Best Free Software for Linux



LinuxLinux, occasionally referred to as GNU/Linux, is an open source and free operating system predominantly known for its use in servers, but has increasingly become commonplace in desktop, notebook and netbook computers in recent years after newer and enhanced versions of Linux distributions, Ubuntu or Linux Mint for example, are developed and offered free to users.

While you can get the Linux system and use it for free, you can also run on the system a wide range of free applications such as well-known and commonly-used software including Firefox web browser and the LibreOffice application suite.

Among various free applications, here you might find the best free software for Linux, including those products reviewed and recommended by our editors in the various sections.

Other programs that work as potential alternatives to Windows applications or even perform better than them are also listed here for the benefit of users who migrate from Windows to Linux or run dual systems on their computers.

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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 145 applications in 97 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps below.


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by vandamme on 30. July 2012 - 13:02  (96886)

I used to be an Audacity fanatic, but I just downloaded and played with OcenAudio, and I am impressed. It does have a slightly different set of toys beyond the usual filters and editing tools; it seems to be better at the more mathematical stuff if you need that. The FFT is fast! And you can generate sweeps and DTMF tones, very useful. It runs natively on Linux (and inferior operating systems). It's 9 MB, not so bad.

by Panzer on 8. August 2012 - 14:58  (97392)
by George.J on 24. August 2012 - 18:01  (98260)

I think Krusader is more powerful and offers more features than Dolphin in the file manager section and would certainly please you if you're a power user.

by Panzer on 27. August 2012 - 8:07  (98350)

Gmail Backup:

by Panzer on 29. August 2012 - 12:35  (98457)

Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup:

by Panzer on 29. August 2012 - 19:07  (98468)

NitroShare is an a network file-sharing application that makes sending a file to another machine on the local network as easy as dragging-and-dropping:

by Panzer on 30. August 2012 - 12:08  (98500)
by Panzer on 30. August 2012 - 12:54  (98505)

F.lux for Linux (similar to Redshift):

by Panzer on 31. August 2012 - 7:46  (98552)
by Panzer on 3. September 2012 - 19:54  (98718)

"... Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them ...":

by Panzer on 3. September 2012 - 19:56  (98719)

" ...CheckInstall keeps track of all files installed by a "make install" or equivalent, creates a Slackware, RPM, or Debian package with those files, and adds it to the installed packages database, allowing for easy package removal or distribution ...":

by George.J on 4. September 2012 - 9:56  (98737)

Which software lets you create iso of files/folders?

by Jojo Yee on 4. September 2012 - 10:10  (98739)
by Panzer on 5. September 2012 - 11:46  (98806)

SpaceFM is a file manager with built-in VFS, udev-based device manager, customizable menu system, and bash integration:

by Panzer on 6. September 2012 - 7:34  (98859)

FDUPES is a program for identifying or deleting duplicate files residing within specified directories:

by Panzer on 6. September 2012 - 8:20  (98860)

Gmediafinder is a software to search stream an/or download files form Youtube without Flash, Google and some mp3 search engines:

TV-MAXE is an application which provides the ability to watch TV stations and listen radio via different streams:

PhotoPrint is a utility designed to assist in the process of printing digital photographs under Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems:

Cinelerra - advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux:

Calise calculates ambient brightness and sets screen’s correct backlight using a camera:

by Panzer on 6. September 2012 - 8:30  (98861)

Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with the GTK+2 toolkit. It supports 7-zip, arj, bzip2, gzip, rar, lha, lzma, lzop, deb, rpm, tar and zip archives, archive navigation with mimetype icons, archive comment ability and archive listing as HTML or txt:

Phatch is a simple to use cross-platform GUI Photo Batch Processor which handles all popular image formats and can duplicate (sub)folder hierarchies. Phatch can batch resize, rotate, apply perspective, shadows, rounded corners, ...:

Tribler - A different BitTorrent client:

MediaFire Express lets you place your files into the cloud with a single click. Now you can easily share, backup, store, and collaborate, all directly from your desktop:

iwScanner is a wireless scanner for linux with an easy to use graphic interface:

slowmoVideo is an OpenSource program that creates slow-motion videos from your footage:

GeeMail - Desktop client for Gmail:

Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution:

Enough for today or Jojoyee is going to crucify me for posting (khhh ... spamming ...khhh) too much ... :)

by Jojo Yee on 6. September 2012 - 14:12  (98872)

The more the merrier Panzer. Thanks for mentioning fdupes, which lead me to FSlint with a GUI better for finding duplicate files.

by Panzer on 7. September 2012 - 9:57  (98894)

Secure video calls, conferencing, chat, desktop sharing, file transfer, support for your favorite OS, and IM network. All this, and more, in Jitsi:

QuiteRSS 0.10.1:

NetBeans IDE:



Fotoxx - photo editing and collection management:

Basket - multi-purpose note-taking application:

Licq - instant messaging client:

Regexxer is a nifty GUI search/replace tool featuring Perl-style regular expressions:

Nagios - computer system monitor, network monitoring and infrastructure monitoring software application:

Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency:


Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins:

GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor:

Artha is a free cross-platform English thesaurus that works completely off-line and is based on WordNet:

Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, and video chat and file transfers over many different protocols:

Enjoy Jojoyee ;)

by Jojo Yee on 9. September 2012 - 7:04  (98978)

MyPaint is now added to the list. More to come...

Update: Artha is now added.

by JayH (not verified) on 10. September 2012 - 0:25  (99021)

Artha is a great little program. I use it on both linux and windows. I am glad you included it.

Have you considered RSSowl for a RSS reader? I prefer it to Liferea, but just a thought.

by Panzer on 10. September 2012 - 8:48  (99041)

XMMS - multimedia player:

Qmmp - audio-player:

Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment:

Midnight Commander - file manager:

PCMan File Manager:


Worker - file manager:

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview:

KoverArtist is a program for the fast creation of covers for cd/dvd cases and boxes:

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web:

Conky is a light-weight system monitor that displays any information on your desktop:

Yakuake is a drop-down terminal emulator:

Hugin - Panorama photo stitcher:

DoThisNow – Simple Desktop Automation:

FlyBack - Apple's Time Machine for Linux:

Navit is a car navigation system with routing engine:

Handbrake - video transcoder:

by Jojo Yee on 10. September 2012 - 9:34  (99044)

@Panzer, HandBrake is in the list under the category of Best Free DVD Ripper. Among others, Hugin looks interesting :)

by Panzer on 11. September 2012 - 10:12  (99094)

Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI):

Kmess - Live Messenger alternative:

MakeHuman - is an application that generates 3D humanoid meshes:

Lasertraq - Use a laser-pointer and a camera to control applications:

The PosteRazor cuts a raster image into pieces which can afterwards be printed out and assembled to a poster:

Synfig Studio is a 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork:

Tellico makes it easy to track your books, videos, music, even your wine and anything else:

guvcview - This project aims at providing a simple GTK interface for capturing and viewing video from devices supported by the linux UVC driver:

cmus is a small, fast and powerful console music player:


Sockso - personal music server:

Easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:

agedu - a Unix utility for tracking down wasted disk space:

by Panzer on 12. September 2012 - 10:10  (99156)

Jumanji is a highly customizable and functional web browser based on the libwebkit web content engine and the gtk+ toolkit:

SABnzbd is an Open Source Binary Newsreader written in Python:

SubDownloader is a program for automatic download/upload subtitles for videofiles (DIVX,MPEG,AVI,VOB,etc) and DVD's using fast hashing:

Vagalume is a client written using GTK+:

Daisho - Plan your work, track your goals, and manage your contacts (Pro version is free for Linux):

SilentEye is a cross-platform application design for an easy use of steganography, in this case hiding messages into pictures or sounds:

ClipGrab is a free downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many other online video sites:

That's it. I have no more ... ;)

by Jojo Yee on 12. September 2012 - 10:31  (99157)

Thanks Panzer. Will go through your suggestions one by one :)

by Panzer on 17. September 2012 - 9:06  (99365)

imPcRemote Free is a remote support tool that enables instant, secure, and trouble-free connections between remote computers over the web:

by Panzer on 21. September 2012 - 8:15  (99541)

SoftMaker Office 2012 for Linux (beta) works with all Linux distributions for PCs with glibc 2.2.5 or higher:

Tunlr for Linux lets you stream content from sites like Netflix, Hulu, MTV, CBS, ABC, Pandora and more to your PC:

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