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

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The original open source virus scanner.

AVG

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A version of AVG's Virus Scanner for Linux.

BitDefender

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Powerful virus protection with a free license for personal use.

Firewall


GUFW

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A graphical interface for the UFW firewall.

Shorewall

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Linux software to make managing iptables easier.

Firestarter

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A good quality firewall with graphical interface.

Recovery


Mondo Rescue

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A capable disk recovery toolkit.

TestDisk

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A utility to recover lost partitions.

safecopy

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

PhotoRec

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A video, document, and archive recovery utility.

ddrescue

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A simple data recovery utility.

Backup


CrashPlan

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An excellent, sophisticated backup program.

BackupPC

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An open source backup system with web interface.

Deja Dup

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An extremely simple but effective backup program.

LuckyBackup

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A simple backup program for quick and easy protection.

rsync

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

fwbackups

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A flexible backup program which can backup to another computer.

Maintenance


Ubuntu-Tweak

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A great control panel to manage many features in Ubuntu.

System Monitor

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Simple and interesting Linux software to view systems stats.

Browsers


Google Chrome/Chromium

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A great browser from Google based on open source projects.

Firefox

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The world's most popular open source web browser.

Midori

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A lightweight webkit browser.

Opera

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The 'fastest and most advanced browser available today.

Epiphany

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A simple web browser that is commonly shipped with GNOME.

Links

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

reKonq

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A refreshed default KDE browser which sports an uncluttered interface.

Email


Thunderbird

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Most popular cross-platform open source email client.

Claws Mail

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

Evolution

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A great email and calendar program for GNOME.

KMail

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A full-featured email client specifically for KDE.

Geary

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

Communication


Kopete

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Great IM Linux software for KDE.

Pidgin

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The most popular open source cross-platform IM program.

XChat

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An easy to use IRC client.

Empathy

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

TeamSpeak 3

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Great multi-platform voice chat program.

Gwibber

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A straight-forward social messaging app.

Liferea

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

Skype

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The most popular VoIP desktop client.

Image


Inkscape

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A great editor for SVG files.

Shotwell

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A simple photo manager for GNOME.

F-Spot

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A photo manager like Shotwell but with more features.

Cheese Photo Booth

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Take pictures with many funky effects.

GIMP

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The most popular open source image editor.

Scribus

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A great desktop publishing program with many features.

digiKam

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

Darktable

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

Audio


Banshee

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A great iTunes-like music manager.

Rhythmbox

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Similar to iTunes and doesn't depend on Mono.

MPlayer

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A very capable media player.

OggConvert

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

Sound Juicer

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Rips music off of your CDs into MP3s.

Amarok

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A great music manager for the KDE desktop environment.

Audacious

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A functional media player which uses little resources.

Tomahawk

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Play music for many different offline and online sources.

Audacity

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

Clementine

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

Mixxx

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

Video


VLC Media Player

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A media player that can handle virtually everything.

Kdenlive

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An elaborate non-linear video editor for KDE.

Openshot

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An innovative video editor with 3D effects.

Pitivi

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

Totem

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A simple media player for common formats.

Blender

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

Xvidcap

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

XBMC

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

Files and Drives


GParted

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The most popular partition editor for Linux.

Nautilus

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Default file navigator for GNOME.

Dolphin

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Default file navigator for KDE with social media features.

Thunar

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A lightweight file navigator for XFCE.

Krusader

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

Baobab Disk Usage Analyzer

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

GNU Midnight Commander File Manager

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

muCommander

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

Documents


LibreOffice

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An enhanced office suite based off of OpenOffice.

OpenOffice

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The original open source office suite.

Abiword

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A lightweight word processor, usually replaces full office suites.

Gnumeric

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A great lightweight replacement for spreadsheet programs.

Xournal

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Take notes or annotate with high detail.

PyRoom

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Write anything without any distractions.

Kate

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A functional text editor which is the default in KDE.

Calligra

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An office suite optimized for the KDE desktop environment.

Productivity


Tomboy

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A great note-taking Linux software application.

Gnote

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Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++.

Hamster Time Tracker

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Tracks the time you spend on projects.

Gnome-Do

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A quick way to launching your applications.

Docky

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One of the best docks around.

Avant Window Navigator

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A good dock alternative to Docky.

Cairo

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Another dock alternative to Docky and AWN.

Shutter

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An amazingly advanced screenshot tool.

Dropbox

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The top file synchronization tool, for Linux.

QuickSynergy

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

Gnome Tweak Tool

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

Zim

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

Kupfer

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

Wunderlist

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

Nitro Tasks

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

Ubuntu One

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

Desktop Environments


GNOME

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The most widely used GTK desktop environment.

KDE

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A beautifully flashy desktop environment based on Qt.

LXDE

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An extremely lightweight desktop environment to maximize performance.

Enlightenment

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

Xmonad

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A simple tiling window manager that allows great customization.

Openbox

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

Xfce

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

Cinnamon

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

MATE

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

Archive


File Roller

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The default archive manager in GNOME.

Ark

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A feature-rich archive manager for KDE.

Tar

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

CD and DVD Tools


Brasero

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A utility to burn CDs.

Gmount ISO

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A simple program to mount ISO files to folders.

K3b

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The CD/DVD Kreator for Linux.

Download


Transmission

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Linux software for downloading torrents.

Deluge

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An awesome but unappreciated cross-platform BitTorrent client.

Miro

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Download torrents and online videos.

Uget

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Free, open source download manager.

Wget

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

Others


LastPass

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Cross-browser and cross-OS online password manager.

KeePassX

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Open source password manager to stores passwords locally and encrypted.

TrueCrypt

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An open source solution to great file encryption.

GnuCash

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Manages your money in multiple accounts and currencies.

Redshift

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

WINE

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A compatibility layer for some Windows programs.

Compiz

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The best desktop effects on Linux.

Eclipse

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A full featured programming IDE.

Geany

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A lightweight programming code editor.

KMyMoney

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Another money management program with KDE integration.

Kwin

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

DraftSight

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

BleachBit

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BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy.

GRAMPS

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

Editors


Emacs

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

Vim

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

Nano

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A simple, uncomplicated editor for the terminal.

Gedit

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

Bluefish

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Editor for programmers with focus on dynamic and interactive websites.

Leafpad

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A simple GTK+ text editor that emphasizes simplicity.