Best Free Software for Linux

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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 161 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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Document Archiver - archive all your documents in a consistent way:
Atuin replaces your existing shell history with a SQLite database, and records additional context for your commands:
CliFM is a CLI-based, shell-like (non-curses) and KISS terminal file manager:
Global Socket allows two workstations on different private networks to communicate with each other. Through firewalls and through NAT - like there is no firewall:
Himalaya - a minimalist CLI email client:
xplr - a hackable, minimal, fast TUI file explorer:
Quiet Audio Fade slowly reduces the volume on your computer over time, letting you find the quietest level that works:
Nightfall Hacker - Plan, hack, and fight your way against rogue software:
Solitude is an open source privacy analysis tool that enables you to conduct your own privacy investigations into where your private data goes once it leaves your web browser:
Nzyme is a free and open WiFi defense system that detects and physically locates threats using an easy to build and deploy sensor system:
Flatseal is a graphical utility to review and modify permissions from your Flatpak applications:
eBPFSnitch is a Linux Application Level Firewall is inspired by OpenSnitch, and Douane, but utilizing modern kernel abstractions, without a kernel module:
Spack package manager - install scientific software easily:
The RNR File Manager is a text based file manager that combines the best features of Midnight Commander and Ranger:
misc-updater - check if 'Manually-Installed and Source-Compiled' (MISC) packages have new releases or updates announced on their respective webpages:
Proton-Caller - run any Windows program through Proton:
Uniclip - Universal Clipboard:
twterm is a TUI Twitter client working on your terminal emulator:
Macchina lets you view basic system information, like your hostname, your kernel version, memory usage, and much more:
SonoBus is an easy to use application for streaming high-quality, low-latency peer-to-peer audio between devices over the internet or a local network:
mediactl - ultra-barebones, Linux-only media-controls for VLC, your web browser, etc.:
neo-mc - a Midnight Commander fork with scripting and other features: mc - fork of Midnight Commander with python scripting:
yt-splitter - Downloads and splits audio tracks from a YouTube video according to the chapters/tracks. Useful for compilations or full album uploads: exeCute - opens exe and bat files as if they were native Linux applications:
miniplayer - a curses based mpd client:
Menu Searx - a simple program to search the searx search engine through dmenu or rofi, sort through the results and open the selected URL in you prefered web browser:
efibootmgr-gui - manage EFI boot loader entries with this simple GUI:
curldrop is a simple web app that allows you to upload files straight from your terminal with curl: