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4. Best Free Multimedia for Linux


Best Free Media Player for Linux
  • VLC Media PlayerVLC Media Player

    "Supports playback of most video files and DVD discs without the need to download external codec packs, including flv filescan. There are 5 different DVD region codes and VLC plays them all.

    VLC also has the ability to take screenshots of your video, even while during DVD playback, a real attractive feature." (Review)

  • SMPlayer

    "Intends to be a complete front-end for MPlayer, from basic features like playing videos, DVDs, and VCDs to more advanced features like support for MPlayer filters, remember the settings of all files you play and more."


Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Linux
  • Rhythmbox

    "An easy-to-use music player and organizer that has a clean interface, and sports many features, such as album art display, online radio access, and CD burning. This software is powered by Gstreamer, and can therefore support all of its audio formats, such as WAV, AAC, MP3, OGG, FLAC and more." (Review)

  • Banshee

    Imports, organizes, plays, and shares music using a simple yet powerful interface. Other features include rip CDs, create playlists, burn audio and mp3 CDs, support for podcasting and music recommendations.

  • Amarok

    A powerful music player for multi platforms with an intuitive interface, supports for collection management, bookmarking, dynamic playlists, file tracking, integrated web services and more.


Best Free Media Center for Linux

    "It is truly outstanding in this category and earns the Gizmo's Top Pick title rightfully in my eyes. It played all media files I fed it with and turned out to be the most reliable product for me.

    XBMC offers convincing media library features and is highly configurable with custom skins and backdrops. You will find a vast amount of plugins, skins and other goodies for it as the community around XBMC is large." (Review)


Best Free Audio / Video Format Conversion for Linux
  • SoundConverter

    Aims to be simple to use and fast for conversion from most audio files to wav, flac, mp3, aac and ogg files, supports for extraction of the audio from videos too. (Note: Install GStreamer MP3 Encoding to enable conversion to mp3.)

  • Arista Transcoder

    An easy-to-use converter to convert multimedia files from one format to another for playback on various devices. Supported output formats include m4v (Ipod), avi (Nokia, PDA or DVD player), mkv (computer) and mp4 (various Sony devices), depending on the device you choose.

  • OggConvert

    A small and easy-to-use utility to convert most audio and video files to the patent-free Ogg format, and support for encoding to the Matroska container format (mkv, mka), with adjustable settings on audio and video quality for conversion.


Best Free MP3 Tag Editor for Linux
  • Kid3Kid3

    "Edit all tags, generate tags from files or vice versa, import tags from databases, browse cover arts and lyrics from online resources, drag and drop cover art to a file, export tags, etc." Kid3 uses KDE libraries, while another package Kid3-qt is also available for installation without KDE dependencies." (Review)

  • MusicBrainz Picard

    "Identify track info by matching digital thumbprint with MusicBrainz database, show up existing tags with add and delete functions." (Review)


Best Free CD / DVD Burning Software for Linux
  • K3b

    A capable CD/DVD burner optimised for KDE, lets you easily burn data CDs/DVDs, create audio/video CDs and video DVDs, rip audio/video CDs and video DVDs along with other related tasks, good for experienced as well as beginner users.

  • Brasero

    Designed for ease of use to create a traditional audio CD, data CD/DVD, video DVD or a SVCD, burn an existing CD/DVD image to disc, copy a CD/DVD to a new disc or write to an image file in ISO and other formats.


Best Free CD / DVD Emulation Software for Linux
  • Furius ISO Mount

    "Select or drag-and-drop an image file to mount, one-click unmount, supports for burning ISO and IMG files, generate MD5 and SHA1 checksums, saving history and retrieving previously unmounted images." (Review)

  • AcetoneISO

    A feature-rich application to emulate CD/DVD drives and manage CD/DVD images. You can use it to mount disk images including ISO, BIN, NRG, MDF and IMG formats, generate an ISO image from a folder or CD/DVD, backup an audio CD to a BIN image, burn CD/DVD, convert other images to ISO, extract image content to a folder, and more.


Best Free CD Ripper for Linux
  • AsunderAsunder

    A simple yet powerful audio CD ripper and encoder to save audio tracks from an audio CD as any of MP3, AAC, Ogg, WAV, FLAC, Wavpack, Musepack or Monkey's audio files.

    Useful features include using CDDB to name and tag each track, encoding to multiple formats in one session, simultaneous ripping and encoding, tagging each track for a different artist and more.


Best Free DVD Ripper for Linux
  • HandBrake

    "Good quality in transcoded video, small file size, integrates the latest improvements to the H.264 encoding library with enhanced picture quality, speed optimizations and supports better control over multiple audio tracks." (Review)


Best Free DVD Authoring Software for Linux
  • DeVeDe

    An easy-to-use tool to create a video DVD, Video CD, Super Video CD and other disk images, with support for adding menus and subtitles, shifting audio and other video editing functions such as rotating, scaling, deinterlacing and more. You will need separate CD / DVD burning software to burn the disk images created by this tool for playback on your home players.


Best Free Photo Slideshow Software for Linux
  • ffDiaporama

    A great tool to create a slideshow of your favorite photos with background colors and images, music and transition effects, clean user interface with drag-and-drop support for slides, and a preview of the slideshow from any point.

    You can insert fixed or animated titles as well as movie clips into a slideshow, save your project for editing and export your result to mp4, mkv, mpg or avi formats. A wide range of video quality from QVGA (320x240) up to full HD (1920x1080) is supported.


Best Free Audio Editing / Splitter for Linux
  • AudacityAudacity

    "It does all the recording and editing I need, and is much simpler and faster to use than a lot of paid products. The interface is easy to use, allowing you to select and apply a noise profile just as easily as removing it.

    The program also can record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings, edit various sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together and change the speed or pitch of a recording." (Review)

  • mp3splt-gtk

    "Splits mp3 and ogg files without re-encoding, able to identify split points between tracks via online database services (CDDB or FreeDB)." (Review)


Best Free Video Editor for Linux
  • AvidemuxAvidemux

    "It is designed for multi-purpose video editing and processing and is my personal favorite because of its simplicity yet wide range of tools.

    The software supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. It lets you do just about everything under the sun, with well documented tutorials." (Review)

  • OpenShot Video Editor

    An open-source and non-linear video editor which is stable and friendly to use with support for many video, audio and image formats based on FFmpeg together with lots of other useful features.


Best Free Video Downloader for Linux
  • ClipGrabClipGrab

    An efficient and free video downloader for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, MyVideo, MySpass, Sevenload, Tudou, Clipfish and many other online video sites. You can enter keywords in the box to search videos on YouTube or paste the URL to a video, then select the format and quality of the video you need, click "Grab this clip!" and the app does the rest for you.

    You can also configure how the app behaves when a downloadable video is discovered in your clipboard, and whether you want to keep metadata (ID3 tags) when you download and convert videos to mp3 files.


Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Linux
  • SimpleScreenRecorder

    An easy-to-use screen session recorder to record the entire screen, a fixed rectangle or a window on your screen, with various input options including frame rate, scale video, record cursor and audio. Output files can be saved in a container format using audio and video codecs of your choice provided they are installed and supported in your system.


Best Free Radio Broadcasting for Linux
  • Great Little Radio Player

    A simplistic radio station streamer allows you to listen to a collection of 400 radio stations worldwide on the Internet, sort stations by country or genre and set your favorite stations as well. Other features include add stations, import and export stations, skin changes and localization settings.


Best Free Music Creator for Linux
  • LMMSLMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio)

    "As a stand alone application, one would be hard pressed to find a more comprehensively full featured and versatile free music creator than this, with so many instruments and effects to choose from.

    The onboard Beat/Bassline editor removes the need for a separate drum sequencer and is a very nice touch: LMMS really is a one stop shop" (Review).


Best Free Music Notation Software for Linux
  • MuseScoreMuseScore

    "The best free music notation software with fast and easy note entry in WYSIWYG mode. It's integrated with a sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesizer and allows for an unlimited number of staves; up to four voices per staff; 128 instrument sounds for playback plus eight drum and percussion sets.

    Other features include import and export of MusicXML and standard MIDI files; output as PDF or PNG documents and basic ensemble scoring." (Review).


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by Jojo Yee on 22. September 2012 - 13:34  (99597)

Update: ClipGrab is now added to the list.

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:40  (99716)

TexMaker - Free cross-platform LaTeX editor:

by Panzer on 25. September 2012 - 8:55  (99719)

Laptop Mode Tools is a laptop power saving package for Linux systems. It allows you to extend the battery life of your laptop, in several ways. It is the primary way to enable the Laptop Mode feature of the Linux kernel, which lets your hard drive spin down. In addition, it allows you to tweak a number of other power-related settings using a simple configuration file:

by Panzer on 27. September 2012 - 9:43  (99835)

Nevernote (NixNote) - An open source client for Evernote:

* Synchronizes with Evernote servers
* Local data caching
* Cross platform
* Local-only and synchronized notebooks supported
* Database may be encrypted locally

by Linuxis on 27. September 2012 - 22:04  (99880)

Wow! The linux section has come alive. Much more new stuff since the last time I was here. I've learned of all sorts of new and interesting programs.

You all are doing awesome!

My favorite word processors are ;TED and wordgrinder.


Wordgrinder is a small terminal based word processor.
And TED is a very small word processor, smaller then abiword but compatible with microsoft word docs and able to save text to .rtf formats. Ted is also extensible with plugins.

I'm currently using Instantbird for my messenger.

Instantbird is built on the gecko engine and supporting a wide variety chat protocols. And since it's based on firefox, it supports addons.

It's the most userfriendly and configurable instant messenger I've used.

I hope these suggestions are good.

by Panzer on 28. September 2012 - 10:54  (99904)

Ease is a modern desktop presentation application for GNOME, with Clutter-based visuals:

by Linuxis on 28. September 2012 - 17:22  (99916)

Songbird was to linux what Winamp was to windows. Except bulky and slow.
But since Songbird is no longer updated for linux, there is this.

Nightingale is music collection manager and player for linux. It's surprisingly fast, it feels faster then firefox. And supports addons so I find myself using it for web browsing more then firefox, and it plays music. *Even better*

by Steeleye (not verified) on 30. September 2012 - 20:51  (100014)

Abiword and Scribus are major parts of the reason i still have Windows on my machine.

I found the learning curve on Scribus ridiculously steep and the interface less than wonderful.

Serif's PagePlus on Windows is superior in my experience.

I seldom use a full-fledged word processor (like, say, Word) because they are bloated and overly complex. I use EditPad Lite for text entry and editing, and then, if i need anything beyond that, import the files to PagePlus.

If i could get PP (and a couple of miscellaneous other programs) to run under WINE, i might switch primarily to Linux.

by Panzer on 1. October 2012 - 9:53  (100031)

You can use Abiword on Linux as well.

by Linuxis on 1. October 2012 - 17:01  (100048)

There's a native version of scribus for linux.

by Panzer on 3. October 2012 - 7:49  (100162)

TuxOnIce is most easily described as the Linux equivalent of Windows' hibernate functionality, but better. It saves the contents of memory to disk and powers down. When the computer is started up again, it reloads the contents and the user can continue from where they left off. No documents need to be reloaded or applications reopened and the process is much faster than a normal shutdown and start up:

by Linuxis on 3. October 2012 - 15:01  (100185)

The under appreciated browser brothers.

*not really related*

Midori: gtk webkit browser which is light but via builtin plugins capable of achieving some of the functionality latent in the big boys. *Such as userscripts, adblocking and mouse gestures, to name a few*

Qtweb: A small qt web browser with some basic privacy settings.

Qupzilla: A lightweight qt webkit browser with themes, *including native gtk-theme support*, adblocking, userscript support and form filling. *More features keep getting added*

Dooble: A unique browser to say the least. Qt and using webkit, this browser is very privacy-centric and sporting some features I've never seen anywhere, including launching terminal from within the browser and encoding, re-encoding every aspect of a website. Though what really stands out in this web browser is it's speed.
It has one of the fastest page loads I've seen on a linux browser.


by Panzer on 9. October 2012 - 7:45  (100529)

Zipwhip - Desktop Texting App:

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:49  (100633)

For those who don't know: Ted and Ted Notepad are not one and the same software (the latter is for Windows only).

by Panzer on 11. October 2012 - 9:55  (100634)
by Panzer on 12. October 2012 - 8:48  (100677)

Sonata is an elegant GTK+ music client for the Music Player Daemon (MPD):

PulseAudio is a proxy for your sound applications:

by Linuxis on 14. October 2012 - 21:14  (100765)

I bring news of an amazing fork of Assault Cube. Assault Cube Reloaded.
It's multiplatform, Windows,Mac and Linux and comes with a host of improvements.
Including several modes (Zombie,Vampire...etc;) realistic weapons and riccochet,
Anti-Cheat system, better voting and all sorts of other improvements *especially visual*
compared to the original Assault Cube.

Check it out, fps fans.

by Panzer on 17. October 2012 - 8:50  (100892)

Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment:

Traverso DAW - Multitrack audio recording & editing:

Ardour - A multichannel digital audio workstation:

by Panzer on 18. October 2012 - 8:42  (100969)

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations:

Gnuplot is a portable command-line driven graphing utility:

by Panzer on 19. October 2012 - 8:39  (101036)

Anamnesis is a clipboard history manager. It stores the clipboard history and offers an easy interface to do a full-text search on it.


* Stores all text copied to clipboard
* Graphics interface to query items from the clipboard
* Full text search on clipboard history
* Command-line tool

by Panzer on 20. October 2012 - 7:47  (101095)

Alan creates the Openbox menu on-the-fly:

by Panzer on 23. October 2012 - 9:59  (101214)

NILFS is a log-structured file system supporting versioning of the entire file system and continuous snapshotting which allows users to even restore files mistakenly overwritten or destroyed just a few seconds ago:

by Panzer on 26. October 2012 - 7:36  (101361)
by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 6:40  (101495)

The OP dislikes Abi & Scribus. He was lamenting on no way to run PagePlus on Linux, otherwise he'd ditch Windows for it.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 8:26  (101497)

The website says, "Mac & Windows" only?

Have you installed this somehow to Linux & used it successfully?

by Anupam on 28. October 2012 - 8:30  (101498)

Site clearly states for Windows, Linux and Mac. Mentioned on the RHS of the page too.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 9:38  (101499)

Edit: my bad.

For some reason it only shows Mac & Windows on the main screen, but when you go into the actual list of downloads, Linux shows up as a supporting OS.


by Geekomatic (not verified) on 28. October 2012 - 9:46  (101500)

I was looking at the products page. No Linux there- only icons for Mac & MS.

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 8:39  (101591)

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 21:03  (101622)

gpg4usb is a very easy to use small portable editor to encrypt and decrypt any text message/file:

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