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 House 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/)
Wings3D (http://www.wings3d.com/)
ACDSee Eye of GNOME (http://www.gnome.org/projects/eog/)
Geekie (http://geeqie.sourceforge.net/)
GQ view (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/)
Evidence (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 page maker scribes (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) Instant Bird (http://instantbird.com/)
Kopete (http://kopete.kde.org/)
pidgin (http://pidgin.im)
PSI (http://psi-im.org/)
Empathy (https://live.gnome.org/Empathy)
APC Power Chute Apcupsd (http://www.apcupsd.com/)
Network UPS Tools (http://www.networkupstools.org/)
PowerD (http://power.sourceforge.net/)
collectorz Alexandrian (https://github.com/mvz/alexandria-book-collection-manager)
aviManager(http://sourceforge.net/projects/avimanager/)
GCstar (http://www.gcstar.org/)
Griffith (http://griffith.cc/)
Catalog (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 bluefishhttp://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 Acid Rip (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 Hard Info (http://sourceforge.net/projects/hardinfo.berlios/)
Evernote Basket (http://basket.kde.org/)
Chandler (http://chandlerproject.org/)
Quick Fox 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)
Lily Pond (http://www.lilypond.org)
MuseScore (http://musescore.org/)
NoteEdit(http://sourceforge.net/projects/noteedit.berlios/)
Rose Garden (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)
tunes (http://www.atunes.org/)
Banshees (http://banshee.fm/)
Decibel Auto Player (http://decibel.silent-blade.org/)
Exile (http://www.exaile.org/)
gtkpod(http://www.gtkpod.org/)
Listen (http://listengnome.free.fr/)
minituneshttp://flavio.tordini.org/minitunes)
Quod Libert (http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/)
Rhythmbox (http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/)
Strong 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 Grams (http://gramps-project.org/)
LimeWire FrostWire(http://www.frostwire.com/)
Mealmaster Gourmet Recipe Manager (http://grecipe-manager.sourceforge.net/)
krecipes (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/)
OpenCalc(http://www.openoffice.org/product/calc.html)
Libre Office Calc (https://es.libreoffice.org/descubre/calc/)
Microsoft Hyper Terminal GtkTerm (http://freshmeat.net/projects/gtkterm/)
minicom (http://alioth.debian.org/projects/minicom/)
Microsoft Internet Explorer Chrome (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/)
microsoftmoney Gnofin (http://gnofin.sourceforge.net/)
GNUcash (http://www.gnucash.org/)
Grisby (http://www.grisbi.org/)
Home Bank (http://homebank.free.fr/)
KMyMoney (http://kmymoney2.sourceforge.net/)
Skrouge (http://www.kde.org/applications/office/skrooge/)
Microsoft Office GNOME Office (http://www.gnome.org/gnome-office/)
Calligra (http://www.calligra-suite.org/)
Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org/)
Libre Office (http://es.libreoffice.org/)
Microsoft Outlook (Express) evolution (http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/)
Thunder Bird (http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/)
Claw's Mail (http://www.claws-mail.org/)
KMail (http://kontact.kde.org/kmail/)
Sylphed (http://sylpheed.sraoss.jp/en/)
Microsoft Powerpoint Calligra Stage (http://www.calligra-suite.org/stage/)
Open Office Print (http://www.openoffice.org/product/impress.html)
Libre Office Print (https://es.libreoffice.org/descubre/impress/)
Microsoft Project Gantt Project (http://ganttproject.sourceforge.net/)
Calligra Scheme (http://www.calligra-suite.org/plan/)
OpenProj (http://openproj.org/openproj)
Scheduler (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 Boxe (http://www.boxee.tv/)
Freevo (http://freevo.sourceforge.net/)
Linux MCE (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)
Free Office Writer (https://es.libreoffice.org/descubre/writer/)
mIRC BitchX (http://www.bitchx.org/)
ChatZilla! (http://chatzilla.hacksrus.com/)
irssi (http://www.irssi.org/)
conversation (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/)
cowbellhttp://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/)
MercuryMessenger (http://www.mercury.to/)
pidgin (http://pidgin.im)
Empathy (https://live.gnome.org/Empathy)
Gahim (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)
Gnome Baker (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/)
leaf pad (http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/)
NEdit (http://www.nedit.org/)
Scribes (http://scribes.sourceforge.net/)
tpad (http://tclpad.sourceforge.net/)
Orange CD 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)
Photo ME 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 GNOMECommander (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/)
torrent flux (http://sourceforge.net/projects/tf-b4rt.berlios/)
KTorrent (http://ktorrent.pwsp.net/)
Voice (http://www.vuze.com/)
uTorrent (http://www.utorrent.com/downloads/linux)
Videos thin liquid film (http://thinliquidfilm.org/)
Winamp amarok (http://amarok.kde.org/)
Rhythmbox (http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/)
bold (http://audacious-media-player.org/)
Deadbeef (http://deadbeef.sourceforge.net/)
Exile (http://www.exaile.org/)
Banshees (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)
SM player (http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/)
kmplayer (http://kmplayer.kde.org/)
UMplayer(http://www.umplayer.com/)
VLC Player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)
coffee (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/)
OpenMovie Editor (http://www.openmovieeditor.org/)
OpenShot(http://www.openshotvideo.com/)
PiTiVi (http://www.pitivi.org/wiki/Main_Page)
Video LAN Movie Creator (http://trac.videolan.org/vlmc/)
WinIso KISo (http://kiso.sourceforge.net/)
Winmerge KDiff3 (http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/)
Kille (http://kile.sourceforge.net/)
Meld (http://meld.sourceforge.net/)
xxdiff (http://furius.ca/xxdiff/)
Win TV 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.