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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 156 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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"... 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AriOS is a later similar product, but is still no longer maintained and of doubtful utility.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 ...":

Gnome Completion-Run Utility - a simple program which provides a "run program" window, featuring a bash-like TAB completion:

NetRunner browser:

"... Alkasir - a cross-platform, open-source and robust website censorship circumvention tool that also maps censorship patterns around the world. With its split-tunneling feature, Alkasir can optimize bandwidth consumption to provide better speed compared to many other circumvention tools ...":

broom - a disk cleaning utility for developers:
Sushi Browser - "... The Next Generation Multi-Panel Browser ...":

"... Bookworm - a simple, focused eBook reader ...":


The purpose of Fim is to manage a set of files and be able to see quickly the files you are working on and be sure that files are not tampered:

newspaper - read webpages in readability mode, inside your terminal:


Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication and publishing: