Essential Installs

  • Mozilla Firefox

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

    Every computer needs a web browser, and Firefox is the best one around at the moment.


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  • 7-Zip

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... ReactOS Website

    Great tool for opening archive files from the internet, or compressing your own files to save space during backups. Much more space-efficient than Windows built-in zip tools.


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  • Notepad++

    Free Windows Website

    A much more robust notepad with a smidgen of syntax colouring if you do some casual coding or config editing.


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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 F-Droid Kindle Fire Haiku Website

    One of the best media players around, VLC strikes a great balance between having lots of features while remaining simple and intuitive.


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  • MPC-HC

    Free Windows Website

    Whlie not as user-friendly as VLC, sometimes you need something different. Whenever a file doesn't play nicely with VLC, I've found MPC-HC absolutely knocks it out of the park.


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  • MusicBee

    Free Personal Windows Website

    iTunes is bloated, other choices often have a 2006-looking UI or are just glorified file browsers, opening files from explorer is laughable... where does that leave you? MusicBee. I will admit MusicBee isn't perfect, but it's darn good.


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  • youtube-dl

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Python ... PC-BSD Website

    Download almost any video from almost every website you can think of (yes, even that one). I get so much use out of this it's unbelievable.


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  • ShareX

    Free Windows Chrome Steam Firefox Website

    Fully-featured screenshot tool, allows capture of your entire screen, a small region, GIF/video capture, all with quick editing and automatic upload. Extremely useful for quickly sharing ideas on messaging apps or forums.


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