Best Free Software for Linux

Best Free Security and Privacy for Linux

Best Free Anonymous Surfing Service for Linux

JonDo (previously known as JAP) is my top choice and a Java application that performs the role of a local (PC based) proxy server that redirects browser requests via the JonDo network. This allows the user to configure their choice of any browser rather than requiring a change to Opera. (Review)


Best Free Antivirus for Linux

ClamTK Virus Scanner is a graphical user interface for ClamAV and designed to be an easy-to-use, on-demand scanner running on Linux systems.

I thought Linux doesn't need antivirus protection?" It's true that you may not need it, but this program is more geared for users interested in scanning files prior to sending them to users of other operating systems than Linux.


Best Free Firewall for Linux

GufwGufw is a graphical user interface for UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall), and as the name implies, an easy-to-use firewall for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Linux systems, with support for setting up rules such as allowing or blocking applications, incoming and outgoing services, common P2P or individual IP/ports, with options for logging and showing notifications.


Firestarter , a complete firewall tool for Linux, allows for users to create a firewall with a wizard, open and close ports with a few clicks, completes with a real-time hit monitor.


Best Free Internet Safety Check for Linux

WOT , fastest ratings, uses green/yellow/red ratings and 'people' reliability icons, multiple rating categories to help you evaluate websites, fantastic warning screen to empower users to avoid potentially bad websites before interacting with them. (Review)


Best Free Password Manager for Linux

KeePassXKeePassX , you just need to remember one single master password to access many user names, passwords and other private information saved in one single database. Features include defining titles and icons, grouping and sorting entries, and generating secure passwords.

The database is encrypted either with AES or Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256 bit key and uses a file format that is compatible with KeePass Password Safe for Windows.

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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 ...":

LinSSID - graphical wireless scanning for Linux:

Fingerprint GUI - use fingerprint devices with Linux:

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

hledger is a computer program for easily tracking money, time, or other commodities:

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 ...":

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 ...":

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 ...":

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:

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

Gravitation - a video game about mania, melancholia, and the creative process:



Bastet - "evil" Tetris:

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:

"... 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 ...":

Gnome Completion-Run Utility:

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:

Client175 is a full featured MPD web client that provides all of the functionality of a desktop application in your favorite web browser:

GMPC is a GTK2 frontend for Music Player Daemon:

"... 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 ...":

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:

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

Byobu is a GPLv3 open source text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer:

"... 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 ...":

"... 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 ...":

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

"... 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 ...":

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):

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:

Conflict Terra is a free, open-source RTS:

notadota – On the Edge:

Evolution RTS is a free an Open Source RTS game:

"... 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 ...":

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:

easyMP3Gain - Graphical User Interface (GUI) for MP3Gain, VorbisGain and AACGain (enables you to modify the loudness level of mp3,ogg,mp4 files):

Kadu is an open source Gadu-Gadu and Jabber/XMPP protocol Instant Messenger client:

"... 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 ...":

SpringLobby is a free cross-platform lobby client for the Spring RTS project:

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

Tablaunch - lightweight and cool-looking X application launchbar:

SimDock is a fast and customizable dockbar:

tabble is a small alternative X shell which presents your programs in tabs for easy launch:

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

Solfege is an ear training program:

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 ...":

Pogo Music Player (fork of Decibel Audio Player):

Lollypop is a GNOME music player:

"... Potamus is a lightweight GTK-based audio player with a simple interface and an emphasis on high audio quality ...":

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

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

wasavi - VI editor for any web page (extension for Chrome, Opera and Firefox):

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 ...":

"... 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 ...":

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:

Peru is a tool for including other people's code in your projects:

By highlighting changes, icdiff can show you the differences between similar files without getting in the way:

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 ...":

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 ...":

"... 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 ...:"

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

Sigram - a different telegram client:

Silicon Empire is a set of tools that burn, copy, backup, manage and … your optical disc:

FullRecall is a software that can help you memorize knowledge for lifelong periods with the minimum time investment:

"... Betty is a friendly English-like interface for your command line. Don't remember a command? Ask Betty ...:"

Systemback - simple system backup and restore application with extra features:

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):

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 ...":

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

NetMauMau - server for the popular card game Mau Mau:

"... 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 ...":

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

Plover - open source stenography software:

With StenoTutor you can learn to stenotype on your QWERTY keyboard:

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:

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

Polipo is a small and fast caching web proxy:

dtach is a program that emulates the detach feature of screen:

LilyTerm - a light, but functional terminal emulator:

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:

OpenMW is a new and modern engine based on the one that runs the 2002 open-world RPG Morrowind:

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

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

Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music:

Gwibber is an open source microblogging client:

Cheese uses your webcam to take photos and videos, applies fancy special effects and lets you share the fun with others:

Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus:

by Panzer on 27. November 2014 - 8:51  (119864)

zpaq is a free and open source (GPL v3) incremental, journaling command-line archiver:

Rofi - a popup window switcher:

gobar - minimalistic X status bar in pure Go:

charted - A charting tool that produces automatic, shareable charts from any data file:

Pithos is a native Pandora Radio client:

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