More than 100 applications to install in our distribution

In the GUTL Wiki I have found an excellent list of applications that we should review to take them into account after installing our favorite distribution.

The listing is actually focused on Ubuntu, but all these applications can be used in any other distro. Many others are missing, but here we already have a good number of them.


  • Amarok- One of the most popular audio players and organizers for GNU / Linux. It has many features similar to and in many ways better than other popular players not available in Ubuntu, such as iTunes or Windows Media Player.
  • Totem: multimedia player that comes with the free Gnome desktop environment by default. With the corresponding plug-ins you can play CDs, DVDs and Video CDs, as well as the most common computer formats, such as AVI, WMV, MOV and MPEG.
  • Miro: allows you to view television programs and video clips downloaded directly from the Internet, through specialized channels, RSS, podcasts, vlogs, and other similar sources.
  • VLC- Open source, multiplatform media player that can play virtually all of the most widely used video and audio formats today (MPEG, DivX, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MKV, FLV, MP3, OGG…).
  • Cinelerra: video editing program with the ability to retouch photographs and allows you to directly import files MPEG, Ogg Theora and RAW, as well as the most common digital video formats: avi and mov.
  • k3b- Data CD Burning Tool, Audio CD, Video CD, Exact CD Copy, Data DVD Burning, and Video DVD Creation. It was awarded the best multimedia application by in 2006.
  • MythTV: application that acts as a Media Center with typical services such as viewing videos, DVDs, photos, music, and more specific ones such as DVD creation, console emulation, and web browsing, among others.
  • Gnomebaker- Application for burning CD (data and audio) and DVD with image burning capability ISO, create audio CD from WAV files, MP3 and OGG, support for multisession recording, etc.
  • Google Earth: one of the best Google applications. Google Earth allows you to go anywhere on Earth to view satellite images, maps, landforms and buildings in 3D, and even explore galaxies in the sky.
  • Exaile: audio player that incorporates various characteristics similar to those of Amarok, including features such as automatic display of the CD cover, managing large collections, capturing song lyrics, support, etc.
  • QtTube: simple program that allows you to download YouTube videos in flv format, simply by adding the URL of the video that we are interested in downloading in the application's address bar. Manual.
  • EasyTAG: graphic program to edit ID3 type tags of audio files. Works with the most popular formats: MP3, MP2, MP4 / AAC, FLAC, Ogg, MusePack and Monkey's Audio.
  • XMMS- Audio file player, similar to WinAmp, with support for MP3, OGG; WAV, WMA, FLAC, MPG and MP4 among others.
  • Zattoo: application that allows you to watch television on your computer without the need for a TV card. It offers excellent picture quality, tunes fast and allows you to watch TV in window or full screen.
  • application that allows you to listen to the radio via the Internet. It includes a music recommendation system that builds profiles and statistics on musical tastes, based on the data sent by users registered in the service.
  • Rhythmbox- Audio player included as standard in Ubuntu originally inspired by iTunes. Includes support for, scan and download albums automatically, support iPod sync, download album name, artist and song lyrics from the Internet, etc.
  • Avidemux: powerful free video editor, designed to simplify the tasks of cutting, filtering and encoding files. It supports a large number of formats, including DVD, AVI, MP4, and ASF. It allows automating projects using scripts.
  • Say cheese: program with which we can use our webcam to take photos and videos with different effects.
  • Xvidcap: allows you to take video captures of everything that happens on your Desktop. It is very versatile, it has many options and quality settings, in addition to the possibility of choosing the type of video format, the number of frames per second, etc.
  • F-Spot- Photo and Image Organizer built into the GNOME Desktop. Apart from managing and editing them, we can organize them by tags or labels, by chronological order, by location, etc.
  • DVD :: rip: application that allows you to read the content of a DVD (chapters, sound, subtitles) and create a video in a single file, readable on all computers, and of much smaller size.
  • Sound juicer: CD ripper, that is, it plays audio compact discs and allows you to transfer selected tracks to your computer, converted into WAV, OGG or MP3.
  • Audacity: tool that allows you to record, edit and manipulate digital sound files in various formats.
  • MPlayer- Media player that plays most formats: MPEG, VOB, AVI, OGG, ASF / WMA / WMV, QT / MOV / MP4, etc. It also brings the option for subtitles.
  • GCStar: application with which you can manage your collections (books, music, movies, games, etc.), keeping them organized and ready for any query.
  • SoundConverter: utility that allows you to convert audio files into various formats: WAV, FLAC, MP3, OGG.
  • gBrainy: contains different types of games to exercise the mind: logic puzzles, mental calculation games and memory games.
  • GPixPod: application that allows you to organize photos and albums on your iPod.
  • Music Applet: applet for the GNOME panel with which we can control the song that is playing at this moment, see what it is simply by looking at the panel, see the playback time of the same or even rate it.
  • Q DVD Author: complete toolkit for creating a DVD, buttons, menus, indexes, chapters, etc. It allows to include sound, video, animations and images.
  • DVD95: application that allows you to convert DVD9 to 5 DVD4,7 GBIn other words, it allows you to reduce the size of a DVD to approximately half without losing any quality.
  • XSane: application for capturing images through a scanner. It is included in the initial installation of Ubuntu.
  • MeMaker: application developed in Python that allows you to create avatars quickly. The program has a collection of pieces that the user can combine and order to create their own image.

Internet and Networks

  • Pidgin: multimedia instant messaging client capable of connecting to multiple networks (including MSN) and accounts simultaneously.
  • Emesene: a multiplatform messaging client clone of MSN Messenger that tries to have a simpler and cleaner interface than the official client, although with greater possibilities of customization and use of tabs to show the different conversations.
  • Amsn: instant messaging client that uses the MSN protocol. It mimics the look and feel of MSN Messenger and supports many of its features.
  • Thunderbird- Mozilla family email client. Thunderbird supports IMAP/POP, mail HTML, news, RSS, tags, built-in spell checker, support for extensions and skins, search engines, PGP encryption, spam filter ...
  • Liferea- News aggregator for new online feeds compatible with most feed formats, including RSS, RDF and Atom. Liferea tries to be a fast, easy to use and easy to install aggregator.
  • Firefox- Multiplatform Internet browser developed by Mozilla.
  • amule: cross-platform file sharing program. It supports most of the eMule functions. In addition, a small independent Web server and command line interface is available to connect to an aMule running over the network.
  • Azureus- BitTorrent client written in Java with a nice and aesthetic interface and provides great control over downloads.
  • CheckGmail: application that is loaded in the taskbar and checks if there are new emails in a Gmail account.
  • Deluge- Fast and lightweight torrent download manager that seamlessly integrates with Gnome. It supports several torrents without difficulty, and organizes the information in tabs.
  • Skype: program that uses technology P2P to be able to talk to another person anywhere in the world. It also allows you to make calls to landlines at a reduced price.
  • Teamspeak: client / server application that allows voice communication over the Internet. It allows you to use different communication channels and designate actions associating them with key combinations.
  • Flock: social browser that has tools for managing Blogs, managing feeds (RSS, Atom), bookmarks built into and Flickr, or the ability to share photos.
  • Transmission: very light BitTorrent client with a simple and intuitive interface on an efficient and multiplatform engine.
  • Filezilla: client FTP It includes all the commands and functions that you would expect from a program with these characteristics. Supports FTP, SFTP and FTP with SSL.
  • GrNotify: a small program that is installed in the GNOME taskbar and alerts you to the news that is coming to your Google Reader account.
  • XChat: one of the most popular open source clients of IRC for Linux. It uses tabs or flaps, has support for connection to multiple servers IRC, playback of sounds under certain events, support of external plugins and scripts, interaction with other programs such as XMSS, etc.
  • Ekiga Softphone: Chats, videoconference and chat via VoIP. It is included in the initial installation of Ubuntu.

Office and Graphics

  • Day: diagram editor that allows you to create and edit technical drawings and diagrams (flow, electrical, CISCO, UML…). Inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio'.
  • LibreOffice: free software and open source office suite of free distribution that includes tools such as word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, tools for vector drawing and a database.
  • Scribes: powerful text editor expandable by plugins written in Python that also allows remote editing of files (ftp, ssh, samba, ...).
  • Inkscape- Drawing tool for vector graphics SVG. The characteristics of SVG Supported include basic shapes, paths, text, alpha channel, transformations, gradients, node editing, etc.
  • Kompozer: web page editor WYSIWYG including features such as project work management, client FTP integrated and support for all typical elements: frames, forms, tables, design templates, CSS, etc.
  • PDFEdit: complete editing of documents is possible with PDFEdit PDF. We can change raw pdf objects (as an advanced user), change a text or move blocks.
  • Glipper: tool to manage the clipboard. Very useful and practical, because unlike Windows that is kept in memory, in Linux when the application from which the data was copied is closed, these are lost.
  • Eclipse: multiplatform and multilanguage development environment for application development.
  • Tomboy- An application for taking notes on the GNOME desktop. It is actually a very easy-to-use panel applet with which we will be able to organize the information we deal with on a daily basis.
  • Scribus- A desktop publishing program that offers great performance in creating computer publications.
  • Gimp- Image editing tool with features similar to Photoshop. There is a portable version of GIMP that can be transported and used directly from a USB memory without having to install it on the computer.
  • Evince: document viewer for the GNOME desktop environment. You can view the files in format PDF and PostScript.
  • Mozilla Sunbird: calendar that also fulfills the functions of agenda, task list, calendar with alarms, task scheduling, appointments, anniversaries and other important events.


  • Compiz Fusion- A collection of plugins and a configuration system for the Compiz window composition manager, for the X window system.
  • AllTray: allows you to add any application to the notification area even if said application does not have native support for it (like Evolution, Thunderbird, terminals, ...).
  • Brightside: application that allows you to assign configurable actions to occur when the mouse is left in a corner of the screen (decrease the volume, start the screensaver, turn off the system, etc.).
  • Kiba-dock- A dock (shortcut bar) and surely the most famous Linux application launcher. It has its own physics called "Akamaru", which provides effects as if it were a chain and the links were the launchers.
  • Avant Window Navigator: another dock that sits at the bottom of the desktop. We can configure quite important aspects of the dock: choose if the windows cover the dock when maximized, it is automatically hidden, the programs that appear in the bar and their icons ...
  • GNOME-DO: an application launcher that allows you to launch your favorite applications, Evolution contacts, Firefox bookmarks, files,…. quickly (an alternative to Alt + F2) and without the use of the mouse.
  • Screenlets: screenlets are small applications written in Python that are used in Compiz and are used to decorate the desktop or to obtain information quickly. Weather, clock, calendar, etc. are some of the Screenlets available.
  • GNOME Art: application that will allow us to customize the appearance of each of the visual components of the GNOME desktop, downloading new visual resources through a simple interface.
  • Wallpapoz: application that allows you to add more than one desktop background for each individual desktop, and allows the backgrounds to rotate over time.

System tools

  • Yakuake: terminal emulator inspired by the terminal of the video game Quake: when you press a key (by default F12, but it can be changed) the console appears on the screen sliding from the top of the desktop, and when you press it again it disappears.
  • VMWare: VMware allows you to install several virtual machines in an operating system without adding any type of hardware and without the need to make partitions.
  • Gparted: GNOME partition editor. This application is used to create, delete, resize, inspect and copy partitions, as well as file systems.
  • XAMPP- Package that mainly includes the MySQL database server, Apache web server, and interpreters for scripting languages: PHP.
  • Wine: free re-implementation of the API Windows (Win16 and Win32), that is, a project that allows programs designed for Windows to be run under Unix family operating systems. Manual
  • Conky- A highly configurable and powerful desktop application designed to provide information about the status of the system.
  • Hardinfo: information and benchmarking tool that allows you to obtain information about your computer's hardware.
  • APTonCD: graphical tool that allows you to create one more CD or DVD (you can choose it) with all the packages downloaded via apt or aptitude, creating a mobile repository that you can use on other computers.
  • Startup Manager: graphical application that allows you to manage the different parameters and configurations of Grub.
  • Firestarter: firewall used by the system (iptables / ipchains) Netfilter included in the Linux kernel. It has a graphical interface to configure firewall rules and other options.
  • Wireshark: protocol analyzer used to analyze and solve problems in communication networks for software and protocol development, and as a didactic tool for education.
  • BlueProximity: application that detects the presence of the Bluetooth device to which it is paired and when it moves away, activates the screensaver and can block the equipment.
  • OpenSSH: set of applications that allow encrypted communications and initiate sessions on remote machines using the protocol SSH.
  • Alarm Clock: application that works as an alarm to remind us of appointments, tasks or meetings that we may forget.
  • Gmount ISO: graphic application that helps us to easily assemble images ISO, just as if they were on CD / DVD of our machine.
  • Tracker- File search tool included by default in Ubuntu. It is a free, powerful and lightweight alternative to Beagle and Google Desktop.
  • VNC: program based on the client server architecture which allows us to take control of the server computer remotely through a client computer.
  • Screen: administration tool in text mode that allows having several consoles open in a terminal.
  • virtual Box: virtualization program that allows you to run other operating systems such as any GNU / Linux distribution or Ubuntu version of Windows.
  • Nautilus scripts: small applications that we can run from the GNOME file explorer. There are different types of scripts: for handling images, for audio files, etc.
  • Terminator: console that has a special and practical peculiarity: split into other consoles. That is, we have a window that encompasses our first console, but that window can be divided into two consoles, and each of them into two others.
  • Squid- Implements a proxy server and a web page daemon. It has a wide variety of utilities, from speeding up a web server, caching repeated requests to DNS and other searches for a group of people sharing network resources, even web caching, as well as adding security by filtering traffic.
  • Bind: the server DNS most commonly used on the Internet (DNS is the protocol that is responsible for associating domain names with IP addresses).
  • vsftpdEasy to install and configure Linux ftp server. It is recommended by Debian and Ubuntu and has a very simple configuration through a single file.

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  1.   rogertux said

    In the Multimedia section I would add to the multimedia center XBMC; if it can be the version 11

  2.   Courage said

    Poor KISS if we have to install all that hahahaha

  3.   Tina Toledo said

    In the section Internet and Networks we should eliminate Flock. It was an excellent browser, I used it a lot because of its integration with Photobucket, but it no longer exists ... here! there is more information about it.

    A question Elav why GIMP in section Multimedia?

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      I did not notice this TinaWell, I took the content as it was on the Wiki. Thanks for the information.

      1.    Tina Toledo said

        You are welcome, boy….
        By the way, I don't see the qBittorrent in the list of Internet and Networks...

        1.    pandev92 said

          qbitorrent is the best cross-platform client :).

          1.    Courage said

            I like Ktorrent

          2.    taregon said

            I prefer to deluge 😀 because I still do not detach myself from gnome

  4.   Erithrym said

    I use MusicBrainz Picard to edit audio labels, which if I'm not mistaken is also in the repos. It is cross-platform and allows you to order music as well.
    It is also outdated in the office suite, which should be Libreoffice 😉

  5.   Thunder said

    KdenLive is not in the Multimedia section ... I'm going to cry: '(

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Man can be added .. But since I have never used it I would need a link and a description 😀

      1.    tavo said

        The link to your page:
        The link to the manual:

        1.    elav <° Linux said

          And the description? 😛

          1.    Courage said

            Look for her, don't be a bitch (dog = lazy)

  6.   taregon said

    !AHA! So Firestarter for the iptables, so don't leave out the Gufw. A second option with Hardinfo would be i-nex:

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      I have used Firestarter, then firehol ... I already use iptables directly, in the end it is more 'secure', because you have the absolute certainty that exactly what you want is written.

  7.   Dgabo said

    I can't find the Kiba dock application, I would like to try it but I can't find it, it seems that it is discontinued 🙁

  8.   truko22 said

    The KDE applications are few would you add: Ktorrent, konversation, krita, Kdenlive, clementine, choqok, QTcreator kamera, Marble, krusader, smb4k, digikam I don't remember more and other interesting peazip, playonlinux, Jdownloader. Apper is also adopting the kde distro.

  9.   Gabriel Gonzalez said

    I would add an application for tag editing and other herbs for our mp3s:

    - mp3diags

    very good eh intuitive at least for me that I have tried some in an extensive collection of more than 70gb of mp3 is the one that has given me the best results, greetings Gabriel

  10.   Elynx said

    Great, thank you very much for listing so many programs!


  11.   Ghermain said

    Someone would be missing as an alternative to IDM and / or Mipony other than the heavy JDownloader, which consumes resources and only works when it is sung.
    The KGet is just a tricycle to get off while the others are a jet.
    It's the only thing I miss about the obnoxious W $.

  12.   the mute said

    Very good list, although I could not find any program that can replace the wirecast or the producer of ustream, and that is precisely why I have to use windows, if any of you know of any replacement for these programs, I will be very grateful.

  13.   Joseph said

    I would add:

    CherryTree, that I use as a "trunk" for everything; notes, manuals, schedules, etc. It keeps everything in a single file and arranged in the form of a tree.

    PuddleTag, the best to have your music collection perfectly tagged.

    HandBrake, the best for compressing in h264.

    Master PDF Editor, the most potable thing that exists in Linux to edit PDFs. No installation needed

    gThumb, to effectively manage your photo collection

    Gnome DVB (with Totem plugin) the best way to watch and record TV in Gnome.

    …. and I hope to remember some more.

    1.    Adolfo Rojas said

      I think the application is super, especially to have the APPS commands stored and prevent people from using the graphic menu, Great !!!

    2.    Tone said

      I was looking for something like CherryTree, thank you very much

  14.   Julio said

    Hello, very good article, if you want to Install applications from the Ubuntu terminal, here are the most recommended:

  15.   Charles-- said

    Excellent, thank you very much, a very useful one that you do not hesitate to install.

  16.   McVale said

    I need a program to edit videos but that can be put letters and is for gnome !!!!!