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Best Free Games for Linux

Best Free Backgammon for Linux

GNU Backgammon houses the all powerful GnuBG neural network engine in an ambitious freeware project with a wealth of advanced options and capbilities. It is a highly enjoyable powerplay program to delight all backgammon enthusiasts and a must-have for anyone with more than a passing interest in the game. (Review)


Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for Linux

BillardGLBillardGL , a brilliantly crafted open-sourced freeware game that affords play of either 8-Ball or 9-Ball. The 3D graphics are second-to-none and the physics appear to be flawless.

The user interface is simple and the controls straightforward. As you assess your next shot, you can view the table layout from any perspective you want, roaming and zooming and peering. (Review)


Best Free Breakout Game for Linux

LBreakout2LBreakout2 , an extremely polished Breakout Clone features a two-player mode (local or over the internet or LAN), fine animations and graphics, excellent controls, the ability to save a game, a level editor, and a turbo key.

This game gets regular Level Set updates. The fun continues well beyond when you have mastered the 50+ levels. (Review)


Best Free Computer Chess for Linux

PyChessPyChess , with this program, you can play against the GNU Chess engine or lots of other chess engines, such as the Crafty engine. You can also play Internet chess by connecting to the FICS servers.

It allows for saving games in the PGN, EPD and FEN chess file formats so that you can always return to continue with the games or analyze them. It also offers opening books and other useful features including undo moves, hint and spy modes, sound and animation effects." (Review)


HOXChess , a well designed open source Chinese Chess application with highly configurable user interface and multi engines for you to choose from. You can also easily connect to multi remote Xiangqi servers to play the game online. (Review)


Best Free Computer Go for Linux

PANDA-glGo , 2D and 3D boards, adjustable board size and engine strength, play online or offline, etc. (Review)


Best Free First-Person Shooter for Linux

Urban TerrorUrban Terror , described as fun over realism by the creators, the game has fast paced, intense game-play. Urban Terror doesn't throw realism to the wind mind you, but rather tries to enhance game-play with elements like powerslides and wallhops.

Five different game types, over a thousand servers, plenty of players to go around and no waiting for people to show up. (Review)


Best Free Hearts Game for Linux

Gnome Hearts , various rule sets including Spot Hearts, Omnibus Hearts with configurable play rules, backgrounds and card styles. (Review)


Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle for Linux

Picpuz , create and solve puzzles, save and open puzzle files, set tile sizes, solving a puzzle by swapping pieces or with a helpful solver. (Review)


Best Free Lemmings Game for Linux

Pingus , play a free clone of the popular Lemmings game and guide as many penguins as possible to build bridges, climb, bash and use their talents to reach home before they fall into traps. Optional sound effects and music, plenty of level sets and even a level editor are available for challenging your skills.


Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Linux

Frozen BubbleFrozen Bubble , designed with colorful 3D rendered penguin animations and 15 stereo sound effects, Frozen Bubble comes with editable 100 levels for 1-player game, or hours and hours of 2-player game. You can also choose to have multi-player game over the local area network or Internet.

Play this game with the left or right key to aim your shot and up key to fire. Hone your skills in speed and accuracy before the bubbles get frozen! (Review)


Best Free Physics Game for Linux

Numpty PhysicsNumpty Physics , an excellent open source and multi-platform physics game with 35 built-in levels. It has more to offer than the free prototype of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

You're able to draw custom shapes and have access to all levels at once, so you don't have to worry if you get stuck at a level. The sketches look more like what a 3-year old has drawn and don't have the professional feel of Crayon Physics. But who cares? I'm also not an artist! (Review)


Best Free Pipe-Building Puzzle for Linux

PipeWalker , solve this casual puzzle in building a piping or network system by connecting all scattered pieces with your logic and skill. With support for four map sizes, themes and auto save, it has multiple levels for you to figure out. A binary package is available here for Ubuntu and compatible distros.


Best Free Reversi for Linux

KReversi , 7-level of difficulty, clean and helpful interface, show legal moves and last move, undo moves, hints, animation, etc. (Review)


Best Free Sandbox Game for Linux

Dwarf FortressDwarf Fortress is so horrendously in depth. It's nearing insanity, everything from the dynamic flow of water in the moats to several dozen types of ore, gems and utility stones by the book. You can spend anything from minutes to hours playing this 'uber' creative game.

For the first few hours there is a steep learning curve - you'll probably be unsure of what you're doing. However, the Dwarf Fortress Wiki or captnducks video tutorials may come in handy. (Review)


Best Free Simulation Game for Linux

OpenCity , a 3D city simulator like a classic SimCity game for you to construct a city divided into residential, commercial and industrial zones. You can connect them by building roads, provide the city with necessary goods and watch it grow up with the power you supply.


TORCS (The Open Racing Car Simulator) , a multi-platform car racing simulation game allows you to drive different cars in races against computer opponents or human players. The game play allows different types of races from a simple practice session up to the championship while the simulation features a simple damage model, collisions, tire and wheel properties, aerodynamics and more. (Review)


Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver for Linux

HoDoKuHoDoKu , an open source program allows you to generate sudoku puzzles in five different and configurable difficulty levels. It also includes a solver and an analyzer to help you solve the puzzles.

While playing the game, you can select to view a summary of solving techniques and solution paths. When you click on a solution path, it highlights the steps on the corresponding grid to help you analyze the game. (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: