List of free alternatives to Windows programs

You always wanted to know what was the "free" alternative to that Windows program that you loved so much… Well, here is a fairly extensive list with the different options that Linux has to replace your old Windows programs.

Even if you are not looking for a particular program, I recommend that you take a look at it; You can find many very interesting little programs that you didn't even know existed. 😛

3D Home Architect Sweet Home 3D (http://sweethome3d.sourceforge.net/index.html)
3D Studio Max Art of Illusion (http://www.artofillusion.org/)
Blender (http://www.blender.org/)
K-3D (http://www.k-3d.org/)
Wings 3D (http://www.wings3d.com/)
ACDSee Eye of GNOME (http://www.gnome.org/projects/eog/)
Geeqie (http://geeqie.sourceforge.net/)
GQview (http://gqview.sourceforge.net/)
Gwenview (http://gwenview.sourceforge.net/)
KuickShow (http://kuickshow.sourceforge.net/)
ShowImg (http://freecode.com/projects/showimg)
Adobe Acrobat Reader ePDFView (http://trac.emma-soft.com/epdfview/)
Evince (http://www.gnome.org/projects/evince/)
okularhttp://okular.kde.org/)
Xpdf (http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/)
Adobe Audition Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
Adobe Illustrator Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/)
Calligra Karbon (http://www.calligra.org/karbon)
sK1 Project (http://sk1project.org/)
Skencil (http://www.skencil.org/)
Xara Xtreme (http://www.xaraxtreme.org/)
Alchemy (http://al.chemy.org/gallery/)
Open Office Draw (http://www.openoffice.org/product/draw.html)
Free Office Draw (https://es.libreoffice.org/descubre/draw/)
Adobe Lightroom Darktable (http://darktable.sourceforge.net/)
Adobe PageMaker Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/)
Adobe Photoshop CinePaint (http://www.cinepaint.org/)
GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/)
GIMPShop (http://www.gimpshop.com/)
Krita (http://krita.org/)
Ant Movie Catalog Moviefly (https://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/lmc/)
AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Instantbird (http://instantbird.com/)
Kopete (http://kopete.kde.org/)
Pidgin (http://pidgin.im)
PSI (http://psi-im.org/)
Empathy (https://live.gnome.org/Empathy)
APC PowerChute Apcupsd (http://www.apcupsd.com/)
Network UPS Tools (http://www.networkupstools.org/)
PowerD (http://power.sourceforge.net/)
Collectorz Alexandria (https://github.com/mvz/alexandria-book-collection-manager)
aviManager (http://sourceforge.net/projects/avimanager/)
GCstar (http://www.gcstar.org/)
Griffith (http://griffith.cc/)
Katalog (http://salvaste.altervista.org/)
Tellico (http://tellico-project.org/)
vMovieDB (http://vmoviedb.sourceforge.net/)
DAMN NFO Viewer NFO Viewer (http://home.gna.org/nfoview/)
Dreamweaver Bluefish (http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/index.html)
BlueGriffon (http://bluegriffon.org/)
Geany (http://geany.uvena.de)
KompoZer (http://www.kompozer.net/)
Nvu (http://www.nvu.com/)
Quanta Plus (http://quanta.sourceforge.net/release2.php)
Screem (http://www.screem.org/)
DVDShrink AcidRip (http://sourceforge.net/projects/acidrip/)
dvd :: rip (http://www.exit1.org/dvdrip/)
k9copy (http://sourceforge.net/projects/k9copy-reloaded/)
OGMRip (http://ogmrip.sourceforge.net/)
qVamps (http://vamps.sourceforge.net/)
Thoggen (http://thoggen.net/)
xdvdshrink (http://dvdshrink.sourceforge.net/)
Everest HardInfo (http://sourceforge.net/projects/hardinfo.berlios/)
Evernote BasKet (http://basket.kde.org/)
Chandler (http://chandlerproject.org/)
QuickFox Notes (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/13572/)
Tomboy (https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Tomboy)
Zim (http://zim-wiki.org/)
Final Brahms (http://brahms.sourceforge.net/)
Denemo (http://denemo.sourceforge.net/index.html)
Lilypond (http://www.lilypond.org)
MuseScore (http://musescore.org/)
NoteEdit (http://sourceforge.net/projects/noteedit.berlios/)
Rosegarden (http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/)
FL Studio Ardor (http://www.ardour.org)
Jokosher (http://sourceforge.net/projects/jokosher/)
LMMS (http://lmms.sourceforge.net/)
Fontographer FontForge (http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/)
foobar2000 Amarok (http://amarok.kde.org/)
Aqualung (http://aqualung.factorial.hu/misc.html)
aTunes (http://www.atunes.org/)
Banshee (http://banshee.fm/)
Decibel Auto Player (http://decibel.silent-blade.org/)
Exaile (http://www.exaile.org/)
gtkpod (http://www.gtkpod.org/)
Listen (http://listengnome.free.fr/)
minituneshttp://flavio.tordini.org/minitunes)
Quod Libet (http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/)
Rhythmbox (http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/)
Forte Agent Bread (http://pan.rebelbase.com/)
Fraps recordMyDesktop (http://recordmydesktop.sourceforge.net/)
Yukon (https://github.com/wereHamster/yukon/)
FreeRIP Grip (http://nostatic.org/grip/)
KAudioCreator (https://www.kde.org/applications/multimedia/kaudiocreator/)
ripperX (http://ripperx.sourceforge.net/)
Rubyripper (http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Rubyripper)
Sound Juicer (http://www.burtonini.com/blog/computers/sound-juicer)
FruityLoops Hydrogen (http://www.hydrogen-music.org/)
Google Desktop Search Beagle (http://beagle-project.org/)
Google Desktop (http://desktop.google.com/linux/index.html)
Google Earth Earth 3D (http://www.earth3d.org/)
Marble (http://edu.kde.org/marble/)
Guitar Pro DGuitar (http://dguitar.sourceforge.net/)
kguitarhttp://sourceforge.net/projects/kguitar/)
TuxGuitar (http://www.tuxguitar.com.ar/home.html)
Legacy family tree GRAMPS (http://gramps-project.org/)
LimeWire FrostWire (http://www.frostwire.com/)
Meal Master Gourmet Recipe Manager (http://grecipe-manager.sourceforge.net/)
krecipe (http://krecipes.sourceforge.net/)
Microsoft Access GNOME-DB (http://www.gnome-db.org/)
Kexi (http://www.kexi-project.org/)
knodahttp://www.knoda.org)
Microsoft Excel Gnumeric (http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/)
Calligra Sheets (http://www.calligra-suite.org/sheets/)
Open Calc (http://www.openoffice.org/product/calc.html)
Libre Office Calc (https://es.libreoffice.org/descubre/calc/)
Microsoft HyperTerminal GtkTerm (http://freshmeat.net/projects/gtkterm/)
minicom (http://alioth.debian.org/projects/minicom/)
Microsoft Internet Explorer Chromium (http://www.chromium.org/Home)
Epiphany (http://www.gnome.org/projects/epiphany/)
Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/)
Seamonkey (http://www.seamonkey-project.org/)
Konqueror (http://www.konqueror.org/)
Opera House (http://www.opera.com/download/)
Microsoft Money Gnofin (http://gnofin.sourceforge.net/)
GNUcash (http://www.gnucash.org/)
Grisbi (http://www.grisbi.org/)
HomeBank (http://homebank.free.fr/)
KMyMoney (http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/)
Skrooge (http://www.kde.org/applications/office/skrooge/)
Microsoft Office GNOME Office (http://www.gnome.org/gnome-office/)
Calligra (http://www.calligra-suite.org/)
OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/)
LibreOffice (http://es.libreoffice.org/)
Microsoft Outlook (Express) Evolution (http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/)
Thunderbird (http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/)
Claws Mail (http://www.claws-mail.org/)
KMail (http://kontact.kde.org/kmail/)
Sylpheed (http://sylpheed.sraoss.jp/en/)
Microsoft Powerpoint Calligra Stage (http://www.calligra-suite.org/stage/)
Open Office Impress (http://www.openoffice.org/product/impress.html)
Libre Office Impress (https://es.libreoffice.org/descubre/impress/)
Microsoft Project GanttProject (http://ganttproject.sourceforge.net/)
Calligra Plan (http://www.calligra-suite.org/plan/)
OpenProj (http://openproj.org/openproj)
Planner (http://live.gnome.org/Planner)
TaskJuggler (http://www.taskjuggler.org/)
Microsoft Visio Day (http://www.gnome.org/projects/dia/)
Calligra Flow (http://www.calligra-suite.org/flow/)
Microsoft Windows Media Center Boxee (http://www.boxee.tv/)
Freevo (http://freevo.sourceforge.net/)
LinuxMCE (http://www.linuxmce.com/)
Moovida (http://www.moovida.com)
MythTV (http://www.mythtv.org)
XBMC Media Center (http://xbmc.org/)
Microsoft Word AbiWord (http://www.abisource.com/)
Calligra Words (http://www.calligra-suite.org/words/)
Open Office Writer (http://www.openoffice.org/product/writer.html)
Libre Office Writer (https://es.libreoffice.org/descubre/writer/)
mIRC BitchX (http://www.bitchx.org/)
ChatZilla! (http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/)
irssi (http://www.irssi.org/)
Konversation (http://konversation.kde.org/)
KVIrc (http://www.kvirc.net/)
Pidgin (http://pidgin.im)
Xchat (http://www.xchat.org/)
Empathy (https://live.gnome.org/Empathy)
Mp3tag Audio Tag Tool (http://pwp.netcabo.pt/paol/tagtool/)
Cowbell (http://more-cowbell.org/)
EasyTAG (http://easytag.sourceforge.net/)
Kid3 (http://kid3.sourceforge.net/)
Pinkytagger (http://pinkytagger.sourceforge.net/)
MS Paint KolourPaint (http://kolourpaint.sourceforge.net/)
Pencil (http://www.pencil-animation.org/)
Pinta (http://pinta-project.com/)
TuxPaint (http://tuxpaint.org/)
MSN messenger aMSN (http://amsn-project.net/)
Kopete (http://kopete.kde.org/)
Mercury Messenger (http://www.mercury.to/)
Pidgin (http://pidgin.im)
Empathy (https://live.gnome.org/Empathy)
Gajim (http://www.gajim.org/)
emesenehttp://www.emesene.org/)
KMess (http://kmess.org/)
Mudbox SharpConstruct (http://sourceforge.net/projects/sharp3d/)
Nero Burning Rom Brazier (http://perso.orange.fr/bonfire/index.htm)
GnomeBaker (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnomebaker/)
Graveman! (http://graveman.tuxfamily.org/)
K3b (http://www.kde.org/applications/multimedia/k3b/)
X-CD-Roast (http://www.xcdroast.org/)
Netmeeting Ekiga (http://www.ekiga.org/)
NetStumbler Kismet (http://www.kismetwireless.net/)
SWScanner (http://www.swscanner.org/)
NewzCrawler Akregator (http://akregator.kde.org/)
BasKet (http://basket.kde.org/)
Blam (http://www.inhaltsangabe.info/rss-reader/blam/)
Liferea (http://liferea.sourceforge.net/)
RSSOwl (http://www.rssowl.org/)
Straw (http://www.gnome.org/projects/straw/)
Notepad gedit (http://www.gnome.org/projects/gedit/)
jEdit (http://www.jedit.org/)
Kate (http://kate-editor.org/)
leafpad (http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/)
NEdit (http://www.nedit.org/)
Scribes (http://scribes.sourceforge.net/)
tpad (http://tclpad.sourceforge.net/)
OrangeCD Catalog GWhere (http://www.gwhere.org)
Origin SciGraphica (http://scigraphica.sourceforge.net/)
Partition Magic GParted (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/)
Palimpsest (http://library.gnome.org/users/palimpsest/)
Partimage (http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page)
QtParted (http://qtparted.sourceforge.net)
PhotoME PhotoTagger (http://sourceforge.net/projects/fototagger/)
Picasa digiKam (http://www.digikam.org/)
F-Spot (http://f-spot.org/Main_Page)
flPhoto (http://www.easysw.com/~mike/flphoto/)
gThumb (http://live.gnome.org/gthumb/)
jBrout (http://jbrout.manatlan.com/)
KPhotoAlbum (http://www.kphotoalbum.org/)
Shotwell (http://www.yorba.org/shotwell/)
Picasa (http://picasa.google.com/)
Soulseek Nicotine (http://nicotine.thegraveyard.org/)
Nicotine-Plus (http://nicotine-plus.sourceforge.net/)
SoundForge ReZound (http://rezound.sourceforge.net/)
Total Commander GNOME Commander (http://www.nongnu.org/gcmd/)
Krusader (http://krusader.sourceforge.net/)
Midnight Commander (http://www.ibiblio.org/mc/)
Tux Commander (http://tuxcmd.sourceforge.net/)
xfe (http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/)
Traktor DJ Mixxx (http://mixxx.sourceforge.net/)
terminatorX (http://www.terminatorx.org/)
TweetDeck Choqok (http://choqok.gnufolks.org/)
Gwibber (http://gwibber.com/)
Pine tree (http://code.google.com/p/pino-twitter/)
uTorrent qBittorrent (http://qbittorrent.sourceforge.net/)
Transmission (http://www.transmissionbt.com/)
Deluge (http://deluge-torrent.org/)
rTorrent (http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/)
Bittornado (http://www.bittornado.com/)
Torrentflux (http://sourceforge.net/projects/tf-b4rt.berlios/)
KTorrent (http://ktorrent.pwsp.net/)
Vuze (http://www.vuze.com/)
uTorrent (http://www.utorrent.com/downloads/linux)
Videora thin liquid film (http://thinliquidfilm.org/)
Winamp Amarok (http://amarok.kde.org/)
Rythmbox (http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/)
Audacious (http://audacious-media-player.org/)
Deadbeef (http://deadbeef.sourceforge.net/)
Exaile (http://www.exaile.org/)
Banshee (http://banshee-project.org/)
BMP (http://sourceforge.net/projects/beepmp)
Sonata (http://sourceforge.net/projects/sonata.berlios/)
XMMS (http://www.xmms.org/)
GMPC (http://gmpc.wikia.com/wiki/Gnome_Music_Player_Client)
Windows Media Player Totem (http://www.gnome.org/projects/totem/)
mplayer (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html)
SMplayer (http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/)
KMplayer (http://kmplayer.kde.org/)
UMplayer (http://www.umplayer.com/)
VLC Player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)
Kaffeine (http://kaffeine.kde.org/)
xine (http://xinehq.de/)
I look (http://www.getmiro.com/)
Moovida Media Center (http://www.moovida.com/)
Windows Movie Maker Avidemux (http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/)
cinefx (http://www.cinefx.org/)
Cinelerra (http://cinelerra.org/1/)
Kdenlive (http://kdenlive.sourceforge.net/)
Kino (http://www.kinodv.org/)
LiVES (http://lives.sourceforge.net/)
Open Movie Editor (http://www.openmovieeditor.org/)
OpenShot (http://www.openshotvideo.com/)
PiTiVi (http://www.pitivi.org/wiki/Main_Page)
VideoLAN Movie Creator (http://trac.videolan.org/vlmc/)
WinIso KIso (http://kiso.sourceforge.net/)
Winmerge KDiff3 (http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/)
Kile (http://kile.sourceforge.net/)
Meld (http://meld.sourceforge.net/)
xxdiff (http://furius.ca/xxdiff/)
WinTV KWinTV (http://www.kwintv.org/)
tvtime (http://tvtime.sourceforge.net/)
xawtv (http://linux.bytesex.org/xawtv/)
XdTV (http://xawdecode.sourceforge.net/)
Zapping (http://zapping.sourceforge.net/Zapping/index.html)
WS_FTP FireFTP (http://fireftp.mozdev.org/)
gFTP (http://gftp.seul.org/)
FileZilla (http://filezilla.sourceforge.net/)
KFTP (http://www.kftp.org/)
NCFTP (http://www.ncftp.com/ncftp/)
LFTP (http://lftp.yar.ru/)
ZoneAlarm Firestarter (http://www.fs-security.com/)
Guarddog (http://www.simonzone.com/software/guarddog/)
Zscreen Shutter (http://shutter-project.org/)

Finally, I recommend you visit these three sites and review our Programs section, which contains a selection of software grouped by categories:


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  1.   Pichurro said

    Very good listing. It's been years since uao ubuntu and I don't miss anything ...

  2.   Fraycho said

    Excellent article. very good work. thank you so much, God bless you

  3.   gabux said

    Excellent material, very good work thanks for your time and guidance in the linux world……

    1.    let's use linux said

      Thank you! A hug! Paul.

  4.   Ivan said

    The problem I see is that the alternatives to traktor, Fl studio, electronic programs like Proteus and compilers are little known and unprofessional. So for those programs I use windows 7 and the rest Linux.