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Awesome Linux Software



🐧 This repo is a collection of AWESOME Linux applications and tools for any users/developers.
🐧 Feel free to contribute / star / fork / pull request . Any recommendations and suggestions are welcomed.

Update: This repo has been published on Gitbook. You can share this link to new users since they may find it friendlier to read than github. Download as a pdf here.

Acknowledgement: Everything written below is from my own experience in college and after reading various materials. I am neither a professional nor expert, but a student who has great passion. Anyone can open a discussion in the issue section, or a pull request in case something should be modified or added. If you consider my work valuable, a donation is much appreciated.

Chinese version : here or here or here.
Brazilian Portugese version : here.

Table of Contents



  • Airtime - Airtime is 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, plays your music how you want it, without stealing away your computer’s 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.
  • 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 - cmus is 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
  • 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
  • Harmony - Music player with sleek interface & cloud compatibility. Open-Source Software
  • Hydrogen - Advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux. Open-Source Software
  • K3b - 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.
  • KxStudio - KXStudio is a collection of applications and plugins for professional audio production.
  • Libretime - Libre is 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 - Lollypop is a new GNOME music playing application. Open-Source Software
  • Lyricfier - a Spotify Lyrics alternative app. Open-Source Software
  • Mixxx - Free DJ software that gives you everything you need to perform live mixes, veritable alternative to Traktor. Open-Source Software
  • Mellow Player - Cloud music integration for your desktop. Open-Source Software
  • Museek - A simple, clean and cross-platform music player. Open-Source Software
  • Netease Music - A music player of Netease - a cloud music service in China.
  • Nuclear - An Electron-based, multiplatform music player app that streams from multiple sources. Open-Source Software
  • Ocenaudio - ocenaudio is 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.
  • 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. Quod Libet 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 - Sayonara is a small, clear and fast audio player for Linux written in C++, supported by the Qt framework.Open-Source Software
  • Soundconverter - leading audio file converter, SoundConverter 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

Chat Clients

  • 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
  • Dino - Clean and modern Jabber/XMPP chat client Open-Source Software
  • Discord - All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.
  • Franz - Franz is a free messaging app that combines many chat & messaging services into one application.
  • GhettoSkype - open source web wrapper for Skype. Open-Source Software
  • Gitter - Gitter — Where developers come to talk. Gitter is designed to make community messaging, collaboration and discovery as smooth and simple as possible. Open-Source Software
  • HexChat - HexChat is an IRC client based on XChat, but unlike XChat it’s 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
  • 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
  • KVIrc - KVIrc is a free portable IRC client based on the excellent Qt GUI toolkit. Open-Source Software
  • Messenger for Desktop - An app for Facebook messenger. Open-Source Software
  • Pidgin - A universal chat client. Open-Source Software
  • qTox - A simple distributed, secure messenger with audio and video chat capabilities. Open-Source Software
  • Rambox - Free, Open Source and Cross Platform messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one. 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. Open-Source Software
  • ScudCloud - A Slack client for Linux. Open-Source Software
  • Skype - Skype keeps the world talking, for free.
  • Slack - real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.
  • Telegram - A messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super fast, simple and free. Open-Source Software
  • 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
  • Weechat - WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client .Open-Source Software
  • Wire - Secure communication. Full privacy. Open-Source Software

Data Backup and Recovery

  • Borg Backup - A nice tool to backup data.Open-Source Software
  • Deja Dup - A simple backup tool with built-in encryption Open-Source Software
  • Duplicity - Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server.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 program fsarchiver to save/restore partitions, folders and MBR/GPT. The program is for systems based Debian, for Suse and 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 cmd-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.Open-Source Software

Desktop customization

  • Adapta Theme - An adaptive Gtk+ theme based on Material Design Guidelines. Open-Source Software
  • Arc Icon Theme - A modern icon theme which should be used with Moka Icon Theme. Open-Source Software
  • Arc Theme - A flat theme with transparent elements 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.
  • Conky - Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any kind of information on your desktop. 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 Arc Theme - My favourite theme for Ubuntu.Open-Source Software
  • Flatabulous - This is a Flat theme for Ubuntu and other Gnome based Linux Systems. Open-Source Software
  • Gnome Extensions - Extensions for the Gnome Desktop Environment.
  • Gnome Look - Large amounts of community created icons, shell themes, fonts, and many more assets that can be used to customize your Gnome desktop environment, all located in one website.
  • 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. Open-Source Software
  • Irradiance Theme - A Unity theme inspired by OSX Yosemite based on Radiance.Open-Source Software
  • La Capitaine Icon Theme - A macOS and Material design inspired icon theme designed to fit into most desktop environments.
  • Macbuntu - A transformation pack for making your desktop look like a macOS.
  • Numix Icon Theme - One of the best icon themes for Ubuntu Linux.Open-Source Software
  • Numix Theme - A good popular theme. Open-Source Software
  • Oomox theme generator - 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
  • 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
  • Unity Tweak Tool - 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.
  • Yosembiance theme - A modified Ambiance theme (loosely) inspired by OSX Yosemite. Open-Source Software



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


  • Clion - A cross-platform and powerful IDE for C and C++.Nonfree
  • 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.
  • 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.Open-Source Software
  • DBeaver - A universal database client supporting multiple platforms and databases. 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
  • 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
  • OracleDB - Object-relational database management system produced and marketed by Oracle Corporation, one of the most trusted and widely-used relational database engines.
  • Postgresql - PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system.
  • 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. Open-Source Software


  • Gogland - Gogland is the codename for a new commercial IDE by JetBrains aimed at providing an ergonomic environment for Go development.


  • BlueJ - A free Java Development Environment designed for beginners, used by millions worldwide.Open-Source Software
  • Eclipse - Eclipse is famous for our Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE), but our C/C++ IDE and PHP IDE are pretty cool too.
  • IntelliJ IDEA - Powerful IDE for JAVA.


  • Webstorm - Powerful IDE for modern JavaScript development, made by JetBrains.

Microcomputer and embedded devices

  • Arduino IDE - The open-source Arduino Software (IDE) makes it easy to write code and upload it to the board.
  • 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. I love it very much. Open-Source Software

Multiple languages support

  • Aptana - Aptana Studio harnesses the flexibility of Eclipse and focuses it into a powerful web development engine.
  • 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.


  • PyCharm - Powerful IDE for Python


Supporting tools

  • 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
  • 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. [Open-Source Software]
  • Genymotion - Genymotion is a fast third-party emulator that can be used instead of the default Android emulator.
  • Giggle - Giggle is a graphical frontend for the git content tracker. Open-Source Software
  • GitCola - Git Cola is a sleek and powerful graphical Git client. Written in Python and GPL-licensed.
  • Gitg - gitg is the GNOME GUI client to view git repositories. Open-Source Software
  • GitKraken - The downright luxurious Git GUI client,for Windows, Mac & Linux.
  • 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.
  • Insomnia - A simple, beautiful, and free REST API client.
  • Jupyter Notebook - Open source, interactive data science and scientific computing 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. Open-Source Software
  • Mockingbot - Mocking bot is an easy-to-use prototyping tool.
  • 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. Open-Source Software
  • Postman - Postman, help us test API quickly.
  • Rabbit VCS - RabbitVCS is a set of graphical tools written to provide simple and straightforward access to the version control systems you use. Open-Source Software
  • SmartGit - SmartGit is a Git client with support for GitHub Pull Requests+Comments and SVN. Nonfree
  • StarUML - A sophisticated software modeler.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Zeal - Zeal is an offline documentation browser for software developers. Open-Source Software

E-Book Utilities

  • Bookworm - A simple, focused eBook reader. Open-Source Software
  • Buka - EBook Management Open-Source Software
  • Calibre - Incredibly ugly but powerful software for ebook management and conversion. 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. Open-Source Software
  • Foxit - Foxit Reader 8.0—Award-winning PDF Reader.
  • Gnome Books - Books is application for listing, searching and reading eBooks. Open-Source Software
  • 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.
  • 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 webdevelopers, 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 — 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.
  • Kakoune - Kakoune code ediotr - Vim inspired.  Faster as in less keystrokes.  Multiple selections.  Orthogonal 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.
  • Spacemacs - A community-driven Emacs distribution. Open-Source Software
  • Sublime - One of the best text editor of all time.
  • 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) and runtimes.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
  • GNU Typist - ncurses-based free-software typing instructor Open-Source Software
  • GNUKhata - Open source accounting software. Open-Source Software
  • Google Earth - Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program.
  • GPeriodic - GPeriodic is a periodic table application for Linux.Open-Source Software
  • ITalc - iTALC is a use- and powerful didactical tool for teachers. It lets you view and control other computers in your network in several ways. Open-Source Software
  • KDE Edu Suite - Free Educational Software based on the KDE technologies.
  • 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.Open-Source Software
  • 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
  • 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.Nonfree
  • 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, .... 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
  • OpenSIS - School Management Software that Increases Student Achievements & Teacher Performances.
  • 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 — 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
  • Tux4Kids - Tux4Kids develops high-quality software for kids, with the goal of combining fun and learning into an irresistible package. Open-Source Software
  • UGENE - UGENE is free open-source cross-platform integrated GUI-based bioinformatics software.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.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. Open-Source Software
  • Nylas Mail - An extensible desktop mail app built on the modern web. Open-Source Software
  • Sylpheed - Lightweight and user-friendly e-mail client. Open-Source Software
  • Thunderbird - Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize and it’s loaded with great features. Open-Source Software
  • Trojita - A super fast Qt IMAP e-mail client for Linux.Open-Source Software
  • Vmail - Vim-like Gmail client Open-Source Software
  • Wmail - Gmail & Google Inbox unofficial desktop client for Linux. Open-Source Software

File Manager

  • 7Zip - Unzip any zip files
  • AngrySearch - Linux file search, instant results as you type. Open-Source Software
  • Catfish - Catfish is a versatile file searching tool. 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Synapse - Best application launcher on linux.
  • 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


Warning: This game list may be outdated. Games inside store like Steam are also not included on this list.

  • 0 A.D - Age of Empires like open source RTS game.
  • Air for Steam - Material design inspired skin for Steam with 3 colour options.
  • AlephOne - Bungie supported continuation of the Marathon games, assests included. Engine needs to be built from source.
  • Civilization5 - Sid Meier’s Civilization® is recognized as one of the greatest strategy franchises of all-time.
  • Cockatrice - Cockatrice is an open-source multiplatform supported program for playing tabletop card games over a network.Open-Source Software
  • DarkPlaces - A modified Quake engine improving performance and appearance, List of supported games .Open-Source Software
  • Desura - Pre-note: Desura is currently gone, but is being relaunched in the near future. Desura is a community driven digital distribution service for gamers, putting the best games, mods and downloadable content from developers at gamers fingertips, ready to buy and play.
  • GBrainy - Gbrainy is a brain teaser game and trainer to have fun and to keep your brain trained. Open-Source Software
  • Lutris - Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface.
  • 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.
  • 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. Open-Source Software
  • NXEngine - A source port of Cave Story that runs natively on Linux, Source needs to be built. Open-Source Software
  • OhMyGiraffe - A delightful game of survival. A game about a giraffe eating fruit while being chased by lions.
  • 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
  • OpenRCT2 - A recreation of the Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 engine. Requires the original games assests. Open-Source Software
  • OpenTTD - An open-source clone of Transport Tycoon Plus. Open-Source Software
  • PlayOnLinux - A front-end for Wine. Open-Source Software
  • Red Eclipse - Red Eclipse is a fun-filled new take on the first person arena shooter, built as a total conversion of Cube Engine 2, which lends itself toward a balanced gameplay, with a general theme of agility in a variety of environments. Open-Source Software
  • RetroArch - A front-end for a variety of game emulators. Open-Source Software
  • Simutrans - Simutrans is a freeware and open-source transportation simulator. Open-Source Software
  • Steam - Awesome Gaming platform, which opens the gates to many games.
  • SuperTuxCar - SuperTuxKart is a 3D open-source arcade racer with a variety characters, tracks, and modes to play.Open-Source Software
  • The Battle for Wesnoth - Free, turn-based strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both singleplayer and online/hotseat multiplayer combat. Open-Source Software
  • TripleA - The World's Foremost Open Source Grand Strategy Game. Open-Source Software
  • Warzone2100 - Open-source real-time strategy/real-time tactics game. Open-Source Software
  • Wine - Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD Open-Source Software
  • Xonotic - Arena shooter inspired by Unreal Tournament and Quake. Open-Source Software


  • Aftershot - A powerful alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Nonfree
  • Agave - Agave is a very simple application for the GNOME desktop that allows you to generate a variety of colorschemes from a single starting color
  • Blender - a free and open source complete 3D creation pipeline for artists and small teams.
  • Cinepaint - Open source deep paint software
  • Darktable - darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer
  • Digikam - digiKam is an advanced digital photo management application for Linux
  • Feh - lightweight and fast image viewer.Open-Source Software
  • Flowblade - A multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux.Open-Source Software
  • Fotoxx - Fotoxx is a free open source Linux program for image editing and collection management.
  • GIMP - GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoringOpen-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
  • Heron Animation - A free stop animation making program.
  • Hugin - an easy to use cross-platform panoramic imaging toolchain based on Panorama Tools.
  • ImageMagik - ImageMagick is a suite of command-line utilities for modifying and working with images.
  • 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
  • Karbon - An open source vector drawing program. 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
  • Kdenlive - Kdenlive is a Non-Linear Video Editor, which is much more powerful than beginners’ (linear) editors. Open-Source Software
  • Krita - Open Source Software for Concept Artists, Digital Painters, and IllustratorsOpen-Source Software
  • Lightworks - Professional non-linear video editing program with a free version available Nonfree
  • Luminance HDR - Luminance HDR is an open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging. Open-Source Software
  • Mypaint - Mypaint is a paint program for use with graphics tablets. 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
  • Ojo - A fast and pretty image viewer. Open-Source Software
  • Open DVD Producer - A modern, open source cross platform software to produce DVD images. Open-Source Software
  • OpenShot - OpenShot is a free, simple-to-use, feature-rich video editor for Linux.
  • Peek - Simple animated GIF screen recorder with an easy to use interface.Open-Source Software
  • Phockup - Media 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
  • Pinta - Pinta is a free, open source program for drawing and image editing. Open-Source Software
  • Pitivi - A free video editor with a beautiful and intuitive user interface, a clean codebase and a fantastic community.
  • 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 ToolOpen-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. Open-Source Software
  • RawTherapee - A good looking but lesser known photo editing app. Open-Source Software
  • Shotwell - Shotwell is a photo manager for GNOME 3.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
  • 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.
  • Vidcutter - Cross-platform Qt5 based app for quick and easy video trimming/splitting and merging/joining for simple quick edits. Open-Source Software
  • Xara Extreme - Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSDOpen-Source Software


  • Brave - Brave is a fast, good desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux. Open-Source Software
  • Chrome - A popular Web Browser with a lot of plugins/apps.
  • 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
  • Clipgrab - A friendly downloader for YouTube and other sites.
  • 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
  • Firefox - A popular Web Browsers with a lot of plugins/apps. 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
  • Midori - A lightweight free browser that runs well on low spec systems. Open-Source Software.
  • Min - A smarter, faster web browser. Open-Source Software
  • Opera - Opera browser is everything you need to do more on the web.
  • Popcorntime - Watch torrent movies instantly. Open-Source Software
  • QuteBrowser - A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5. 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.
  • Vivaldi - A new and rising browser with a lot of customizations.Open-Source Software
  • Yandex - Fast and convenient browser.
  • youtube-dl - It can download videos from or other video platforms. It's really awesome, at least for me. Open-Source Software.


  • Gummi gtk2|gtk3 - Simple latex editor with templates, spell check, and wizards. Open-Source Software
  • Caligra Office - offers a comprehensive set of 8 applications which satisfies the office, graphics and management needs.
  • 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
  • KMyMoney - KMyMoney is the personal finance manager by KDE. Its operation is similar to Microsoft Money and Quicken. Open-Source Software
  • LaTeXila - LaTeXila is a LaTeX editor for the GNOME desktop. Open-Source Software
  • LibreOffice - Best office bundle for Linux. Open-Source Software
  • LyX - Mature document editor that renders into LaTeX .. Open-Source Software
  • OnlyOffice - One of the best office suite programs for Linux.
  • 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
  • WPS office - One of the best office app bundle for Linux.


  • Alarm Clock - Alarm Clock is a fully-featured alarm clock for your GNOME panel or equivalent. Open-Source Software
  • Ambient Noise - Install ambient noise for extra focus on Linux
  • Autokey - A desktop automation utility for Linux allows you to manage collection of scripts and phrases, and assign abbreviations and hotkeys to these.
  • Basket Note Pads - This multi-purpose note-taking application helps you to easily take all sort of notes. Open-Source Software
  • Brightness - Brightness indicator for Ubuntu.
  • Cairo-Dock - Cairo-Dock is a desktop interface that takes the shape of docks, desklets, panel, etc. Open-Source Software
  • California - Complete Calendar app replacement which uses natural language for creating events.
  • Cerebro - Open-source productivity booster with a brain / MacOS-Spotlight alternative. Open-Source Software
  • CopyQ -CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with editing and scripting features.
  • Docky - Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Open-Source Software
  • f.lux - Automatically adjust your computer screen to match lighting.
  • Gnome-dictionary - A powerful dictionary 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.
  • Gpick - Gpick allows you to sample any color from anywhere on your desktop, and it also provides some other advanced features! Open-Source Software
  • My Todo - Mytodo is an open source to-do list program that puts you, the user, in command of everything.Open-Source Software
  • My Weather Indicator - Weather indicator and widget for ubuntu.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Plank - Plank is meant to be the simplest dock of apps on the planet.Open-Source Software
  • Plotinus - A searchable command palette in every modern GTK+ application. Open-Source Software
  • Pomodone App - PomoDoneApp is the easiest way to track your workflow using Pomodoro technique®, on top of your current task management service.Nonfree
  • Recent Noti - An indicator for recent notification.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Simplenote - Cross platform notetaking app. Evernote competitor.
  • SpeedCrunch - A nice, open source, high-precision scientific calculator. Open-Source Software
  • Springseed - Simple and beautiful note taking app for daily user.Open-Source Software
  • Stickynote - Sticky notes on your Linux desktop.
  • TaskWarrior - Taskwarrior is Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from the command line.Open-Source Software
  • Todo.txt - todo.txt-focused editors which help you manage your tasks with as few keystrokes and taps possible.
  • Todoist - Unofficial client of Todoist, the cross-platform to-do manager with mobile apps, great UI and has some optional premium features.Open-Source Software
  • Tomboy - Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application which is simple and easy to use. Open-Source Software
  • Undistract me - Notifies you when long-running terminal commands complete. Open-Source Software
  • Whatever - An unofficial Evernote desktop client for Linux. Open-Source Software
  • WizNote - A cross-platform cloud based note-taking client. Open-Source Software
  • Xmind - Mind Mapping Tool.
  • 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


  • 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


  • ClamAV - Clam Anti Virus
  • 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.
  • FireHOL - Linux firewall (iptables) manager for humans. 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 - Gnu Privacy Guard
  • 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
  • OpenSSH - OpenSSH Secure Shell Server and Client
  • Password Safe - Password Safe allows you to safely and easily create a secured and encrypted user name/password list. Open-Source Software
  • Pass - the standard unix password manager. Open-Source Software
  • Seahorse - Gnome frontend for GnuPGOpen-Source Software
  • Tcpdump - TCP Debugging/Capture ToolOpen-Source Software
  • Update-IPsets - A manager for all cybercrime IP feeds that can download, convert and install netfilter ipsets. Open-Source Software

Sharing Files

  • aria2 - aria2 is a lightweight multi-protocol & multi-source command-line download utility. Open-Source Software
  • CrossFTP - CrossFTP makes it extremely simple to manage the FTP related tasks.
  • D-lan - A free LAN file sharing software.
  • Deluge - Deluge is a lightweight, Free Software, cross-platform BitTorrent client.Open-Source Software
  • Dropbox - Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
  • Filezilla - the free FTP solution Open-Source Software
  • Flareget - Full featured, multi-threaded download manager and accelerator
  • 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
  • ownCloud - The goal of ownCloud is to give you access to your files wherever you are
  • PushBullet for desktop - The missing Desktop application for Pushbullet. Open-Source Software
  • PushBullet - Pushbullet connects your devices, making them feel like one.
  • qBittorent - The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to µTorrent.Open-Source Software
  • Quazaa - A cross platform multi-network peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing client.
  • SpiderOak - Real-time collaboration for teams and businesses that care about privacy
  • Syncthing - Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized.Open-Source Software
  • Teamviewer - PC remote control/remote access software, free for personal use.
  • Transmission - Simple, lightweight, multi-platform torrent client. Open-Source Software
  • uGet - The best download manager for Linux. Open-Source Software
  • uTorrent - Elegant, efficient torrent downloading.
  • Vuze - Bittorrent Client is an end-to-end software application for all your torrent needs.
  • Web Torrent Desktop - Web Torrent Desktop is for streaming torrents which connects to both BitTorrent and WebTorrent peers.![Freeware Icon]


  • Cool Retro Term - A good looking terminal that mimicks the old cathode display Open-Source Software
  • GnomeTerminal - A widely preinstalled terminal emulator in Linux world
  • Guake - Guake is a top-down terminal for Gnome
  • Hyper - A terminal built on web technologies.Open-Source Software
  • Konsole - Best terminal for KDE dekstop environment.
  • RXVT-Unicode - rxvt-unicode is a fork of the well known terminal emulator.Open-Source Software
  • RXVT - A terminal emulator for X11, a popular replacement for the standard ‘xterm’.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 - it’s quite clear that the most powerful terminal emulator on Linux is the feature-filled Terminator.
  • Terminix - A tiling terminal emulator for Linux using GTK+3 Open-Source Software
  • Terminus - modern, highly configurable terminal app based on web technologies. Open-Source Software
  • Termite - A keyboard-centric VTE-based terminal, aimed at use within a window manager with tiling and/or tabbing support. Open-Source Software
  • Termit - Simple terminal emulator based on vte library, extensible via Lua.Open-Source Software
  • Termius - cross-platform terminal with built-in SSH and Telnet.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Yakuake - A Quake-style terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology.


  • Actionaz - Automation tasks utility for Ubuntu/Linux
  • Albert - An awesome application launcher for the Linux desktop 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 ...
  • Brasero - CD/DVD burner.
  • Caffeine - Prevents Ubuntu from automatically going to sleep.
  • Cheat - Cheat allows you to create and view interactive cheatsheets on the command-line.Simplify man toolOpen-Source Software
  • Clonezilla - Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image® or Norton Ghost®.Open-Source Software
  • Convertall - Convert all units.
  • CPU-G - Easy monitoring the battery life of your Ubuntu laptop. Open-Source Software
  • Curlew - GTK Media Converter for the GNOME desktop 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. Open-Source Software
  • Enpass - Enpass makes your life easy by securely managing your passwords and important information.
  • GD map - A tool to visualize disk usage.
  • Ghost Writer - A distraction-free Markdown editor for Windows and Linux. Open-Source Software .
  • Gloobus-Preview - It gives you a quick preview of your files. It's similar to Sushi Open-Source Software .
  • Gnome Pomodoro - A full-featured pomodoro timer for GNOME. Open-Source Software
  • GnomePie - the circular app launcher for Linux desktops.Open-Source Software
  • Gnormalize - Audio converter.
  • GParted - Disk Partition utility for Linux.
  • GRadio - Radio software for Ubuntu Linux. Open-Source Software
  • Handbrake - Video converter.
  • indicator-cpufreq - It provides the same functionality as the Gnome CPU frequency applet, but doesn't require Gnome panel and works under Unity.
  • indicator-multiload - Graphical system load indicator for CPU, ram, etc.
  • Indicator-SysMonitor - An Application Indicator showing cpu temperature, memory, network speed, cpu usage, public IP address and internet connection status. Open-Source Software
  • KeePassXC - Cross platform password manager. A Community-maintained fork of KeePassX(dead) Open-Source Software
  • KeePass - Windows focused password manager, with some cross platform support through Mono.
  • KeeWeb - Free cross-platform password manager compatible with KeePass 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). Open-Source Software
  • LastPass - Cross platform password
  • Nativefier - Make any web page a desktop application 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
  • Peazip - Utility to unzip any zipped files
  • Peek - A simple tool that allows you to record short animated GIF images from your screen.Open-Source Software
  • PlexyDesk - Plexydesk supports multiple widget workspaces/desktops on Linux.
  • Powertop - Diagnose issue with powerconsumption.
  • Psensor - Graphical hardware temperature monitor for Linux.Open-Source Software
  • Pulse Audio - Improve Linux Audio with customized Profiles.
  • Remarkable - Best Markdown editor in Ubuntu/Linux.
  • Remmina - A feature-rich remote desktop application for Linux and other UNIXes.Open-Source Software
  • Stacer - Ubuntu System Optimizer Open-Source Software
  • Sushi - Sushi is a quick previewer for Nautilus, the GNOME desktop file manager. Open-Source Software
  • SympleScreenRecorder - SimpleScreenRecorder is a feature-rich screen recorder that supports X11 and OpenGL. It has a Qt-based graphical user interface. Open-Source Software
  • Synaptic - Synaptic is a graphical package management program for apt.
  • Systemload - Show systemload in status bar.
  • TightVNC - Free, Lightweight, Fast and Reliable Remote Control / Remote Desktop Software [Open-Source Software]
  • TLP - Optimize Linux battery.
  • Trimage - A cross-platform tool for losslessly optimizing PNG and JPG files.Open-Source Software
  • Typora - A Minimal markdown editor
  • UbuntuCleaner - Ubuntu Cleaner is a tool that makes it easy to clean your Ubuntu system.Open-Source Software
  • Ubuntusys - Configurable app designed for Ubuntu referent to packages, updates and configurations Open-Source Software
  • ULauncher - Application launcher for Linux. Open-Source Software
  • USB network gate - Share USB port over Network on Linux.
  • 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
  • vokoscreen - vokoscreen is an easy to use screencast creator to record educational videos, live recordings of browser, installation, videoconferences, etc. Open-Source Software
  • WallpaperChange - Automatically change your wallpaper.
  • Workrave - A program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Open-Source Software
  • Wormhole - get arbitrary-sized files and directories (or short pieces of text) from one computer to another safely. 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.
  • MPlayer - MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems, play any kind of videos.
  • 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.Open-Source Software
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 - A.I. for everyone. Open-Source Software
  • Polychromatic - Graphical front end and tray applet for configuring Razer peripherals on GNU/Linux. Open-Source Software

Command Line Utilities

  • Bastet - Play Tetris in commandline.Open-Source Software
  • Buku - Command line bookmark managers.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
  • 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
  • Gkill - Interactive process killer for Linux. Open-Source Software
  • Googler - Google any stuff right in the command line.Open-Source Software
  • htop - top 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 - Terminal based program to search, stream and download 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
  • Pacman4console - Play Pacman game in console.Open-Source Software
  • PathPicker - Accepts a wide range of input -- output from git commands, grep results, searches
  • 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
  • TheFuck - Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.Open-Source Software
  • The Silver Searcher / Ag - A code-searching tool similar to ack, but faster.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
  • Top 10 command line tools
  • wicd-curses - Command line WiFi connection manager.

Desktop Environments

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Unity 8 - A guide on how to install unity 8 on Ubuntu 16.04.
  • Unity - Unity is a shell for GNOME designed by Canonical for Ubuntu.
  • Xfce - Xfce embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability. Open-Source Software

Display manager


  • CDM - Ultra-minimalistic, yet full-featured login manager written in Bash. Open-Source Software
  • Console TDM - Extension for xinit written in pure Bash. Open-Source Software
  • nodm - Minimalistic display manager for automatic logins. Open-Source Software


  • Entrance - An EFL based display manager, highly experimental. Open-Source Software
  • GDM - GNOME display manager. Open-Source Software
  • KDM - KDE4 display manager (discontinued).
  • LightDM - Cross-desktop display manager, can use various front-ends written in any toolkit. Open-Source Software
  • LXDM - LXDE display manager. Can be used independent of the LXDE desktop environment.
  • MDM - MDM display manager, used in Linux Mint, a fork of GDM 2. Open-Source Software
  • SDDM - 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 - X display manager with support for XDMCP, host chooser. Open-Source Software

Window Managers


  • Compton - Compton is a standalone composite manager, suitable for use with window managers that do not natively provide compositing functionality. 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. Open-Source Software

Stacking window managers

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

Tiling window managers

  • Bspwm - bspwm is a tiling window manager that represents windows as the leaves of a full binary tree. Open-Source Software
  • Herbstluftwm - Manual tiling window manager for X11 using Xlib and Glib. Open-Source Software
  • Qtile - qtile is a full-featured, hackable tiling window manager written and configured in Python Open-Source Software

Dynamic window managers

  • awesome - Highly configurable, next generation framework window manager for X. Open-Source Software
  • dwm - 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 - Small dynamic tiling window manager for X11, largely inspired by xmonad and dwm. Open-Source Software
  • xmonad - Dynamically tiling X11 window manager that is written and configured in Haskell. Open-Source Software


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Guideline to contribute

Simply put the name of the application in the list. Link to its homepage or a guide on how to install it. Also write a short description for the application + add icon. Make sure it is put under the appropriate topic. If the application doesn't fit in any existing topic, make a new one for it. Ensure everything is alphabetically sorted.

Items marked with Open-Source Software are open-source software and link to the source code. Items marked with Nonfree are nonfree (as in nonfree beer) and may cost money to use.

Author's note: Recently, I received feedbacks from you about the quality of some applications on this list. I myself tested them out a lot (not all of them, though). If you have any problems with the apps, please: -> head to the dev page (if available) -> make an issue for the dev there -> make an issue here so that I can consider whether I should get the app out of the list. Remember : Everything has its own quality, so there will never be anything like "best app" or "selective list" here, thank you.


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