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Best Free Software for Linux

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5. Best Free Disk and File Tools for Linux


Best Free File Manager for Linux
  • Dolphin

    A file manager for KDE (by default) and good for other desktop environments such as GNOME as well, focusing on usability with navigation bar, view properties, split of views, dockable panels and many other useful features.


Best Free Duplicate File Detector for Linux
  • FSlint

    A convenient tool with both GUI and command lines modes to detect duplicate files and reclaim disk space. It also helps to identify unwanted or problematic file names, temporary files, bad symlinks, empty directories, nonstripped binaries and redundant whitespaces.


Best Free Drive Imaging Program for Linux
  • Clonezilla

    Saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk and increases the close efficiency. The version of Clonezilla Live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. (Review)

  • G4U ("Ghosting for Unix")

    "Not only can it clone disk to disk (any size) and copy disk partitions, it can also create and restore image files both locally and from an FTP site, if the workstation is connected to a wired network with a DCHP service." (Review)


Best Free Backup Program for Linux
  • Back In TimeBack In Time

    A convenient tool to backup your specified files and folders, with profiles to set up where to save snapshots at a time interval you choose, sources to include files and folders, recommended patterns to exclude, auto-remove and other options.

    This application minimizes usage of your disk space by taking a snapshot only if the files have been changed, and hard links for unmodified files. Both GNOME and KDE front-ends are available. (Review)

  • luckyBackup

    A useful tool to safely back up your data that you've changed in a source directory to a destination directory, or create multiple backup snapshots to a specific date and time. You can also use it to sync any directories to keep files identical on various devices.

    Other features include options to exclude certain files, setting up profiles, scheduling and simulation controls. (Review)

  • Areca Backup

    "Areca supports the typical full, mirror, incremental, and differential backup methods with several additional “storage modes” including a delta block mode. For compressed archives, it uses both Zip and Zip 64 with the choice of just about any encoding algorithm your heart desires. It allows you to place each backup in a single Zip archive, or a separate Zip for each file. Zip archives can be automatically split at any size you choose." (Review)


Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility for Linux
  • FreeFileSyncFreeFileSync

    "A solid application with very clear and informative interface. The preview is very easy to understand, file collisions and deletions are readily recognizable.

    If you require a sync program that can copy files that are in use or locked, it has you covered there too!" (Review)

  • Grsync

    A graphical user interface for rsync and an effective tool to synchronize folders, files and make backups with support for sessions, simulation, execution, checksum, logging as well as other basic and advanced options for you to choose.


Best Free File Comparison Utility for Linux
  • KDiff3

    A convenient tool for you to compare two or three input files and show the differences line by line and character by character. It also provides an automatic merge facility and an integrated editor for comfortable solving of merge conflicts. (Review)


Best Free File Archiver / Zip Utilities for Linux
  • PeaZip

    "Easy to use and very versatile, capable of creating 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ/ZPAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, TAR, UPX, ZIP files and extracting from 98 archive types." (Review)

  • File Roller and Ark

    Both archive managers designed respectively for GNOME and KDE desktop environments to create archives, view or extract files from archives, work as front-ends to command-line archivers supporting various file formats.


Best Free Partition Manager for Linux
  • GParted

    "A GNOME partition editor for resizing (enlarging or shrinking), creating or deleting, moving or copying partitions on a hard disk, creating a partition table, enabling or disabling partition flags such as boot and hidden." (Review)

  • Parted Magic

    "Employs core programs of GParted and GNU Parted to handle partitioning tasks and can be run from a live CD, DVD or USB flash drive." (Review)

  • TestDisk

    "A console application designed for data recovery. It can be used to fix partition table, recover deleted partitions or copy files from deleted partitions." (Review)


Best Free Secure Erase Utility for Linux
  • Darik's Boot and Nuke

    "Constructs a floppy disk or CD that will automatically wipe the hard drives of any PC that's booted from the disk, great for bulk disk cleaning and emergency." (Review)


Best Free File Encryption Utility for Linux
  • TrueCryptTrueCrypt

    "TrueCrypt is a powerful, flexible and highly-effective encryption program to encrypt files, folders or entire drives. Use this seasoned, widely-used encryption program when you want an encrypted container that mounts as a virtual drive.

    It's one of those freeware programs that is far superior to commercial software and its open source status allows the all-important peer review of the source code required for a trustworthy encryption program." (Review)

  • GNU Privacy Assistant (GPA)

    A useful tool with the graphical user interface for the GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG) to encrypt, decrypt, sign files, verify signatures and manage the private and public keys.


Best Free CD Recovery Utility for Linux
  • Dvdisaster

    "A preventive program to create an error correction file from a good CD or DVD for data recovery." (Review)


Best Free Online Backup Sites for Linux
  • Dropbox

    "Provides 2 GB free space for backing up and sharing your files, works similar to any other folder of your computer—after installation, simply drag and drop files/folders to Dropbox you want to backup, share or sync with other computer." (Review)


Best Free File Copy Utility for Linux
  • UltraCopierUltraCopier

    "UltraCopier has some pretty exciting features including an excellent file resume option, which allows for resuming of a file transfer from a disconnected USB key. If you're in the middle of a file transfer from a USB key and it somehow becomes disconnected, when you plug it in again all you have to do is to hit resume and it will pick up where you left off!

    It has also other useful options such as speed limitation and searching through the copy list. And as far as looks go, UltraCopier is a much more visually attractive copier replacement." (Review)

  • Unstoppable Copier

    "Excellent for copying information from scratched CD's, DVD's and corrupted files from the hard drives." (Review)


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by vandamme on 30. July 2012 - 13:02  (96886)

I used to be an Audacity fanatic, but I just downloaded and played with OcenAudio, and I am impressed. It does have a slightly different set of toys beyond the usual filters and editing tools; it seems to be better at the more mathematical stuff if you need that. The FFT is fast! And you can generate sweeps and DTMF tones, very useful. It runs natively on Linux (and inferior operating systems). It's 9 MB, not so bad.

by Panzer on 8. August 2012 - 14:58  (97392)
by George.J on 24. August 2012 - 18:01  (98260)

I think Krusader is more powerful and offers more features than Dolphin in the file manager section and would certainly please you if you're a power user.

by Panzer on 27. August 2012 - 8:07  (98350)

Gmail Backup:

by Panzer on 29. August 2012 - 12:35  (98457)

Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup:

by Panzer on 29. August 2012 - 19:07  (98468)

NitroShare is an a network file-sharing application that makes sending a file to another machine on the local network as easy as dragging-and-dropping:

by Panzer on 30. August 2012 - 12:08  (98500)
by Panzer on 30. August 2012 - 12:54  (98505)

F.lux for Linux (similar to Redshift):

by Panzer on 31. August 2012 - 7:46  (98552)
by Panzer on 3. September 2012 - 19:54  (98718)

"... Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them ...":

by Panzer on 3. September 2012 - 19:56  (98719)

" ...CheckInstall keeps track of all files installed by a "make install" or equivalent, creates a Slackware, RPM, or Debian package with those files, and adds it to the installed packages database, allowing for easy package removal or distribution ...":

by George.J on 4. September 2012 - 9:56  (98737)

Which software lets you create iso of files/folders?

by Jojo Yee on 4. September 2012 - 10:10  (98739)
by Panzer on 5. September 2012 - 11:46  (98806)

SpaceFM is a file manager with built-in VFS, udev-based device manager, customizable menu system, and bash integration:

by Panzer on 6. September 2012 - 7:34  (98859)

FDUPES is a program for identifying or deleting duplicate files residing within specified directories:

by Panzer on 6. September 2012 - 8:20  (98860)

Gmediafinder is a software to search stream an/or download files form Youtube without Flash, Google and some mp3 search engines:

TV-MAXE is an application which provides the ability to watch TV stations and listen radio via different streams:

PhotoPrint is a utility designed to assist in the process of printing digital photographs under Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems:

Cinelerra - advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux:

Calise calculates ambient brightness and sets screen’s correct backlight using a camera:

by Panzer on 6. September 2012 - 8:30  (98861)

Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with the GTK+2 toolkit. It supports 7-zip, arj, bzip2, gzip, rar, lha, lzma, lzop, deb, rpm, tar and zip archives, archive navigation with mimetype icons, archive comment ability and archive listing as HTML or txt:

Phatch is a simple to use cross-platform GUI Photo Batch Processor which handles all popular image formats and can duplicate (sub)folder hierarchies. Phatch can batch resize, rotate, apply perspective, shadows, rounded corners, ...:

Tribler - A different BitTorrent client:

MediaFire Express lets you place your files into the cloud with a single click. Now you can easily share, backup, store, and collaborate, all directly from your desktop:

iwScanner is a wireless scanner for linux with an easy to use graphic interface:

slowmoVideo is an OpenSource program that creates slow-motion videos from your footage:

GeeMail - Desktop client for Gmail:

Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution:

Enough for today or Jojoyee is going to crucify me for posting (khhh ... spamming ...khhh) too much ... :)

by Jojo Yee on 6. September 2012 - 14:12  (98872)

The more the merrier Panzer. Thanks for mentioning fdupes, which lead me to FSlint with a GUI better for finding duplicate files.

by Panzer on 7. September 2012 - 9:57  (98894)

Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more, in Jitsi:

QuiteRSS 0.10.1:

NetBeans IDE:



Fotoxx - photo editing and collection management:

Basket - multi-purpose note-taking application:

Licq - instant messaging client:

Regexxer is a nifty GUI search/replace tool featuring Perl-style regular expressions:

Nagios - computer system monitor, network monitoring and infrastructure monitoring software application:

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:


Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins:

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor:

Artha is a free cross-platform English thesaurus that works completely off-line and is based on WordNet:

Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, and video chat and file transfers over many different protocols:

Enjoy Jojoyee ;)

by Jojo Yee on 9. September 2012 - 7:04  (98978)

MyPaint is now added to the list. More to come...

Update: Artha is now added.

by JayH (not verified) on 10. September 2012 - 0:25  (99021)

Artha is a great little program. I use it on both linux and windows. I am glad you included it.

Have you considered RSSowl for a RSS reader? I prefer it to Liferea, but just a thought.

by Panzer on 10. September 2012 - 8:48  (99041)

XMMS - multimedia player:

Qmmp - audio-player:

Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment:

Midnight Commander - file manager:

PCMan File Manager:


Worker - file manager:

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview:

KoverArtist is a program for the fast creation of covers for cd/dvd cases and boxes:

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web:

Conky is a light-weight system monitor that displays any information on your desktop:

Yakuake is a drop-down terminal emulator:

Hugin - Panorama photo stitcher:

DoThisNow – Simple Desktop Automation:

FlyBack - Apple's Time Machine for Linux:

Navit is a car navigation system with routing engine:

Handbrake - video transcoder:

by Jojo Yee on 10. September 2012 - 9:34  (99044)

@Panzer, HandBrake is in the list under the category of Best Free DVD Ripper. Among others, Hugin looks interesting :)

by Panzer on 11. September 2012 - 10:12  (99094)

Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI):

Kmess - Live Messenger alternative:

MakeHuman - is an application that generates 3D humanoid meshes:

Lasertraq - Use a laser-pointer and a camera to control applications:

The PosteRazor cuts a raster image into pieces which can afterwards be printed out and assembled to a poster:

Synfig Studio is a 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork:

Tellico makes it easy to track your books, videos, music, even your wine and anything else:

guvcview - This project aims at providing a simple GTK interface for capturing and viewing video from devices supported by the linux UVC driver:

cmus is a small, fast and powerful console music player:


Sockso - personal music server:

Easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:

agedu - a Unix utility for tracking down wasted disk space:

by Panzer on 12. September 2012 - 10:10  (99156)

Jumanji is a highly customizable and functional web browser based on the libwebkit web content engine and the gtk+ toolkit:

SABnzbd is an Open Source Binary Newsreader written in Python:

SubDownloader is a program for automatic download/upload subtitles for videofiles (DIVX,MPEG,AVI,VOB,etc) and DVD's using fast hashing:

Vagalume is a client written using GTK+:

Daisho - Plan your work, track your goals, and manage your contacts (Pro version is free for Linux):

SilentEye is a cross-platform application design for an easy use of steganography, in this case hiding messages into pictures or sounds:

ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many other online video sites:

That's it. I have no more ... ;)

by Jojo Yee on 12. September 2012 - 10:31  (99157)

Thanks Panzer. Will go through your suggestions one by one :)

by Panzer on 17. September 2012 - 9:06  (99365)

imPcRemote Free is a remote support tool that enables instant, secure, and trouble-free connections between remote computers over the web:

by Panzer on 21. September 2012 - 8:15  (99541)

SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux (beta) works with all Linux distributions for PCs with glibc 2.2.5 or higher:

Tunlr for Linux lets you stream content from sites like Netflix, Hulu, MTV, CBS, ABC, Pandora and more to your PC: