Best Free Software for Linux

 
 
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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by Panzer on 2. January 2015 - 10:32  (120355)

"... Anjuta DevStudio is a versatile software development studio featuring a number of advanced programming facilities including project management, application wizard, interactive debugger, source editor, version control, GUI designer, profiler and many more tools. It focuses on providing simple and usable user interface, yet powerful for efficient development ...":
http://anjuta.org/

by Panzer on 31. December 2014 - 9:55  (120346)

"... Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s superfast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any of your phones, tablets or computers.

With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc) to people who are in your phone contacts and have Telegram. You can also create groups for up to 200 people or send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs ...":
https://telegram.org/

LinSSID - graphical wireless scanning for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/linssid/

Fingerprint GUI - use fingerprint devices with Linux:
http://www.ullrich-online.cc/fingerprint/index.php

by Panzer on 31. December 2014 - 9:02  (120345)

hledger is a computer program for easily tracking money, time, or other commodities:
http://hledger.org/

by Panzer on 30. December 2014 - 10:33  (120319)

"... NetworkManager is a set of co-operative tools that make networking simple and straightforward. Whether Wi-Fi, wired, bond, bridge, 3G, or Bluetooth, NetworkManager allows you to quickly move from one network to another: once a network has been configured and joined, it can be detected and re-joined automatically the next time its available ...":
https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/NetworkManager

by Panzer on 30. December 2014 - 10:04  (120318)

"... Meson Player is a very convenient music player if you don't need any flashy GUI to control playback or manage playlists. You just run it and then forget about it. The player is running in background. Switching tracks, volume control, loading and saving playlists, all of this performed by using hotkeys. Therefore, you can control the player while working in any application ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mesonplayer/

by Panzer on 30. December 2014 - 9:03  (120314)

"... pfstools package is a set of command line programs for reading, writing and manipulating high-dynamic range (HDR) images and video frames. It includes also Qt and OpenGL HDR image viewers. pfstools can be integrated with GNU Octave or matlab, so that it can serve as a toolbox for reading and writing HDR images ...":
http://pfstools.sourceforge.net/

The Unidentified Flying Raw (UFRaw) is a utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras. It can be used on its own or as a Gimp plug-in:
http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 10:37  (120214)

Gravitation - a video game about mania, melancholia, and the creative process:
http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/gravitation/

Primrose:
http://primrose.sourceforge.net/

Cuyo:
http://www.karimmi.de/cuyo/

Bastet - "evil" Tetris:
http://fph.altervista.org/prog/bastet.html
https://github.com/fph/bastet/

Biloba is an abstract strategy board game for 1 to 4 players. At each turn the player moves pawns on a octogonal shaped board (but squared cells) trying to remove opponent's pawns from it:
http://biloba.sourceforge.net/

"... Parole is a modern simple media player based on the GStreamer framework and written to fit well in the Xfce desktop. It is designed with simplicity, speed and resource usage in mind ...":
http://docs.xfce.org/apps/parole/introduction

Gnome Completion-Run Utility:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gmrun/

Ario is a GTK2 client for MPD (Music player daemon). The interface used to browse the library is inspired by Rhythmbox but Ario aims to be much lighter and faster:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ario-player/

Client175 is a full featured MPD web client that provides all of the functionality of a desktop application in your favorite web browser:
http://code.google.com/p/client175/

GMPC is a GTK2 frontend for Music Player Daemon:
http://gmpclient.org/home

"... Rompr is a music player that lets you discover more about the music you love and discover new music you don't even know yet. It is a client for the mpd and mopidy music servers ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/rompr/

Mopidy is a Python application that runs in a terminal or in the background on Linux computers or Macs that have network connectivity and audio output:
https://www.mopidy.com/

by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 10:26  (120213)

Byobu is a GPLv3 open source text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer:
http://byobu.co/

"... Use ISO Master to:
– Create or customise CD/DVD images
– Make Bootable CDs/DVDs
– ISO images are great for distributing data files, software, and demos online ...":
http://www.littlesvr.ca/isomaster/
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Environment/File-managers/ISO-Mas...

"... Gigolo is a frontend to easily manage connections to local and remote filesystems using GIO/GVfs. It allows you to quickly connect/mount a remote filesystem and manage bookmarks of such ...":
http://www.uvena.de/gigolo/

eboard is a chess interface for Unix-like systems (GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc.) based on the GTK+ GUI toolkit:
http://www.bergo.eng.br/eboard/

"... ZynAddSubFX is a open source software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments, from some common heard from expensive hardware to interesting sounds that you'll boost to an amazing universe of sounds ...":
http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/

Trimage is a cross-platform GUI and command-line interface to optimize image files for websites, using optipng, pngcrush, advpng and jpegoptim, depending on the filetype (currently, PNG and JPG files are supported):
http://trimage.org/

by Jojo Yee on 13. January 2015 - 14:18  (120551)

Thanks Panzer. ISO Master has now been added to the list. Trimage is good for optimizing images in bulk but I find the RIOT plugin for GIMP works better for individual images with more options.

by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 10:17  (120211)

All games below need Spring engine to run - you can download it here:
http://springrts.com/

Conflict Terra is a free, open-source RTS:
http://www.moddb.com/games/conflict-terra

notadota – On the Edge:
http://www.notadota.com/

Evolution RTS is a free an Open Source RTS game:
http://www.evolutionrts.info/

"... Spring:1944 is a WWII themed game based on the open source Spring Engine. Our goal is to create four fully functional sides (US, Germany, USSR, Britain) with period-accurate units and strengths. Realism is a primary design goal, second only to creating a game that is fun and accessible to play ...":
http://spring1944.org/

by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 9:57  (120209)

Gweled is a free version of a popular game called Bejeweled or Diamond Mine for GNU/Linux:
http://gweled.org/

easyMP3Gain - Graphical User Interface (GUI) for MP3Gain, VorbisGain and AACGain (enables you to modify the loudness level of mp3,ogg,mp4 files):
http://sourceforge.net/projects/easymp3gain/

Kadu is an open source Gadu-Gadu and Jabber/XMPP protocol Instant Messenger client:
http://www.kadu.im/w/English:Main_Page

"... Password Gorilla helps you manage your logins. It stores all your user names and passwords, along with login information and other notes, in a securely encrypted file. A single "master password" is used to protect the file. This way, you only need to remember the single master password, instead of the many logins that you use ...":
https://github.com/zdia/gorilla/wiki

SpringLobby is a free cross-platform lobby client for the Spring RTS project:
http://springlobby.info/landing/index.php

by Panzer on 23. December 2014 - 9:47  (120207)

Tablaunch - lightweight and cool-looking X application launchbar:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tablaunch/

SimDock is a fast and customizable dockbar:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/simdock/

tabble is a small alternative X shell which presents your programs in tabs for easy launch:
http://www.rillion.net/tabble/

BBDock is an application launcher for Blackbox-like window manager that allows you to create application buttons in the slit/dock:
http://bbdock.nethence.com/

Solfege is an ear training program:
http://www.gnu.org/software/solfege/

by Panzer on 17. December 2014 - 10:17  (120138)

"... Decibel Audio Player is a GTK+ open-source (GPL) audio player for GNU/Linux. It is very straightforward to use thanks to a clean and user-friendly interface ...":
http://decibel.silent-blade.org/

Pogo Music Player (fork of Decibel Audio Player):
https://launchpad.net/pogo

Lollypop is a GNOME music player:
http://gnumdk.github.io/lollypop/

"... Potamus is a lightweight GTK-based audio player with a simple interface and an emphasis on high audio quality ...":
http://offog.org/code/potamus/

"... qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with with a minimal GUI. It’s based on Python, PyQt5, QtWebKit and free software ...":
https://github.com/The-Compiler/qutebrowser

by Panzer on 17. December 2014 - 9:07  (120135)

wasavi - VI editor for any web page (extension for Chrome, Opera and Firefox):
http://appsweets.net/wasavi/

by need3 on 15. December 2014 - 6:24  (120118)

Thanks a lot for this list of Linux software.
Yesterday, using probably the wrong application, I was taking hours to sync two folders, then after reading here I learned about FreeFileSync, that finished the job in a few minutes, awesome.

By the way, I see that Truecrypt is still listed, with a link pointing to http://www[dot]truecrypt[dot]org/downloads [Mod: bad link obfuscated], which is currently considered suspicious. Looking for alternatives, so far I tried tcplay, not very user friendly being text only, but it works well with Truecrypt archives.

by Jojo Yee on 15. December 2014 - 6:48  (120119)

Welcome your comment Need3.

TrueCrypt has now been delisted and replaced with AES Crypt. Give it a try and see how it goes.

by Panzer on 12. December 2014 - 8:36  (120088)

"... Keryx is a free, open source application for updating Linux. The Keryx Project started as a way for users with dialup, or low-bandwidth internet to be able to download and update packages on their debian based distribution of linux. Mainly built for Ubuntu, Keryx allows users to select packages to install, check for updates, and download these packages onto a USB portable storage device. The packages are saved onto the device and are then taken back to the Linux box that it originated from and are then installed ...":
https://launchpad.net/keryx

"... apt-offline is an Offline APT Package Manager for APT based systems, i.e. mostly Debian and Debian derived distributions. apt-offline can fully update/upgrade your disconnected Debian box without the need of connecting it to the network ...":
http://apt-offline.alioth.debian.org/

by Panzer on 11. December 2014 - 8:47  (120080)
by Panzer on 9. December 2014 - 8:46  (120052)

gifify - convert any video file to an optimized animated GIF:
https://github.com/vvo/gifify

Peru is a tool for including other people's code in your projects:
https://github.com/buildinspace/peru

By highlighting changes, icdiff can show you the differences between similar files without getting in the way:
http://www.jefftk.com/icdiff

by Panzer on 8. December 2014 - 11:25  (120043)

"... KA Lite is open-source software that mimics the online experience of Khan Academy for offline situations. Running KA Lite as a local server, you can watch Khan Academy videos, do Khan exercises, and track student progress -- all without needing an Internet connection ...":
https://learningequality.org/ka-lite/

by Panzer on 4. December 2014 - 10:14  (119958)

"... Sage is a free open-source mathematics software system ... It builds on top of many existing open-source packages: NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib, Sympy, Maxima, GAP, FLINT, R and many more ...":
http://www.sagemath.org/index.html

"... FreeMat is a free environment for rapid engineering and scientific prototyping and data processing. It is similar to commercial systems such as MATLAB from Mathworks, and IDL from Research Systems, but is Open Source ...:"
http://freemat.sourceforge.net/

"... Mutate is a simple launcher ... Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips ...:"
https://github.com/qdore/Mutate

Sigram - a different telegram client:
http://labs.sialan.org/projects/sigram

Silicon Empire is a set of tools that burn, copy, backup, manage and … your optical disc:
http://labs.sialan.org/projects/silicon

FullRecall is a software that can help you memorize knowledge for lifelong periods with the minimum time investment:
http://fullrecall.com/

"... Betty is a friendly English-like interface for your command line. Don't remember a command? Ask Betty ...:"
https://github.com/pickhardt/betty

Systemback - simple system backup and restore application with extra features:
https://launchpad.net/systemback

by Panzer on 3. December 2014 - 9:58  (119947)

Vimprobable is a lean stand-alone web browser optimised for full keyboard control (inspired by Vimperator):
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vimprobable/

by Panzer on 3. December 2014 - 9:49  (119946)

"... Active@ KillDisk Linux Console is an easy-to use & compact utility that allows to sanitize storage media using more than 23 international data sanitizing standards. It erases permanently all data on Hard Disks, Camera Flash Cards & USB disks, SCSI storage & RAID disk arrays even in parallel mode (several disks at the same time) ... It comes with a bootable media, based on TinyCore Linux, however it can be launched under any Linux family operating system: Debian, Ubuntu, Oracle, OpenSUSE … in console (non-graphical) mode ...":
http://www.killdisk.com/linuxfree.htm

by Panzer on 3. December 2014 - 9:37  (119945)

NetMauMau - server for the popular card game Mau Mau:
https://github.com/velnias75/NetMauMau

"... MenuLibre - an advanced menu editor that provides modern features in a clean, easy-to-use interface. All without GNOME dependencies, so even lightweight systems can benefit from the sanity that MenuLibre offers. MenuLibre is your one-stop shop for menus in Linux, whether you use Gnome, LXDE, XFCE, or Unity ...":
http://smdavis.us/projects/menulibre/

by Panzer on 2. December 2014 - 9:55  (119931)

Plover - open source stenography software:
https://github.com/openstenoproject/plover

With StenoTutor you can learn to stenotype on your QWERTY keyboard:
https://github.com/caru/StenoTutor

by Panzer on 29. November 2014 - 10:49  (119899)

CoverGloobus is a desktop coverart&media controller that can also display lyrics to the currently playing song:
http://gloobus.net/coverglobus/

by Panzer on 28. November 2014 - 11:05  (119892)

Polipo is a small and fast caching web proxy:
http://www.pps.univ-paris-diderot.fr/~jch/software/polipo/

dtach is a program that emulates the detach feature of screen:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dtach/

LilyTerm - a light, but functional terminal emulator:
http://lilyterm.luna.com.tw/

by Panzer on 27. November 2014 - 9:28  (119866)

Gramps is a genealogy program for Linux, Windows, Mac, and FreeBSD that allows you to easily build and keep track of your family tree:
https://gramps-project.org/

OpenMW is a new and modern engine based on the one that runs the 2002 open-world RPG Morrowind:
https://openmw.org/en/

"... Treesheets - the ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases ...":
http://strlen.com/treesheets/

by Panzer on 27. November 2014 - 9:14  (119865)

Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music:
http://www.subsonic.org/

Gwibber is an open source microblogging client:
http://gwibber.com/

Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others:
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Cheese

Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus:
http://xournal.sourceforge.net/

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