manually, or import your external data for analysis. Our automatic layout algorithms arrange even large data sets with just the press of a button.

Image Editor

  • Nonfree¬†Aftershot¬†– A powerful alternative to Adobe Photoshop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Darktable¬†– Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GIMP¬†– GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GraphicsMagick¬†– GraphicsMagick is the swiss army knife of image processing.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Hugin¬†– an easy to use cross-platform panoramic imaging toolchain based on Panorama Tools.
  • Open-Source Software¬†ImageMagik¬†– ImageMagick is a suite of command-line utilities for modifying and working with images.
  • Open-Source Software¬†imgp¬†– Blazing fast terminal image resizer and rotator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Luminance HDR¬†– Luminance HDR is an open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Photivo¬†– Photivo is a free and open source (GPL3) photo processor, handles your RAW and bitmap files (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, PNG and many more) in a non-destructive 16 bit processing pipe with gimp workflow integration and batch mode. It is intended to be used in a workflow together with digiKam/F-Spot/Shotwell and Gimp.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Piskel¬†– Browser-based editor for animated sprites and pixel art. Available as offline application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pixelitor¬†– Pixelitor is a free and open source image editing software that supports layers, layer masks, text layers, filters, multiple undo etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†RawTherapee¬†– A good looking but lesser known photo editing app.

Image Management

  • Open-Source Software¬†Digikam¬†– DigiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Feh¬†– lightweight and fast image viewer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Fotoxx¬†– Fotoxx is a free open source Linux program for image editing and collection management.
  • Open-Source Software¬†gThumb¬†– gThumb is an image viewer and browser (it also includes an importer tool for transferring photos from cameras).
  • Open-Source Software¬†gwenview¬†– Simple yet powerful image viewer and management for KDE desktops.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Imagine¬†– An open source image optimizer that can shrink the size of images with a minimal loss of quality.
  • Open-Source Software¬†nomacs¬†– nomacs is an image viewer that is able to view nearly any image format, and has powerful renaming and sorting tools.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ojo¬†– A fast and pretty image viewer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Phockup¬†– Command line sorting tool to organize photos and videos from your camera in folders by year, month and day.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Photonic¬†– Phototonic is image viewer and organizer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Shotwell¬†– Shotwell is a photo manager for GNOME 3.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Handbrake¬†– HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Potrace¬†– Potrace is a tool for tracing a bitmap, which means, transforming a bitmap into a smooth, scalable image.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Radiance¬†– Radiance – A Validated Lighting Simulation Tool.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ramme¬†– Unofficial Instagram desktop application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Rapid Photo Downloader¬†– Rapid Photo Downloader makes it easy to import photos from a camera or smartphone.

PSD, Sketch Inspection

  • Nonfree¬†Avocode¬†– Avocode – Share and inspect Photoshop and Sketch designs in a heart beat.

Screen Recorder

  • Open-Source Software¬†asciinema¬†– Terminal session recorder.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Green Recorder¬†– A simple desktop recorder for Linux systems, supports recording audio and video on almost all Linux interfaces and Wayland display server on GNOME session.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kazam¬†– An easy to use and very intuitive screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OBS Studio¬†– Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Download and start streaming quickly and easily on Windows, Mac or Linux. Share your gaming, art and entertainment with the world.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Peek¬†– Simple animated GIF screen recorder with an easy to use interface.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Silentcast¬†– Silentcast can create MKV screencasts and also output to an animated GIF.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SimpleScreenRecorder¬†– SimpleScreenRecorder is a feature-rich screen recorder that supports X11 and OpenGL. It has a Qt-based graphical user interface.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Vokoscreen¬†– A free, multilingual and easy to use screencast recorder with audio for Linux. It has many features.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Flameshot¬†– Powerful yet simple to use screenshot software.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Screencloud¬†– ScreenCloud is an easy to use screenshot sharing tool consisting of a cross-platform client and a sharing website:¬†
  • Open-Source Software¬†ShareX¬†– ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to over 80 supported destinations you can choose from.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Shots¬†– HTML/CSS/JS screenshot application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Shutter¬†– Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program for Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu.


  • Open-Source Software¬†ReadyMedia¬†– Formerly known as¬†MiniDLNA, ReadyMedia is a is a simple, lightweight media server software, with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. The MiniDNLA daemon serves media files (music, pictures, and video) to clients on a network such as smartphones, portable media players, televisions, other computers and some gaming systems.

Video editor

  • Open-Source Software¬†Cinelerra-cv¬†– Professional video editing and compositing environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Flowblade¬†– A multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kdenlive¬†– Kdenlive is a Non-Linear Video Editor, which is much more powerful than beginners‚Äô (linear) editors.
  • Nonfree¬†Lightworks¬†– Professional non-linear video editing program with a free version available.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenShot¬†– OpenShot is a free, simple-to-use, feature-rich video editor for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pitivi¬†– A free video editor with a beautiful and intuitive user interface, a clean codebase and a fantastic community.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Shotcut¬†– Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor with support for hundreds of audio and video formats and codecs and a sleek, intuitive interface.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Vidcutter¬†– Cross-platform Qt5 based app for quick and easy video trimming/splitting and merging/joining for simple quick edits.



  • Open-Source Software¬†Brave¬†– Brave is a fast, good desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux.
  • Chrome¬†– A popular Web Browser with a lot of plugins/apps.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Chromium¬†– Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Firefox¬†– A popular Web Browser with a lot of plugins/apps.
  • Open-Source Software¬†IceCat¬†– GNU version of Firefox built for privacy, using only free software and free of trademarks.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Midori¬†– A lightweight free browser that runs well on low spec systems.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Min¬†– A smarter, faster web browser.
  • Opera¬†– Opera browser is everything you need to do more on the web.
  • Open-Source Software¬†QuteBrowser¬†– A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5.
  • Vivaldi¬†– A new and rising browser with a lot of customizations.
  • Yandex¬†– Fast and convenient browser.

Supportive Tool

  • Open-Source Software¬†Buku¬†– Command line bookmark manager.
  • Clipgrab¬†– A friendly downloader for YouTube and other sites.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tor¬†– Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy.
  • Open-Source Software¬†youtube-dl¬†– Command line video downloader from and about other thousand video platforms. It’s really awesome, at least for me.
  • Open-Source Software¬†youtube-dlg¬†– Youtube-dlg is a GUI for youtube-dl and allows for simple copy and paste from all youtube-dl compatible websites. It can auto-update youtube-dl as well as process a list of URL’s in parallel.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zerotier¬†– Zerotier is a program that creates a Virtual Network for only your devices with end to end encyrption over the internet. By default Zerotier will manage your virtual network but you can switch to a self-managed network if you prefer.

Web Service Client

  • Open-Source Software¬†Akregator¬†– A KDE Feed Reader.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Choqok¬†– Choqok is a Qt5 client for Twitter, GNU Social, Friendica and Pump.IO.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Corebird¬†– Corebird is native gtk+ twitter desktop client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FeedReader¬†– A modern desktop application designed to complement existing web-based RSS accounts, combines all the advantages of web based services and modern desktop application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FeedTheMonkey¬†– FeedTheMonkey is a desktop client for TinyTinyRSS.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GnomeTwitch¬†– Enjoy Twitch on your GNU/Linux desktop with this Twitch non-Adobe-flash client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kaku¬†– An opensource youtube music player for Ubuntu.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Popcorntime¬†– Watch torrent movies instantly.



  • Open-Source Software¬†GnuCash¬†– GnuCash is a free software accounting program that implements a double-entry bookkeeping system. It was initially aimed at developing capabilities similar to Intuit, Inc.’s Quicken application, but also has features for small business accounting.
  • Open-Source Software¬†HomeBank¬†– HomeBank is a free software that will assist you to manage your personal accounting.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KMyMoney¬†– KMyMoney is the personal finance manager by KDE. Its operation is similar to Microsoft Money and Quicken.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Skrooge¬†– A personal finances manager, powered by KDE.

Office Suites

  • Open-Source Software¬†Caligra Office¬†– offers a comprehensive set of 8 applications which satisfies the office, graphics and management needs.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LibreOffice¬†– Arguably the most popular office suite for Linux, it is very heavily developed and widely known.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OnlyOffice¬†– An office suite that charges for a cloud version of itself, but is free for other uses.
  • WPS office¬†– A popular office suite in China, but is fully translated and functions well in English.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Gummi¬†gtk2|gtk3¬†– Simple latex editor with templates, spell check, and wizards.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LaTeXila¬†– LaTeXila is a LaTeX editor for the GNOME desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LyX¬†– Mature document editor that renders into LaTeX.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TexLive¬†– TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with the TeX document production system.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TeXmacs¬†– Free scientific text editor, inspired by TeX and GNU Emacs. WYSIWYG editor and CAS-interface.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Texmaker¬†– Free cross-platform LaTeX editor.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TeXworks¬†– TeXworks is an environment for authoring TeX (LaTeX, ConTeXt, etc) documents, with a Unicode-based, TeX-aware editor, integrated PDF viewer, and a clean, simple interface accessible to casual and non-technical users.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Ghost Writer¬†– A distraction-free Markdown editor for Windows and Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Remarkable¬†– A capable markdown editor that uses a variant of GitHub Flavored Markdown (GFM)
  • Open-Source Software¬†Retext¬†– A Simple but powerful editor for Markdown and reStructuredText.
  • Typora¬†– A Minimal markdown editor.

Novel Writing

  • Open-Source Software¬†Bibisco¬†– A novel writing software with focus on ideas and characters.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Manuskript¬†– Manuskript is a perfect tool for those writer who like to organize and plan everything before writing.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Plume Creator¬†– An open-source tool for novelist that gives you an outliner, a distraction-free mode, a note manager and much more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Scribus¬†– Scribus is a desktop publishing application designed for layout, typesetting, and preparation of files for professional-quality image-setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Trelby¬†– Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple.



  • Open-Source Software¬†Actionaz¬†– An utility for task automation Ubuntu/Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Autokey¬†– A desktop automation utility for Linux allows you to manage collection of scripts and phrases, and assign abbreviations and hotkeys to these.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Caffeine¬†– Prevents Ubuntu from automatically going to sleep.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Cairo-Dock¬†– Cairo-Dock is a desktop interface that takes the shape of docks, desklets, panel, etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Docky¬†– Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Plank¬†– Plank is meant to be the simplest dock of apps on the planet.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Albert¬†– An awesome keyboard launcher for the Linux desktop
  • Open-Source Software¬†AngrySearch¬†– Linux file search, instant results as you type.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Catfish¬†– Catfish is a versatile file searching tool.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cerebro¬†– Open-source productivity booster with a brain / MacOS-Spotlight alternative.
  • Open-Source Software¬†fsearch¬†– A fast file search utility for Unix-like systems based on GTK+3. Wildcard support,RegEx support,Filter support.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Plotinus¬†– A searchable command palette in every modern GTK+ application.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Ambient Noise¬†– An ambient noise generator for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†bcal¬†– Perform storage conversions and calculations.
  • Open-Source Software¬†CopyQ¬†-CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features.
  • f.lux¬†– A program that reddens your display to help you sleep better.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gpick¬†– Gpick allows you to sample any color from anywhere on your desktop, and it also provides some other advanced features!
  • Open-Source Software¬†pdd¬†– Tiny date, time diff calculator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Redshift¬†– Redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings. This may help your eyes hurt less if you are working in front of the screen at night.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SpeedCrunch¬†– A nice, open source, high-precision scientific calculator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Undistract me¬†– Notifies you when long-running terminal commands complete.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Xmind¬†– A mind mapping tool.

Note Taking

  • Open-Source Software¬†Basket Note Pads¬†– This multi-purpose note-taking application helps you to easily take all sort of notes.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Boostnote¬†– Boostnote is an open source note-taking app made for programmers just like you.
  • Nonfree¬†Inkdrop¬†– The Note-Taking App for Markdown Lovers with simple interface, seemless security and powerful APIs.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Joplin¬†– a note taking and to-do application with synchronization capabilities for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.
  • Open-Source Software¬†NixNote¬†– An open source client for Evernote.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Notepadqq¬†– Notepadqq is a Notepad++-like editor for the Linux desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Notes¬†– A clean simple note taking app for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OneNote¬†– Linux Electron OneNote.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Org mode¬†– Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Papyrus¬†– Papyrus is a different note manager which is focusing on Security, Better user interface. Papyrus are trying to provide an easy to use and smart user interface for users.
  • Open-Source Software¬†QOwnNotes¬†– QOwnNotes is a plain-text file notepad and todo-list manager with markdown support and ownCloud / Nextcloud integration.
  • Simplenote¬†– A Cross platform notetaking app and Evernote competitor.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Springseed¬†– Simple and beautiful note taking app for daily user.
  • Stickynote¬†– Sticky notes on your Linux desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tomboy¬†– Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application which is simple and easy to use.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Whatever¬†– An unofficial Evernote desktop client for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†WizNote¬†– A cross-platform cloud based note-taking client.

Time and Task

  • Open-Source Software¬†Alarm Clock¬†– Alarm Clock is a fully-featured alarm clock for your GNOME panel or equivalent.
  • Open-Source Software¬†calcurse¬†– A calendar and scheduling application for the command line.
  • California¬†– Complete Calendar app replacement which uses natural language for creating events.
  • Nonfree¬†Everdo¬†– TODO list and Getting Things Done¬ģ app for all platforms. Beautiful, powerful, not SaaS, free version available.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gnome Pomodoro¬†– A full-featured pomodoro timer for GNOME.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Go For It¬†– Go For It! is a simple and stylish productivity app, featuring a to-do list, merged with a timer that keeps your focus on the current task.
  • Open-Source Software¬†My Todo¬†– Mytodo is an open source to-do list program that puts you, the user, in command of everything.
  • Nonfree¬†Pomodone App¬†– PomoDoneApp is the easiest way to track your workflow using Pomodoro technique¬ģ, on top of your current task management service.
  • Open-Source Software¬†RSIBreak¬†– RSIBreak takes care of your health and regularly breaks your work to avoid repetitive strain injury.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TaskWarrior¬†– Taskwarrior is Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from the command line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Todo.txt¬†– todo.txt is a set of focused editors which help you manage your tasks with as few keystrokes and taps possible.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Todoist¬†– Unofficial client of Todoist, the cross-platform to-do manager with mobile apps, great UI and has some optional premium features.

Widget and Indicator


  • Open-Source Software¬†Privoxy¬†– Privoxy is a non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk.
  • Open-Source Software¬†ProxyChains¬†– A tool that forces any TCP connection made by any given application to follow through proxy like TOR or any other SOCKS4, SOCKS5 or HTTP(S) proxy.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Shadowsocks¬†– A secure socks5 proxy, designed to protect your Internet traffic.
  • Open-Source Software¬†electron-ssr¬†– Cross platform Shadowsocksr desktop client using electron.


  • Open-Source Software¬†ClamAV¬†– ClamAV is an open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Fail2ban¬†– Fail2ban scans log files (e.g. /var/log/apache/error_log) and bans IPs that show the malicious signs — too many password failures, seeking for exploits, etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FireHOL¬†– Linux firewall (iptables) manager for humans.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Firejail¬†– Firejail is a SUID program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications using¬†Linux namespaces¬†and¬†seccomp-bpf.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FireQoS¬†– Linux QoS (tc) manager for humans.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Firewalld¬†– Firewalld provides a dynamically managed firewall with support for network or firewall zones to define the trust level of network connections or interfaces.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GnuPG¬†– GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for all kinds of public key directories.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GuFW¬†– One of the easiest firewalls in the world of Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†IPrange¬†– A very fast command line utility for processing IP lists (merge, compare, exclude, etc).
  • Open-Source Software¬†keysniffer¬†– Linux kernel mode debugfs keylogger.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Lynis¬†– Security auditing tool for Linux, macOS, and UNIX-based systems. Assists with compliance testing (HIPAA/ISO27001/PCI DSS) and system hardening. Agentless, and installation optional.
  • Open-Source Software¬†OpenSSH¬†– OpenSSH Secure Shell Server and Client
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pass¬†– The standard Unix password manager.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Password Safe¬†– Password Safe allows you to safely and easily create a secured and encrypted user name/password list.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Seahorse¬†– A Gnome frontend for GnuPG.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tcpdump¬†– TCP Debugging/Capture Tool.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Uktools¬†– Keep your system up-to-date with last kernel available. Possibility to clean old kernel too.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Update-IPsets¬†– A manager for all cybercrime IP feeds that can download, convert and install netfilter¬†ipsets.

Sharing Files

  • Open-Source Software¬†aria2¬†– aria2 is a lightweight multi-protocol & multi-source command-line download utility.
  • CrossFTP¬†– CrossFTP makes it extremely simple to manage the FTP related tasks.
  • D-lan¬†– A free LAN file sharing software.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Deluge¬†– Deluge is a lightweight, Free Software, cross-platform BitTorrent client.
  • Dropbox¬†– Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Filezilla¬†– The free FTP solution.
  • Flareget¬†– Full featured, multi-threaded download manager and accelerator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KTorrent¬†– KTorrent is a BitTorrent application by KDE which allows you to download files using the BitTorrent protocol.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mega¬†– Easy automated syncing between your computers and your MEGA cloud drive.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Meiga¬†– A tool that makes possible to share selected local directories via web.
  • Open-Source Software¬†nextCloud¬†– an actively maintained fork of ownCloud, a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services
  • Open-Source Software¬†NitroShare¬†– Cross-Platform network file transfer application.
  • Open-Source Software¬†ownCloud¬†– The goal of ownCloud is to give you access to your files wherever you are.
  • PushBullet¬†– Pushbullet connects your devices, making them feel like one.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PushBullet for desktop¬†– The missing Desktop application for Pushbullet.
  • Open-Source Software¬†qBittorent¬†– The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to ¬ĶTorrent.
  • Quazaa¬†– A cross platform multi-network peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Seafile¬†– Seafile is an enterprise file hosting platform with high reliability and performance. Put files on your own server. Sync and share files across different devices, or access all the files as a virtual disk.
  • SpiderOak¬†– Real-time collaboration for teams and businesses that care about privacy
  • Open-Source Software¬†Syncthing¬†– Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized.
  • Teamviewer¬†– PC remote control/remote access software, free for personal use.
  • Tixati¬†– Freeware, advanced featured torrent client, a web user interface is included.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Transmission¬†– Simple, lightweight, multi-platform torrent client.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Transmission Remote GUI¬†– Transmission Remote GUI is a feature rich cross platform front-end to remotely control a Transmission Bit-Torrent client daemon via its RPC protocol.
  • Open-Source Software¬†uGet¬†– A download manager that can monitor the clipboard for downloadable links, and can create a list of downloads, and run them in parallel.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Vuze¬†– Bittorrent Client is an end-to-end software application for all your torrent needs.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Web Torrent Desktop¬†– Web Torrent Desktop is for streaming torrents which connects to both BitTorrent and WebTorrent peers.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Wormhole¬†– get arbitrary-sized files and directories (or short pieces of text) from one computer to another safely.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Alacritty¬†– A cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cool Retro Term¬†– A good looking terminal that mimicks the old cathode display.
  • Open-Source Software¬†DBAN¬†– Delete information stored on hard disk drives (HDDs) in PC laptops, desktops or servers.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GnomeTerminal¬†– A widely preinstalled terminal emulator in Linux world.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Guake¬†– Guake is a top-down terminal for Gnome.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Hyper¬†– A terminal built on web technologies.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kitty¬†– Cross-platform, fast, feature full, OpenGL based terminal emulator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Konsole¬†– An alternative terminal emulator for KDE desktop environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†RXVT¬†– A terminal emulator for X11, a popular replacement for the standard ‚Äėxterm‚Äô.
  • Open-Source Software¬†RXVT-Unicode¬†– rxvt-unicode is a fork of the well known terminal emulator.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sakura¬†– Simple but powerful libvte based terminal emulator, supporting utf-8 and input methods as provided by gtk+ and pango libraries.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Terminator¬†– Feature filled terminal emulator that supports tabs and grids.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Terminology¬†– The pretty and lightweight terminal from the Enlightenment Desktop, it’s highly configurable, it works in X11, under a Wayland compositor and even directly in the framebuffer on Linux. Replace your boring text-mode VT with a graphical one that requires no display system.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Terminus¬†– modern, highly configurable terminal app based on web technologies.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Termit¬†– Simple terminal emulator based on vte library, extensible via Lua.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Termite¬†– A keyboard-centric VTE-based terminal, aimed at use within a window manager with tiling and/or tabbing support.
  • Termius¬†– cross-platform terminal with built-in SSH and Telnet.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tilix¬†– A tiling terminal emulator for Linux using GTK+ 3.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tmux¬†– It lets you switch easily between several programs in one terminal, detach them (they keep running in the background) and reattach them to a different terminal. And do a lot more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Twin¬†– Fast, lightweight text-mode window environment with mouse support. Enables multiple terminals in a single Linux console, terminal or X11 window. It can be detached (keeps running in background) and reattached to a different console, terminal or X11 server. Works on Linux, Mac OS X and BSD
  • Open-Source Software¬†Upterm¬†– Upterm (formerly Black Screen) is an IDE in the world of terminals. Strictly speaking, it’s both a terminal emulator and an interactive shell based on¬†Electron.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Xterm¬†– The Xterm program is a terminal emulator for the X Window System. It provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible terminals for programs that can’t use the window system directly.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Yakuake¬†– A Quake-style terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Alien Package Converter¬†– Package converter. Converts between RPM, DPKG, SLP, and TGZ package formats.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Angry IP Scanner¬†– Fast and friendly network scanner.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Aptik¬†– A tool for you to organize your Favorite PPAs and manage Packages Easily.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Bleach bit¬†– BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy. Free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Brasero¬†– A capable CD/DVD burner.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cheat¬†– Cheat allows you to create and view interactive cheatsheets on the command-line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Clonezilla¬†– Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image¬ģ or Norton Ghost¬ģ.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Convertall¬†– A program that can convert many units of measurement to other units.
  • Open-Source Software¬†CPU-G¬†– Easy monitoring the battery life of your Ubuntu laptop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Curlew¬†– A GTK media converter for the GNOME desktop.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KeePassXC¬†– Cross platform password manager. A Community-maintained fork of KeePassX(dead)
  • Open-Source Software¬†EasyStroke¬†– Easystroke is a gesture-recognition application for X11.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Emoji Keyboard¬†– Virtual keyboard-like emoji picker for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Encryptr¬†– Encryptr is a zero-knowledge, cloud-based e-wallet / password manager powered by Crypton.
  • Enpass¬†– Enpass makes your life easy by securely managing your passwords and important information.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Etcher¬†– Flash OS images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FreeRDP¬†– FreeRDP is a free implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
  • GD map¬†– A tool to visualize disk usage.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GnomePie¬†– the circular app launcher for Linux desktops.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GParted¬†– Disk Partition utility for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gramps¬†– Research, organize and share your family tree with Gramps.
  • Open-Source Software¬†indicator-cpufreq¬†– It provides the same functionality as the Gnome CPU frequency applet, but doesn’t require Gnome panel and works under Unity.
  • Open-Source Software¬†indicator-multiload¬†– Graphical system load indicator for CPU, ram, etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Indicator-SysMonitor¬†– An Application Indicator showing cpu temperature, memory, network speed, cpu usage, public IP address and internet connection status.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KDE-Connect¬†– A tool, that allows one to integrate the Linux desktop with an Android smartphone and can be used to send files to and from the phone and the linux desktop, use the phone as a trackpad, control the desktop media player using the phone, and lots more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KeePass¬†– Windows focused password manager, with some cross platform support through Mono.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KeeWeb¬†– Free cross-platform password manager compatible with KeePass
  • Open-Source Software¬†Keynav¬†– Keynav is a piece of an on-going experiment to make pointer-driven interfaces easier and faster for users to operate. It lets you move the pointer quickly to most points on the screen with only a few key strokes.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Komorebi¬†– Komorebi is a background manager for all Linux platforms, provides fully customizeable backgrounds that can be tweaked at any time.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KVM¬†– KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
  • LastPass¬†– LastPass is a crossplatform freemium password management service that stores encrypted passwords in private accounts.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mosh¬†– Mosh is a Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Nativefier¬†– Make any web page a desktop application
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ncdu¬†– A disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface.
  • Open-Source Software¬†NetData¬†– Next-gen web based real-time performance and health monitoring for physical and virtual servers, containers and IoT devices. It is also a distributed¬†statsd¬†server with automatic visualization for APM (applications performance monitoring).
  • Open-Source Software¬†PeaExtractor¬†A utility designed to unzip files and be as frictionless as possible, and easy to use as possible.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PeaUtilities¬†PeaUtils is a suite of file management utilities, including hash checksums, secure delete, and file comparisons.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Peazip¬†– A utility to unzip any of a huge variety of compression formats.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pi-Hole¬†– Network-wide ad blocking via your own Linux hardware, using DNS filtering and re-direction Pi-Hole can block ads on a whole network, so Smartphones and Game Consoles can benefit from it in addition to computers.
  • PlexyDesk¬†– Plexydesk supports multiple widget workspaces/desktops on Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Powertop¬†– A tool that can help diagnose issues with power consumption in Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Psensor¬†– A graphical hardware temperature monitor for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pulse Audio¬†– Improve Linux Audio with customized Profiles.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Remmina¬†– A feature-rich remote desktop application for Linux and other UNIXes.
  • Open-Source Software¬†rmlint¬†– rmlint finds space waste and other broken things on your filesystem and offers to remove it.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Stacer¬†– The most well known Ubuntu System Optimizer.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gloobus-Preview¬†– It gives you a quick preview of your files. It’s similar to¬†Sushi
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sushi¬†– Sushi is a quick previewer for Nautilus, the GNOME desktop file manager.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Synaptic¬†– Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Systemload¬†– A program that shows current system load in a status bar.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TightVNC¬†– A Free, Lightweight, Fast and Reliable Remote Control / Remote Desktop Software.
  • TLP¬†– An application that can help optimize battery life on Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Trimage¬†– A cross-platform tool for losslessly optimizing PNG and JPG files.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Ubunsys¬†– An application designed to allow you to change in-depth system features without the command line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†UbuntuCleaner¬†– Ubuntu Cleaner is a tool that makes it easy to clean your Ubuntu system.
  • Open-Source Software¬†ULauncher¬†– An application launcher for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Unetbootin¬†– UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file.
  • USB network gate¬†– Allows you to share USB ports over a Network on Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Variety¬†– Variety is an open-source wallpaper changer for Linux, packed with great features, yet slim and easy to use.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Virtualbox¬†– VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.
  • Open-Source Software¬†WallpaperChange¬†– Automatically change your wallpaper.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Workrave¬†– A program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
  • Open-Source Software¬†Xtreme Download Manager¬†– A good download manager with fresh UI for Linux.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Bomi Player¬†– A powerful and easy-to-use multimedia player.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cheese¬†– Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Kodi¬†– An award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Miro¬†– Free, and open video, music and internet TV application; it brings video channels from thousands of sources and has more free HD than any other platform.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Movie Monad¬†– A free and simple to use video player made with Haskell.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MPlayer¬†– MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems, play any kind of videos.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MPV¬†– A free, open source, and cross-platform media player.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SMPlayer¬†– Free Media Player with built-in codecs. Play all audio and video formats.
  • SVP¬†– SVP allows you to watch any video on your desktop computer using frame interpolation as it is available on high-end TVs and projectors.
  • Open-Source Software¬†VLC¬†– VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

Wiki software

  • Open-Source Software¬†ikiwiki¬†– ikiwiki is a wiki compiler. It converts wiki pages into HTML pages suitable for publishing on a website. Ikiwiki stores pages and history in a revision control system such as Subversion or Git.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TiddlyDesktop¬†– A desktop app for TiddlyWiki, an open-source personal wiki written in javascript, great if you’re still searching for a good note-taking (and more) app.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Zim¬†– A graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages, great for notes and documents. Stored in plain text files for easy version control.


  • Open-Source Software¬†DisplayCAL¬†– Open Source Display Calibration and Characterization powered by ArgyllCMS.
  • Open-Source Software¬†FontForge¬†– Free (libre) font editor for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU+Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GrubCustomizer¬†– Grub Customizer is a graphical interface to configure the GRUB2/BURG settings and menuentries.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Infinality bundle & fonts¬†–¬†Pre-note: Infinality is currently not maintained anymore by the creator, if on rolling release operating systems, expect breakage. Infinality bundle & fonts is an Open Source project aimed at Linux administrators and individual users who are looking for a hassle-free way of improving the quality of font rendering.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mycroft¬†– Mycroft is a hackable open source voice assistant.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Polychromatic¬†– Graphical front end and tray applet for configuring Razer peripherals on GNU/Linux.

Command Line Utilities

  • Open-Source Software¬†Buku¬†– A Command line bookmark manager.
  • Cloc¬†– Count Lines of Code: cloc counts blank lines, comment lines, and physical lines of source code in many programming languages.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Color LS¬†– Color Ls is a Ruby Gem that spices up the ls command and shows more visually than ls does without additional commands.
  • Open-Source Software¬†curseradio¬†– Command line radio player.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Daily Reddit Wallpaper¬†– Change your wallpaper to the most upvoted image of the day from /r/wallpapers or any other subreddit on system startup.
  • Open-Source Software¬†ddgr¬†– DuckDuckGo from the command line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Etcher CLI¬†– The Etcher CLI is a command-line tool that aims to provide all the benefits of the Etcher desktop application in a way that can be run from a terminal, or even used from a script.
  • Open-Source Software¬†exa¬†– exa is a modern replacement for ls.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Fishfry¬†– replaces fish history with a history tailored to pentesters for efficiency and newbie pentesters for learning.
  • Open-Source Software¬†fzf¬†– A general-purpose command-line fuzzy finder with interactive filter and preview feature for things like files, command history, git commits, hostnames, etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gkill¬†– An interactive process killer for Linux.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Glances¬†– Glances is a system monitoring terminal application that shows you your disk usage, ram usage, and cpu usage in a very friendly way using the Ncurses programming library. It is tolerant to windows resizing, and very low on system ram useage.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Googler¬†– A program that can Google anything right in the command line.
  • Open-Source Software¬†gtop¬†– A system monitoring dashboard for terminal. Think ‘graphical top’, with bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, and etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†htop¬†– An interactive process viewer for Unix systems with improved features and user experience
  • Open-Source Software¬†Liquidprompt¬†– A full-featured & carefully designed adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh.
  • Open-Source Software¬†mps-youtube¬†– A terminal based program for searching, streaming and downloading music. This implementation uses YouTube as a source of content and can play and download video as well as audio.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mutt¬†– A terminal based mail client with vim keybindings and great flexibility and customizability.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Neofetch¬†– A fast, highly customizable system info script that supports Linux, MacOS, iOS, BSD, Solaris, Android, Haiku, GNU Hurd, MINIX, AIX and Windows.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Newsbeuter¬†– A fast and customizable RSS feed reader with vim keybindings.
  • Open-Source Software¬†PathPicker¬†– A command that lets you select files that were output from a previous command in the command line, so you can then run another command or edit them.
  • Open-Source Software¬†pywal¬†– pywal is a script that takes an image (or a directory of images), generates a colorscheme (using imagemagick) and then changes all of your open terminal’s colors to the new colorscheme on the fly, allowing you to have your terminal colors change with your wallpaper, or other criteria.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Rainbow Stream¬†– A smart and nice Twitter client on terminal written in Python.
  • Open-Source Software¬†s-tui¬†– s-tui is an UI for monitoring your computer’s CPU temperature, frequency and utilization in a graphical way from the terminal.
  • Open-Source Software¬†The Silver Searcher / Ag¬†– A code-searching tool similar to ack, but faster.
  • Open-Source Software¬†TheFuck¬†– Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Tmux¬†– It lets you switch easily between several programs in one terminal, detach them (they keep running in the background) and reattach them to a different terminal. And do a lot more.
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  • Open-Source Software¬†translate-shell¬†– Command-line translator using Google Translate, Bing Translator, Yandex.Translate, etc.
  • Open-Source Software¬†undistract-me¬†– A command line program that plays a sound or sends a notification when a long command has finished running in the command line.
  • wicd-curses¬†– Command line WiFi connection manager.
  • Open-Source Software¬†youtube-dl¬†– youtube-dl is a command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites. It requires the Python interpreter (2.6, 2.7, or 3.2+), and it is not platform specific.

Desktop Environments

  • Open-Source Software¬†Budgie¬†– Budgie is a desktop environment designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Cinnamon¬†– Cinnamon strives to provide a traditional user experience. Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME 3.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Deepin DE¬†– DDE (Deepin Desktop Environment) is the default desktop environment originally created for the Linux Deepin distribution.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Enlightenment¬†– A lightweight and pretty desktop environment that is designed to run fast and look good, while retaining a large degree of customization.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Gnome¬†– The GNOME desktop environment is an attractive and intuitive desktop with both a modern (GNOME) and a classic (GNOME Classic) session.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GNOME Flashback¬†– GNOME Flashback is a shell for GNOME 3 which was initially called GNOME fallback mode. The desktop layout and the underlying technology is similar to GNOME 2.
  • Open-Source Software¬†KDE Plasma¬†– The KDE Plasma desktop environment is a familiar working environment. Plasma Desktop offers all the tools required for a modern desktop computing experience so you can be productive right from the start.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LXDE¬†– The Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment is a fast and energy-saving desktop environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LXQt¬†– LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE, the Lightweight Desktop Environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Manokwari¬†– Desktop shell for GNOME 3 with Gtk+ and HTML5 frontend.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Mate¬†– Mate provides an intuitive and attractive desktop to Linux users using traditional metaphors. MATE is a fork of GNOME 2.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Pantheon¬†– Pantheon is the default desktop environment originally created for the elementary OS distribution.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Unity¬†– Unity is a shell for GNOME designed by Canonical for Ubuntu. A¬†guide¬†on how to install unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.04.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Xfce¬†– Xfce embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability.

Display manager


  • Open-Source Software¬†CDM¬†– A ultra-minimalistic, yet full-featured login manager written in Bash.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Console TDM¬†– An extension for xinit written in pure Bash.
  • Open-Source Software¬†nodm¬†– A minimalistic display manager for automatic logins.


  • Open-Source Software¬†Entrance¬†– An EFL based display manager, highly experimental.
  • Open-Source Software¬†GDM¬†– The GNOME display manager.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LightDM¬†– A cross-desktop display manager, can use various front-ends written in any toolkit.
  • Open-Source Software¬†LXDM¬†– The LXDE display manager. Can be used independent of the LXDE desktop environment.
  • Open-Source Software¬†MDM¬†– The MDM display manager, used in Linux Mint, a fork of GDM 2.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SDDM¬†– The QML-based display manager and successor to KDE4’s kdm; recommended for Plasma 5 and LXQt.
  • Open-Source Software¬†SLiM¬†– Lightweight and elegant graphical login solution. (discontinued)
  • Open-Source Software¬†XDM¬†– The X display manager with support for XDMCP, and host chooser.

Window Managers


  • Open-Source Software¬†Compton¬†– Compton is a standalone composite manager, suitable for use with window managers that do not natively provide compositing functionality.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Sway¬†– Sway is tiling Wayland compositor and a drop-in replacement for the i3 window manager for X11.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Xcompmgr¬†– Xcompmgr is a simple composite manager capable of rendering drop shadows and, with the use of the transset utility, primitive window transparency.

Stacking window managers

  • Open-Source Software¬†2bwm¬†– A fast floating WM, with the particularity of having 2 borders, written over the XCB library and derived from mcwm.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Blackbox¬†– A fast, lightweight window manager for the X Window System, without all those annoying library dependencies.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Fluxbox¬†– A window manager for X that was based on the Blackbox 0.61.1 code.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Openbox¬†– A highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.

Tiling window managers

  • Open-Source Software¬†Bspwm¬†– bspwm is a tiling window manager that represents windows as the leaves of a full binary tree.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Herbstluftwm¬†– Is a Manual tiling window manager for X11 using Xlib and Glib.
  • Open-Source Software¬†i3 WM¬†– A better tiling and dynamic window manager. It’s completely written from scratch. The target platforms are GNU/Linux and BSD operating systems.
  • Open-Source Software¬†Qtile¬†– qtile is a full-featured, hackable tiling window manager written and configured in Python.

Dynamic window managers

  • Open-Source Software¬†awesome¬†– A highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X.
  • Open-Source Software¬†dwm¬†– A dynamic window manager for X. It manages windows in tiled, monocle and floating layouts.
  • Open-Source Software¬†i3¬†– Tiling window manager, completely written from scratch.
  • Open-Source Software¬†spectrwm¬†– A small dynamic tiling window manager for X11, largely inspired by xmonad and dwm.
  • Open-Source Software¬†xmonad¬†– A dynamically tiling X11 window manager that is written and configured in Haskell.

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