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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 156 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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newspaper - read webpages in readability mode, inside your terminal:


Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication and publishing:

"... colorls - a Ruby script that beautifies the terminal's ls command, with color and font-awesome icons ...":


"... Elvish is a friendly and expressive shell ...":

"... cowyodel allows easy and simple sharing of text/data between computers. cowyodel is a command-line tool that allows simple interaction with a cowyo server, providing a simple way to upload/download text/binary that is encrypted/unencrypted ...":

Mr. Rescue is an arcade styled 2d action game centered around evacuating civilians from burning buildings:

X-CD-Roast tries to be the most flexible CD-burning software ever. It allows even the unexperienced user to create or copy a CD with a few mouse clicks in a intuitive and nice looking graphical user interface:

"... pak is a way of organizing paks, or executable scripts. Using pak, you can create, modify, and share scripts that perform various tasks ...":

"... smem is a tool that can give numerous reports on memory usage on Linux systems. Unlike existing tools, smem can report proportional set size (PSS), which is a more meaningful representation of the amount of memory used by libraries and applications in a virtual memory system ...":

"... NeoMutt is a command-line mail reader. It's a version of Mutt with added features ...":

"... Komorebi is an awesome background manager for all Linux platforms. It provides fully customizeable backgrounds that can be tweaked at any time! Wallpapers included by default range from animated ones, still, and gradients ...":

"... Rspamd - fast, free and open-source spam filtering system ...":


Tagsistant is a tag-based filesystem for Linux that turns directories into tags and search your files for you:


Lilite - a Linux autoinstaller:

Persepolis is a download manager and a GUI for Aria2:

Upterm is an IDE in the world of terminals:
"... Gravit - the most complete design platform.." :
"... Snaptile - versatile window tiling for X11 with powerful keyboard controls..." :

"... Shallot is a file manager with the maximum degree of flexibility and customizability ...":

Beaker - a peer-to-peer Web browser:


ORY - next-gen, highly customizable content editor for the browser - based on React and Redux. WYSIWYG on steroids:

"... Polo is a modern, light-weight file manager for Linux with support for multiple panes, tabs, archive browsing/creation/extraction, and much more ...":


"... Headset is a desktop app that turns YouTube into a world class music streaming service. Create collections, tune-in to a music subreddit or quickly play that song you’ve had stuck in your head all day ...":

Polo is potentially one of the best file managers yet, but it still has problems, from a 3 minute look at it there were two glaring bugs. First try to change font size and it dies immediately, secondly if you make it full screen, how to get it back to normal. I eagerly await the next version.

"... ScreenStudio will let you record your desktop in a full HD video files. Overlay some text or even your webcam. It will also let you stream your desktop to services like UStream, Hitbox or ...":


"... HRCloud2 - a fully featured home-hosted cloud storage platform and personal assistant that converts files, OCR's images & documents, creates archives, scans for viruses, protects your server, keeps itself up-to-date, and runs your own appLauncher ...":

"... Hostsblock is a bash script designed to take advantage of /etc/hosts file to provide system-wide blocking of internet advertisements, malicious domains, trackers, and other undesirable content ...":
"... nnn is a fork of noice, a blazing-fast lightweight terminal file browser with easy keyboard shortcuts for navigation, opening files and running tasks ...":
μ music player: "... The f.lux indicator applet fluxgui is an indicator applet to control xflux, an application that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at nights and like sunlight during the day ...":
"... Magic Wormhole - get things from one computer to another, safely ...":
"... Latte-Dock - Latte is a dock based on plasma frameworks that provides an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and plasmoids ...":

"... Netdata ... unparalleled insights, in real-time, of everything happening on your Linux systems and applications, with stunning, interactive web dashboards and powerful performance and health alarms ...":

"... allows you to control your /etc/hosts easily. You can block ads, p-o-r-n, social networks with one command ...":

"... Use QMapShack to plan your next outdoor trip or to visualize and archive all the GPS recordings of your past exciting adventures ...":

"... Totemori is a free-to-play local-multiplayer brawler where you build towers while trying to topple everyone else's ...":