The Best Linux Software

On this page, you will find the best Linux applications that have been carefully tested and selected for all your needs. We've taken the effort to categorize these Linux applications and picked only those we believe to be the best, and which will most likely be useful to you. Of course, since we're talking Linux - these are also all free. This page updates frequently, so check back often!

Antivirus

Clam AntiVirus

The original open source virus scanner.

AVG

A version of AVG's Virus Scanner for Linux.

BitDefender

Powerful virus protection with a free license for personal use.

Firewall

GUFW

A graphical interface for the UFW firewall.

Shorewall

Linux software to make managing iptables easier.

Firestarter

A good quality firewall with graphical interface.

Recovery

Mondo Rescue

A capable disk recovery toolkit.

TestDisk

A utility to recover lost partitions.

safecopy

A Linux software utility that extracts data from damaged areas and replaces dd.

PhotoRec

A video, document, and archive recovery utility.

ddrescue

A simple data recovery utility.

Backup

CrashPlan

An excellent, sophisticated backup program.

BackupPC

An open source backup system with web interface.

Deja Dup

An extremely simple but effective backup program.

LuckyBackup

A simple backup program for quick and easy protection.

rsync

A configurable console-based synchronization program that is commonly used in backup situations.

fwbackups

A flexible backup program which can backup to another computer.

Maintenance

Ubuntu-Tweak

A great control panel to manage many features in Ubuntu.

System Monitor

Simple and interesting Linux software to view systems stats.

Browsers

Google Chrome/Chromium

A great browser from Google based on open source projects.

Firefox

The world's most popular open source web browser.

Midori

A lightweight webkit browser.

Opera

The 'fastest and most advanced browser available today.

Epiphany

A simple web browser that is commonly shipped with GNOME.

Links

Links is text WWW browser with tables and frames. It runs on Linux, Unix, OS/2 and Windows.

reKonq

A refreshed default KDE browser which sports an uncluttered interface.

Email

Thunderbird

Most popular cross-platform open source email client.

Claws Mail

A user-friendly, lightweight, and fast email client.

Evolution

A great email and calendar program for GNOME.

KMail

A full-featured email client specifically for KDE.

Geary

A lightweight but modern email client that values elegance and simplicity over maximum features.

Communication

Kopete

Great IM Linux software for KDE.

Pidgin

The most popular open source cross-platform IM program.

XChat

An easy to use IRC client.

Empathy

An IM client similar to Pidgin, for shipping with GNOME.

TeamSpeak 3

Great multi-platform voice chat program.

Gwibber

A straight-forward social messaging app.

Liferea

An easy-to-use and effective RSS feed reader.

Skype

The most popular VoIP desktop client.

Image

Inkscape

A great editor for SVG files.

Shotwell

A simple photo manager for GNOME.

F-Spot

A photo manager like Shotwell but with more features.

Cheese Photo Booth

Take pictures with many funky effects.

GIMP

The most popular open source image editor.

Scribus

A great desktop publishing program with many features.

digiKam

An advanced digital photo management application for Linux, Windows, and Mac-OSX.

Darktable

A sophisticated program to work with digital negatives and RAW images.

Audio

Banshee

A great iTunes-like music manager.

Rhythmbox

Similar to iTunes and doesn't depend on Mono.

MPlayer

A very capable media player.

OggConvert

Able to convert most media types into the open source OGG format.

Sound Juicer

Rips music off of your CDs into MP3s.

Amarok

A great music manager for the KDE desktop environment.

Audacious

A functional media player which uses little resources.

Tomahawk

Play music for many different offline and online sources.

Audacity

A powerful audio recorder and editor that is available on all major platforms.

Clementine

An easy to use music player which rivals Rhythmbox and Banshee.

Mixxx

Fantastic audio mixing Linux software that is ideal for DJ environments.

Video

VLC Media Player

A media player that can handle virtually everything.

Kdenlive

An elaborate non-linear video editor for KDE.

Openshot

An innovative video editor with 3D effects.

Pitivi

A simple and easy-to-use video editor for GNOME.

Totem

A simple media player for common formats.

Blender

Highly advanced 3D content creation software that has created numerous open source video games and movies.

Xvidcap

An efficient way of capturing your video into a video using console-based commands.

XBMC

A very advanced open source media center that is easily installable and extensible.

Files and Drives

GParted

The most popular partition editor for Linux.

Nautilus

Default file navigator for GNOME.

Dolphin

Default file navigator for KDE with social media features.

Thunar

A lightweight file navigator for XFCE.

Krusader

An advanced two-pane file navigator commonly used with KDE.

Baobab Disk Usage Analyzer

A graphical, menu-driven viewer that you can use to view and monitor your disk usage and folder structure.

GNU Midnight Commander File Manager

GNU Midnight Commander is a file manager for free operating systems.

muCommander

A highly powerful file manager with a dual-pane interface.

Documents

LibreOffice

An enhanced office suite based off of OpenOffice.

OpenOffice

The original open source office suite.

Abiword

A lightweight word processor, usually replaces full office suites.

Gnumeric

A great lightweight replacement for spreadsheet programs.

Xournal

Take notes or annotate with high detail.

PyRoom

Write anything without any distractions.

Kate

A functional text editor which is the default in KDE.

Calligra

An office suite optimized for the KDE desktop environment.

Productivity

Tomboy

A great note-taking Linux software application.

Gnote

Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++.

Hamster Time Tracker

Tracks the time you spend on projects.

Gnome-Do

A quick way to launching your applications.

Docky

One of the best docks around.

Avant Window Navigator

A good dock alternative to Docky.

Cairo

Another dock alternative to Docky and AWN.

Shutter

An amazingly advanced screenshot tool.

Dropbox

The top file synchronization tool, for Linux.

QuickSynergy

An easy way to share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers.

Gnome Tweak Tool

The easiest way to configure advanced settings while using Gnome Shell.

Zim

A wiki-note system for your desktop to stay organized.

Kupfer

A Gnome-Do lookalike that does not have any Gnome dependencies.

Wunderlist

A visually clean to-do list Linux software which syncs on their own servers.

Nitro Tasks

A simple to-do list application which can sync with Ubuntu One and Dropbox.

Ubuntu One

A specialized cloud-storage solution by Canoncial made especially for Ubuntu users with 5GB free.

Desktop Environments

GNOME

The most widely used GTK desktop environment.

KDE

A beautifully flashy desktop environment based on Qt.

LXDE

An extremely lightweight desktop environment to maximize performance.

Enlightenment

A desktop environment that is lightweight yet aesthetically good-looking.

Xmonad

A simple tiling window manager that allows great customization.

Openbox

A very bare-bone desktop environment that uses almost no resources on its own.

Xfce

A lightweight but highly capable GTK desktop environment that still makes use of panels by default.

Cinnamon

A replacement for Gnome Shell which mimics a more traditional desktop layout.

MATE

A continuation of the older Gnome 2 desktop. It was created after Gnome 3 was released.

Archive

File Roller

The default archive manager in GNOME.

Ark

A feature-rich archive manager for KDE.

Tar

Provides the ability to create tar archives, as well as various other kinds of manipulation.

CD and DVD Tools

Brasero

A utility to burn CDs.

Gmount ISO

A simple program to mount ISO files to folders.

K3b

The CD/DVD Kreator for Linux.

Download

Transmission

Linux software for downloading torrents.

Deluge

An awesome but unappreciated cross-platform BitTorrent client.

Miro

Download torrents and online videos.

Uget

Free, open source download manager.

Wget

Non-interactive commandline tool for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP, the most widely-used Internet protocols.

Others

LastPass

Cross-browser and cross-OS online password manager.

KeePassX

Open source password manager to stores passwords locally and encrypted.

TrueCrypt

An open source solution to great file encryption.

GnuCash

Manages your money in multiple accounts and currencies.

Redshift

Changes the color temperature of your screen to prevent tired eyes.

WINE

A compatibility layer for some Windows programs.

Compiz

The best desktop effects on Linux.

Eclipse

A full featured programming IDE.

Geany

A lightweight programming code editor.

KMyMoney

Another money management program with KDE integration.

Kwin

Great-looking desktop effects, commonly used on KDE desktops.

DraftSight

A 2D CAD editor, one of the few for Linux.

BleachBit

BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy.

GRAMPS

Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System. A genealogy application to keep track of family members and their history.

Editors

Emacs

An extremely customizable editor that does more than just plain text.

Vim

A more complex editor for the terminal with plenty of features.

Nano

A simple, uncomplicated editor for the terminal.

Gedit

A powerful editor out-of-the-box, and a favorite among many GNOME users.

Bluefish

Editor for programmers with focus on dynamic and interactive websites.

Leafpad

A simple GTK+ text editor that emphasizes simplicity.