Linux Apps

Useful apps for GNU/Linux systems

Additional resources: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/List_of_applications

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tbdschList by tbdsch, last updated 2022-10-09
  1. Ubuntu icon

    Ubuntu is an open source software operating system that runs from the desktop, to the cloud, to all your internet connected things.

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    Ubuntu screenshot 1
  2. LUKS icon

    LUKS is the standard for Linux hard disk encryption. By providing a standard on-disk-format, it does not only facilitate compatibility among distributions, but also provides secure management of multiple user passwords. LUKS stores all necessary setup information in the partition header, enabling to transport or migrate data seamlessly.

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    LUKS screenshot 1
  3. systemd icon

    systemd is a suite of basic building blocks for a Linux system. It provides a system and service manager that runs as PID 1 and starts the rest of the system. ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/systemd

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
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    systemd screenshot 1
  4. X11 icon

    The X Window System (X11, or simply X) is a windowing system for bitmap displays, common on Unix-like operating systems. X provides the basic framework for a GUI environment: drawing and moving windows on the display device and interacting with a mouse and keyboard. The X.Org project provides an open source implementation of the X Window System. ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Xorg libinput: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/libinput

    Alternatives: Wayland Wayland ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Wayland

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    X11 screenshot 1
  5. PulseAudio icon

    PulseAudio is a sound system for POSIX OSes, meaning that it is a proxy for your sound applications. It allows you to do advanced operations on your sound data as it passes between your application and your hardware. Things like transferring the audio to a different machine, changing the sample format or channel count and mixing several sounds into one are easily achieved using a sound server. ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/PulseAudio Troubleshooting: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/PulseAudio/Troubleshooting

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    PulseAudio screenshot 1
  6. GNOME icon

    GNOME is a free and open-source desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems. GNOME is part of the GNU Project and developed by The GNOME Project which is composed of both volunteers and paid contributors, the largest corporate contributor being Red Hat. Help: https://help.gnome.org/users/index.html.en ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/GNOME GNOME Shell Extensions: https://extensions.gnome.org/ Extension Manager: https://github.com/mjakeman/extension-manager

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    GNOME screenshot 1
  7. Déjà Dup icon

    Déjà Dup is a simple backup tool for GNOME. It hides the complexity of backing up the Right Way (encrypted, off-site, and regular) and uses Duplicity as the backend. https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Synchronization_and_backup_programs

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    Déjà Dup screenshot 1
  8. GNOME Software icon

    GNOME Software lets you install and update applications and system extensions. fwupd: https://fwupd.org/lvfs/docs/users

    • Package Manager
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile
    • GNOME
    • Advanced Package Tool
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    Overview Page
  9. Snapcraft icon

    Snaps are app packages for desktop, cloud and IoT that update automatically, are easy to install, secure, cross-platform and dependency-free. They're being used on millions of Linux systems every day. Documentation: https://snapcraft.io/docs

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    Super Tux Cart
  10. Snap Store  icon

    Search thousands of snaps used by millions of people across 41 Linux distributions. Requires Snapcraft.

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    Snap Store  screenshot 1
  11. Flatpak icon

    Flatpak is a next-generation technology for building and distributing desktop applications on Linux. Documentation: https://docs.flatpak.org/

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    Flatpak screenshot 1
  12. Flathub icon

    Flathub is the home of hundreds of apps which can be easily installed on any Linux distribution. Browse the apps online, from your app center or the command line. Requires Flatpak.

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    Flathub screenshot 1
  13. Flatseal icon

    Flatseal is a graphical utility to review and modify permissions from your Flatpak applications.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Flathub
    • Flatpak
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    Dark theme. And allow access to "Other files" or folders.
  14. Wine icon

    Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop. Wine User's Guide: https://wiki.winehq.org/Wine_User%27s_Guide Wine FAQ: https://wiki.winehq.org/FAQ ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Wine

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    Wine screenshot 1
  15. GNOME Terminal icon

    A terminal emulator for GNOME.

    Alternatives: Terminator, Tilix

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    GNOME Terminal screenshot 1
  16. GNOME System Monitor icon

    System Monitor is a tool to manage running processes and monitor system resources.

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    GNOME System Monitor screenshot 1
  17. Tweaks icon

    Tweaks allows the adjustment of several advanced GNOME options that can't be configured in GNOME Settings.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GNOME
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    Tweaks screenshot 1
  18. dconf Editor icon

    Dconf Editor is a viewer and editor of applications internal settings. It allows editing options not exposed in some applications interface. It’s a powerful tool, that could break some applications if misused, and you should only use it understanding that.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Flathub
    • GNOME
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    dconf Editor screenshot 1
  19. GNOME Files icon

    Simple file manager for GNOME. Also known as Nautilus. Provides the user with a simple way to navigate and manage files. Nautilus Wipe: https://wipetools.tuxfamily.org/nautilus-wipe.html

    • File Manager
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • MacPorts
    • XQuartz
    • GNOME
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    GNOME Files screenshot 1
  20. File Roller icon

    File Roller is an archive manager for the GNOME environment. This means that you can create and modify archives; view the content of an archive; view and modify a file contained in the archive; extract files from the archive.

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    File Roller screenshot 1
  21. Albert icon

    Access everything with virtually zero effort. Run applications, open files or their paths, open bookmarks in your browser, search the web, calculate things and a lot more. Albert is a desktop agnostic launcher. Its goals are usability and beauty, performance and extensibility. It is written in C++ and based on the Qt framework.

    Alternatives: Ulauncher, kupfer

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    Apps
  22. KeePassXC icon

    KeePassXC can store your passwords safely and auto-type them into your everyday websites and applications. KeePassXC is a community fork of KeePassX, the cross-platform port of KeePass for Windows. Every feature works cross-platform and was thoroughly tested on multiple systems to provide users with the same look and feel on every supported operating system. This includes the beloved Auto-Type feature.

    Alternatives: KeePass, Bitwarden, 1Password

    • Password Manager
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Firefox
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    Welcome Screen
  23. PWGen (Password Generator) icon

    PWGen is a professional password generator capable of generating large amounts of cryptographically-secure passwords—“classical” passwords, pronounceable passwords, pattern-based passwords, and passphrases consisting of words from word lists.

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
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    PWGen GUI
    PWGen (Password Generator) screenshot 2
  24. Mozilla Firefox icon

    Seriously private browsing. Firefox shows you how many data-collecting trackers are blocked with Enhanced Tracking Protection. Firefox Lockwise makes the passwords you save in Firefox secure and available on all your devices. Mozilla Monitor alerts you if we know your information is a part of another company’s data breach. Add-ons: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/ ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Firefox

    Alternatives: Vivaldi, Brave

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Gecko
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    Landing page
  25. uBlock Origin icon

    An efficient blocker add-on for various browsers. Fast, potent, and lean.

    Alternatives: Adblock Plus, AdGuard

    • Ad Blocker
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Google Chrome
    • Pale Moon
    • Thunderbird
    • Opera
    • Node.JS
    • Chromium
    • Firefox
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    uBlock Origin screenshot 1
  26. Tor Browser icon

    The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked. The Tor Browser lets you use Tor on Windows, macOS, or Linux. It can run off a USB flash drive, comes with a pre-configured web browser to protect your anonymity, and is self-contained.

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • OpenBSD
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    Tor Browser screenshot 1
  27. Thunderbird icon

    Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize - and it’s loaded with great features! Thunderbird Snap: https://snapcraft.io/thunderbird Add-ons: https://addons.thunderbird.net/thunderbird/ ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Thunderbird New Mail Indicator: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1505/ How to start Thunderbird minimized: https://askubuntu.com/a/1054822/440005

    Alternatives: Evolution, Geary, Claws Mail, Mailnag Geary Flatpak: https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.gnome.Geary

    • Email Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
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    Thunderbird screenshot 1
  28. Lightning Calendar icon

    Organize your schedule and life’s important events in a calendar that’s fully integrated with your Thunderbird or SeaMonkey email client. Manage multiple calendars, create your daily to do list, invite friends to events, and subscribe to public calendars. From Thunderbird 74 onwards Lightning does not exist as a separate add-on but is integrated into Thunderbird.

    Alternatives: Evolution, GNOME Calendar Evolution ArchWiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/GNOME/Evolution

    • Calendar App
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Thunderbird
    • SeaMonkey
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    Lightning Calendar screenshot 1
  29. Planner icon

    Task manager with Todoist support.

    Alternatives: Lightning Calendar, Evolution

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    Planner screenshot 1
  30. Date Reminder icon

    Date Reminder reminds you of recurring or nonrecurring events, like birthdays, bills to pay, appointments etc... Requires Wine to run.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Wine
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    Date Reminder on Windows
  31. Gnome Clocks icon

    A simple clock application for GNOME. It includes world clocks, alarms, a stopwatch and a timer.

    • Alarm Clock
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile
    • Flathub
    • GNOME
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    Gnome Clocks screenshot 1
  32. GNOME Calculator icon

    Calculator is an application that solves mathematical equations and is suitable as a default application in a GNOME Desktop environment.

    Alternatives: SpeedCrunch, Qalculate!, NaSC

    • Calculator
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile
    • Flathub
    • GNOME
    • Flatpak
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    Basic Mode
  33. Skype icon

    Skype makes it easy to stay in touch. Talk. Chat. Collaborate.

    Alternatives: Zoom, Whereby, Jitsi Meet

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com
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    Skype screenshot 1
  34. gedit icon

    gedit is the GNOME text editor. While aiming at simplicity and ease of use, gedit is a powerful general purpose text editor.

    Alternatives: Sublime Text Sublime Text package manager: https://packagecontrol.io/

    • Text Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • BSD
    • GNOME
    • OpenSolaris
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    The Default look under GNOME with Adwaita
  35. Meld icon

    Meld is a visual diff and merge tool targeted at developers. Meld helps you compare files, directories, and version controlled projects. It provides two- and three-way comparison of both files and directories, and has support for many popular version control systems.

    Alternatives: Beyond Compare, SmartSynchronize

    • Diff Tool
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Python
    • GTK+
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    File comparison
  36. regexxer icon

    regexxer is a nifty GUI search/replace tool featuring Perl-style regular expressions. If you need project-wide substitution and you’re tired of hacking sed command lines together, then you should definitely give it a try.

    Alternatives: FAR - Find And Replace, Rummage, Search Monkey, grep

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
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    regexxer screenshot 1
  37. Evince icon

    A document viewer for the GNOME desktop. You can view, search or annotate documents in many different formats. Evince supports documents in: PDF, PS, EPS, XPS, DjVu, TIFF, DVI (with SyncTeX), and Comic Books archives (CBR, CBT, CBZ, CB7).

    Alternatives: Okular Okular Snap: https://snapcraft.io/okular

    • PDF Reader
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • Flathub
    • GNOME
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    Evince screenshot 1
  38. Foliate icon

    A simple and modern eBook viewer for Linux desktops. Supports EPUB, Mobipocket, Kindle, FictionBook, and comic book archive formats.

    Alternatives: Bookworm Bookworm Flatpak: https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.github.babluboy.bookworm

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    Foliate screenshot 1
  39. LibreOffice icon

    LibreOffice is a free and powerful office suite, and a successor to Apache OpenOffice.

    Alternatives: ONLYOFFICE

    • Office Suite
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Android
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    LibreOffice Writer on Linux
  40. LanguageTool icon

    LanguageTool offers spell and grammar checking. https://dev.languagetool.org/http-server

    • Grammar Checker
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Office Outlook
    • Safari
    • Visual Studio Code
    • Microsoft Word
    • Eclipse
    • TinyMCE
    • TeXstudio
    • Google Docs
    • Thunderbird
    • Vim
    • OmegaT
    • Sublime Text
    • GNU Emacs
    • Opera
    • Gmail
    • Fidus Writer
    • LyX
    • LibreOffice
    • Apache OpenOffice
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • LibreOffice - Writer
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    LanguageTool screenshot 1
  41. DocFetcher icon

    DocFetcher is an Open Source desktop search application: It allows you to search the contents of files on your computer. DocFetcher requires that you create so-called indexes for the folders you want to search in. The application runs on Windows, Linux and macOS, and is made available under the Eclipse Public License.

    Alternatives: Recoll

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    Filter panel and preview panel enabled
  42. FSearch icon

    FSearch is a fast file search utility, inspired by Everything Search Engine. It's written in C and based on GTK+3.

    Alternatives: ANGRYsearch, DawnlightSearch

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    FSearch screenshot 1
  43. FreeFileSync icon

    FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files. Instead of copying every file every time, FreeFileSync determines the differences between a source and a target folder and transfers only the minimum amount of data needed. FreeFileSync is Open Source software, available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

    Alternatives: DirSync Pro

    • File Sync Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Chocolatey
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    Windows
  44. Crow Translate icon

    A simple and lightweight translator that allows to translate and speak text using Google, Yandex and Bing.

    Alternative: Translate Shell + xsel + Yad

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    Crow Translate screenshot 1
  45. GoldenDict icon

    GoldenDict is a feature-rich dictionary lookup program. Lingvo dictionaries decompiler: https://github.com/nongeneric/lsd2dsl

    • Dictionary
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
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    A feathery thing
  46. Klavaro icon

    Klavaro is a simple tutor to teach correct typing, almost independently of language and very flexible regarding to new or unknown keyboard layouts.

    Alternatives: KTouch, TIPP10

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    Basic course
  47. Eye of GNOME icon

    Eye of GNOME is the GNOME image viewer. Supported formats: https://help.gnome.org/users/eog/stable/formats-view.html.en

    Alternatives: gThumb

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    Eye of GNOME screenshot 1
  48. XnView MP icon

    XnView MP is a versatile and powerful photo viewer, image management, image resizer. XnView is one of the most stable, easy-to-use, and comprehensive photo editors. All common picture and graphics formats are supported (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, WEBP, GIF, APNG, PSD, JPEG2000, OpenEXR, HEIC, camera RAW).

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    XnView MP screenshot 1
  49. XnConvert icon

    XnConvert is a fast, powerful and free cross-platform batch image converter, It allows to automate editing for your massive photo collections, you can rotate, convert and compress your different images, photos and pictures easily, and apply over 80 actions (like resize, crop, color adjustements, filter, ...). All common picture and graphics formats are supported. You can save and re-use your presets for another batch image convert.

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    XnConvert screenshot 1
  50. Pinta icon

    Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide users with a simple yet powerful way to draw and manipulate images on Linux, macOS, Windows and *BSD.

    Alternatives: KolourPaint, Drawing, Dibuja

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    Pinta screenshot 1
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This list was created by tbdsch Dec 15, 2017 and was last updated Oct 9, 2022. The list has 81 apps.

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appexpertimenter
CommentJun 5, 2020

Thanks for the effort, it's a usable list for me.

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