Freeware & open-source software that saved the Windows desktop

  • Google Chrome icon

    Google Chrome

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD iPad Website

    A free web browser developed by Google from the open source Small Chromium iconChromium project with a focus on speed and minimalism. Chrome offers fast start-up and web page loading, supports a minimalist user interface, automatically updates in the background, and offers syncing of browser bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and history between multiple computers by your Google account.

    Additionally, Chrome has Flash and PDF support built into the browser for better speed and security.

    Chrome Web Apps and Extensions are available on Small Chrome Web Store iconChrome Web Store .

    Available in more than 50 languages.


  • Mozilla Firefox icon

    Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Haiku Website

    Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite. Firefox is highly extensible, with thousands of third-party add-ons available.


  • VLC Media Player icon

    VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Apple TV Kindle Fire Haiku Xbox Website

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.


    Simple, fast and powerful media player.
    Plays everything: Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.

    Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed:
    MPEG-2, DivX, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3...


  • 7-Zip icon


    Free Windows Linux BSD Website

    The main features of 7-Zip

    High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression
    Supported formats:
    Packing / unpacking: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM
    For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
    Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
    Self-extracting capability for 7z format
    Integration with Windows Shell
    Powerful File Manager
    Powerful command line version
    Plugin for FAR Manager
    Localizations for 87 languages

    7-Zip works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.


  • Notepad++ icon


    Free Windows Website

    Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.

    Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.


  • FileZilla icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD Website

    FileZilla is a powerful FTP-client. It has been designed for ease of use and with support for as many features as possible, while still being fast and reliable. The program offers support for firewalls and proxy connections as well as SSL and Kerberos GSS security.


  • foobar2000 icon


    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows Phone Website

    foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform.

    Main features

    Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.
    Gapless playback.
    Easily customizable user interface layout.
    Advanced tagging capabilities.
    Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.
    Full ReplayGain support.
    Customizable keyboard shortcuts.
    Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.


  • Paint.NET icon


    Free Windows Windows S Website

    Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.


  • WinSCP icon


    Free Windows Wine Website

    WinSCP is a popular free SFTP and FTP client for Windows. Moreover, WinSCP is a powerful multi-functional tool that will improve your productivity.

    WinSCP can copy files between a local and remote computer using multiple protocols: FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP or WebDAV. On the one hand, WinSCP offers an easy to use graphical user interface; you can choose between Windows Explorer look and tabbed twin-panel interface like Norton commander. On the other hand, advanced users can automate WinSCP functionality using .NET assembly or simple batch file scripting.

    You will use WinSCP for all common operations with files. You can start editing a file directly from WinSCP, either using WinSCP internal text editor or using integration with your favorite external text editor. WinSCP operations are not limited to individual files; WinSCP offers several ways to synchronize your remote and local directories.

    After connecting to a site you can choose to store site information for repeated access, WinSCP can even share site settings with another popular open source tool PuTTY. WinSCP integrates also with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH.

    Admins love WinSCP support for portable operation using a configuration file instead of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media.

    A comprehensive WinSCP documentation is freely accessible at . This site hosts also a very active user forum for support and feature requests.

    WinSCP is available in English and many other languages.

    WinSCP is an open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.


  • Deluge icon


    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD libtorrent ... Python Website

    Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux, Unix and Windows. It is written in python, uses libtorrent (rasterbar) at its core and GTK for the main user interface along with web and console interfaces for advanced client/server facility.

    Deluge features a rich plugin collection; in fact, most of Deluge's functionality is available in the form of plugins.

    Deluge was created with the intention of being lightweight and unobtrusive. It is our belief that downloading shouldn't be the primary task on your computer and therefore shouldn't monopolize system resources.

    Deluge will work just fine across many desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE, XFCE and others.


  • Sumatra PDF icon

    Sumatra PDF

    Free Windows Website

    What is Sumatra PDF?

    Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF/DjVu/EPUB/XPS/CHM/CBR/CBZ/MOBI viewer for Windows.
    Why another PDF reader?

    Sumatra has a minimalistic design. Simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of features.

    Its small and starts up very fast.

    Its designed for portable use: its just one file with no external dependencies so you can easily run it from external USB drive.


  • IrfanView icon


    Free Personal Windows Website

    Fast and compact image viewer/converter trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Many supported file formats and features. Features included: multi-language support, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, alignment (rotation) of single pdf pages around a small corner (e.g., 2 °), scanning to pdf-Files, OCR_KADMOS plugin, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects, ICC support, EXE/SCR creating, many hotkeys, command line options and plugins.


  • ShareX icon


    Free Windows Chrome Firefox Website

    ShareX is a free and open source program that lets you capture or record any area of your screen and share it with a single press of a key. It also allows uploading images, text or other types of files to over 80 supported destinations you can choose from.

    ShareX supports many ways to capture or record your screen. The main capture methods are:

    • Fullscreen
    • Active window
    • Active monitor
    • Window menu
    • Monitor menu
    • Region
    • Region (Light)
    • Region (Transparent)
    • Last region
    • Custom region
    • Screen recording
    • Screen recording (GIF)
    • Scrolling capture
    • Webpage capture
    • Text capture (OCR)
    • Auto capture

    There are many configurable screen capture settings such as showing the cursor, transparent window capture, delayed capture, multiple region selection with different shapes, etc.

    After the capture the following automated tasks can be executed:

    • Show quick task menu
    • Show "After capture" window
    • Add image effects / watermark
    • Annotate image
    • Copy image to clipboard
    • Print image
    • Save image to file
    • Save image to file as...
    • Save thumbnail image to file
    • Perform actions
    • Copy file to clipboard
    • Copy file path to clipboard
    • Show file in explorer
    • Recognize text (OCR)
    • Show "Before upload" window
    • Upload image to host
    • Delete file locally

    ShareX allows you to upload any type of files with these methods:

    • Upload file
    • Upload folder
    • Upload from clipboard
    • Upload from URL
    • Drag and drop upload
    • Upload from Windows shell context menu
    • Upload from Windows send to menu
    • Watch folder

    After the upload, any of the following automated tasks can be executed:

    • Show "After upload" window
    • Shorten URL
    • Share URL
    • Copy URL to clipboard
    • Open URL
    • Show QR code window

    ShareX also comes with a few simple productivity tools:

    • Color picker
    • Screen color picker
    • Annotate image
    • Image effects
    • Hash check
    • DNS changer
    • QR code
    • Ruler
    • Directory indexer
    • Image combiner
    • Video thumbnailer
    • FTP client
    • Tweet message
    • Monitor test


  • WinMerge icon


    Free Windows Website

    WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle. 32 languages. With the xdocdiff-Plugin you even can compare Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and some more files.

    After dead of original project it was taken over by several forks,
    including Small WinMerge 2011 iconWinMerge 2011 and Small WinMerge JP iconWinMerge JP.


    Visual differencing and merging of text files.
    Flexible editor with syntax highlighting, line numbers and word-wrap.
    Handles DOS, Unix and Mac text file formats.
    Unicode support (as of version 2.8.0, UTF-8 files are correctly read without a BOM).
    Difference pane shows current difference in two vertical panes.
    Location pane shows map of files compared.
    Highlights differences inside lines in file compare.
    Can also generate HTML report with differences highlighted.
    Regular expression based file filters in directory compare allow excluding and including items.
    Moved lines detection in file compare.
    Ability to ignore whitespace and letter case changes.
    Creates patch files.
    Shell integration (supports 64-bit Windows versions).
    Rudimentary Visual SourceSafe and Rational ClearCase integration.
    Archive file support using Small 7-Zip icon7-Zip .
    Language localization via plain-text PO files.
    Online manual
    and installed HTML help manual.
    Generates normal, context, and unified patches.


  • Everything icon


    Free Windows Website

    "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on local or removable NTFS volumes on your computer (hence the name "Everything"), and on mapped network drives with ETP server and an everything installation too. You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. 19 languages supported.

    How can "Everything" index a mapped network drive?
    To search a networked computer you will need to run Everything on both computers.
    One computer will need to Start an ETP server.
    The other computer will need to connect to that ETP server.

    To start an ETP server:

    1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Start ETP server.

    To connect to an ETP server:

    1. In Everything, On the Tools menu, click Connect to ETP Server....
    2. Type in the ETP server name.
    3. Type in the ETP server port.
    4. Type in the ETP server user.
    5. Type in the ETP server password.
    6. Click OK.


  • HexChat icon


    Free Windows Linux BSD Xfce ... MacPorts XQuartz Website

    HexChat is an IRC client based on Small XChat for Linux iconXChat for Linux , but unlike XChat it’s completely free for both Windows and Unix-like systems.
    HexChat was originally called XChat-WDK which in turn was a successor of freakschat.


    Easy to use and customizable interface
    Cross-platform on Windows, OS X, and Unix-like OSes
    Highly scriptable with Python and Perl
    Translated in multiple languages
    Fully open source and actively developed
    Multi-network with auto-connect, join, and identify
    Spellcheck, Proxies, SASL, DCC support and more


  • KiTTY icon


    Free Windows Website

    KiTTY is a fork of PuTTY that adds extra features. KiTTY is only designed for the Microsoft Windows platform. For more information about the original software, or pre-compiled binaries on other systems, you can go to the Simon Tatham PuTTY page.

    KiTTY has all the features from the original software, and adds many others as described below:

    The very first requested features:

    Sessions filter
    Shortcuts for pre-defined command
    The session launcher
    Automatic logon script
    Automatic logon script with the RuTTY patch
    URL hyperlinks

    Technical features:

    Automatic password
    Automatic command
    Running a locally saved script on a remote session
    ZModem integration

    Graphical features:

    An icon for each session
    Send to tray
    Protection against unfortunate keyboard input
    Always visible
    Quick start of a duplicate session
    Config Box

    Other features:

    Automatic saving
    SSH Handler: Internet Explorer integration
    pscp.exe and WinSCP integration
    Binary compression
    Clipboard printing
    The PuTTYCyg patch
    Background image
    File association
    Other settings
    New command-line options


    A light chat server is hidden in KiTTY
    A hidden text editor is integrated into KiTTY


  • Cygwin icon


    Free Windows Website

    Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment.


  • Sysinternals Suite icon

    Sysinternals Suite

    Free Windows Website

    The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. It does not contain non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault.

    The Suite is a bundling of the following selected Sysinternals Utilities:

    Disk Usage (DU)
    Process Explorer
    Process Monitor


  • NirLauncher icon


    Free Windows Website

    * NirLauncher can be used from USB flash drive without need of any installation.
    * NirLauncher and all the utilities in the package are completely freeware, without any Spyware/Adware/Malware.
    * NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more...
    * For every utility in the package, you can easily run it, view the help file, or jump to the Web page of the utility.
    * When using it from USB flash drive, the configuration of every utility is saved into .cfg file on the flash drive.
    * On x64 systems, NirLauncher automatically run the x64 version of the utility, when there is a separated x64 version.
    * NirLauncher also allows to add more software packages in additional to the main NirSoft package.

    WARNING. Some tools in this package might pose a security risk if used without the consents of the PC owner. They can be used to read system passwords (e.g. dialup password) that are usually not easily accessible and hidden from the user. Many Anti-Virus vendors classify them as Riskware (see ) or 'HackTools'.
    And while downloading and running these tools does NOT cause any harm to your PC, the tools might be used for malicious activity by other users of the PC or during remote attacks to your PC. If you are unsure, we recommend to delete the tools listed in the section 'Password Recovery Utilities' from your file system - if you are using an Anti-Virus program with On-Access scanner it will most likely report and quarantine those tools upon installation anyway.


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