Freeware & open-source software that saved the Windows desktop


  • Google Chrome

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet BSD iPad PortableApps.com 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.

     

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  • Mozilla Firefox

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Snapcraft PortableApps.com Haiku Fire TV Gecko Website

    Mozilla Firefox (known simply as 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.

    Firefox version 60+ (Quantum) is presently faster than Google Chrome and use less memory than Chrome. Compare to previous versions of Firefox, the Quantum version is twice as fast, promote parallelism, and has more intuitive user interface.

     

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  • VLC Media Player

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Windows S Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch Apple TV Kindle Fire Haiku Website

    VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework. Owned by the non-profit organization VideoLAN.

     

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  • 7-Zip

    Free Windows BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS Website

    7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

    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
    Unpacking only: AR, ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DMG, EXT, FAT, GPT, HFS, IHEX, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, QCOW2, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, UEFI, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM, XAR and Z.
    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.

     

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  • qBittorrent

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... Haiku Website

    The qBittorrent project aims to provide a Free Software alternative to Small µTorrent iconµTorrent. Additionally, qBittorrent runs and provides the same features on all major platforms (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD).

    qBittorrent is based on the Qt toolkit and libtorrent-rasterbar library.

    Features

    Polished µTorrent-like User Interface

    Well-integrated and extensible Search Engine
    Simultaneous search in most famous BitTorrent search sites
    Per-category-specific search requests (e.g. Books, Music, Movies)

    All Bittorrent extensions
    DHT, Peer Exchange, Full encryption, Magnet/BitComet URIs, ...

    Remote control through a Web user interface
    Nearly identical to the regular UI, all in Ajax

    Advanced control over trackers, peers and torrents
    Torrents queueing and prioritizing
    Torrent content selection and prioritizing

    Natively integrated: When Downloads Completes Options (no need for additional script or plug-in)
    Exit, Suspend, Hibernate, Shutdown

    UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding support

    Available in ~41 languages (Unicode support)

    Torrent creation tool

    Advanced RSS support with download filters (inc. regex)

    Bandwidth scheduler

    IP Filtering (eMule and PeerGuardian compatible)

    IPv6 compliant

    Sequential downloading (aka "Download in order")

    Available on most platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, OS/2, FreeBSD

     

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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

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

     

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  • FileZilla

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... ReactOS 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.

     

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  • foobar2000

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad 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.

     

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  • Paint.NET

    Free Personal Windows Windows S .NET Framework Website

    Paint.net is a free and very capable image editing software for Windows. Great alternative to Photoshop for people that do not need all the stuff PS offers.

     

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  • WinSCP

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Wine Website

    WinSCP, a popular free SFTP and FTP client for Windows, copies files between a local and remote computer. It supports also FTPS, SCP and WebDAV. It offers easy to use GUI for all common file operations and a powerfull automation with .NET assembly.

     

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  • SumatraPDF

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF/DjVu/EPUB/XPS/CHM/CBR/CBZ/MOBI/FB2 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.

     

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  • IrfanView

    Free Personal Windows PortableApps.com Website

    Fast, compact image viewer, editor, converter and organizer designed to be simple but powerful.

     

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  • ShareX

    Free Windows Chrome Steam 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.

     

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  • WinMerge

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Wine 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.

     

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  • Everything

    Free Windows Website

    File and folder lookup tool that searches across local, removable, and network mapped drives.

     

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  • HexChat

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ... 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.

    Features

    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

     

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  • KiTTY

    Free Windows Website

    KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from Small PuTTY iconPuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.

    The very first requested features:

    Sessions filter
    Portability
    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
    Transparency
    Protection against unfortunate keyboard input
    Roll-up
    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

    Bonus:

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

     

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  • AutoHotkey

    Free Windows Website

    AutoHotkey is a free, open-source scripting language for Windows that allows users to easily create small to complex scripts for all kinds of tasks such as: form fillers, auto-clicking, macros, etc.

     

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  • Cygwin

    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.

     

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  • 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:

    AccessChk
    AccessEnum
    AdExplorer
    AdRestore
    Autologon
    Autoruns
    BgInfo
    CacheSet
    ClockRes
    Contig
    Coreinfo
    Ctrl2Cap
    DebugView
    Desktops
    Disk2vhd
    DiskExt
    DiskMon
    DiskView
    Disk Usage (DU)
    EFSDump
    Handle
    Hex2dec
    Junction
    LDMDump
    ListDLLs
    LiveKd
    LoadOrder
    LogonSessions
    NTFSInfo
    PageDefrag
    PendMoves
    PipeList
    PortMon
    ProcDump
    Process Explorer
    Process Monitor
    ProcFeatures
    PsExec
    PsFile
    PsGetSid
    PsInfo
    PsKill
    PsList
    PsLoggedOn
    PsLogList
    PsPasswd
    PsService
    PsShutdown
    PsSuspend
    RegDelNull
    RegJump
    RootkitRevealer
    SDelete
    ShareEnum
    ShellRunas
    SigCheck
    Streams
    Strings
    Sync
    TCPView
    VMMap
    VolumeID
    WhoIs
    WinObj
    ZoomIt

     

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  • NirLauncher

    Free Windows Website

    NirLauncher is a package of more than 200 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.
    You can easily add SysInternals Suite into NirLauncher.

     

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