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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 famewolf (not verified) on 20. January 2011 - 2:19  (64876)

For those who preferred Amarok 1.4 over the new amarok 2.0..a lookalike named "Clementine" has been created. It should really get a mention.

Most of the newer distro's are switching from Openoffice to Libreoffice. A quick google will give specifics as to why. Libreoffice is a fork of the original openoffice project.

by Jojo Yee on 20. January 2011 - 16:07  (64911)

Thanks Famewolf for mentioning Clementine. It's now in the list.

As for LibreOffice, it's discussed in our forum thread here. This product will be added in the list once the developer has released a final version. Currently is an rc and not yet "production-ready".

[Update: The final version of LibreOffice has been released and available for download at the developer's site. This new office suite is now included in the list. Give it a try.]

by Panzer (not verified) on 1. February 2011 - 8:39  (65615)

Look what cm0nster said about Clementine:

My first experience with Clementine was not a pleasant one ...

by Jojo Yee on 2. February 2011 - 3:10  (65674)

You're spot on Panzer. Taking its place now is Rhythmbox to reflect the recent update in the review of the software category.

by famewolf (not verified) on 14. February 2011 - 0:38  (66385)

Did anyone actually try the clementine player under LINUX which is what this thread is supposed to be about? The review pointed to was from someone trying the windows version. Plenty of apps have issues when being ported from one os to another.

by christina (not verified) on 2. March 2011 - 16:49  (67318)

Hey..i got problem cant get my " HUAWEI E 1550 right set-up on my system...I use " LINUX-MINT 10.10...Hope some can help me or just in short version write how i do..???




by MidnightCowboy on 2. March 2011 - 17:16  (67320)

Hi Christina,

According to this thread it should work out of the box or at worst need a simple workaround using the USB_modeswitch application.

If not, there is some more information about how to configure this modem here:

by jimvandamme (not verified) on 26. April 2011 - 12:40  (70942)

You have a wireless modem dongle that only has Windows drivers. You need to install them under an app called ndiswrapper, which makes your windows drivers work under linux. Most of the time. I ran two similar dongles fine with it. It depends which version of Mint you have but it should already be installed. If not, get it from the Mint repository and search the Mint forums and documentation for advice on how to install. As I recall you have to run ndiswrapper and find the driver file that you should have copied somewhere Mint can find it. It will have a .inf on the end.

by Vahid (not verified) on 30. August 2011 - 1:23  (78600)

Hi Jojoyee,

Thanks for the nice effort again. Maybe you want to consider Krusader as a dual panel file manager.


by BlubberBoyXXX (not verified) on 1. September 2011 - 21:52  (78835)

As for torrent clients, I think there's nothing better than Deluge. Deluge's GUI is very similar to uTorrent. So for all users who just recently switched from Windows to Linux, Deluge is a very good recommendation.

by MidnightCowboy on 2. September 2011 - 6:12  (78853)

+1 for Deluge.
I'm always trying out new distros alongside my preferred Kororaa and no matter what comes as "standard", Deluge is one of the first apps I install.

by wdhpr on 10. December 2011 - 2:36  (84741)


I noticed you didn't list a text editor. I would like to suggest EditPad Lite. You can install it using Wine. It works very well with Linux Mint Julia and has many more options than gedit. I have the latest version installed and running with no problems.
Heres EditPad Lites home page


by Jojo Yee on 10. December 2011 - 8:32  (84755)

Thanks for your suggestion Wdhpr. Currently this list only includes native Linux software and it doesn't include software for Windows that can be run in Linux using Wine.

by wdhpr on 18. December 2011 - 18:05  (85241)

Candidate for a Linux back up utility

I have been using FreeFileSync as a back up tool synchronizing my personal files weekly. I finally needed a reason to restore a folder I accidentally erased. I loaded FreeFileSync and switched directions to restore and executed the task. Results were a complete disaster. I thought I had done everything correctly and could not tell exactly what went wrong. I kind of feel the GUI although looks straight forward can be a bit tricky. Luckily I had made an Image and restored my system.

After doing some searching I found LuckyBackup:
Very nice and easy to use. When I did a test to restore, it worked perfectly.

There doesn't seem to be a great deal of free Linux backup utilities but so far LuckyBackup seems to work well and a possible candidate for Best Free Software For Linux list.


by Jojo Yee on 19. December 2011 - 3:01  (85260)

Added LuckyBackup to the list and thanks Wdhpr for recommending this software.

by Mr wdhpr (not verified) on 20. December 2011 - 0:24  (85329)

The guy from Liberian Geeksays states their are allot of linux backup utilities. For starters Mint has one installed by default and its very limited. I also disagree that there are a many of them. From what I can tell many use resync as their core. Where as Window's has a ton of backup software.

Perhaps I need to look harder :\

by TK (not verified) on 20. March 2012 - 18:52  (90884)

I'm surprised there havent been arguments over the opening line, but that's good.
It might be worth mentioning (atleast briefly) the difference between free/libre software and free-of-charge software (and clarifying what you're listing... though most seems to be libre some things are not: Opera isn't and truecrypt is highly debatable in this regard).

Still... generally a good list - though a few I'd recommend considering.

* Exaile - music player, similar to clementine already mentioned, but imho a more comfortable GUI.

* Kdenlive - video editor, this is a big one imho because it's the most intuitive editor I've found yet yet supports a wide range of formats (input and output). Yes, it requires KDE libraries but so does Amarok which (imho, deservedly) makes your list.

* The browsers you have on your list are quite heavy, full featured browsers. That's fine, but when linux on netbooks is seeming to gain a little in popularity, a lighter browser mightn't be a bad idea (atleast for when needing to run alongside other apps, especially office-suites as many students would have to). Midori sadly seems somewhat crash prone on many distro's (though it's working fine on my gentoo machine) which is a shame as it's otherwise a nice browser - Epiphany is a touch heavier, but seems much more stable.

* Claws mail is worth mentioning as another good email-client, though not many people seem to use email-clients anymore.

* Deluge - my favourite torrent client. Vuze can't touch it, imho.

by Panzer on 7. April 2012 - 7:40  (91737)

Best Dock contenders:
Cairo Dock

Avant Window Navigator:

Best Network Protocol Analyzer:
Wireshark (bottom right)

by Panzer on 7. April 2012 - 18:20  (91754)

F.Lux for Linux - Redshift:

by Jojo Yee on 14. April 2012 - 12:48  (92082)

Thanks Panzer for good suggestions. Cairo Dock is now added to the list.

by vin100 on 6. May 2012 - 9:40  (93107)

In the section "Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Linux", you should consider Gmusicbrowser ( ) much better than the one mentioned

by Panzer on 31. May 2012 - 13:24  (94241)

Monsterwm is a minimal, lightweight, tiny but monsterous dynamic tiling window manager. It provides a set of different layout modes, including floating mode support. Each virtual desktop has its own properties, unaffected by other desktops' settings.

by kkslider on 21. June 2012 - 0:15  (95176)

Tough article to write, nice job!

Some things that may be worth considering:

* Empathy as well as Pidgin

* Adobe Reader (

* Revise image viewer. XnView as newest version is more heavyduty than its image viewing roots (XnViewMP.. or multiplatform).. theres dozens of good ones. Mirage. Geeqie. Gwenview. Gthumb. (yep I'm a GNOME user apologies)

* fre:ac used to be BonkEnc, and is a worthy CD ripper

* Shoutouts to proprietary Picasa but not the comparable Shotwell or F-Spot? For shame! =)

thats all

thanks author (would scroll up but im too lazy~!)

K. Slider

by Panzer on 5. July 2012 - 8:49  (95750)

Gnome Pie (similar to Magic Formation on Windows) for best circular application launcher:

Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine:

by Panzer on 12. July 2012 - 10:56  (96087)
by Panzer on 17. July 2012 - 7:35  (96319)

Safecopy is a data recovery tool which tries to extract as much data as possible from a problematic (i.e. damaged sectors) source - like floppy drives, harddisk partitions, CDs, tape devices, ..., where other tools like dd would fail doe to I/O errors:

by Panzer on 17. July 2012 - 8:42  (96321)
by Panzer on 19. July 2012 - 7:35  (96387)

Meerkartor - OpenStreetMap editor:

by Panzer on 24. July 2012 - 7:48  (96580)