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Best Free Disk and File Tools for Linux

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 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 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 Disk Image Editor for Linux

ISO Master is a handy tool for editing ISO image files. It has a two-pane view to facilitate moving files and directories between the hard disk and the ISO image, and supports for handing a boot record and creating a bootable disk image.


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 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 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 is an archive manager designed for the GNOME desktop environment to create archives, view or extract files from archives, work as a front-end to the command-line archiver supporting various popular file formats.


Ark , a free and open source program designed for the KDE desktop environment to view, extract, create and modify archives in various formats such as tar, gzip, bzip2, zip, rar and lha.


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 Copy Utility for Linux

UltraCopierUltraCopier 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)


Best Free File Encryption Utility for Linux

AES Crypt is a simple program that adds a context menu item in the file system context menu. There is no program window as you have for most programs.

You simply right-click the file you want to encrypt or decrypt in the file listing, select the AES Crypt item, and enter your password in a little dialog box. A new encrypted or decrypted version of the file is created. Since the original file is not purged, you would need to shred it with a secure erase utility." (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 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 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 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 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)


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)


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Fervor - a graphical, modeless, cross-platform text editor:

"... DNSCrypt is a protocol that authenticates communications between a DNS client and a DNS resolver. It prevents DNS spoofing. It uses cryptographic signatures to verify that responses originate from the chosen DNS resolver and haven't been tampered with ...":

Spriter free:


JOSM is an extensible editor for ​OpenStreetMap:


easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:


"... Corebird is a modern, easy and fun Twitter client ...":


Galaxy Forces 2 - a 2D multiplayer space shooter game:

Endless Sky - a space exploration and combat game similar to Escape Velocity:


Viper is a binary management and analysis framework dedicated to malware and exploit researchers:


OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution:


Turbulenz is an HTML5 game engine and server-side APIs available in JavaScript and TypeScript for building and distributing 2D and 3D games that run on platforms that support HTML5 features such as modern browsers without the need for plugins:


Freeminer is a Minecraft-inspired sandbox game:


"... NASC ... Its an app where you do maths like a normal person. It lets you type whatever you want and smartly figures out what is math and spits out an answer on the right pane. Then you can plug those answers in to future equations and if that answer changes, so does the equations its used in ...":


Malheur is a tool for the automatic analysis of malware behavior (program behavior recorded from malicious software in a sandbox environment):


mitmproxy is a console tool that allows interactive examination and modification of HTTP traffic:


NetworkMiner Free is a Network Forensic Analysis Tool (NFAT). NetworkMiner can be used as a passive network sniffer/packet capturing tool in order to detect operating systems, sessions, hostnames, open ports etc. without putting any traffic on the network:


tcpdump - a powerful command-line packet analyzer:


"... Malcom is a tool designed to analyze a system's network communication using graphical representations of network traffic, and cross-reference them with known malware sources. This comes handy when analyzing how certain malware species try to communicate with the outside world ...":





OpenDungeons is an open source, real time strategy game sharing game elements with the Dungeon Keeper series and Evil Genius. Players build an underground dungeon which is inhabited by creatures. Players fight each other for control of the underground by indirectly commanding their creatures, directly casting spells in combat, and luring enemies into sinister traps:


Tahoe-LAFS is a Free and Open decentralized cloud storage system. It distributes your data across multiple servers. Even if some of the servers fail or are taken over by an attacker, the entire file store continues to function correctly, preserving your privacy and security:


Arx Libertatis is a cross-platform, open source port of Arx Fatalis:


ioquake3 is a free software first person shooter engine based on the Quake 3: Arena and Quake 3: Team Arena source code:



OpenAge - free clone of the Age of Empires II engine:

Sup is a console-based email client for people with a lot of email:



Eric is a full featured Python and Ruby editor and IDE:




ZinjaI is a free C/C++ IDE:


Pritunl free VPN server:


SoftEther VPN:




GitPrep - a GitHub clone:




Sensu Core is an open-source monitoring framework:


Cowrie is a medium interaction SSH honeypot designed to log brute force attacks and, most importantly, the entire shell interaction performed by the attacker:


"... Shinken is a monitoring framework. It's a Python Nagios® Core total rewrite enhancing flexibility and large environment management ...":


Amanda Community Edition - open source backup and recovery software:


Candy — a JavaScript-based multi-user chat client:


Prosody is a modern XMPP communication server:


"... Cherokee is an innovative, feature rich, lightning fast and easy to configure open source web server designed for the next generation of highly concurrent secured web applications ...":


lighttpd - web server:


OSSEC is an Open Source Host-based Intrusion Detection System that performs log analysis, file integrity checking, policy monitoring, rootkit detection, real-time alerting and active response:




Attic - a backup software:




Archipel is a solution to manage and supervise virtual machines:


"... Bro is an open source network security platform that illuminates your network's activity in detail ...":


DenyHosts is a script intended to be run by Linux system administrators to help thwart SSH server attacks (also known as dictionary based attacks and brute force attacks):


Tupi - a design and authoring tool for digital artists interested in 2D Animation, offering an interface experience focused on 8-100 years old kids:

"... Riemann aggregates events from your servers and applications with a powerful stream processing language. Send an email for every exception in your app. Track the latency distribution of your web app. See the top processes on any host, by memory and CPU. Combine statistics from every Riak node in your cluster and forward to Graphite. Track user activity from second to second ...":


strongSwan - IPsec-based VPN Solution:


tinc is a VPN daemon that uses tunnelling and encryption to create a secure private network between hosts on the Internet:


OpenVZ is container-based virtualization for Linux. OpenVZ creates multiple secure, isolated Linux containers (otherwise known as VEs or VPSs) on a single physical server enabling better server utilization and ensuring that applications do not conflict. Each container performs and executes exactly like a stand-alone server; a container can be rebooted independently and have root access, users, IP addresses, memory, processes, files, applications, system libraries and configuration files:


Cabot is a free, open-source, self-hosted infrastructure monitoring platform:


Xymon is a system for monitoring of hosts and networks, inspired by the Big Brother system. It provides real-time monitoring, an easy web-interface, historical data, availability reports and performance graphs:


Linux Malware Detect (LMD) is a malware scanner that is designed around the threats faced in shared hosted environments:


Fail2ban scans log files and bans IPs that show the malicious signs -- too many password failures, seeking for exploits, etc.:




Backupninja allows you to coordinate system backup by dropping a few simple configuration files into /etc/backup.d/:

"... Auteria is a fantasy world within our real world. It is a free to play 3D multiplayer online game ...":


GemRB (Game engine made with pre-Rendered Background) is a portable open-source implementation of Bioware's Infinity Engine:


free heroes2 engine - free implementation of Heroes of the Might and Magic II engine:


Nota - free startegic game:


GlPortal is a puzzle game inspired by Valves Portal:


Ultimate Stunts is a remake of the famous DOS-game stunts:


Tile racer:


Slam Soccer 2006 is a funny football game in 3D-comic-style:


Zaz - puzzle game:


Terminal Overload is a home-made experimental free and open source multiplayer FPS game:


Babylon project - community created freeware space combat simulator based on the Babylon 5 universe:


Kobo Deluxe:

"... MistServer open source is high performing and efficient media server ...":

Light Table - code editor:


TexitEasy is a free, cross-platform and open-source latex editor:


Geogebra is a multi-platform mathematics software:


OpenFX is an Open-Source 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite:

DataMelt is a free mathematics software for scientists, engineers and students. It can be used for numeric computation, statistics, symbolic calculations, data analysis and data visualization:

"...Subuser turns a docker container into a normal program ...":

grab-site is an easy preconfigured web crawler designed for backing up websites:

Encryptr - a free, open source password manager and e-wallet:


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

Quill is a free, open siource WYSIWYG editor built for the modern web:


"... Kamailio is an Open Source SIP Server released under GPL, able to handle thousands of call setups per second. Kamailio can be used to build large platforms for VoIP and realtime communications – presence, WebRTC, Instant messaging and other applications ...":


"... Embedthis Pak is a package manager for application components. Pak makes it easy to retrieve, integrate and manage components for applications ...":


Nikola — static site generator:


"... Grav is a fast, simple, and flexible file-based web-platform ...":


Yawls (Yet Another Webcam Light Sensor) - adjust the brightness level of your display by using the internal/external webcam of your notebook as an ambient light sensor:


Seed7 - interpreter and compiler for the Seed7 programming language:


slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier:


RPGboss is a 2D role-playing game engine and application designer:


Raccoon - A Google Play desktop client:


MikroLock combines modern cryptography and ease of use:

"... Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones ...":


"... Scumblr is a web application that allows performing periodic searches and storing/taking actions on the identified results ...":


"... qfc is a shell auto-complete alternative which features real-time multi-directories matching: It provides results while you type against files in the current directory and its sub-directories ...":


doit is a task management and automation tool:


".. toplip is our command line, very strong encryption and decryption utility with optional plausible deniability, image embedding, and multiple/variable passphrase complexity ...":


"... Pentobi is a computer opponent for the board game Blokus ...":


mtCellEdit - a lightweight spreadsheet program:


"... Cyrus is a highly scalable enterprise mail system designed for use in enterprise environments of various sizes using standards based technologies ...":


nuBASIC is a programming language from the BASIC family:

"... Oh-My-Zsh is an open source, community-driven framework for managing your ZSH configuration ...":


"... Fifth is a Linux-exclusive browser that carries the best features from Opera, as well as a few unique features that are likely to please Linux power users ...":


"Scribes .... a minimalist text editor that combines simplicity with power ...":


hbro - a minimal web-browser written and configured in Haskell:


"... tabble is a small alternative X shell which presents your programs in tabs for easy launch. It is not meant to replace a window manager, just complement it ...":


howm - a lightweight, X11 tiling window manager that behaves like vim:
Vault secures, stores, and tightly controls access to tokens, passwords, certificates, API keys, and other secrets in modern computing:
The traditional vi - the traditional vi editor, ported to modern Unix systems:

Edbrowse is a combination editor, browser, and mail client that is 100% text based:

"... Fotoxx is a free open source Linux program for photo and image editing and collection management.The goal is to meet the needs of serious photographers while remaining fast and easy to use ...":

"... Geekbench 3 is Primate Labs' cross-platform processor benchmark, with a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios. Geekbench 3 makes it easier than ever to find out if your computer is up to speed ...":

wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are open source (LGPLv3) command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the QT Webkit rendering engine:

NxFilter is a freeware web-filter:


"... K2pdfopt optimizes PDF/DJVU files for mobile e-readers (e.g. the Kindle) and smartphones. It works well on multi-column PDF/DJVU files and can re-flow text even on scanned PDF files. It can also be used as a general PDF copying/cropping/re-sizing/OCR-ing manipulation tool ...":


Lurch is a simple math word processor with a general-purpose math checker built in:


Knot DNS is a high-performance authoritative-only DNS server:


Vim colors:


CmapTools software empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps:



Packer is a tool for creating machine and container images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration:

Ring gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy:


"... Smuxi - user-friendly IRC/Twitter/XMPP/Campfire/JabbR client ...":


web-vmstats - prettify vmstats in your browser:




FVWM-Crystal aims to create an easy to use, eye-candy but also powerful desktop environment for Linux: