Best Free Software for Linux

Best Free Desktop and System for Linux

Best Free Cleanup and Tuning for Linux

BleachBitBleachBit , a system tool allows you to preview and delete unnecessary files to free up your valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove hidden junk. It deletes cache, cookies, Internet history, logs, temporary files, broken shortcuts, and wipes clean 70 applications and more.


GtkOrphan , an orphaned libraries remover to analyse the status of your installations, looks for orphaned libraries and adds package-removal capability. A GUI front-end to Deborphan for Debian systems.


Best Free Color Picker for Linux

gcolor2 , quick and easy to pick a color, supports HSV, RGB and HTML codes with an opacity slider, color grabber, allows for naming and saving picked colors. (Review)


Recoll , an open source program and a powerful tool allows you to search instantly most common document types, emails and their attachments after indexing your home directory by default. You can configure additional areas for indexing and install supporting packages to include file types that are not indexed natively by the tool as well.


Best Free Font Manager for Linux

FontmatrixFontmatrix is the largest and most complex application and runs on a wider range of platforms with more high-end features. Some of these features are not available in any of other programs.

You can activate fonts in tagged groups, view many sample texts in many languages, classify fonts using PANOSE, view and compare glyphs, find a font from a raster, extract fonts from PDF files, and test layouts in a free-form playground. (Review)


Font Manager allows you to easily manage fonts installed in your Linux system. You can preview and compare installed fonts, activate and de-activate installed fonts, install new fonts or remove existing fonts, group fonts into collections and export them to an archive for backup and sharing.


Best Free Grub Customizer for Linux

Grub Customizer , a graphical user interface to re-arrange, rename or hide boot menu entries, set a default operating system to boot on a multi-boot device, customize the appearance as well as adjust other settings of Grub (GRand Unified Bootloader).


Best Free Program Launcher for Linux

Launchy , a top product in the keyword search class, easy to understand, simple to configure, extend and use. It's open source and has a really small memory footprint. You can use it not only to launch applications, but also run your media player with a specific MP3 file, have your browser open on a specific bookmark and more. (Review)


GNOME Do , type and search the items on your computer or on the web and the program helps you perform the tasks directly and quickly with suggested actions to take. A large set of official and community plugins are available for making the program more powerful with even more task varieties.


Cairo-Dock , a pretty and light program allows you to launch your applications right away from the dock on your desktop, supporting useful features such as multi-docks, applets, themes and various settings to change the appearance and behavior of the program to your liking.


Best Free Screen Capture for Linux

ShutterShutter is like a swiss army knife for all screen capture tasks in Linux. It works better than Gnome-screenshot and KDE's KSnapshot.

You can use this program to capture desktop, window, child window and rectangular area, with many plugins for resize and special effects, delay capture, activate/deactivate window border and cursor, inbuilt drawing tools, linked to external editor and auto save. (Review)


Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Linux

recordMyDesktop , an easy-to-use and effective recorder to make screen recordings into free Ogg video format. It also offers the ability to record audio through ALSA mixer or other options. The frontend program gtk-recordMyDesktop and the ALSA mixer can be downloaded from some depositories including Ubuntu Software Center.


Best Free System Information Utility for Linux

I-Nex , similar to the application CPU-Z for Windows, gathers and displays information for hardware components on your system, including CPU, GPU, Motherboard, Audio, Drives, System, Linux Kernel, Memory, Network and USB devices plugged in. It also allows you to generate a report of the info and take a screenshot of the I-Nex window.


Best Free System Tools for Linux

Stacer , an open-source system diagnostic tool and optimizer lets you check CPU, memory and disk usage, start-up apps, clear cache, uninstall unwanted apps, stop or start system processes running in the background. It's an Electron app featuring a clean user interface.


PySDM , a Storage Device Manager allowing for full customization of hard disk mountpoints and creation of rules for dynamic configuration of storage devices. See also Auto Mount Drives at System Startup.


CCSM (CompizConfig Settings Manager) , a useful tool to configure the many plugins included in Compiz and Compiz Fusion for advanced desktop effects settings.


Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Linux

WallyWally , a good wallpaper changer allows for wallpaper positions to set to centered, tiled, center tiled, centered maxpert, tiled maxpert, scaled, center auto fit or scale and crop.

The program supports features such as time intervals, selecting images from local folders or online resources, displaying images' EXIF data in system tray tool-tip, saving downloaded photos and run-time folder change detection. (Review)


Variety is an open-source wallpaper changer packed with a variety of great features, such as automatically fetching wallpapers from your favorite folders or online sources, applying filters to the displayed wallpapers, matching wallpapers with color and size, showing random wise quotes and a configurable digital clock on the desktop. You can set Variety to change wallpaper on start or every fixed time interval.


DesktopNova , change your desktop wallpapers automatically based on a list of image files you've added, or even better, based on a list of folders and subfolders containing your favorite images. With this application, you can set wallpapers to change upon each login session or at every fixed time interval to your liking.


Webilder , rotate your wallpapers automatically from your collection at a time interval you set, and download new photos from Flickr or Webshots to your collection using tags or image type. Settings are available for different desktop environments such as GNOME3, GNOME, KDE and Xfce.


Best Free Windows API for Linux

Wine allows for running Windows applications on Linux and other operating systems, but without a copy of Windows. It's still under active development and not every program works yet.


Please rate this article: 

Your rating: None
Average: 4.3 (357 votes)




"... Typesense is an open source, typo tolerant search engine that delivers fast and relevant results out-of-the-box...":
"... gogo is a great way to bookmark directories inside your shell. You don't have to remember long and complicated paths anymore ...":
"... Just 50 Word features a clean editor that prioritizes making your writing more efficient, as compared to fancy features like formatting etc.":
"... Portacle is a complete IDE for Common Lisp that you can take with you on a USB stick...":

"... FreeTube is an open source desktop YouTube player built with privacy in mind. Watch your favorite YouTube videos ad free as well as prevent Google from tracking what you watch ...":

"... VNote ... a note-taking application with Markdown, which knows programmers and Markdown better ...":

"... I developed an application to display and control Android devices connected on USB. It does not require any root access. It works on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS ...":

"... VisiFile is a program that automatically monitors changes in your PC documents and shows you a list of changes ...":

"... Monitor Your System With The Powerfull & Customizable Toll: I.AUC ...":


"... Gnulium is a Utility app that want to manage all users scripts in a new modern way ...":

"... Searching for a jukebox solution for your desktop, for your party or for gastronomy purposes? With powerful features - but as easy as it can be? Silverjuke is the solution...":

flameshot - powerful yet simple to use screenshot software:


PySDM is deprecated and has been for about six years now. It is no longer included in the distributions for Ubuntu or Linux Mint, and has been known to cause problems if used with modern drive types.

AriOS is a later similar product, but is still no longer maintained and of doubtful utility.

movie-monad - a desktop video player built with Haskell that uses GStreamer and GTK+:
tplot - easy to use plotting tool for the terminal:

Manitou-Mail is an open source database-driven Mail User-Agent:

"... qtpad ... modern and highly customizable sticky note application ...":
Tried the script but it had an error. @Panzer, does it work for you?

Hi there, I am the developper of qtPad. Please report any error on github! If it is really a bug I will fix it, else I will help you to find the problem. Thanks!

Thanks willbelr for your kind response. I've now reported the error to GitHub.
"... Aura is a package manager for Arch Linux. It's main purpose is as an "AUR helper", in that it automates the process of installating packages from the Arch User Repositories. It is, however, capable of much more ...":

"... SelekTOR for Linux is an open source Java based GUI frontend for Tor running in client mode, it acts as a Tor launcher and exit node chooser for browsers that support system proxying using PAC files ...":

"... Hiawatha is an open source webserver with a focus on security ...":

"... Spack - a flexible package manager that supports multiple versions, configurations, platforms, and compilers ...":

"... Synonymful - improve your vocabulary and communicate like a pro ...":

"... exa is a modern replacement for ls. It uses colours for information by default, helping you distinguish between many types of files, such as whether you are the owner, or in the owning group. It also has extra features not present in the original ls, such as viewing the Git status for a directory, or recursing into directories with a tree view ...":
"... Duc is a collection of tools for inspecting and visualizing disk usage ...":

"... The xi editor project is an attempt to build a high quality text editor, using modern software engineering techniques ...":

themer takes a set of colors and generates text editor themes, terminal themes, and desktop/device wallpapers:
"... Laverna is a JavaScript note taking application with Markdown editor and encryption support. Consider it like open source alternative to Evernote ...": Oni - an IDE powered by Neovim: vnote - a Vim-inspired note-taking application, especially for Markdown: "... powerline-go - a beautiful and useful low-latency prompt for your shell, written in go ...": "... eul - fast native desktop client for all major messaging services ...":