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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Statifier is a tool for creating portable, self-containing Linux executables:
Write your next Blockbuster with Scrite:
Typ is a simple typesetting application. Turn plain Markdown into a formatted PDF, ready for print:
Ballish - a pretty fast code search tool:
Who-Updates - Live Dashboard for Checking Stable Versions of Common Desktop Linux Software Across Snap, Flatpak, Apt:
Zeek - An Open Source Network Security Monitoring Tool: spicy-noise - identify and analyze WireGuard traffic at wire speed with Zeek:
Chatty is a chat software specifically made for Twitch, in the spirit of a classic IRC Client:
Shield is a single file bash script, and a folder of hardening scripts, made to be run to harden and secure your Debian or Debian based OS:
sift - a fast and powerful alternative to grep:
lunr - an anonymous, private, and secure meta search engine:
GreenTunnel is a free and open source anti-censorship tool that bypasses deep packet inspection (DPI) used by many Internet Service Providers to block certain websites:
Cadmus is a graphical application which allows you to remove background noise from audio in real-time in any communication app:
Rolling Rhino - Create Your Own Ubuntu Rolling Release:
Chob is an helper tool for searching application accross platforms (Flathub, Snapcraft and AppImage):
Nyrna - Suspend any game or application:
hikari - A Wayland Compositor:
ProcDump is a Linux reimagining of the classic ProcDump tool from the Sysinternals suite of tools for Windows. ProcDump provides a convenient way for Linux developers to create core dumps of their application based on performance triggers:
Diskonaut - terminal disk space navigator:
DomTerm is an terminal emulator based on web technologies:
WezTerm is a GPU-accelerated cross-platform terminal emulator and multiplexer:
Learn to code and lead your intrepid crew on a mission to save The Cloud in TwilioQuest, a PC role-playing game inspired by classics of the 16-bit era:
Utopia is your all-in-one kit for secure instant messaging, encrypted e-mail communication, anonymous payments and private web browsing:
Braver Browser - a non-profit community-maintained Brave browser without any adware or crypto tokens:
Juggernaut - end-to-end encrypted, onion routed, censorship-resistant, peer-to-peer messaging and payments:
"... LARBS is an efficient shell script that will install a fully-featured tiling window manager-based system on any Arch Linux-based system, without any of the routine of manual post-install processes and configuration ...":
Dappy - ultra secure decentralized web browser: