Best Free Software for Linux

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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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"... Polo is a modern, light-weight file manager for Linux with support for multiple panes, tabs, archive browsing/creation/extraction, and much more ...":


"... Headset is a desktop app that turns YouTube into a world class music streaming service. Create collections, tune-in to a music subreddit or quickly play that song you’ve had stuck in your head all day ...":

"... ScreenStudio will let you record your desktop in a full HD video files. Overlay some text or even your webcam. It will also let you stream your desktop to services like UStream, Hitbox or ...":


"... HRCloud2 - a fully featured home-hosted cloud storage platform and personal assistant that converts files, OCR's images & documents, creates archives, scans for viruses, protects your server, keeps itself up-to-date, and runs your own appLauncher ...":

"... Hostsblock is a bash script designed to take advantage of /etc/hosts file to provide system-wide blocking of internet advertisements, malicious domains, trackers, and other undesirable content ...":
"... nnn is a fork of noice, a blazing-fast lightweight terminal file browser with easy keyboard shortcuts for navigation, opening files and running tasks ...":
μ music player: "... The f.lux indicator applet fluxgui is an indicator applet to control xflux, an application that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at nights and like sunlight during the day ...":
"... Magic Wormhole - get things from one computer to another, safely ...":
"... Latte-Dock - Latte is a dock based on plasma frameworks that provides an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and plasmoids ...":

"... Netdata ... unparalleled insights, in real-time, of everything happening on your Linux systems and applications, with stunning, interactive web dashboards and powerful performance and health alarms ...":

"... allows you to control your /etc/hosts easily. You can block ads, p-o-r-n, social networks with one command ...":

"... Use QMapShack to plan your next outdoor trip or to visualize and archive all the GPS recordings of your past exciting adventures ...":

"... Totemori is a free-to-play local-multiplayer brawler where you build towers while trying to topple everyone else's ...":
"... Freeter - the smartest way to work on your computer ...":

"... Fragments of Euclid is a game about exploring and solving puzzle in a mind-bending environment inspired by M.C. Escher. Enjoy the peaceful mood while trying to understand this strangely connected world ...":

"... VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts ...":

"... Ulauncher - Application launcher for Linux ...":

"... Birdie is a beautiful & fast Twitter client designed for elementary OS ...":
"... FreeRDP is a free implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), released under the Apache license. Enjoy the freedom of using your software wherever you want, the way you want it, in a world where interoperability can finally liberate your computing experience ...":
strongSwan - the OpenSource IPsec-based VPN Solution:
"... Babe is a tiny Qt music player to keep you favorite songs at hand ...":
ergonomica - a Bash alternative written in Python:
Whatever is a lightweight unofficial Evernote client for Linux desktop

"... Kawaii-Player is Audio/Video manager and mutlimedia player (based on mpv and mplayer), along with functionalities of portable media server. It can be simply used as normal mutimedia frontend for mpv/mplayer, or it can be turned into portable media server on the fly ...":

"... Linuxbrew is a fork of Homebrew, the Mac OS package manager, for Linux ...":

"... CouchPotato (CP) is an automatic NZB and torrent downloader ...":
Cerebro - another cross-platform extendable open-source launcher:
"... agedu - a Unix utility for tracking down wasted disk space ...": "... apt-fast is a little shellscript that increases the speed of apt-get by many times ...":
"...Portacle is a complete IDE for Common Lisp that you can take with you on a USB stick ...":

"... Zazu App - fully extensible and open source launcher for hackers, creators and dabblers ...":


SpaceVim - like spacemacs, but for vim: