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List of 137 Best Software for Linux Free Download 2014

Best Software for Linux Free Download

Making a list of best Linux software is very tough task. And if you start writing about best software for Linux we’re sure that you can fill an entire book by listing various software’s in different categories. So to make the work easier, we decided to gather all the best Linux application under the same hood.

We  visited lots of web forums, some online sources and took a help of lots of users and Linux expert to complete this list. We’re damn sure without their help we will not be able to make this list. We have categorized the best Linux Software Applications based on the performance, ease of use and quality. So without further ado, let us have a look at the best Linux software

Best Antivirus Software for Linux

1. avast!

Its an amazing antivirus software for Linux which offering all scanning feature of Avast Antivirus.

2. Clam AntiVirus

Its an open source virus scanner and its tool-kit able to detect many types of malicious software, including viruses.

3. AVG

Its a Linux version of AVG which is well know as antivirus and anti-spyware security software.

4. BitDefender

Get the best real-time security for your Linux PC with this advanced software.

 Best Firewall Software for Linux


 Gufw is a firewall powered by UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall).

2. Shorewall

Shorewall is a gateway/firewall configuration tool for GNU/Linux. Using this you can make managing iptables easier.

3. Firestarter

Its an amazing graphical interfaced Open Source firewall for Linux.

Best File Recovery Software for Linux

1. Mondo Rescue

It’s free disaster recovery software. It supports Linux (i386, x86-64, IA-64) and FreeBSD (i386).

2. TestDisk

Its an free and open source data recovery utility which you can use to recover lost partition.

3. safecopy

Data recovery tool which tries to extract data from the damage area of floppy drives, hard disk partitions, CDs, tape device.

4. PhotoRec

Data file recovery software which helps you to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks.

5. ddrescue

One of the simple and easy to use data recovery utility.

Best Backup Software for Linux

1. CrashPlanrsync

One of the best backup program for Linux, which you can use to back up and store personal, business and enterprise data securely.

2. BackupPC

 Free Disk-to-disk backup software suite with a web-based front-end.

3. Deja Dup

It’s a simple and powerful backup tool for Linux.

4. LuckyBackup

Powerful, fast and reliable free backup application.

5. rsync

 Fast and extraordinarily versatile file copying tool.

6. fwbackups

Its a feature-rich user backup program that allows you to backup your documents anytime, anywhere.

Best System Maintenance Software for Linux

1. Ubuntu-Tweak

An application designed to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. Its featuring control panel to manage lots of features of Ubuntu.

2. Gnome System Monitor

It’s a GNOME process viewer and system monitor with a nice easy-to-use interface.

Best Browsers for Linux

1. Google Chrome/Chromium

Its one of the best web browsers from Google.

2. Firefox

It’s another top most open source web browser.

3. Midori

 Its a lightweight and fast web browser.

4. Opera

Its one of the most advances and fastest browser.

5. Epiphany

Epiphany is a simple yet powerful GNOME webbrowser targeted at non-technical users.

6. Links

Open source text and graphic web browser with a pull-down menu system.

7. reKonq

Its a web browser for KDE based on WebKit.

Best Email Clients for Linux

1. Thunderbird

Its an open source email client.

2. Claws Mail

An email client (and news reader) with plugin mechanism.

3. Evolution

It provides integrated mail, addressbook and calendaring functionality to users of the GNOME desktop.

4. KMail

KMail is a simple and safe way for kids and teens to email friends and family.

Best Communitcation Software for Linux

1. Kopete

 Its a flexible and extendable multiple protocol instant messenger.

2. Pidgin

 Free Pidgin universal chat client for Linux.

3. XChat

XChat is an IRC chat program for Linux.

4. Empathy

A messaging program that supports all the modern features just like Pidgin.

5. TeamSpeak 3

Its an multi-platform voice chat program.

6. Gwibber

Open source microblogging client for Linux..

7. Liferea

Free desktop news aggregator with support for Google Reader and Tiny Tiny RSS.

8. Emesene

Chat program using which you can  connect to different networks like MSN, Gtalk, Facebook chat, Jabber and others.

9. Skype

Most popular VoIP desktop client for Linux. We also suggest you check this out.

Best Photo/Images Software for Linux

1. Inkscape

One of the best editor for editing SVG files.

2. Shotwell

Its simple and easy to use photo editor for GNOME.

3. F-Spot

Its another photo manager just liked Shotwell but with more features.

4. Cheese Photo Booth

With the help of this software you can take pictures with different cool effects.


One of the most popular open source image editor.

6. Scribus

One of the popular desktop publishing program with lots of  features.

7. digiKam

 Advanced digital photo management application, which makes importing and organizing digital photos a “snap”.

8. Darktable

Open-source photography workflow application and raw developer.

Best Audio Software for Linux

1. Banshee

Its one of the best music manager like iTunes.

2. Rhythmbox

Its an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTune.

3. MPlayer

Best movie player for Linux.

4. OggConvert

Open source utility for converting audio and video files.

5. Sound Juicer

 Software helps you to extract audio from compact discs and convert it into audio files.

6. Amarok

Music player and manager with support for cover art, integration, and QtScript plugins.

7. Audacious

Audacious is a free and advanced audio player based on GTK+

8. Tomahawk

Using this you can play music for many different offline and online sources.

9. Audacity

Audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.

10. Clementine

Multiplatform music player which inspired by Amarok 1.4 with easy to use user interface.

11. Mixxx

Its an amazing audio mixing software for perfect DJ enviornment.

Best Video Software for Linux

1. VLC Media Player

Open-source cross-platform multimedia player using which. You can also stream audio and video in different formats.

2. Kdenlive

 Free open-source video editor for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD

3. Openshot

Another Free open-source video editor for Linux, but it’s very simple and powerful which focuses on usability, flexibility, and style.

4. Pitivi

 Open source, non-linear video editor

5. Totem

One of the simple and easy to use media player for common formats.

6. Blender

Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.

7. Xvidcap

Amazing software to capture activities that occur on your desk.


Complete media center solution for Linux.

Best Files and Drives Software for Linux

1. DownGParted

Free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.

2. Nautilus

Its a default file navigator for GNOME.

3. Dolphin

It’s a file navigator software for KDE with lots of social media features.

4. Thunar

New modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment.

5. Krusader

Advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE

6. Baobab Disk Usage Analyzer

Its an graphical disk usage analyzer for GNOME

7. GNU Midnight Commander File Manager

Its best file manager for free operating systems.

8. uCommander

Its a cross-platform file manager.

Best Document Software for Linux

1. LibreOffice

Free power-packed open source personal productivity suite.

2. OpenOffice

Its another open-source office productivity software suite.

3. Abiword

An open source (freeware) word processing program.

4. Gnumeric

 A spreadsheet program that is part of the GNOME.

5. Xournal

Its notetaking application written for Linux and other GTK+ platforms.

6. PyRoom

 Full-screen writing program for Linux.

7. Kate

Professional text editor by KDE.

8. DownCalligra

Calligra Suite is a graphic art and office suite.

Best Productivity Software for Linux

1. Tomboy

Desktop note-taking application

2. Gnote

 Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++

3. Hamster Time Tracker

Use this software to track the time which you spend on projects.

4. Docky

One of the best docks, software for Linux

5. Avant Window Navigator

Its cool alternative to  Docky

6. Cairo

Software library used to provide a vector graphics-based. It’s also an alternative to Docky and Avant Window Navigator.

7. Shutter

Open-source screenshot program for Linux

8. Dropbox

File hosting and synchronization software for Linux

9. QuickSynergy

Application that allows the user to share his mouse and keyboard between two or more computers.

10. Gnome Tweak Tool

An application for changing the advanced settings of GNOME 3

11. Zim

 Graphical text editor designed to maintain a collection of locally stored wiki-pages

12. Kupfer

Summoner/launcher in the style of Quicksilver or GNOME

13. Ubuntu

Store, sync and share information in Canonical cloud.

Best Desktop Enviornment for Linux


Desktop environment and graphical user interface

2. KDE

Powerful graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations


Extremely fast-performing and every-saving desktop environment

4. Enlightenment

Whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces

5. Xmonad

Tiling window manager for X.

6. OpenBox

Highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support

7. Cinnamon

Provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience.

8. Xfce

Desktop Environment aim to to be fast and low on system resources

9. Mate

Aims to preserve the classic desktop metaphor

Best Archive Software for Linux

1. File Roller

Archive manager for the GNOME desktop environment

2. Ark

Program for managing various archive formats within the KDE

3. Tar

Software to create tar archives. Introduction, download, and manual

Best CD and DVD Software for Linux

1. Brasero

Application to burn CD/DVD for the Gnome Desktop.

2. Gmount ISO

Small tool allows you to easily mount your cd images.

3. K3b

Comfortable CD/DVD writing suite for Linux/KDE

Best Download Software for Windows

1. Transmission

Bittorrent client runs natively on multiple operating systems

2. Deluge

Open source, cross-platform BitTorrent client

3. Miro

Tool to download torrent video online

4. Uget

Help you in downloading and converting clips from youtube, metacafe and many other websites

5. Wget

Computer program that retrieves content from web servers

Best Editor Software for Linux

1. Emacs

Extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor.

2. Vim

Complex editor for terminal with lots of features

3. Nano

Simple and easy to use editor for terminal

4. Leafpad

GTK+ based simple text editor.

5. Gedit

Lightweight editing tool for the GNOME desktop found in many distributions of Linux

6. Bluefish

Powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web-designers.

Other Best Software for Linux [Uncategorized]

1. LastPass

One of the best online password manager

2. KeyPassX

Open source password manager, with password generator.

3. TrueCrypt

Open-source disk encryption software

4. GnuCash

Personal and small-business financial-accounting software

5. Wine

Allows Linux users to run Windows programs

6. RedShift

Changes the color temperature of your screen to prevent tired eyes.

7. Compize

Compositing window manager for the X Window System

8. Ecilipse

Provide a universal toolset for development.

9. Geany

Lightweight cross-platform GTK+ text editor

10. KMyMoney

Fast, secure and Free Open Source finance manager

11. Kwin

Reliable and flexible window manager for KDE Plasma Desktops, now with effects!

12. Draftshift

Freeware 2D computer-aided design (CAD) software

13. Bleachbit

Quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy.

14. Gramps

Open source genealogy to keep track of family member and there history

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Viney Dhiman
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