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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 153 apps in various categories. Among a plethora of freeware products, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

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"... Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution. It supports Linux (i386, x86_64, ia64) and FreeBSD (i386). It's packaged for multiple distributions ... It supports tapes, disks, network and CD/DVD as backup media, multiple filesystems, LVM, software and hardware Raid ...":


"... MyPasswords is a very light-weight, secure and easy-to-use password manager ...":

"... Powermanga Linux is an arcade 2D shoot-em-up game with 41 levels and more than 200 sprites : 60 different enemies, 40 meteors, numerous weapons, many end of level baddies, spaceship power-ups and lots of other surprises ...":


"... Pushover ... is a puzzle game where you have to manipulate dominos that they all fall in a chain reaction according to vertain rules ...":

"...Batis is a way to distribute and install desktop applications on Linux. Users can get up to date software directly from the authors, whichever Linux distribution they use ...":

"... QComicBook is a viewer for comic book archives (.cbr, .cbz and alike) containing jpeg/png/xpm/gif/bmp images, which aims at speed, convenience and ease of use ...":


"... Novacut is a collaborative video editor that aims to bring the agile, distributed workflow pioneered by free software to professional movie and TV production ...":

Forays into Norrendrin is a traditional roguelike game, with a focus on a streamlined experience and tactical combat that requires difficult choices:


FireHOL is a language (and a program to run it) which builds secure, stateful firewalls from easy to understand, human-readable configurations:


The Network Diagnostic Tool is a client/server program that provides network configuration and performance testing to a users desktop or laptop computer:


"... Web sites are made of lots of things — frameworks, libraries, assets, utilities, and rainbows. Bower manages all these things for you ...":


"... Coppermine is an easily set-up, fast, feature-rich photo gallery script with mySQL database, user management, private galleries, automatic thumbnail creation, ecard feature and a template system for easy customization to match the rest of a site ...":


Pandora FMS free version - monitoring software:


Childsplay is a collection of educational activities for young children:


Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor:


Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler:


xinco is a powerful Web-Service based Information and Document Management System for files, text, URLs and contacts, featuring ACLs, versioning, full text search, an FTP-like client (easy install, J2EE+MySQL/PostgreSQL):


"... OpenNMS is the world’s first enterprise grade network management application platform developed under the open source model ...":


Scalix Community Edition:

Terra is a new low-level system programming language that is designed to interoperate seamlessly with the Lua programming language:


WriteType is a free program that helps students experience success in writing:


Golems is a 3D recreational physics simulator:


JVGS is a free, minimalistic platform game:


TaskWarlord is a coding game with a futuristic computer world where players need to provide Lua code to make their armies do the right thing - which is of course to win:


"... Liquid War is a unique multiplayer wargame ... You control an army of liquid and have to try and eat your opponents ...":


QGIS - a free and open source geographic information system:


World Wind is a free, open source API for a virtual globe:

Cutegram is a free and opensource telegram client:

xwax is an open-source Digital Vinyl System:


Gogs - Go Git Service:

Endless Sky - a space exploration and combat game:


Graphviz is open source graph visualization software:


"... Nikto is a web server scanner which performs comprehensive tests against web servers for multiple items, including over 6700 potentially dangerous files/programs, checks for outdated versions of over 1250 servers, and version specific problems on over 270 servers ...":


"... Bazaar is a version control system that helps you track project history over time and to collaborate easily with others ...":


P3Scan - proxy-server for email clients:


Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration:


Wapiti allows you to audit the security of your web applications:


"... Plone is the premier Python-based CMS ...":


simon is an open-source speech recognition program:


TUTOS is a tool to manage the organizational needs of small groups, teams, departments ...:


XWiki Enterprise is a professional wiki that has powerful extensibility features such as scripting in pages, plugins and a highly modular architecture:


LifeType is an open-source blogging platform with support for multiple blogs and users in a single installation:

Desk - lightweight workspace manager for the shell:

BorgBackup is a deduplicating backup program. Optionally, it supports compression and authenticated encryption:

Duck - Cyberduck for the command line interface:


"... Picat is a simple, and yet powerful, logic-based multi-paradigm programming language aimed for general-purpose applications ...":

BlueProximity - add security to your desktop by automatically locking and unlocking the screen when you and your phone leave/enter the desk:

Steel - Command line password manager:

"... Linuxbrew is a fork of Homebrew, the Mac OS package manager, for Linux ...":

Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred (OS X app) for Linux:


PPSSPP can run your PSP games on your PC in full HD resolution:


Passion Audio Player:


"... cclive is a tool for downloading media from YouTube and similar websites. It has a low memory footprint compared to other existing tools ...":


GKrellM is a single process stack of system monitors:


"... Wbar is a simple and highly customizable quick-launch dock that adds a little dimension and color to an LXDE or Openbox desktop without adding much additional weight or being gaudy ...":

Open-Sankoré is a multiplatform, open-source program that is compatible with every type of interactive hardware:



Prometheus - an open-source service monitoring system and time series database:


Gambas is a full-featured object language and development environment built on a BASIC interpreter:


Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers:


"... CRIU is a software tool for Linux operating system. Using this tool, you can freeze a running application (or part of it) and checkpoint it to a hard drive as a collection of files. You can then use the files to restore and run the application from the point it was frozen at ...":


"... StackStorm Community is a powerful automation tool that wires together all of your apps, services and workflows ...":


RethinkDB is the first open-source, scalable JSON database built from the ground up for the realtime web:


"... D is a language with C-like syntax and static typing. It pragmatically combines efficiency, control, and modeling power, with safety and programmer productivity ...":

N1 - mail client:

App Grid is an alternative to the Software Center:


"... rsnapshot makes it easy to make periodic snapshots of local machines, and remote machines over ssh ...":


Ampache - a web based audio/video streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music&videos from anywhere, using almost any internet enabled device:

"... Mbox introduces a novel sandbox usage model; when executing a program in the sandbox, Mbox prevents programs from modifying the host filesystem while giving them the impression that they are in fact making those modifications ...":


"... LiteStore - a lightweight, self-contained, RESTful, multi-format NoSQL document store server ...":


"... saldl - a multi-platform command-line downloader optimized for speed and early preview ...":

FrostWire - YouTube downloader, BitTorrent client and media player:


SAWS - a Supercharged AWS CLI:


oVirt is a production-ready virtual machine manager for the datacenter that also provides an awesome KVM management interface for multi-node virtualization:


The Irrlicht Engine is a cross-platform high performance realtime 3D engine written in C++:



Stencyl starter is a game creation platform:


Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories:


"... SwiperProxy - a lightning-fast, open source web proxy that is easy for you to run and customize ...:"


Mattermost is an open source, on-prem Slack-alternative:


"... ScyllaDB - world's fastest NoSQL column store database ...:"

"... Jaro Mail is an integrated suite of interoperable tools to manage e-mail communication in a private and efficient way, without relying too much on on-line services, in fact encouraging users to store their email locally ...":


"... Monkey X free is a next-generation games programming language that allows you to create apps on multiple platforms with the greatest of ease ...":

"... Apache Pig is a platform for analyzing large data sets that consists of a high-level language for expressing data analysis programs, coupled with infrastructure for evaluating these programs ...":


"... pigz, which stands for parallel implementation of gzip, is a fully functional replacement for gzip that exploits multiple processors and multiple cores to the hilt when compressing data ...":

Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms:

"... PostInstallerF will install all the software that Fedora doesn't include commonly, after running Fedora for the first time ...":

pev - the PE file analysis toolkit:


HaxeFlixel is a 2D Game framework that lets you create cross-platform games easier with free, open source technology:


Overlap2D is an open source game UI, level and content editor:


"... YARA is a tool aimed at (but not limited to) helping malware researchers to identify and classify malware samples. With YARA you can create descriptions of malware families (or whatever you want to describe) based on textual or binary patterns ...":


CMake is a family of tools designed to build, test and package software:


Rainbowstream - terminal-based Twitter client:


PMD is a source code analyzer. It finds common programming flaws like unused variables, empty catch blocks, unnecessary object creation, and so forth. It supports Java, JavaScript, XML, XSL:

"... Kite is a webmail designed to look a lot like gmail and to be easily deployable on a single server ...":


Lumail is a modern console-based email client:

tcpflow is a program that captures data transmitted as part of TCP connections (flows), and stores the data in a way that is convenient for protocol analysis and debugging: