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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 156 apps in various categories. Among a plethora of freeware products, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

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"... Linuxbrew is a fork of Homebrew, the Mac OS package manager, for Linux ...":


"... Glances is a cross-platform curses-based system monitoring tool written in Python ...":

"... vitunes is a curses-based music player and playlist manager whose goals are: a minimalistic appearance, strong vi-like bindings, and quick playlist creation/management. vitunes does not strive to be a feature-rich media player, but rather a quick, vi-like media indexer and playlist manager, that just happens to be able to play the music it indexes ...":

"... Packet sender - award-winning free utility to send/receive TCP and UDP packets ...":


"... Cloud Commander - orthodox web file manager with console and editor. Will help you manage the server and work with files, directories and programs in browser from any computer, mobile or tablet ...":


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


Krill aggregates feed items from all sources you specify, filters out those that interest you, and displays them as a live stream of clean, legible command line output:

"... Cyph secures your conversations against any threat, from lone hackers, to agencies armed with theoretical quantum attacks — no signup or downloads required ...":

"... 4Pane is a multi-pane, detailed-list file manager for Linux. It is designed to be fully-featured without bloat, and aims for speed rather than visual effects ...":


"... Curlew - easy to use, Free and Open-Source Multimedia converter for Linux ...":


"... Canto is an Atom/RSS feed reader for the console that is meant to be quick, concise, and colorful ...":


"... Butterfly is an open source in-browser nix terminal written in coffeescript and backed up by a python tornado server ...:"

"... Habitat is a new approach to automation that focuses on the application instead of the infrastructure it runs on. With Habitat, the apps you build, deploy, and manage behave consistently in any runtime — metal, VMs, containers, and PaaS ...":


Rainbowstream - a Twitter client in terminal:

"... Inform is a design system for interactive fiction based on natural language ...":

"... Distributing applications on Linux is a pain: different distributions in multiple versions, each with their own versions of libraries. Flatpak is here to change all that ...":

Higgins - yet another application launcher for Linux:

"... Vineyard is a collection of tools and libraries designed to make managing Windows programs on Linux easier ...": Orb launcher - run portable apps on Linux: "... buku is a powerful cmdline bookmark management utility ...": "... googler is a power tool to Google (Web & News) and Google Site Search from the terminal ...": Translate Shell is a command-line translator: "... wemux enhances tmux to make multi-user terminal multiplexing both easier and more powerful ...": "... Using AppImageKit you can package desktop applications as AppImages that run on common Linux-based operating systems, such as RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, debian and derivatives ...": gyb - backup & restore Gmail: Droopy is a mini Web server whose sole purpose is to let others upload files to your computer:
ZeroNet - open, free and uncensorable websites, using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network: "... Gngr ... an old-fashioned new browser ...": AltYo - drop-down console: "... Micro is a terminal-based text editor that aims to be easy to use and intuitive, while also taking advantage of the full capabilities of modern terminals ...": IT-Edit (Integrated Terminal Editor): "... M++ Player is a compact audio player that helps you listen to your favourite audio files quickly and with minimum effort, while offering support for playlists, audio file management, theming, viewing YouTube videos and lyrics, as well as other features ...": "... Vis aims to be a modern, legacy free, simple yet efficient vim-like editor ...": Fruho is an open-source, zero-configuration VPN manager:
Magarena is a single-player fantasy card game played against a computer opponent: "... Open Media Player is an online audio and video player that is hosted as a service. It utilises multimedia data from one or more places, creates a player, and then allows the player to be easily embedded in one or more sites ...":
ghostwriter is text editor for Markdown: yakyak - desktop chat client for Google Hangouts: "... Albert is a desktop agnostic launcher, inspired by the ease of use of OSX' Alfred launcher ...": "... Metiix Blockade - DNS-based ad block for your entire network ...":
"... Plank-Themer is a small program that allow you to change Plank Dock themes without any additional consumption of resources ...":
"... Hoodie enables you to express yourself through technology by making web application development very fast, easy and accessible ...":
"...PileMd is really beautiful Markdown Editor, looks like Preview ...":
Kaku is an online music player which supports many differnt platform Like YouTube, Vimeo ...:
"... HACER - a fast paced arcade game about digging deeper while avoiding bombs and explosions ...": moggio - a multi-source music player:
"... pdfgrep - a commandline utility to search text in PDF files ...": "... Leo is a PIM, IDE and outliner that accelerates the work flow of programmers, authors and web designers ...":
"... maybe - see what a program does before deciding whether you really want it to happen ...": Abricotine is an open-source markdown editor built for desktop:
"... Zed is a fully offline-capable, open source, keyboard-focused, text and code editor for power users ...":
WbBrowse - web browser:
Dragonfly Navigator - a simple and efficient two pane file manager with job queueing: Motion is a program that monitors the video signal from cameras:

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration:

"... Baserock aims to be a great way to build custom appliance systems with Linux ...":


"... With TheMaker you can create, edit and preview websites ...":


"... MonoGame - One framework for creating powerful cross-platform games ...":


"... RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R ...":