Free Computer Software



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A list of some free computer software, mainly for Linux and Windows, that has come in handy over the years. Some to help with productivity, others just for fun. You may find some of them helpful or mildly amusing.

For some of the Linux programs listed below, you can install them from the Linux Software Manager instead of having to go to the home page or download page of the program.

Depending on the Linux distribution, some may also be installed via the terminal with sudo apt-get install program-name. For example, to install Gparted type sudo apt-get install gparted in the terminal window, then enter the command.



Audio

Audacity: Audio program for multi-track recording and editing with features that rival some pay programs.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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Aural Probe: Librarian tool for musicians, audio engineers, audio enthusiasts. Allows you to organize audio files into categories.
Operating System: Windows
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cdrtfe: CD/DVD/BD burning application for burning data discs, Audio CDs, XCDs, (S)VCDs, DVDs. Can also create and write ISO images and bootable discs. Gives you control over options that many other similar programs don't.
Operating System: Windows
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EqualizerAPO: An audio equalizer that can be run as a parametric and graphic eq. As a graphic eq it can be set up to run in 15 band or 31 band (1/3 octave) per channel mode. Also includes preamp, delay and various filter settings.
Operating System: Windows
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LAME: A high quality MP3 encoder. You can only download source code from the download page. For programs that utilize or include LAME, check out the LAME related links page.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Others
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Mixxx: A disk jockey program that supports most common music file formats.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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RazorLame: A front end (GUI) for the LAME MP3 encoder.
Operating System: Windows
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Winamp: Audio player that supports many common music file formats.
Operating System: Mac, Windows
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Computer

7-Zip: Compress or extract 7z, TAR, ZIP, other formats. Extract ARJ, CAB, EXT, FAT, ISO, LZH, MSI, RAR, UDF, UEFI, other formats. AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats.
Operating System: Linux, Windows, Unix
Home Page
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8GadgetPack: Makes it possible to use gadgets on recent versions of Windows.
Operating System: Windows
Home Page

AOMEI: A feature packed partition manager that can resize partitions, move partitions, create partitions, change drive letters, copy partitions, rebuild MBR, more. The free version is AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard on the download page.
Operating System: Windows
Home Page
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Classic Shell: Allows you to customize the start menu, and many other settings, to make Windows look and function like it did in earlier versions (as far back as 9x and XP days) without sacrificing the stability of Windows 10.
Operating System: Windows
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CPU-Z: Detects CPU, MB chipset, RAM, other hardware, and displays the info.
Operating System: Windows, Android
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FreeCommander: For those who spend a lot of time working with file managers, this is a vast improvement over the standard Windows version. Run it on your home computer or copy it to a CD or USB drive and run it on another computer.
Operating System: Windows
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Gparted: Partition manager that can create or delete partitions, resize or move partitions, copy partitions, more. Can handle file systems that include ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, linux-swap, ntfs, udf, xfs, and more.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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Grub2Win: Install this on your Windows drive if you dual boot Linux/Windows and the boot menu won't allow you to boot into Linux. Once installed it will allow you to boot either, or even add other operating systems to its boot menu. Works on MBR/GPT disks, 64/32 bit systems, EFI/BIOS.
Operating System: Windows
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Grub Customizer: Graphical interface to configure GRUB2/BURG settings and menu entries.
Operating System: Linux
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HDGraph: Graphically displays disk space usage. Shows directories and subdirectories on a single graph allowing you to see the largest directories at a glance. Compatible with computer drives, usb drives, network folders, CD, DVD, etcetera.
Operating System: Windows
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HWMonitor: Hardware monitoring program that reads systems health sensors like voltages, temperatures, fans speed.
Operating System: Windows, Android
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Linux Mint: If you are running Windows but interested in Linux, this distribution with Xfce desktop is a good introduction.
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Otil: Displays system, CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD, network, processes, services, startup info about your computer in a clean interface.
Operating System: Windows
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Rname-it: File rename utility. Rename prefix or suffix of file, change to upper/lower case, insert/replace text strings. Allows the selection of multiple files and renaming them all at once.
Operating System: Windows
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Rufus: Program that makes creating bootable USB drives easy, if you have an understanding of what you are doing.
Operating System: Windows
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SiSoftware Sandra Lite: Computer analysis, benchmarking, diagnostic software. There are several pay versions and a free version. The free version can come in handy when you need to know some types of info about your computer.
Operating System: Windows
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Space Sniffer: Gives a visual layout that shows how folders and files are structured on your disks. Shows files and folders by relative size, so you can see which are taking up more space than they are worth.
Operating System: Windows
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Super Grub2 Disk: Helps you to boot into most any operating system, even if you can not boot into it by normal means.
Requirements: USB, DVD, CD or floppy drive to write program to, and boot from.
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Ultimate Windows Tweaker: Similar to Tweak UI with a lot more options. Download link goes to the Win 10 edition. Earlier version editions are also available.
Operating System: Windows
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UltraDefrag: A disk defragmenter that can defragment files, paging files, hibernation files, NTFS metafiles, as well as optimize master file tables and more. Do not defragment solid state drives.
Operating System: Windows
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WildRename: File renamer that can perform many file renaming operations one by one or in batches. Can also convert filenames to upper or lower case or capitalize first letters, add or remove strings of characters from filenames, more.
Operating System: Windows
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WildReplace: A search & replace tool that lets you search for files and presents the results in a folder tree. Can also replace text in files and create backups of modified files.
Operating System: Windows
Home Page
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Games

CyberMind: A master-mind clone with an unusual yet very intuitive interface. It has multiple game levels and mathematical methods to hint at solutions.
Operating System: Windows
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FlightGear: A sophisticated flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, pilot training, as an industry engineering tool, and last but certainly not least as a fun and challenging desktop flight sim.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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Highway Pursuit: Drive roads filled with enemy agents and try to kill them, before they kill you. Featuring changing landscape, various enemy vehicles, multiple weapons, more. Support for keyboard, joysticks, steering wheels.
Operating System: Windows
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MyJongg: A classic remake of the ancient Mahjong solitaire game. Good looking tile sets, different layouts, sound. Also included is a layout editor.
Operating System: Windows
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NarkoMania: A Minesweeper clone that features very detailed high score table and a speed graph that allows you to see how fast you are performing compared to the best score while the game is in progress.
Operating System: Windows
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Open Rails: A train simulator compatible with Microsoft Train Simulator. It is not an improvement to MSTS, but a complete new simulator that can use MSTS routes, activities, consists and train sets.
Operating System: Windows
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Othello: An implementation of the classic game Othello. Play against the computer, a friend, or even an enemy. You can choose between three artificial intellegence levels for the computer player (beginner, intermediate, pro).
Operating System: Windows
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Internet

Brave: Alternative web browser that offers most of the functions of the more well known web browsers.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
Home Page
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Chrome: The web browser created by Google.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS
Home Page

Edge: The Microsoft web browser to replace Internet Explorer. Do a search for Edge on the Microsoft website.
Operating System: Windows
Microsoft

FileZilla: FTP program with features that compare with pay programs. Both a client and a server are available.
Operating System For Client: Linux, Mac, Windows
Operating System For Server: Windows
Home Page
Client Download Page
Server Download Page

Firefox: Mozilla web browser that is the spiritual successor to Netscape Navigator.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS
Mozilla

Opera: Alternative web browser that offers most of the functions of the more well known web browsers.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Android
Home Page
Download Page

Safari: The Apple web browser for Mac.
Operating System: Mac
Home Page

Samsung Internet: A mobile web browser for smartphones and phablets.
Operating System: Android
Home Page

Tor Browser: Web browser that protects your privacy by bouncing your communications around a distributed network.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Android
Home Page
Download Page

UC Browser: Mobile browser developed by the Chinese company UCWeb.
Operating System: Windows, Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian
UC Browser at Google Play


Programming

BeanMaker: Source code generator designed to help boost a programmer's productivity. Works for any kind of programming language.
Operating System: Windows
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Bluefish: A powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web developers. Supports many programming and markup languages.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
Home Page
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Can I use: A website that provides up-to-date information about what different desktop and mobile web browsers are capable of supporting as far as HTML, CSS, other front-end web technologies are concerned.
Requirements: Web Browser
Home Page

Code::Blocks: IDE for C, C++, Fortran. It is built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. Designed to be very extensible and fully configurable.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
Home Page
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Color Picker: Handy tool that allows you to pick an area of your screen and find out the color. Displays color in hex and rgb.
Operating System: Windows
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Decode: A simple hex viewer utility that displays the contents of a text file in hexadecimal format. Open a file and scroll through its contents.
Operating System: Windows
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FileStats: A simple utility that scans a folder and its sub-folders and returns statistics on the files found.
Operating System: Windows
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FillDisk: Fills up a disk with useless data. Good for overwriting empty space on a drive so there is no way to recover info that was previously there, and testing applications when disks are approaching full capacity.
Operating System: Windows
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HTML Validator: An add-on for the Firefox or Chrome that gives the results of HTML validation. For Firefox you can get it here. For Chrome, go to chrome web store. Search for: html validator. Get the one offered by users.skynet.be/mgueury/mozilla.
Requirements: Firefox or Chrome
Home Page

InfoRapid Search & Replace: A powerful search and replace program well suited to searching and replacing in C, HTML, text documents. Search results can be opened in a preview window where the matches are highlighted.
Operating System: Windows
Home Page
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Online CSS Validator: CSS validation service by W3C.
Requirements: Web Browser
Home Page

Online HTML Validator: W3C validator that checks the markup validity of web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etcetera. Allows you to validate by URL, upload, direct input.
Requirements: Web Browser
Home Page

Online Minifier: Compress (minify) JavaScript or CSS online.
Requirements: Web Browser
Home Page

Raster Font Editor: An easy-to-use font editor for the creation of bitmap fonts. Supports several file formats and has a very simple customisable user interface.
Operating System: Windows
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SQLight: SQL database engine.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Android
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WebBtnCreator: An easy to use utility to create buttons for use in web and application development.
Operating System: Windows
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Reference

AkelPad: Text editor that's fast as Notepad, with a lot more options like: syntax highlighting, multi-window, multi-level undo, fast search and replace, plugin support, much more.
Operating System: Windows
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Convert: An easy to use program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy, many others.
Operating System: Windows
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RoundCalendar: A unique program that generates round calendars.
Operating System: Windows
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SumatraPDF: A PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows. It is small, powerful, portable and starts up very fast.
Operating System: Windows
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WordNet: A large lexical database of English words grouped into sets of synonyms.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Unix, Solaris
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Security

Advanced CVU: Software for calculating checksum and verifying file integrity. Supported checksums: MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-512, CRC32, Adler-32. Java Runtime Environment must be installed.
Operating System: Windows
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CyberShredder: A utility to erase files permanently. After a file is deleted the data remains and can be recovered later. This program overwrites the space occupied by the file(s) so it can never be recovered.
Operating System: Windows
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Disable Windows 10 Tracking: Some known methods that attempt to disable tracking in Windows 10.
Operating System: Windows
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Eraser: Completely remove data from your hard drive. Option of following different standards including US Department Of Defense, US Air Force, US Army, British HMG IS5, German VSITR, Russian GOST.
Operating System: Windows
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PeaZip: File archiver and encryption software. Can compress or extract 7Z, ARC, GZ, TAR, ZIP, other file formats. Can also extract 180+ archive types. Strong encryption (AES, Twofish, Serpent) and optional two-factor authentication.
Operating System: Linux, Windows, BSD, Unix
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QuickHash GUI: Enables rapid selection & hashing of data like text, files, file trees, physical disks, logical disks. Also can compare files and folders with hashes at either end.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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Technitium MAC Address Changer: Change or spoof MAC address of wired or wi-fi network adapters. Can also completely configure your network adapter and allows quick switching between multiple network configurations.
Operating System: Windows
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VirtualBox: Run other operating systems as if they were programs running on your present operating system.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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Video

3D Dissolve: A simple but beautiful mathematically based screen saver. Only for 32-bit version of Windows.
Operating System: Windows
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Avidemux: Video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering, encoding tasks. It supports many formats including AVI, MPEG, MP4, ASF.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD
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clZoom: Simple and portable utility that allows you to zoom in on your Windows desktop and magnify the pixels up to 16x.
Operating System: Windows
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DVD Decrypter: Allows you to rip DVD movies with CSS copy protection to hard drive. Also can remove region code so the resulting files are region free.
Operating System: Windows
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DVD Shrink: Can be utilized to rip DVDs to your hard drive. Allows you to compress the size of files to fit on to your media.
Operating System: Windows
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Gimp: Raster graphics editor to create and/or edit images and save them in bitmap or raster file formats like GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF. If you want a program similar to Adobe Photoshop but price is an issue, this is a very good alternative.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD, Solaris
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HandBrake: Best option for most people to copy DVD movies to another device like a hard drive or usb stick. Can convert video to common formats like mp4 and mkv and reduce the size of files while converting. To remove CSS DVD copy protection use libdvdcss, listed below.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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Inkscape: Vector graphics editor to create and/or edit images and save them as SVG or other formats.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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IrfanView: Best image viewer and basic editor I have come across. Handles common files like gif, jpg, png, as well as less common formats. Allows you to crop, resize, create slideshows, convert formats, more. Also plays many video file formats.
Operating System: Windows
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Leawo: Allows you to play blu-ray disks on your computer, if you have a drive that is capable of blu-ray support.
Operating System: Windows, Mac
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libdvdcss: To remove CSS DVD copy protection when using programs like HandBrake, listed above.
For Linux, instructions are here.
For Mac, instructions are here.
For Windows, instructions are here.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows
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Screen Recorder: Records a specific part of the desktop screen and saves it as an AVI file. Option of recording system playback sound or sound from input sound devices is also available.
Operating System: Windows
Home Page
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UI Download: Website that offers free graphics including psd files, vectors, icons.
Requirements: Web Browser
Home Page

VLC media player: Plays most multimedia files like avi, mov, mp4, mpg, as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, various streaming protocols.
Operating System: Linux, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS
Home Page
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vokoscreen: Record whatever is happening on the desktop in the form of an mkv video. Options for saving audio, mouse movements, more. Good for recording web browsers, installation of programs, videoconferences, other things that are important to you.
Operating System: Linux
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WikiArt: A visual art encyclopedia website.
Requirements: Web Browser
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Windows Movie Maker: An easy to use and powerful video creating/editing software application. It is also a basic audio track editing program.
Operating System: Windows
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