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This article is a general list of applications sorted by category, as a reference for those looking for packages. Many sections are split between console and graphical applications.

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Note: Applications listed in "Console" sections can have graphical front-ends. Official ones are currently omitted.



Network managers

  • Connman — Daemon for managing internet connections within embedded devices running the Linux operating system. Comes with a command-line client, plus Enlightenment, ncurses, GTK and Dmenu clients are available. || connman
  • netctl — Simple and robust tool to manage network connections via profiles. Intended for use with systemd. || netctl
  • NetworkManager — Manager that provides wired, wireless, mobile broadband and OpenVPN detection with configuration and automatic connection. || networkmanager
  • systemd-networkd — Native systemd daemon that manages network configuration. It includes support for basic network configuration through udev. || systemd
  • Wicd — Wireless and wired connection manager with few dependencies. Comes with an ncurses interface, and a GTK interface wicd-gtk is available. || wicd

VPN clients || openconnect
  • PPTP Client — To connect to PPTP VPNs, like Microsoft VPNs (MPPE). || pptpclient

Web browsers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of web browsers.


  • ELinks — Advanced and well-established feature-rich text mode web browser (Links fork, barely supported since 2009). || elinks
  • Links — Text WWW browser. Includes a console version [links] similar to Lynx, and a graphical X-window/framebuffer version [xlinks -g] (must be compiled in, Arch has both) with CSS, image rendering, pull-down menus. || links
  • Lynx — Text browser for the World Wide Web. || lynx
  • retawq — Interactive, multi-threaded network client (web browser) for text terminals. || retawqAUR
  • w3m — Pager/text-based web browser. It has vim-like keybindings, and is able to display images. || w3m



See also Wikipedia:Gecko (software). || conkerorAUR
  • Firefox — Extensible browser from Mozilla based on Gecko with fast rendering. || firefox
  • GNU IceCat — A customized build of Firefox ESR distributed by the GNU Project, stripped of non-free components and with additional privacy extensions. Release cycle may be delayed compared to Mozilla Firefox. || icecatAUR or icecat-binAUR
  • SeaMonkey — Continuation of the Mozilla Internet Suite. || seamonkey

See also Wikipedia:Blink (layout engine).

  • Chromium — Web browser developed by Google, the open source project behind Google Chrome. || chromium
Chromium spin-offs || google-chromeAUR
  • Inox — A privacy-focused patchset for Chromium, which disables Google services, proprietary features, prevents "calling home" and unhides all extensions. || inoxAUR or inox-binAUR || iridiumAUR
  • Opera — Highly customizable proprietary browser with focuses on an adherence to web rendering standards. || opera
  • Slimjet — Fast, smart and powerful proprietary browser based on Chromium. || slimjetAUR
  • theWeb — A web browser based on Qt using the Chromium Embedded Framework, with Linux integration (such as MPRIS) in mind. || thewebAUR
  • Vivaldi — An advanced proprietary browser made with the power user in mind. || vivaldiAUR
  • Yandex Browser — Proprietary browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier. || yandex-browser-betaAUR
Browsers based on electron
  • Brave — Web browser that blocks ads and trackers by default. Based on the Electron platform. || braveAUR
  • Min — A smarter, faster web browser based on the Electron platform. || minAUR
Browsers based on qt5-webengine
  • Liri — A minimalistic material design web browser written for Papyros. || liri-browserAUR
  • Qt WebBrowser — Browser for embedded devices developed using the capabilities of Qt and Qt WebEngine. || qtwebbrowserAUR
  • QupZilla — New and very fast open source browser based on QtWebEngine, written in Qt framework. || qupzilla

See also Wikipedia:WebKit.

Browsers based on webkit2gtk
  • GNOME Web — Browser which uses the WebKitGTK+ rendering engine, part of gnome. || epiphany
  • Lariza — A simple, experimental web browser using GTK+ 3, GLib and WebKit2GTK+. || larizaAUR
  • Rainbow Lollipop — The visual history browser. In early state of development. || rainbow-lollipop-gitAUR
  • Surf 2 — A simple web browser based on WebKit2GTK+. Experimental branch. || surf-webkit2gtk-gitAUR
  • Webby — Allows to use web apps as regular desktop apps, integrated with the OS, without tabs and using the default system launcher. In early state of development. || webby-browser-bzrAUR
Browsers based on webkitgtk/webkitgtk2
Warning: The following browsers are based on one of four WebKit ports that are today considered insecure and outdated. GTK+ browsers should be switching to webkit2gtk. More info here.
  • dwb — Lightweight, highly customizable web browser based on the WebKit engine with vi-like shortcuts and tiling layouts. As of October 2014 dwb is unmaintained. || dwb
  • Jumanji — Highly customizable and functional web browser. || jumanji-gitAUR
  • Luakit — Highly configurable, micro-browser framework based on the WebKit engine and the GTK+ toolkit. It is very fast, extensible by Lua and licensed under the GNU GPLv3 license. || luakit
  • Midori — Lightweight web browser based on GTK+ and WebKit. || GTK+ 3: midori, GTK+ 2: midori-gtk2
  • Surf — Lightweight WebKit-based browser, which follows the suckless ideology (basically, the browser itself is a single C source file). || surf
  • Uzbl — Group of web interface tools which adhere to the Unix philosophy. || uzbl-browser
  • vimb — Fast and lightweight vim like web browser based on the webkit web browser engine and the GTK toolkit. || vimbAUR
  • Vimprobable — Browser that behaves like the Vimperator plugin available for Mozilla Firefox. It is based on the WebKit engine and uses the GTK+ bindings. || vimprobable-gitAUR
  • Xombrero — Webkit minimalist web browser (formerly known as xxxterm) with sophisticated security features designed-in, BSD style. || xombrero-gitAUR
Browsers based on qt5-webkit/qtwebkit
Warning: The following browsers are based on one of four WebKit ports that are today considered insecure and outdated. Qt browsers should be switching to qt5-webengine (Blink). More info here.
  • Arora — Cross-platform web browser built using QtWebKit. Development stopped in January 2012. || arora-gitAUR
  • Dooble — A safe WebKit Web browser. || doobleAUR
  • Otter-browser — Browser aiming to recreate classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5. || otter-browserAUR
  • qutebrowser — A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5 and QtWebKit. || qutebrowser
  • Rekonq — WebKit-based web browser for KDE. || rekonq
  • Dillo — Small, fast graphical web browser built on FLTK. Uses its own layout engine. || dillo
  • Konqueror — Web browser based on Qt toolkit and KHTML layout engine, part of kdebase. || kdebase-konqueror
  • NetSurf — Featherweight browser written in C, notable for its slowly developing JavaScript support and fast rendering through its own layout engine. || netsurf
  • Pale Moon — A Firefox fork focussing on speed, with a pre-Firefox 29 interface. Uses Goanna layout engine, a fork of Gecko. Firefox add-ons may not be compatible. [1] Compiled for SSE2, with disabled optional code and no support for newer Firefox features such as cache2, e10s, and OTMC. || palemoonAUR

File sharing

Download managers

  • Gwget — Download manager for GNOME. || gwget
  • KGet — Download manager for KDE that supports HTTP(S), FTP and BitTorrent. Part of kdenetwork. || kdenetwork-kget
  • uGet — GTK+ download manager featuring download classification and HTML import. || uget


FTP clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of FTP client software.

  • CurlFtpFS — Filesystem for accessing FTP hosts; based on FUSE and libcurl. || curlftpfs
  • FatRat — Download manager with support for HTTP, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent, RapidShare and more. || fatrat-gitAUR
  • FileZilla — Fast and reliable FTP, FTPS and SFTP client. || filezilla
  • gFTP — Multithreaded FTP client for Linux. || gftp
  • LFTP — Sophisticated command-line FTP client. || lftp
  • LftpFS — Read-only filesystem based on lftp (also supports HTTP, FISH, SFTP, HTTPS, FTPS and proxies). || lftpfsAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • ncftp — A set of free application programs implementing FTP. || ncftp
  • tnftp — FTP client with several advanced features for NetBSD. || tnftp

Some file managers like Dolphin, GNOME Files and Thunar also provide FTP functionality.

FTP servers
  • bftpd — Small, easy-to-configure FTP server || bftpd
  • proFTPd — A secure and configurable FTP server || proftpdAUR
  • Pure-FTPd — Free (BSD-licensed), secure, production-quality and standard-compliant FTP server. || pure-ftpdAUR
  • vsftpd — Lightweight, stable and secure FTP server for UNIX-like systems. || vsftpd

Distributed file systems

  • Ceph — Distributed object store and file system designed to provide excellent performance, reliability and scalability. || ceph
  • GlusterFS — Cluster file system capable of scaling to several peta-bytes. || glusterfs
  • Sheepdog — Distributed object storage system for volume and container services and manages the disks and nodes intelligently. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Tahoe-LAFS — Tahoe Least-Authority Filesystem is a free and open, secure, decentralized, fault-tolerant, peer-to-peer distributed data store and distributed file system. || tahoe-lafsAUR

BitTorrent clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of BitTorrent clients.

Command line / backend

Can be used as-is via command line, but all have a choice of front-end options as well.

  • aria2 — Lightweight download utility that supports simultaneous adaptive downloading via HTTP(S), FTP, BitTorrent (DHT, PEX, MSE/PE) protocols and Metalink. It can run as a daemon controlled via a built-in JSON-RPC or XML-RPC interface. || aria2
  • Ctorrent — CTorrent is a BitTorrent client implemented in C++ to be lightweight and quick. || enhanced-ctorrentAUR
  • MLDonkey — Multi-protocol P2P client that supports BitTorrent, HTTP, FTP, eDonkey and Direct Connect. || mldonkey
  • Transmission — Simple and easy-to-use BitTorrent client with a daemon version, GTK+, Qt GUI, web and CLI front-ends. || transmission-cli (includes backend, daemon, command-line interface, and a Web UI interface)
Console Interface
  • rTorrent — Simple and lightweight ncurses BitTorrent client. Requires libtorrent backend. || rtorrent || transmission-remote-cli
Graphical Interface
libtorrent-rasterbar backend
  • Deluge — User-friendly BitTorrent client written in PyGTK that can run as a daemon. || deluge
  • FatRat — Qt4 based download manager with support for HTTP, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent, rapidshare and more. Written in C++. || fatrat-gitAUR
  • qBittorrent — Open source (GPLv2) BitTorrent client that strongly resembles µtorrent. || qbittorrent qbittorrent-nox
  • Tribler — 4th generation file sharing system bittorrent client. || triblerAUR
libktorrent backend
  • Ktorrent — Feature-rich BitTorrent client for KDE. || ktorrent
  • Tixati — P2P client that uses the BitTorrent protocol. || tixatiAUR
  • Transmission — Simple and easy-to-use BitTorrent client with daemon version, GTK+, Qt GUI, web and CLI front-ends. || transmission-gtk transmission-qt transmission-remote-gtkAUR (remote clients work with the daemon in the -cli package)
  • Vuze — Feature-rich BitTorrent client written in Java (formerly Azureus). || vuzeAUR
  • Vuze Plus Extreme Mod — A modded version of the Vuze BitTorrent client with multiple spoofing capabilities. || vuze-extreme-modAUR

Other P2P networks

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of eDonkey software.

  • aMule — Well-known eDonkey/Kad client with a daemon version and GTK+, web, and CLI front-ends. || amule
  • KaMule — KDE graphical front-end for aMule. || kamuleAUR
  • MlDonkey — A multi-network P2P client. || mldonkey
  • Sendanywhere — GTK2 client for the cross platform P2P file sharing service, Sendanywhere. Allow users to send files of any type and size to other Android, iOS, and Desktop devices. || sendanywhereAUR
  • Sharelin — Gnutella2 only client with a web UI. || sharelinAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Video downloaders

  • youtube-dl — Download videos from YouTube and many other platforms. || youtube-dl
  • You-Get — Dumb downloader that scrapes the web. || you-get


Email clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of e-mail clients.

  • alot — An experimental terminal MUA based on notmuch mail. It is written in python using the urwid toolkit. || alotAUR
  • Alpine — Fast, easy-to-use and Apache-licensed email client based on Pine. || alpineAUR
  • Gnus — Email, NNTP and RSS client for Emacs. || emacs-gnus-gitAUR
  • S-nail — a mail processing system with a command syntax reminiscent of ed with lines replaced by messages. Provides the functionality of mailx. || s-nail
  • mu/mu4e — Email indexer (mu) and client for emacs (mu4e). Xapian based for fast searches. || muAUR
  • Mutt — Small but very powerful text-based mail client. || mutt
  • nmh — A modular mail handling system. || nmhAUR nmh-gitAUR
  • notmuch — A fast mail indexer built on top of xapian. || notmuch notmuch-vim notmuch-mutt
  • Sup — CLI mail client with very fast searching, tagging, threading and GMail like operation. || supAUR
  • Wanderlust — Email client and news reader for Emacs. || wanderlust
  • Balsa — Simple and light email client that is part of the Gnome project. || balsa
  • Claws Mail — Lightweight GTK-based email client and news reader. || claws-mail || evolution
  • FossaMail — FossaMail is a Mozilla Thunderbird-based mail, news and chat client by the Pale Moon developers. || fossamail-binAUR
  • Geary — Simple desktop mail client built in Vala. || geary
  • Kmail — Mature and feature-rich email client. Part of kdepim. || kmail
  • Manitou Mail — Database-driven email system. || manitou-mdxAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] manitou-uiAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • N1 — A new mail client, built on the modern web and designed to be extended. || n1AUR
  • Roundcubemail — Browser-based multilingual IMAP client with a native application-like user interface. || roundcubemail || seamonkey
  • Sylpheed — Lightweight and user-friendly GTK+ email client. || sylpheed
  • Thunderbird — Feature-rich email client from Mozilla written in GTK+. || thunderbird
  • Trojitá — Qt IMAP email client. Only supports one IMAP account. || trojita
  • WMail — The missing desktop client for Gmail & Google Inbox || wmail-binAUR

Instant messaging

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of instant messaging protocols.

This section lists all software with instant messaging support. Particularly, that are client and server applications.

IRC clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of Internet Relay Chat clients.

Note: Most web browsers and many IM clients also support IRC.
  • BitchX — Console-based IRC client developed from the popular ircII. || bitchx-gitAUR
  • ERC — Powerful, modular, and extensible IRC client for Emacs. || included with emacs
  • ii — Featherweight IRC client, literally tail -f the conversation and echo back your replies to a file. || iiAUR
  • Ircfs — File system interface to IRC written in Limbo. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Irssi — Highly-configurable ncurses-based IRC client. || irssi
  • ScrollZ — Advanced IRC client based on ircII. || scrollzAUR
  • sic — Extremely simple IRC client, similar to ii. || sicAUR
  • WeeChat — Modular, lightweight ncurses-based IRC client. || weechat
  • ChatZilla — Clean, easy to use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client, built on the Mozilla platform using XULRunner. || chatzillaAUR
  • HexChat — Fork of XChat for Linux and Windows. || hexchat || konversation
  • KVIrc — Qt-based IRC client featuring extensive themes support. || kvirc
  • Loqui — GTK+ IRC client with only one dependency: GNet. || loquiAUR
  • LostIRC — Simple GTK+ IRC client with tab-autocompletion, multiple server support, logging and others. || lostircAUR
  • pcw — Frontend for ii that opens a new terminal for each channel. || pcw-hgAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Polari — Simple IRC client by the GNOME project. || polari
  • Quassel — Modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client. || quassel-core quassel-client quassel-monolithic
  • Smuxi — Cross-platform IRC client for the GNOME desktop inspired by Irssi. || smuxi
  • XChat — GTK-based IRC client that works on both Linux and Windows. || xchat
XMPP (Jabber)

See also Wikipedia:XMPP and Wikipedia:Comparison of instant messaging clients#XMPP-related features.

Command line
  • jp — CLI frontend for Salut à Toi, multi-purpose XMPP client || sat-jpAUR
Console clients
  • Freetalk — Console-based Jabber client. || freetalk
  • jabber.el — Minimal Jabber client for Emacs. || emacs-jabberAUR
  • MCabber — Small Jabber console client, includes features: SSL, PGP, MUC, OTR, and UTF8. || mcabber
  • Poezio — XMPP client with IRC feeling || poezioAUR
  • Primitivus — Console frontend for Salut à Toi, multi-purpose XMPP client || sat-primitivusAUR
  • Profanity — A console based Jabber client inspired by Irssi. || profanity
  • xmpp-client — A minimalist XMPP client with OTR support. || go-xmpp-clientAUR
Graphical clients
  • Gajim — Jabber client written in PyGTK. || gajim
  • Psi — Qt-based Jabber client which supports video conferencing. || psi psimedia
  • Psi+ — Enhanced version of the Psi Jabber client with many new features. || psi-plus-gitAUR
  • Tkabber — Easy to hack feature-rich XMPP client by the author of the ejabberd XMPP server. || tkabber

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of XMPP server software.

  • Prosody — An XMPP server written in the Lua programming language. Prosody is designed to be lightweight and highly extensible. It is licensed under a permissive MIT license. || prosody
  • Ejabberd — Jabber server written in Erlang || ejabberd
  • Jabberd2 — An XMPP server written in the C language and licensed under the GNU General Public License. It was inspired by jabberd14. || jabberd2AUR
  • Openfire — An XMPP IM multiplatform server written in Java || openfire
Multi-protocol clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of instant messaging clients.

Note: All messengers, that support several networks by means of direct connections to them, belong to this section.

Many clients listed here (including Pidgin and all its forks) support multiple IM networks via libpurple. The number of networks supported by these clients is very large but they (like any multiprotocol clients) usually have very limited or no support for network-specific features.

  • BarnOwl — Ncurses-based chat client with support for the Zephyr, AIM, Jabber, IRC, and Twitter protocols. || barnowlAUR
  • Bitlbee — IRC client that provides a gateway to popular chat networks (XMPP, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ and Twitter). || bitlbee
  • CenterIM — Fork of CenterICQ, a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface. || centerim
  • Finch — Ncurses-based chat client that uses libpurple and supports all its protocols. || finch
  • naim — Ncurses chat client with support for AOL, ICQ, IRC and the Lily CMC. || naim
  • pork — Programmable, ncurses-based AIM and IRC client that mostly looks and feels like ircII. || pork
  • Tox — Tox is a distributed, secure messenger with audio and video chat capabilities. || see Tox
Graphical || empathy
  • Instantbird — Multi-protocol chat client using Mozilla's XUL and libpurple. || instantbirdAUR
  • Kopete — User-friendly IM supporting AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and other IM networks. Part of kdenetwork. || kdenetwork-kopete
  • KDE Telepathy — KDE instant messaging client using the Telepathy framework. Meant as a replacement for Kopete. || telepathy-kde-meta
  • Licq — Instant messaging client for UNIX supporting multiple protocols (currently ICQ, MSN and Jabber). || licq
  • Mikutter — An open-source Twitter client using GTK+ and Ruby. || mikutterAUR mikutter-gitAUR
  • Pidgin — Multi-protocol instant messaging client. || pidgin pidgin-lightAUR
  • qutIM — Simple and user-friendly IM supporting ICQ, Jabber, Mail.Ru, IRC and VKontakte messaging. || qutimAUR
Lan messengers

See also: Comparison of LAN messengers.

  • iptux — Lan communication software, compatible with IP Messenger. || iptuxAUR

VoIP / Softphone

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of VoIP software and Wikipedia:List of SIP software.

Note: Some IM clients also offer voice and video communication
  • Blink — State of the art, easy to use SIP client. || blink-darcsAUR
  • Ekiga — VoIP and video conferencing application with full SIP and H.323 support (formerly known as GNOME Meeting). || ekiga
  • Empathy — GNOME instant messenger client using the Telepathy framework with SIP support (using the Sofia-SIP library). || empathy
  • Jitsi — Audio/video SIP VoIP phone and instant messenger written in Java (formerly SIP-Communicator). || jitsiAUR
  • KPhone — Qt SIP User Agent with voice, video and text messaging support. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Linphone — VoIP phone application that allows you to to communicate freely with people over the internet, with voice, video, and text instant messaging. || linphone
  • Minisip — SIP User Agent with focus on security (supports TLS, end-to-end security, SRTP, MIKEY (DH, PSK, PKE)). || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Twinkle — Qt softphone for VoIP and IM communication using SIP. || twinkleAUR
  • X-Lite — Proprietary freeware VoIP soft phone that uses SIP. || xlite_binAUR
  • Zfone — Softphone application for secure voice communication over the Internet (VoIP), using the ZRTP protocol. || zfoneAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Kiax — Qt-based IAX/2 Softphone. || kiaxAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Skype — Popular but proprietary application for high-quality voice communication. || skypeAUR
  • Hangups — A third-party instant messaging client for Google Hangouts || hangups-gitAUR
  • Mumble — Voice chat application similar to TeamSpeak. || mumble
  • TeamSpeak — Proprietary VoIP application with gamers as its target audience. || teamspeak3
  • Discord — All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. || discord-canaryAUR
  • Ring — Open-source SIP/IAX2 compatible softphone with PulseAudio support (formerly known as SFLphone). || ring-daemonAUR
  • Gladstone — Educational ITU-T G.729 compliant codec with a GStreamer plugin. || gladstone-drizztbsd-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • SIPp — Open source test tool and traffic generator for the SIP protocol. || sippAUR

Speech recognition

See Speech recognition#List of speech recognition applications.

News, RSS, and blogs

News aggregators

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of feed aggregators.

  • Canto — Ncurses RSS aggregator. || canto-next-gitAUR
  • Gnus — Email, NNTP and RSS client for Emacs. || emacs-gnus-gitAUR
  • Newsbeuter — Ncurses RSS aggregator with layout and keybinding similar to the Mutt email client. || newsbeuter
  • Rawdog — "RSS Aggregator Without Delusions Of Grandeur" that parses RSS/CDF/Atom feeds into a static HTML page of articles in chronological order. || rawdog
  • Snownews — Text mode RSS news reader. || snownews
Graphical || akregator
  • Blam — Simple newsreader for GNOME written in C Sharp. || blam
  • Evolution RSS — Plugin for Evolution Mail that enables reading of RSS/RDF/ATOM feeds. || evolution-rssAUR
  • Liferea — GTK+ news aggregator for online news feeds and weblogs. || liferea
  • RSS Guard — Very tiny RSS and ATOM news reader developed using Qt framework. || rssguardAUR
  • RSSOwl — Powerful aggregator for RSS and Atom feeds, written in Java using Eclipse Rich Client Platform and SWT as a widget toolkit. || rssowlAUR || seamonkey
  • Thunderbird — Email client from Mozilla which also functions as a pretty nice news aggregator. || thunderbird
  • Tickr (formerly News) — GTK-based RSS Reader that displays feeds as a smooth scrolling line on your Desktop, as known from TV stations. || tickrAUR
  • Urssus — Cross platform GUI news aggregator. || urssusAUR
  • QuiteRSS — RSS/Atom feed reader written on Qt/С++. || quiterssAUR

Podcast clients

  • gPodder — A podcast client and feed aggregator (GTK+ and CLI interface). || gpodder3AUR
  • Greg — A command-line podcast aggregator. || greg-gitAUR
  • Marrie — A simple podcast client that runs on the Command Line Interface. || marrie-gitAUR
  • PodCastXDL — A simple podcast Downloader for the terminal. || podcastxdl-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Vocal — Simple Podcast Client for the Modern Desktop (GTK+). || vocalAUR

Usenet newsreaders & newsgrabbers

Some email clients also support NNTP. This section mainly lists NNTP-only client.

See also: Wikipedia:List of Usenet newsreaders, Wikipedia:Comparison of Usenet newsreaders.

  • lottanzb — A SABnzbd+ (Usenet binary downloader) GUI front-end written in PyGTK || lottanzbAUR
  • nn — Alternative more user-friendly(curses-based) Usenet newsreader for UNIX. || nnAUR
  • NZBGet — CLI Utility to grab Usenet binary file using .nzb files. || nzbget
  • pan — A GTK2 Usenet newsreader that's good at both text and binaries. || pan
  • slrn — An open source text-based news client. || slrn
  • tin — A cross-platform threaded NNTP and spool based UseNet newsreader. || tinAUR
  • trn — A text-based Threaded Usenet newsreader. || trnAUR
  • xrn — Usenet newsreader for X Window System. || xrnAUR

Blog software

See also Wikipedia:Blog software and Wikipedia:List of content management systems.

  • Drupal — An open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It is built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. || drupal
  • Ghost — Blogging platform written in JavaScript and distributed under the MIT License, designed to simplify the process of online publishing for individual bloggers as well as online publications. || ghostAUR
  • Hexo — A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js. || nodejs-hexoAUR
  • Jekyll — A static blog engine, written in Ruby, which supports Markdown, textile and other formats. || ruby-jekyllAUR
  • Nanoblogger — A small weblog engine written in Bash for the command line. It uses common UNIX tools such as cat, grep, and sed to create static HTML content. It is not mantained anymore. || nanoblogger
  • Nikola — A static site generator written in Python, with incremental rebuilds and multiple markup formats. || python-nikolaAUR
  • Pelican — A static site generator, powered by Python. || pelican
  • Wordpress — An easy to setup and administer FLOSS content management system featuring a strong and vibrant community with thousands of plugins and themes. || wordpress

Microblogging clients

See also Wikipedia:List of Twitter services and applications.

  • Birdie — A beautiful Twitter client for GNU/Linux. || birdie-gitAUR
  • Choqok — Microblogging client for KDE that supports,, GNU social and services. || choqok
  • Corebird — Native Gtk+ Twitter client for the Linux desktop. || corebird-gitAUR
  • Polly — Linux Twitter client designed for multiple columns of multiple accounts. || pollyAUR
  • Pumpa — client written in C++ and Qt. || pumpa-gitAUR
  • Rainbowstream — A powerful and fully-featured console Twitter client written in Python. || rainbowstreamAUR
  • ttytter — Easily scriptable Twitter client written in Perl. || ttytterAUR
  • Turpial — Multi-interface Twitter client written in Python. || turpial-gitAUR
  • turses — Twitter client for the console based off tyrs with major improvements. || tursesAUR

Remote desktop

See also Wikipedia:Remote desktop software and Wikipedia:Comparison of remote desktop software.

Remote desktop clients

  • GNOME Boxes — A simple GNOME 3 application to access remote or virtual systems. Supports VNC and SPICE. || gnome-boxes
  • GVncViewer — Simple VNC Client on Gtk-VNC. || gtk-vnc
  • KRDC — Remote Desktop Client for KDE. Supports RDP and VNC. Part of kdenetwork. || krdc
  • Remmina — Remote desktop client written in GTK+. Supports RDP, VNC, NX, XDMCP and SSH. || remmina || tigervnc
  • Vinagre — Remote desktop viewer for GNOME. Supports RDP, VNC, SPICE and SSH. Part of gnome-extra. || vinagre
  • xfreerdp — FreeRDP X11 client. || freerdp
  • X2Go Client — A graphical client (Qt4) for the X2Go system that uses the NX technology protocol. || x2goclient

Remote desktop servers || krfb
  • Vino — VNC server for GNOME. Part of gnome. || vino || tigervnc
  • x11vnc — VNC server for real X displays. || x11vnc
  • X2Go Server — An open source remote desktop software that uses the NX technology protocol. || x2goserver

Pastebin clients

See also Wikipedia:Pastebin.

Pastebin services are often used to quote text or images while collaborating and troubleshooting. Pastebin clients provide a convenient way to post from the command line.

Tip: You can access the, and pastebins using curl. For example pipe the output of a command to ptpb:
command | curl -F c=@- 
or upload a file (including images):
curl -F c=@- < file
Note: is blocked for some people and has a history of annoying issues (javascript, adverts, poor formatting, etc). Do not use it.
  • Elmer — Pastebin client similar to wgetpaste and curlpaste, except written in Perl and usable with wget or curl. Servers:,, || elmerAUR || fb-client || gist || hasteAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Hg-paste — Pastebin extension for Mercurial which can send diffs to various pastebin websites for easy sharing. Servers: and || hg-pasteAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • imgur — A CLI client which can upload image to image sharing service. || imgurAUR
  • Ix — Client for the pastebin. || ixAUR
  • Npaste-client — Client for the pastebin. || npaste-clientAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] || pastebinit
  • paste-binouse — C++ standalone pastebin web server || paste-binouse-gitAUR
  • pb — A very fast, lightweight pastebin and general file uploader written in python with a ton of features. || ptpbAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • pbpst — A small tool to interact with pb instances (eg || pbpst pbpst-gitAUR || ruby-hasteAUR ruby-haste-gitAUR
  • Uppity — The pastebin client with an attitude. || uppity-gitAUR || vim-gistAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Vim-paster — Vim plugin to paste to any pastebin service using curl. || vim-pasterAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] || wgetpaste


See the main article: Bitcoin.

  • Armory — Bitcoin client with features such as support for multiple wallets, importing keys and backups. || armory-gitAUR
  • Bitcoin — Official tool to manage Bitcoins, a P2P currency. || bitcoin-daemon bitcoin-cli bitcoin-qt bitcoin-tx
  • Electrum — An easy to use Bitcoin client. || electrum
  • MultiBit — A lightweight Bitcoin desktop client powered by the BitCoinJ library. || multibit


  • LimeSurvey — An open source on-line survey application. As a web server-based software it enables users to develop and publish on-line surveys, and collect responses, with no programming. || limesurveyAUR



See the main article: Codecs.


Image viewers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of image viewers.

  • fbi — Image viewer for the linux framebuffer console. || fbida
  • fbv — Very simple graphic file viewer for the framebuffer console. || fbv
  • fim — Highly customizable and scriptable framebuffer image viewer based on fbi. || fimAUR
  • jfbview — Framebuffer PDF and image viewer based on Imlib2. Features include Vim-like controls, rotation and zoom, zoom-to-fit, and fast multi-threaded rendering. || jfbviewAUR
  • Deepin Image Viewer — Image viewer for the Deepin desktop environment. || deepin-image-viewer
  • Ephoto — A light image viewer based on EFL. || ephoto-gitAUR
  • Eye of GNOME — Image viewing and cataloging program, which is a part of the GNOME desktop environment. || eog
  • Eye of MATE — Simple graphics viewer for the MATE desktop. || GTK+ 2: eom, GTK+ 3: eom-gtk3
  • EyeSight — Image viewer for the Hawaii desktop environment. || eyesightAUR
  • feh — Fast, lightweight image viewer that uses imlib2. || feh
  • GalaPix — OpenGL-based image viewer for simultaneously viewing and zooming large collections of image files, || galapixAUR
  • Geeqie — Image browser and viewer (fork of GQview) that adds additional functionality such as support for RAW files. || geeqie
  • Gimmage — Gtkmm image viewer. || gimmage
  • GNOME Photos — Access, organize, and share your photos on GNOME. || gnome-photos
  • GPicView — Simple and fast image viewer for X, which is part of the LXDE desktop. || GTK+ 2: gpicview, GTK+ 3: gpicview-gtk3AUR
  • GQview — Image browser that features single click access to view images and move around the directory tree || gqview-develAUR
  • gThumb — Image viewer for the GNOME desktop. || gthumb
  • Gwenview — Fast and easy to use image viewer for the KDE desktop. || gwenview
  • imv — Lightweight image viewer with support for Wayland and animated GIFs which uses FreeImage. || imvAUR
  • LxImage-Qt — The LXQt image viewer. || lximage-qtAUR
  • meh — meh is a small, simple, super fast image viewer using raw XLib. || meh-gitAUR
  • Mirage — PyGTK image viewer featuring support for crop and resize, custom actions and a thumbnail panel. || mirage
  • nomacs — Free (GPLv3) Qt image viewer for many operating systems. It is feature-rich but starts fast and can be configured to show additional widgets or only the image. || nomacs
  • Pantheon Photos — Image viewer for Pantheon. || pantheon-photos
  • Phototonic — Fast and functional image viewer and organizer (Qt). || phototonicAUR
  • PhotoQt — Fast and highly configurable image viewer with a simple and nice interface. || photoqtAUR
  • Quick Image Viewer — Very small and fast image viewer based on GTK+ and imlib2. || qiv
  • Ristretto — Fast and lightweight image viewer for the Xfce desktop environment. || ristretto
  • Shotwell — A digital photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment || shotwell
  • sxiv — Simple image viewer based on imlib2 that works well with tiling window managers. || sxiv
  • Viewnior — Minimalistic GTK+ image viewer featuring support for flipping, rotating, animations and configurable mouse actions. || viewnior
  • Xloadimage — Classic X image viewer. || xloadimage
  • XnView MP — Efficient proprietary image viewer, browser and converter. || xnviewmpAUR
  • xv — Shareware program written by John Bradley to display and modify digital images under the X Window System. Last released in 1994. || xv

Graphics and image manipulation

Raster editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of raster graphics editors.

  • AzPainter — A Painting software. || azpainterAUR
  • darktable — Photography workflow and RAW development application. || darktable
  • dcraw — Converts many camera RAW formats. || dcraw
  • digiKam — KDE-based image organizer with built-in editing features via a plugin architecture. digiKam asserts it is more full featured than similar applications with a larger set of image manipulation features including RAW image import and manipulation. || digikam
  • GIMP — Image editing suite in the vein of proprietary editors such as Adobe Photoshop. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) has been started in the mid 1990s and has acquired a large number of plugins and additional tools. || gimp || gpaintAUR
  • GraphicsMagick — Fork of ImageMagick designed to have API and command-line stability. It also supports multi-CPU for enhanced performance and thus is used by some large commercial sites (Flickr, etsy) for its performance. || graphicsmagick
  • ImageMagick — Command-line image manipulation program. It is known for its accurate format conversions with support for over 100 formats. Its API enables it to be scripted and it is usually used as a backend processor. || imagemagick
  • KolourPaint — Free raster graphics editor for KDE, similar to Microsoft's Paint application before Windows 7, but with some additional features such as support for transparency. Part of kde-applications and kdegraphics groups. || kolourpaint
  • Krita — Digital painting and illustration software included based on the KDE platform. || krita
  • Luminance HDR — Open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging. || luminancehdr
  • mtPaint — Graphics editing program geared towards creating indexed palette images and pixel art. || mtpaint
  • MyPaint — Free software graphics application for digital painters. || mypaint
  • Pinta — Drawing and editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide a simplified alternative to GIMP for casual users. || pinta
  • XPaint — Color image editing tool which features most standard paint program options. || xpaintAUR

Some image viewers like Ephoto, GNOME Photos, gThumb, nomacs, Pantheon Photos, Phototonic, Shotwell and XnView MP also provide some basic image manipulation functionality.

Vector graphics - illustration

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of vector graphics editors.

  • Asymptote — A descriptive vector graphics language (like PGF/TikZ and Metapost) with a C-like syntax and LaTeX support. || asymptote
  • Dia — GTK+-based diagram creation program. || dia
  • Graphviz — Set of tools for drawing graphs in the descriptive DOT language. || graphviz
  • Inkscape — Vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. It's developers also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development. || inkscape
  • Karbon — Vector graphics editor, part of the Calligra Suite. Part of calligra group. || calligra-karbon || pencilAUR
  • qasm2circ — Quantum circuit generator for latex || qasm2circAUR
  • sK1 — Replacement for Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw, oriented for "prepress ready" PostScript & PDF output. || sk1
  • Xara LX — Advanced vector graphics program, the open source version of the commercial Xara X. || xaralxAUR
  • yEd — General-purpose diagramming program for flowcharts, network diagrams, UML diagrams, BPMN diagrams, mind maps, organization charts, and Entity Relationship diagrams. || yedAUR
Vector graphics - CAD

See also Wikipedia:List of computer-aided design editors.

  • BRL-CAD — Constructive solid geometry (CSG) solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) system that includes an interactive geometry editor, ray tracing support for graphics rendering and geometric analysis, computer network distributed framebuffer support, scripting, image-processing and signal-processing tools. || brlcadAUR
  • DraftSight — Dassault Systemes' freeware 2D CAD application. DraftSight allows users to access DWG/DXF files, regardless of which CAD software was originally used to create them. || draftsightAUR
  • FreeCAD — CAD/CAE program, based on OpenCascade, Qt and Python with features such as macro recording, workbenches and the ability to run as server. || freecad
  • LeoCAD — CAD program for creating virtual LEGO models. It has an easy to use interface and currently includes over 6000 different pieces created by the LDraw community. || leocadAUR
  • LibreCAD — Powerful 2D CAD application based on Qt. It has been forked from QCad Community Edition. || librecad
  • OpenSCAD — Open source 2D/3D CAD using programmers approach. || openscad openscad-gitAUR
  • QCAD — Powerful 2D CAD application that began in 1999. QCaD includes DFX standard file format and supports HPGL format. || qcad
3D modeling/rendering

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of 3D computer graphics software. || aoiAUR
  • Blender — fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite capable of 3D modeling, texturing, and animation, among other things. || blender
  • MakeHuman™ — Parametrical modeling program for creating human bodies. || makehumanAUR
  • POV-Ray — Script-based raytracer for creating 3D graphics. || povray
  • Wings 3D — Advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. || wings3d

Screen capture

See also: Taking a screenshot.


Audio systems

See the main article: Sound system.

See also Wikipedia:Sound server.

  • wineasio — Provides an ASIO to JACK driver for wine. ASIO is the most common Windows low-latency driver, so is commonly used in audio workstation programs. || wineasioAUR

Audio players

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of audio player software.

Music player daemons and clients

See also: List of MPD clients || mpd
  • XMMS2 — Complete rewrite of the popular music player. || xmms2
Command-line players
  • cmus — Very feature-rich ncurses-based music player. || cmus
  • Cplay — Curses front-end for various audio players (ogg123, mpg123, mpg321, splay, madplay, and mikmod, xmp, and sox). || cplayAUR
  • Herrie — Minimalistic console-based music player with native AudioScrobbler support. || herrieAUR
  • MOC — Ncurses console audio player with support for the MP3, OGG, and WAV formats. || moc
  • MPFC — Gstreamer-based audio player with curses interface. || mpfcAUR
  • mpg123 — Fast free MP3 console audio player for Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, HP-UX and nearly all other UNIX systems (also decodes MP1 and MP2 files). || mpg123
  • mps-youtube — Terminal based YouTube jukebox with playlist management. Plays audio/video through mplayer/mpv. || mps-youtube
  • pancake — Cli pandora client built with urwid. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • pianobar — Console-based frontend for Pandora. || pianobar
  • shell-fm — Console-based player for the streams provided by || shell-fmAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • VLC — Highly portable multimedia player with ncurses interface module, and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. || vlc
  • whistle — a curses-based commandline audio player. || whistle-gitAUR
GUI players
  • Amarok — Mature Qt-based player known for its plethora of features. || amarok || audacious
  • BansheeiTunes clone, built with GTK+ and Mono, feature-rich and more actively developed. || banshee || clementine
  • Cuberok — Music player and collection manager with a lightweight interface. || cuberokAUR
  • DeaDBeeF — Light and fast music player with many features, no GNOME or KDE dependencies, supports console-only, as well as a GTK+ GUI, comes with many plugins, and has a metadata editor. || deadbeef
  • Exaile — GTK+ clone of Amarok. || exaileAUR
  • gmusicbrowser — Open-source jukebox for large collections of MP3/OGG/FLAC files. || gmusicbrowserAUR
  • GNOME Music — Music is the new GNOME music playing application. It aims to combine an elegant and immersive browsing experience with simple and straightforward controls. || gnome-music
  • Goggles Music Manager — Music collection manager and player that automatically categorizes your music, supports gapless playback, features easy tag editing, and internet radio support. Uses the Fox toolkit. || gogglesmm
  • Guayadeque — Full featured media player that can easily manage large collections and uses the GStreamer media framework. || guayadequeAUR
  • JuK — JuK is an audio jukebox application, supporting collections of MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC audio files. || kdemultimedia-juk
  • Listen — Listen is a Music player and management for GNOME written in python. || listenAUR
  • Lollypop — A GNOME music player. || lollypop
  • LXMusic — A minimalist xmms2-based music player. || lxmusic
  • Miam-player — Cross-platform open source music player. || miam-playerAUR
  • Musique — Just another music player, only better. || musiqueAUR
  • Nightingale — Open source clone of iTunes-based on Songbird, that uses Mozilla technologies and the GStreamer framework. || nightingale-gitAUR
  • Noise — Simple, fast, and good looking music player. || noise-player
  • Nuvola Player — Integrated Google Music, 8tracks and Hype Machine player. || nuvolaplayerAUR
  • Potamus — Lightweight, intuitive GTK+ audio player with an emphasis on high audio quality. || potamusAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Pragha — GTK+ music manager. (fork of the Consonance Music Manager) || pragha
  • Qmmp — Qt-based multimedia player with a user interface that is similar to Winamp or XMMS. || qmmp
  • Quod Libet — Audio player written with PyGTK and GStreamer with support for regular expressions in playlists. || quodlibet
  • Rhythmbox — GTK+ clone of iTunes, used by default in GNOME. || rhythmbox
  • Spotify — Proprietary music streaming service. It supports local playback and streaming from Spotify's vast library (requires a free account). || spotifyAUR
  • SpotCommander — A remote control for Spotify, optimized for mobile devices. It works on any device with a modern browser, and it's free and open source. || spotcommanderAUR
  • Tomahawk — Music player application written in C++/Qt. It decouples the name of the song from the source it was shared from - and fulfills the request using all of your available sources. || tomahawkAUR
  • VLC — Highly portable multimedia player and multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. || vlc
  • XMMS — Skinnable GTK+ standalone media player similar to Winamp. || xmmsAUR

Volume managers

  • GVolWheel — An audio mixer which lets you control the volume through a tray icon. || gvolwheelAUR
  • pa-applet — PulseAudio system tray applet with volume bar. || pa-applet-gitAUR
  • PNMixer — A fork of Obmixer. It has many new features such as ALSA channel selection, connect/disconnect detection, shortcuts, etc. || pnmixerAUR
  • Volctl — Per-application volume control for GNU/Linux desktops. || volctlAUR
  • Volnoti — A lightweight volume notification daemon for GNU/Linux and other POSIX operating systems. || volnotiAUR
  • Volti — A GTK application for controlling audio volume from system tray with an internal mixer and support for multimedia keys that uses only ALSA. || voltiAUR
  • VolumeIcon — Another volume control for your system tray with channel selection, themes and an external mixer. || volumeicon
  • VolWheel — A little application which lets you control the sound volume easily through a tray icon you can scroll on. || volwheel

CD ripping

See Optical disc drive#CD 2.


  • ProjectM — Music visualizer which uses 3D accelerated iterative image-based rendering. || projectm
  • VSXu — Free to use program that lets you create and perform real-time audio visual presets. || vsxuAUR
  • cava — Console-based audio visualizer for Alsa, MPD and PulseAudio. || cavaAUR

Audio tag editors

  • Audio Tag Tool — Tool to edit tags in MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files. || tagtoolAUR
  • EasyTag — Utility for viewing, editing and writing ID3 tags of music files, supports many audio formats. || easytag
  • Ex Falso — Cross-platform free and open source audio tag editor and library organizer. || exfalsoAUR
  • ID3 Mass Tagger — Command-line utility to edit ID3 1.x and 2.x tags. || id3
  • Kid3 — MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4/AAC, MP2, Speex, TrueAudio, WavPack, WMA, WAV and AIFF files tag editor. || kid3
  • MP3Info — MP3 technical info viewer and ID3 1.x tag editor. || mp3info
  • MusicBrainz Picard — Cross-platform audio tag editor written in Python (the official MusicBrainz tagger). || picard
  • Puddletag — Replacement for the famous MP3tag for Windows. || puddletag
  • taffy — Simple command-line tag editor for many audio formats. || taffyAUR
  • Tag Editor — A tag editor with Qt 5 GUI and command-line interface supporting MP4/AAC (iTunes), ID3v1, ID3v2, Ogg/Vorbis and Matroska. || tageditorAUR
  • Qoobar — Universal QT-based audio tagger (specialized for classical music) || qoobarAUR

Sound editing

  • Ardour — Multichannel hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation. || ardour
  • Audacity — Program that lets you manipulate digital audio waveforms. || audacity
  • Bitwig Studio — Proprietary professional digital audio workstation. || bitwig-studio-demoAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Gnac — Audio converter for GNOME. || gnac
  • GNOME Sound Recorder — The Sound Recorder application enables you to record and play .flac, .ogg (OGG audio, or .oga), and .wav sound files. || gnome-sound-recorder
  • Jokosher — Non-linear multi-track digital audio editor that is being developed in Python, using the GTK+ interface and GStreamer as an audio back-end. || jokosherAUR
  • KWave — Sound editor for KDE. || kwave-gitAUR
  • LMMS — The Linux MultiMedia Studio. Free cross-platform software which allows you to produce music with your computer. || lmms
  • Qtractor — Qt-based hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application that aims to provide digital audio workstation software simple enough for the average home user, and yet powerful enough for the professional user. || qtractor
  • Rosegarden — Digital audio workstation program developed with ALSA and Qt that acts as an audio and MIDI sequencer, scorewriter and musical composition and editing tool. || rosegarden
  • XCFA — Tool to extract the contens of audio CDs and convert them to various formats. || xcfaAUR


Video players

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of video player software.

  • FFplay — Very simple and portable media player using the FFmpeg libraries and the SDL library. || ffmpeg
  • gst-play-1.0 — Simple command line playback testing tool for GStreamer. || gst-plugins-base-libs
  • MPlayer — Video player that supports a complete and versatile array of video and audio formats. || mplayer
  • mpv — Movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. || mpv
  • xine-ui — Free multimedia player. || xine-ui
  • VLC media player (Ncurses interface) — Command-line version of the famous video player that can play smoothly high definition videos in the TTY. Can be launched with vlc -I ncurses. || vlc

See also: MPlayer#Frontends/GUIs, mpv#Front ends.

  • Deepin Movie — Movie player based on QtAV. || deepin-movie || dragon
  • GNOME Videos — Media player (audio and video) for the GNOME desktop that uses GStreamer. Part of gnome || totem
  • Kaffeine — Very versatile KDE media player that, by default, utilizes VLC as its backend and has excellent support of digital TV (DVB). || kaffeine
  • Parole — Modern media player based on the GStreamer framework. || parole
  • Rage — Video and audio player written with Enlightenment Foundation Libraries with some extra bells and whistles. || rageAUR
  • Snappy — Powerful media player with a minimalistic interface that uses GStreamer. || snappy-player
  • QMLPlayer — Simple media player based on QtAV. || qtav
  • QMPlay2 — QMPlay2 is a QT based video player. It can play and stream all formats supported by ffmpeg and libmodplug. It has on integrated module system, which includes a Youtube browser. || qmplay2AUR
  • VLC media player — Middleweight video player with support for a wide variety of audio and video formats. || vlc
  • Whaaw! Media Player — Lightweight GStreamer-based audio and video player that can serve as a good alternative to Totem for those who do not like all of those GNOME dependencies. || whaawmp
  • Xnoise — GTK+ and GStreamer-based media player for both audio and video with "a slick GUI, great speed and lots of features." (development ceased) || xnoise


  • Gaupol — Full-featured subtitle editor. || gaupol || gnome-subtitles
  • Penguin Subtitle Player — Penguin Subtitle Player is an open-source, cross-platform standalone subtitle player, as an alternative to Greenfish Subtitle Player, SrtViewer (Mac), SRTPlayer, JustSubsPlayer and Free Subtitle Player. || penguin-subtitle-player-gitAUR
  • subdl — Automatic subtitle downloader. || subdl
  • SubtitlesPrinter — Print subtitles above a X-screen, independently of the video player. || subtitles-printer-gitAUR
  • Subtitle Composer — open-source Subtitle editor with Qt 5 based GUI supporting various formats, features different player backends, able to display wave form || subtitlecomposerAUR

DVD ripping

See Optical disc drive#DVD 2.

Video editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of video editing software.

  • Avidemux — Free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. || avidemux-cli
  • FFmpeg — Complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. || ffmpeg
  • HandBrake-CLI — Simple yet powerful video transcoder ideal for batch mkv/x264 ripping. || handbrake-cli
  • Avidemux — Free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. || avidemux-gtk avidemux-qt || cinelerra-cv
  • Flowblade — Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux, designed to provide a fast, robust editing experience. || flowbladeAUR
  • HandBrake — Simple yet powerful video transcoder ideal for batch mkv/x264 ripping. GTK+ version. || handbrake
  • Kdenlive — Non-linear video editor designed for basic to semi-professional work. || kdenlive
  • Lightworks — A proprietary professional non-linear editing system for editing and mastering digital video in various formats. || lwksAUR
  • LiVES — Video editor and VJ (live performance) platform. || livesAUR
  • Open Shot — Non-linear video editor based on MLT framework. || openshot
  • PiTiVi — Video editor designed to be intuitive and integrate well in the GNOME desktop. || pitivi
  • Shotcut — Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. || shotcut-binAUR
  • Transmageddon — Simple python application for transcoding video into formats supported by GStreamer. || transmageddon


See also Wikipedia:Comparison of screencasting software.

Screencast utilities allow you to create a video of your desktop or individual windows.

  • byzanz — Simple screencast tool that produces GIF animations. || byzanzAUR
  • glc — Screencast tool that can capture the sound and video from OpenGL applications, such as games, where regular X11 screencast tools produce choppy results. || glcAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Istanbul — Simple desktop session recorder that produces ogg videos. || istanbulAUR
  • Kazam — Screencasting program with design in mind. Handles multiscreen setups. || kazamAUR
  • OBS — Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. || obs-studio
  • RecordMyDesktop — An easy to use utility that records your desktop into the ogg format with a CLI, Qt or GTK+ interface. || recordmydesktop gtk-recordmydesktop qt-recordmydesktop
  • simplescreenrecorder — A feature-rich screen recorder written in C++/Qt4 that supports X11 and OpenGL. || simplescreenrecorder
  • vokoscreen — Simple screencast tool, GUI ffmpeg. || vokoscreenAUR
  • XVidCap — Application used for recording a screencast or digital recording of an X Window System screen output with an audio narration. || xvidcapAUR
  • FFcast — FFmpeg-based screencast tool written in Bash. || ffcastAUR

Mobile phone managers

  • gnokii — Tools and user space driver for use with mobile phones. || gnokii
  • GNOME Phone Manager — Control your mobile phone from your GNOME desktop. || gnome-phone-manager
  • KDE Connect — A project that aims to communicate all your devices. || kdeconnect

Digital camera managers

See Digital Cameras#Other frontend applications for libgphoto2.

Optical media burning

See Optical disc drive#Burning CD/DVD/BD with a GUI.


see Podcast clients

Collection managers

  • Beets — Music library organizer, tagger and more. || beets
  • Demlo — Batch music tagger, encoder, renamer and more. || demloAUR
  • GCstar — GNOME application for organizing various collections (board games, comic books, movies, stamps, etc.). || gcstar
  • Kodi — Application for organizing various collections and automatically retrieving info about them (video, music, photos). || kodi
  • Tellico — KDE application for organizing various collections (books, video, music, coins, etc.). || tellico

Lyrics fetchers

  • clyrics — An extensible lyrics fetcher, with daemon support for cmus and mocp. || clyricsAUR


Partitioning tools

See Partitioning#Partitioning tools.

Mount tools

  • 9mount — Mount 9p filesystems. || 9mountAUR
  • cryptmount — Mount an encrypted file system as a regular user. || cryptmountAUR
  • ldm — A lightweight daemon that mounts drives automagically using udev || ldmAUR
  • pmount — Mount source as a regular user to an automatically created destination /media/source_name. || pmountAUR
  • pmount-safe-removal — Mount removable devices as regular user with safe removal || pmount-safe-removalAUR
  • udevil — Mounts removable devices as a regular user, show device info, and monitor device changes. Only depends on udev and glib. || udevil
  • ws — Mount Windows network shares (CIFS and VFS). || wsAUR
  • zulucrypt — A GUI frontend for cryptsetup to create, manage and mount encrypted volumes; supports encfs as well || zulucryptAUR


  • bashmount — A bash script to mount and manage removable media as a regular user with udisks. || bashmountAUR
  • udiskie — Automatic disk mounting service using udisks || udiskie
  • udisks_functions — Bash functions and aliases for udisks2 || udisks_functionsAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • udisksvm — GUI udisks wrapper for removable media || udisksvmAUR

Basic shell commands

  • Core utilities — The basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system || coreutils


See getty#Installation.

Integrated development environments

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of integrated development environments.

  • Anjuta — Versatile IDE with project management, an application wizard, an interactive debugger, a source editor, version control support and many more tools. || anjuta
  • Aptana Studio — IDE based on Eclipse, but geared towards web development, with support for HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Adobe AIR and others. || aptana-studioAUR
  • Bluefish — GTK+ editor/IDE with an MDI interface, syntax highlighting and support for Python plugins. || bluefish
  • Bluej — Fully featured Java IDE used mainly for educational and beginner purposes. || bluejAUR
  • Brackets — A free open-source editor written in HTML, CSS, and Javascript with a primary focus on Web Development. It was created by Adobe Systems, licensed under the MIT License, and is currently maintained on GitHub. || bracketsAUR
  • Builder — General purpose IDE for GNOME. || gnome-builder || codeblocks
  • Cloud9 — State-of-the-art IDE that runs in your browser and lives in the cloud, allowing you to run, debug and deploy applications from anywhere, anytime. || c9.coreAUR
  • Eclipse — Open source community project, which aims to provide a universal development platform. || eclipse-java, eclipse-cpp, eclipse-php
  • Editra — Multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development. || editra-svnAUR
  • Eric — Full-featured Python and Ruby IDE in PyQt5. || eric
  • Gambas — Free development environment based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions. || gambas3-ide
  • Geany — Text editor using the GTK+ toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment. || geany
  • IntelliJ IDEA — IDE for Java, Groovy and other programming languages with advanced refactoring features. || intellij-idea-community-edition
  • KDevelop — Feature-full, plugin extensible IDE for C/C++ and other programming languages. || kdevelop || komodo-editAUR
  • Lazarus — Cross-platform IDE for Object Pascal. || lazarus
  • LiteIDE — A simple, open source, cross-platform Go IDE. || liteide
  • MonkeyStudio — Monkey Studio (MkS) is a cross platform IDE written in C++/Qt 4. Syntax highlighting for more than 22 programming languages. || monkeystudioAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • MonoDevelop — Cross-platform IDE targeted for the Mono and .NET frameworks. || monodevelop
  • MPLAB — IDE for Microchip PIC and dsPIC development || microchip-mplabx-binAUR
  • Netbeans — Integrated development environment (IDE) for developing with Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Groovy, C, C++, Scala, Clojure, and other languages. || netbeans
  • Ninja-IDE — from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE", is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE); runs on Linux/X11, Mac OS X and Windows OSs. Used, for example, for Python development || ninja-ide
  • PHPStorm — JetBrains PhpStorm is a commercial, cross-platform IDE for PHP built on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA platform, providing an editor for PHP, HTML and JavaScript with on-the-fly code analysis, error prevention and automated refactorings for PHP and JavaScript code. || phpstormAUR phpstorm-eapAUR
  • PyCharm — IDE used for programming in Python with support for code analysis, debugging, unit testing, version control and web development with Django. || pycharm-communityAUR
  • QDevelop — Free and cross-platform IDE for Qt. || qdevelop-svnAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Qt Creator — Lightweight, cross-platform C++ integrated development environment with a focus on Qt. || qtcreator
  • Scratch — A multimedia authoring tool for educational and entertainment purposes, such as creating interactive projects and simple sprite-based games. It is used primarly by unskilled users (such as children) as an entry to event-driven programming. Scratch is free software under GPL v2 and Scratch Source Code License. || scratch scratch2AUR
  • Spyder — Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment providing MATLAB-like features. || spyder
  • Thonny — Python IDE for beginners. || thonnyAUR

Build automation

See also Wikipedia:List of build automation software.

  • Apache Ant — Java library and command-line tool whose mission is to drive processes described in build files as targets and extension points dependent upon each other. || apache-ant
  • Apache Maven — Software project management and comprehension tool. || maven
  • Gradle — Powerful build system for the JVM. || gradle
  • Phing — PHP program designed to automate tasks of all kinds. || phingAUR

Terminal emulators

See also Wikipedia:List of terminal emulators.

Power users use terminal emulators quite often, so unsurprisingly lots of X11 terminal emulators exist. Most of them emulate Xterm that emulates VT102, which emulates typewriter, so you will have to read the Wikipedia article and other sources to get a hold on these things.

  • aterm — Xterm replacement with transparency support. It has been deprecated in favour of urxvt since 2008. || atermAUR
  • Cool Retro Term — A good looking terminal emulator which mimics the old cathode display. || cool-retro-term
  • Eterm — Terminal emulator intended as a replacement for xterm and designed for the Enlightenment desktop. || etermAUR
  • Gate One — Web-based terminal emulator and SSH client. || gateone-gitAUR
  • Konsole — Terminal emulator included in the KDE desktop. || konsole
  • mlterm — A multi-lingual terminal emulator supporting various character sets and encodings in the world. || mltermAUR
  • Mrxvt — Tabbed X terminal emulator based on rxvt. || mrxvtAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • QTerminal — A lightweight Qt-based terminal emulator. || qterminal
  • rxvt — Popular replacement for the xterm. || rxvt
  • shellinabox — A web-based SSH Terminal || shellinabox-gitAUR
  • st — Simple terminal implementation for X. || st
  • Terminal — A terminal emulator, that supports multiple windows, scroll buffer and all the expected features. A part of GNUstep. || gnustep-terminalAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • terminator — Terminal emulator supporting multiple resizable terminal panels. || terminator
  • Terminology — Terminal emulator by the Enlightenment project team with innovative features: file thumbnails and media play like a media player. || terminology
  • Tilda — Terminal inspired by many classic terminals from first person shooter games such as Quake, Doom and Half-Life. || tilda
  • urxvt — Highly extendable (with Perl) unicode enabled rxvt-clone terminal emulator featuring tabbing, url launching, a Quake style drop-down mode and pseudo-transparency. || rxvt-unicode
  • xterm — Simple terminal emulator for the X Window System. It provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible terminals for programs that can't use the window system directly. || xterm
  • Yakuake — Drop-down terminal (Quake style) emulator based on Konsole. || yakuake


VTE (Virtual Terminal Emulator) is a widget developed during early GNOME days for use in the GNOME Terminal. It has since given birth to many terminals with similar capabilities.

  • evilvte — Very lightweight and highly customizable terminal emulator with support for tabs, auto-hiding and different encodings. || evilvteAUR
  • Germinal — Minimalist terminal emulator which provides a borderless maximized terminal, attached to a tmux session by default, hence providing tabs and panels. || germinalAUR
  • GNOME Terminal — A terminal emulator included in the GNOME desktop with support for Unicode and pseudo-transparency. || gnome-terminal
  • Guake — Drop-down terminal for the GNOME desktop. || guake
  • Terra — is a GTK+3.0 based terminal emulator with useful user interface, it also supports multiple terminals with splitting screen horizontally or vertically -- (similar to guake). || terraAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • LilyTerm — Very light and easy to use X Terminal Emulator || lilyterm
  • LXTerminal — Desktop independent terminal emulator for LXDE. || lxterminal || mate-terminal
  • Pantheon Terminal — A super lightweight, beautiful, and simple terminal emulator. It's designed to be setup with sane defaults and little to no configuration. || pantheon-terminal
  • ROXTerm — Tabbed terminal emulator with a small footprint. || roxterm
  • sakura — Terminal emulator based on GTK+ and VTE. || sakura
  • Stjerm — GTK+-based drop-down terminal emulator that provides a minimalistic interface combined with a small file size, lightweight memory usage and easy integration with composite window managers such as Compiz. || stjerm-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Terminal — Terminal emulator included in the Xfce desktop with support for a colorized prompt and a tabbed interface. || xfce4-terminal
  • Terminix — A tiling terminal emulator for Linux using GTK+ 3 || terminixAUR, terminix-gitAUR
  • Termit — Simple terminal emulator based on the vte library that includes tabs, bookmarks, and the ability to switch encodings. || termitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Termite — A keyboard-centric VTE-based terminal, aimed at use within a window manager with tiling and/or tabbing support. || termite
  • tinyterm — Very lightweight terminal emulator based on VTE. || tinyterm-gitAUR


The following terminal emulators are based on the kernel mode setting that could be invoked without X.

  • KMSCON — A KMS/DRM-based system console(getty) with an integrated terminal emulator for Linux operating systems. || kmscon


In GNU/Linux world, the framebuffer could be refered to a virtual device in the Linux kernel (fbdev) or the virtual framebuffer system for X (xvfb). This section mainly lists the terminal emulators that based on the in-kernel virtual device, i.e. fbdev.

  • fbterm — A fast framebuffer-based terminal emulator with many amazing features. Development stopped. || fbterm
  • yaft — A simple terminal emulator for living without X, with UCS2 glyphs, wallpaper and 256color support. || yaftAUR


File managers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file managers.

  • Clex — File manager with full-screen user interface || clexAUR
  • Dired — Directory editor integrated with Emacs. || emacs
  • dired — Ancient DIRectory EDitor since 1980. || diredAUR
  • Last File Manager — Powerful file manager written in Python 3 with a curses interface. || lfmAUR || mc
  • nffm — "Nothing Fancy File Manager", a mouseless ncurses file manager written in C. || nffm-gitAUR
  • Pilot — File manager that comes with the Alpine email client. || alpineAUR
  • Ranger — Console-based file manager with vi bindings, customizability, and lots of features. || ranger
  • Vifm — Ncurses-based two-panel file manager with vi-like keybindings. || vifm
  • Andromeda — Qt-based cross-platform file manager. || andromedaAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Caja — The file manager for the MATE desktop. || caja
  • Deepin File Manager — File manager developed for Deepin. || deepin-file-manager
  • Dino — Easy to use and powerful file manager built in Qt. || dino-dfmAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Dolphin — File manager included in the KDE4 desktop. || dolphin
  • Double Commander — File manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas. || doublecmd-gtk2 doublecmd-qt
  • emelFM2 — File manager that implements the popular two-panel design. || emelfm2
  • Gentoo — A lightweight file manager for GTK. || gentooAUR || gnome-commander
  • GNOME Files — Extensible, heavyweight file manager used by default in GNOME with support for custom scripts. || nautilus
  • Konqueror — File manager and web browser for the KDE desktop. || kdebase-konqueror
  • Krusader — Advanced twin panel (Midnight Commander style) file manager for the KDE desktop. || krusader
  • muCommander — A lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface written in Java. || mucommanderAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Nemo — Nemo is the file manager of the Cinnamon desktop. A good alternative to Nautilus. || nemo
  • PathFinder — File browser that comes with the FOX toolkit. || fox
  • PCManFM — Lightweight file manager which features tabbed and dual pane browsing; also it can optionally manage the desktop icons and background. || pcmanfm
  • qtFM — Small, lightweight filemanager for Linux desktops based on pure Qt. || qtfm
  • ROX — Small and fast file manager which can optionally manage the desktop background and panels. || rox
  • SpaceFM — GTK+ multi-panel tabbed file manager. || spacefm
  • Sunflower — Small and highly customizable twin-panel file manager for Linux with support for plugins. || sunflowerAUR
  • Thunar — File manager that can be run as a daemon with excellent start up and directory load times. || thunar
  • Tux Commander — Windowed file manager with two panels side by side similar to popular Total Commander or Midnight Commander file managers. || tuxcmd
  • Worker — Fast, lightweight and feature-rich file manager for the X Window System. || workerAUR
  • Xfe — Microsoft Explorer-like file manager for X (X File Explorer). || xfe

Desktop search engines

See also Wikipedia:List of search engines#Desktop search engines.

  • Baloo — KDE's file indexing and search solution || baloo
  • Catfish — Versatile file searching tool || catfish
  • Docfetcher — A java open source desktop search application || docfetcherAUR
  • Gnome Search Tool — Default Gnome utility to search for files || gnome-search-tool
  • Gnome Search Tool No Nautilusgnome-search-tool to search for files without GNOME Files or gnome-desktop
|| gnome-search-tool-no-nautilusAUR
  • Recoll — Full text search tool based on Xapian backend || recoll
  • Searchmonkey — A powerful GUI search utility for matching regex patterns || searchmonkeyAUR
  • Tracker — All-in-one indexer, search tool and metadata database. || tracker

Archiving and compression tools

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file archivers.

  • atool — Script for managing file archives of various types. || atool
  • arj — An archiver that formerly used on DOS/Windows in mid-1990s. This is an open source clone. || arj
  • cpio — GNU tool supporting cpio and tar file archive formats. || cpio
  • dar — An archiving and compression utility avoiding the drawbacks of tar
DAR - Disk ARchive || darAUR
  • lha — Archiver to create LH-7 format archives. 32-bit only (require multilib on x86_64). || lhaAUR
  • lrzip — Multi-threaded compressor using the rzip/lzma, lzo, and zpaq algorithms. || lrzip
  • lz4 — A file compressor using lz4 - An extremely fast compression algorithm. || lz4
  • lzop — Fast file compressor using lzo lib. || lzop
  • p7zip — Port of 7-Zip for POSIX systems, including Linux. The commandline tool is called 7z. || p7zip
  • pixz — A multi-threaded and indexed compressor that avoiding the drawbacks of xz. || pixz
  • tar — GNU utility for manipulating the ubiquitous tar archives (tarballs). || tar
  • zpaq — A high compression ratio archiver written in C++. Powered by Context-Model, LZ77 and BWT algorithm. || zpaqAUR
  • zopfli — High compress ratio file compressor from Google, using a deflate-compatible algorithm called zopfli. || zopfli-gitAUR
  • zoo — Rarely used archiver that was mostly used in VMS world before PKZIP became popular. || zooAUR
  • Ark — Archiving tool included in the KDE desktop. || ark
  • Engrampa — Archive manager for MATE || engrampa
  • File Roller — Archive manager included in the GNOME desktop. || file-roller
  • FreeArc — General-purpose archiver written in haskell, comes with a GTK2 gui. Currently only available on 32-bit platform. (Requires multilib on x86_64) || freearcAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • PeaZip — Open source file and archive manager. || peazip-gtk2AUR peazip-qtAUR
  • Squeeze — Featherweight front-end for commandline archiving tools. || squeeze-gitAUR
  • Xarchive — Generic GTK2 front-end that uses external wrappers around commandline archiving tools. || xarchiveAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Xarchiver — Lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with GTK+. || xarchiver

Comparison, diff, merge

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See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file comparison tools.

  • colordiff — A Perl script wrapper for 'diff' that produces the same output but with pretty 'syntax' highlighting. || colordiff
  • Diffuse — Small and simple text merge tool written in Python. || diffuse
  • KDiff3 — File and directory diff and merge tool for the KDE desktop. || kdiff3
  • Kompare — GUI front-end program for viewing and merging differences between source files. It supports a variety of diff formats and provides many options to customize the information level displayed. || kompare
  • Meld — Visual diff and merge tool that can compare files, directories, and version controlled projects. || meld
  • xxdiff — A graphical browser for file and directory differences. || xxdiffAUR

Vim and Emacs provide merge functionality with vimdiff and ediff.

Batch renamers

  • GPRename — GTK+ batch renamer for files and directories. || gprename
  • KRename — Very powerful batch file renamer for the KDE desktop. || krename
  • metamorphose2 — wxPython based batch renamer with support for regular expressions, renaming multimedia files according to their metadata, etc. || metamorphose2AUR
  • pyRenamer — Application for the mass renaming of files. || pyrenamerAUR
  • — Batch renamer based on perl regex. || perl-rename

Disk cleaning

  • BleachBit — It frees disk space and guards your privacy; frees cache, deletes cookies, clears Internet history, shreds temporary files, deletes logs, and discards junk you didn't know was there. || bleachbit
  • gconf-cleaner — cleans up the unknown/invalid gconf keys that still sitting down on your gconf database || gconf-cleanerAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Disk usage display || baobab
  • Filelight — Disk usage analyzer that creates an interactive map of concentric, segmented rings that help visualise disk usage on your computer. || filelight
  • GdMap — Disk usage analyzer that draws a map of rectangles sized according to file or dir sizes. || gdmap
  • gt5 — Diff-capable "du-browser". || gt5AUR
  • ncdu — Simple ncurses disk usage analyzer. || ncdu
  • duc — A library and suite of tools for inspecting disk usage. || ducAUR

Clock synchronization

  • NTPd — Network Time Protocol reference implementation. || ntp
  • Chrony — Lightweight NTP client and server. || chrony
  • OpenNTPD — Free, easy to use implementation of the Network Time Protocol. || openntpd

System maintenance

  • cylon — Updates, Maintenance , anti-malware , backups and system checks in a menu driven Bash script. || cylonAUR

System monitoring

See also Category:Status monitoring and notification.

  • candybar — WebKit-based status line for tiling window managers. || candybar-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Conky — Lightweight, scriptable system monitor. || conky
  • Collectd — A simple, extensible system monitoring daemon based on rrdtool. It has a small footprint and can be set up either stand-alone or as a server/client application. || collectd
  • dstat — Versatile resource statistics tool. || dstat
  • GKrellM — Simple, flexible system monitor package for GTK+ with many plug-ins. || gkrellm
  • glances — CLI curses-based monitoring tool in Python. || glances
  • gnome-system-monitor — A system monitor for GNOME. || gnome-system-monitor gnome-system-monitor-gtk2AUR
  • htop — Simple, ncurses interactive process viewer. || htop
  • KSysGuard — Also known as KSysguard, is the KDE task manager and performance monitor. || ksysguard or as part of kdebase-workspaceAUR
  • linux process explorer — Graphical process explorer for Linux. || procexpAUR
  • LXTask — Lightweight task manager for LXDE. || lxtask
  • mate-system-monitor — A GTK2 system monitor for MATE. || mate-system-monitor
  • netdata — A web-based real-time performance monitor || netdata
  • Task Manager — GTK2 process mangement application for Xfce. || xfce4-taskmanager
  • Paramano — A light battery monitor and a CPU frequency scaler. Forked from trayfreq || paramanoAUR
  • Sysstat — A collection of resource monitoring tools: iostat, isag, mpstat, pidstat, sadf, sar. || sysstat
  • xosview — A system monitor that resembles gr_osview from SGI IRIX || xosviewAUR

System information viewers


  • alsi — A system information tool for Arch Linux. It can be configured for every other system without even touching the source code of the script. || alsiAUR
  • archey2 — Simple python script that displays the arch logo and some basic information. Python 2.x version. || archey2AUR
  • archey3 — Python script to display system infomation alongside the Arch Linux logo. || archey3
  • dmidecode — It reports information about your system's hardware as described in your system BIOS according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard. || dmidecode|
  • hwdetect — Simple script to list modules that are exported by /sys, a part of archboot. || hwdetect
  • hwinfo — Powerful hardware detection tool come from openSUSE. || hwinfo
  • inxi — A script to get system information. || inxi
  • neofetch — A fast, highly customizable system info script that supports displaying images with w3m. || neofetchAUR, neofetch-gitAUR
  • screenfetch — Similar to archey but has an option to take a screenshot. Written in bash. || screenfetch


  • CPU-G — An application that shows useful information about your hardware, it looks like CPU-Z in Windows. || cpu-gAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • hardinfo — A small application that displays information about your hardware and operating system, it looks like the Device Manager in Windows. || hardinfo
  • i-Nex — An application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z. || i-nex-gitAUR
  • lshw — A small tool to provide detailed information on the hardware configuration of the machine with CLI and GTK interfaces. || lshw


  • tp-hdd-led — Monitor HDD use with the Think-Led || tp-hdd-ledAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Keyboard layout switchers

  • fbxkb — A NETWM compliant keyboard indicator and switcher. It shows a flag of current keyboard in a systray area and allows you to switch to another one. || fbxkbAUR
  • xxkb — A lightweight keyboard layout indicator and switcher. || xxkb
  • qxkb — A keyboard switcher written in Qt. || qxkbAUR
  • X Neural Switcher — A text analyser, it detects the language of the input and corrects the keyboard layout if needed. || xneurAUR, gxneurAUR (GUI)

Power management

See Power management.

Clipboard managers

See: List of clipboard managers.

Wallpaper setters

  • bgs — An extremely fast and small background setter for X based on imlib2. || bgs-gitAUR
  • esetroot — Eterm's root background setter, packaged separately || esetrootAUR
  • Feh — A lightweight and powerful image viewer that can also be used to manage the desktop wallpaper. || feh
  • habak — A background changing app || habak
  • hsetroot — A tool to create compose wallpapers. || hsetrootAUR
  • Nitrogen — A fast and lightweight desktop background browser and setter for X windows. || nitrogen
  • pybgsetter — Multi-backend (hsetroot, Esetroot, habak, feh) to set desktop wallpaper || pybgsetterAUR
  • wallpaperd — A small application that takes care of setting the background image || wallpaperdAUR
  • xli — An image display program for X || xliAUR
Tip: In order to avoid installing one more package, you may find convenient to use the display utility from imagemagick or gm display from graphicsmagick. E.g.: display -backdrop -background '#3f3f3f' -flatten -window root image.

Package management

See pacman tips#Utilities.

Input method editor

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  • Fcitx — Flexible Context-aware Input Tool with eXtension. || fcitx
  • Hime — A GTK2+/GTK3+ based universal input method platform. || hime-gitAUR
  • IBus — Next Generation Input Bus for Linux. || ibus || ibus-rime or fcitx-rime
  • UIM — Multilingual input method library. || uim

Trash management

  • trash-cli — A command-line interface implementing's Trash specification. || trash-cli

File synchronization

See Synchronization and backup programs#Data synchronization.


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  • fuzzy-find — Fuzzy completion for finding files. || ff-gitAUR
  • fzf — General-purpose command-line fuzzy finder. || fzf fzf-gitAUR
  • rmlint — Tool to quickly find (and optionally remove) duplicate files and other lint || rmlint

Documents and texts

Office suites

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of office suites.

  • Calligra — Actively developed fork of KOffice, the KDE office suite. It offers most of the features of OpenOffice while also having versions for smartphones (Calligra Mobile) and tablets (Calligra Active). || calligra
  • LibreOffice — More actively developed fork of OpenOffice. || libreoffice-still or libreoffice-fresh
  • OpenOffice — Open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more, under the Apache Licence. || openofficeAUR
  • SoftMaker Office — A complete, reliable, lightning-fast and Microsoft Office-compatible office suite with a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software. || freeofficeAUR
  • WPS Office — Proprietary office productivity suite, previously known as Kingsoft Office. || wps-officeAUR

Word processors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of word processors.

  • Abiword — Full-featured word processor. || abiword
  • BlueGriffon — WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. || bluegriffon
  • Calligra Words — Powerful word processor included in the Calligra Suite. || calligra-words
  • gLabels — program for creating labels and business cards. || glabels
  • KompoZer — A Dreamweaver style WYSIWYG web editor; Nvu unofficial bug-fix release. || kompozer || libreoffice-still
  • OpenOffice Writer — Full-featured word processor included in the OpenOffice suite. || openofficeAUR
  • Scribus — Desktop publishing program. || scribus || seamonkey
  • Ted — Easy to use GTK+-based rich text processor (with footnote support). || tedAUR

Document markup languages

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of document markup languages.

  • asciidoc — Human-readable text document format. Used by Arch for generating pacman 's man pages[2]. || asciidoc
  • Asciidoctor — An asciidoc implementation written in Ruby, with many extra features. || asciidoctorAUR
  • Markdown — Text-to-HTML conversion tool that allows you to write using a simple plain text format. || markdown
  • Pandoc — Swiss-army knife for converting one markup format into another. || pandoc
  • Sphinx — A documentation generation system using reStructuredText to generate output in multiple formats (primary documentation system for the Python project). || python-sphinx
  • txt2tags — Dead-simple, KISS-compliant lightweight, human-readable markup language to produce rich format content out of plain text files. || txt2tags


See also Wikipedia:Comparison of spreadsheet software.

  • Calligra Sheets — Powerful spreadsheet application included in the Calligra Suite || calligra-sheets
  • Gnumeric — Spreadsheet program that is part of the GNOME desktop. || gnumeric
  • LibreOffice Calc — Full-featured spreadsheet application included in the LibreOffice suite. || libreoffice-still
  • OpenOffice Calc — Full-featured spreadsheet application included in the OpenOffice suite. || openofficeAUR
  • Pyspread — Pyspread is a non-traditional spreadsheet application that is based on and written in the programming language Python. || pyspreadAUR
  • sc — curses-based lightweight spreadsheet.!INDEX.html || sc

Scientific documents

With TeX, LaTeX and friends, creation of any scientific document, article, journal, etc. is made commonplace.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of TeX editors and the LaTeX Wikibook.

  • AUCTeX — Together with RefTex, AUCTeX provices an extensible environment for writing and formatting TeX files in Emacs. || auctex
  • EqualX — LaTeX equation editor with real time preview. || equalxAUR
  • gedit-latex — Add code-completion to gedit and allows for compiling LaTeX documents and managing BibTeX bibliographies. || gedit-latexAUR
  • Gummi — Lightweight TeX/LaTeX GTK+-based editor. It features a continuous preview mode, integrated BibTeX support, extendable snippet interface and multi-document support. || gummi
  • JabRef — Java GUI frontend for managing BibTeX and other bibliographies. || jabrefAUR jabref-gitAUR
  • Kile — User-friendly TeX/LaTeX editor for the KDE desktop with many features. || kile
  • Ktikz — GUI making diagrams with PGF/TikZ easier. || ktikzAUR
  • LaTeXila — LaTeX editor for the GNOME Desktop including support for code completion, compiling and project management. || latexilaAUR
  • LyX — Document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG). || lyx
  • TeXmacs — WYSIWYW (what you see is what you want) editing platform with special features for scientists. || texmacs
  • Texmaker — Cross-platform, light and easy-to-use LaTeX IDE. It integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application || texmaker
  • TeXstudio — Fork of TeXMaker including support for code completion of bibtex items, grammar check and automatic detection of the need for multiple LaTeX runs. || texstudio || vim-latexsuite
  • Vimtex — This vim plugin is a fork of LaTeX-Box. It provides automatic syntax-based folding, omni-completion (for citations and labels), latexmk-based compilation and synctex functionality for zathura and mupdf. ||
  • WhizzyTeX — WhizzyTeX provides a nice live preview editor for Emacs. || whizzytexAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Zotero — This is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. There is a stand-alone version and a Firefox add-on available. || zoteroAUR

Translation and localization

  • Apertium — Free and open source rule-based machine translation platform with available language data. It supports the following formats: HTML, Microsoft Office 2007 XML, OpenDocument, TMX, MediaWiki and others. || apertiumAUR
  • Gtranslator — Enhanced gettext po file editor for the GNOME. It handles all forms of gettext po files and includes very useful features. || gtranslator
  • Lokalize — Standard KDE tool for software translation. It includes basic editing of PO files, support for glossary, translation memory, project managing, etc. It belongs to kdesdk || lokalize
  • Moses — Statistical machine translation tool (language data not included). || mosesdecoderAUR mosesdecoder-gitAUR
  • OmegaT — General translator's tool which contains a lot of translation memory features and can give suggestions from Google Translate. It supports the following formats: HTML, Microsoft Office 2007 XML, OpenDocument, XLIFF/Okapi, MediaWiki, plain text, TMX and others. || omegatAUR
  • Poedit — Simple gettext/po-based translation tool. || poedit
  • Pology — Set of Python tools for dealing with gettext/po-files. || pologyAUR || virtaalAUR

Text editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of text editors.

Some of the lighter-weight Integrated development environments can also serve as text editors.


  • e3 — Tiny editor without dependencies, written in assembly. || e3
  • ee — A classic curse-based text editor. Born in HP-UX, used in FreeBSD. || ee-editorAUR
  • dex — Small and easy to use text editor with support for ctags and parsing compiler errors. || dex-editor-gitAUR
  • Emacs-nox — The extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor, without X11 support. || emacs-nox
  • JED — Text editor that makes extensive use of the S-Lang library. Includes a console version (jed) and an X-window version (xjed). || jedAUR
  • Joe (Joe's Own Editor) — Terminal-based text editor designed to be easy to use. || joe
  • mcedit — Useful text editor that comes with Midnight Commander file manager. || mc
  • MicroEmacs — Ncurses-based text editor. Includes a console version (me -n) and an X-window version (me). || jasspa-meAUR
  • mg — Small, fast, and portable Emacs-like editor. || mg
  • mp — Minimum Profit is a text editor for programmers. It helps you definitively abandon vi, emacs and other six-legged freaks. || mpAUR
  • nano — Console text editor based on pico with on-screen key bindings help. || nano
  • Ne — Minimalist text editor with Windows-like key-bindings. || neAUR
  • Slap — Sublime-like terminal-based text editor. || slapAUR
  • vile — A lightweight Emacs clone with vi-like key bindings. || vile
  • Zile — A lightweight Emacs clone. || zile
Vi text editors
  • Neovim — Vim's rebirth for the 21st century || neovim
  • Vi — The original ex/vi text editor. || vi
  • Vim (Vi IMproved) — Advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'vi', with a more complete feature set. || vim


  • Acme — Minimalist and flexible programming environment developed by Rob Pike for the Plan 9 operating system. || plan9port
  • Atom — A promising text editor developed by GitHub. With support for plug-ins written in Node.js and embedded Git Control. || atom
  • Beaver — A GTK+ editor designed to be modular, lightweight and stylish. || beaver
  • Brackets — An open source code editor for the web, written in JavaScript, HTML and CSS. || bracketsAUR
  • Cream — A user-friendly editor atop of gVim. || creamAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Edile — PyGTK code and scripting editor implemented in one file. || edileAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • ePad — A simple text editor written in Python and EFL. || epadAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Geany — A text editor using the GTK2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment. It has support for TeX-based documents. || geany
  • Gedit — GTK+ editor for the GNOME desktop with syntax highlighting, automatic indentation, matching brackets, etc., and a number of add-ons to increase functionality. || gedit
  • GNU Emacs — The extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor. || emacs
  • gVim — Graphical interface for Vim. || gvim
  • Jedit — Text editor for programmers, written in Java. || jedit
  • JuffEd — Simple tabbed text editor with syntax highlighting, written in Qt. || juffedAUR
  • Kate — Full-featured programmer's editor for the KDE desktop with MDI and a filesystem browser. || kate
  • KWrite — Lightweight text editor for the KDE desktop that uses the same editor widget as Kate. || kwrite
  • Leafpad — Notepad clone for GTK+ that emphasizes simplicity. || leafpad
  • L3afpad — Simple text editor forked from Leafpad, supports GTK+ 3. || l3afpad
  • Medit — Programming and around-programming text editor. || medit
  • Mousepad — Fast text editor for the Xfce Desktop Environment. || mousepad || nedit
  • Pluma — A powerful text editor for MATE. || pluma
  • PyRoom — Great distractionless PyGTK text editor, a clone of the infamous WriteRoom. || pyroomAUR
  • QEdit — A multi-purpose text editor based on NEdit using Qt. || qeditAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • QSciTE — Qt clone of the SciTE text and code editor. || qsciteAUR
  • QXmlEdit — Simple Qt XML editor and XSD viewer. || qxmleditAUR
  • Sam — Minimalist text editor with a graphical user interface, a very powerful command language and remote editing capabilities, developed by Rob Pike. || plan9port or 9base
  • SciTE — Generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. || scite
  • Scribes — An ultra minimalist text editor that combines simplicity with power. || scribes
  • Sublime Text 2 — Closed-source C++ and Python-based editor with many advanced features and plugins while staying lightweight and pretty. || sublime-textAUR
  • Sublime Text 3 — Closed-source C++ and Python-based editor with many advanced features and plugins while staying lightweight and pretty. || sublime-text-devAUR
  • Tea — Qt-based feature rich text editor. || tea
  • Textadept — Lua-extensible feature rich text editor based on Scintilla and written in C. || textadeptAUR
  • Visual Studio Code — Editor for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. || visual-studio-codeAUR/visual-studio-code-ossAUR (open-source version)
  • XEdit — Simple text editor for the X Window System. || xorg-xedit
Collaborative text editors
  • Gobby — Collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. || gobby

Readers and Viewers

E-book applications

Note: Some PDF and DjVu viewers also support other e-book formats.
  • Calibre — E-book library management application that can also convert between different formats and sync with a variety of e-book readers. Supported formats include CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, EPUB, FictionBook, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, Mobipocket, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT and TXTZ. || calibre
  • Cool Reader — E-book viewer with many supported formats such as EPUB (non-DRM), FictionBook, TXT, RTF, HTML, CHM and TCR. || coolreader3-gitAUR
  • epub — A console EPUB reader using Python and Curses. || python-epubAUR
  • FBReader — E-book viewer with many supported formats such as EPUB, FictionBook, HTML, plucker, PalmDoc, zTxt, TCR, CHM, RTF, OEB, Mobipocket (non-DRM) and TXT. || fbreader
  • pPub — Simple EPUB reader using Python, GTK3 and WebKit. || ppubAUR
  • Sigil — WYSIWYG ebook editor. || sigil
Book organizers

for more collection apps, see also Multimedia#Collection managers

  • Alexandria — GNOME application to help manage your book collection. || alexandriaAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Koha — Open source Integrated Library System (ILS), used world-wide by public, school and special libraries. || kohaAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

PDF and DjVu

Note: PDF forms support:
  • acroreadAUR is able to save both AcroForms and XFA forms into PDF files.
  • Poppler-based readers such as evince and kdegraphics-okular support AcroForms, but not full XFA forms. [3] [4]
  • For CJK(Chinese, Japanese, Korean) support in poppler-based readers such as evince and kdegraphics-okular, install poppler-data. poppler-data is an optional dependency of poppler which is an indirect dependency of evince and okular.

See also Wikipedia:List of PDF software and Wikipedia:DjVu.

  • fbpdf — Small framebuffer PDF and DjVu viewer based off of MuPDF, with Vim keybindings and written in C || fbpdf-gitAUR
  • jfbview — Framebuffer PDF and image viewer. Features include Vim-like controls, zoom-to-fit, a TOC (outline) view, fast multi-threaded rendering and asynchronous pre-caching. Originally a fork of fbpdf called jfbpdf, now completely rewritten. || jfbviewAUR
Note: Some web browsers have support for displaying PDF files, either built-in or via plugin.
  • acroread — A PDF file viewer offered by Adobe (closed source). || acroreadAUR
  • apvlv — Lightweight PDF/DjVu/UMD/TXT viewer with Vim keybindings. || apvlv
  • Atril — Simple multi-page document viewer for MATE. || atril
  • ePDFView — Free lightweight PDF document viewer using the Poppler and GTK+ libraries. Development stopped. || epdfview
  • Evince — Document viewer for multiple document formats. Supports PDF, PostScript, DjVu, TIFF and DVI. || evince
  • Foxit Reader — Small, fast (compared to Acrobat) PDF viewer. (closed source) || foxitreaderAUR
  • gv — Graphical user interface for the Ghostscript interpreter that allows to view and navigate through PostScript and PDF documents. || gv
  • llpp — Very fast PDF reader based off of MuPDF, that supports continuous page scrolling, bookmarking, and text search through the whole document. || llppAUR
  • MuPDF — Very fast PDF and XPS viewer and toolkit written in portable C. Features CJK font support. || mupdf
  • Okular — Universal PDF viewer for KDE. || kdegraphics-okular
  • PdfMod — You can reorder, rotate, and remove pages, export images from a document, edit the title, subject, author, and keywords, and combine documents via drag and drop. || pdfmod
  • PDF Shuffler — Combine, split, roatate and reorder PDF documents. Uses Python and GTK3. || pdfshuffler-gitAUR
  • PDF Studio — All-in-one PDF editor similar to Adobe Acrobat (proprietary). || pdfstudioAUR
  • qpdfview — Tabbed document viewer. It uses Poppler for PDF support, libspectre for PS support, DjVuLibre for DjVu support, CUPS for printing support and the Qt toolkit for its interface. || qpdfviewAUR
  • Xournal — Pdf viewer/note taking application. || xournal
  • Xpdf — Viewer that can decode LZW and read encrypted PDFs. || xpdf
  • zathura — Highly customizable and functional PDF/DjVu/PostScript/ComicBook viewer (plugin based). || zathura zathura-pdf-mupdf zathura-djvu

Terminal pagers

See also Wikipedia:Terminal pager.

  • more — A simple and feature-light pager. It is a part of the util-linux package.
  • less — A program similar to more, but with support for both forward and backward scrolling, as well as partial loading of files. || less
  • most — A pager with support for multiple windows, left and right scrolling, and built-in colour support || most
  • mcview — A pager with mouse and colour support. It is bundled with midnight commander. || mc
  • vimpager — A script that turns vim into a pager. As a result, you get various vim features such as colour schemes, mouse support, split screens, etc. || vimpager


See also Wikipedia:Microsoft Compiled HTML Help.

  • ChmSee — CHM viewer based on xulrunner. || chmseeAUR
  • Kchmviewer — Qt-based CHM viewer that uses chmlib and borrows some ideas from xchm. It does not depend on KDE, but it can be compiled to integrate with it. || kchmviewer
  • xCHM — Lightweight CHM viewer, based on chmlib. || xchm

Comic book (comix/manga)

  • MComix — GTK2 image viewer specifically designed to handle comic book archives (fork of Comix). Also includes library manager. || mcomix
  • QComicBook — Lightweight comic book viewer written in C++ and Qt4. || qcomicbookAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • YACReader — Comic book viewer written in C++ and Qt5. Comes with YACReaderLibrary for managing comics. || yacreaderAUR

Scanning software

See SANE#Install a frontend.

OCR software

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of optical character recognition software.


  • CuneiForm — Command line OCR system originally developed and open sourced by Cognitive technologies. Supported languages: eng, ger, fra, rus, swe, spa, ita, ruseng, ukr, srp, hrv, pol, dan, por, dut, cze, rum, hun, bul, slo, lav, lit, est, tur. || cuneiform
  • GOCR/JOCR — OCR engine which also supports barcode recognition. || gocr
  • Ocrad — OCR program based on a feature extraction method. || ocrad
  • Tesseract — Accurate open source OCR engine. Package splitted, you need install some datafiles for each language (tesseract-data-eng for example). || tesseract

Layout analyzers and user interfaces

  • gImageReader — Graphical GTK frontend to Tesseract. || gimagereaderAUR
  • gscan2pdf — Scans, runs an OCR engine, minor post-processing, creates a document. || gscan2pdfAUR
  • OCRFeeder — Python GUI for Gnome which performs document analysis and rendition, and can use either CuneiForm, GOCR, Ocrad or Tesseract as OCR engines. It can import from PDF or image files, and export to HTML or OpenDocument. || ocrfeeder
  • OCRopy — OCR platform, modules exist for document layout analysis, OCR engines (it can use Tesseract or its own engine), natural language modeling, etc. || ocropyAUR
  • YAGF — Graphical interface for the CuneiForm text recognition program on the Linux platform. || yagf

Note taking organizers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of notetaking software.


  • deft — Manage notes within emacs || not packaged? search in AUR
  • hnb (hierarchical notebook) — Program to organize many kinds of data (addresses, to-do lists, ideas, book reviews, etc.) in one place using the XML format. || hnbAUR
  • pynote — Manage notes on the commandline || pynoteAUR


  • BasKet — Application for organizing, sharing, and taking notes. It can manage various types of information such as to-do lists, links, pictures, and other types, similar to a scrapbook. || basket
  • Cherrytree — Hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file. || cherrytree
  • Gnote — Experimental port of Tomboy to C++. || gnote
  • KeepNote — Cross-platform GTK+ note-taking application with rich text formatting. || keepnote
  • KNotes — A program that lets you write the computer equivalent of sticky notes. || knotes
  • Laverna — A JavaScript note taking application with Markdown editor and encryption support. Consider it like open source alternative to Evernote. || lavernaAUR
  • NoteCase — Portable hierarchical note manager, coded in C++ using bindings to the GTK+ toolkit. || notecaseAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • org-modeEmacs mode for notes, project planning and authoring. || emacs-org-modeAUR
  • Tomboy — Desktop note-taking application for Linux and Unix with a wiki-like linking system to connect notes together. || tomboy
  • wiznote — Opensource cross-platform cloud based note-taking client. || wiznote
  • zim — WYSIWYG text editor that aims at bringing the concept of a wiki to the desktop. || zim
  • znotes — A lightweight crossplatform application for notes managment with simple interface, use qt4 libraries. || znotesAUR

Mind-mapping tools

  • FreeMind — Premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. || freemind
  • Freeplane — Free and open source software application that supports thinking, sharing information and getting things done at work, in school and at home. The software can be used for mind mapping and analyzing the information contained in mind maps. || freeplaneAUR
  • Labyrinth — Lightweight mind-mapping tool with support for image import and drawing. || labyrinth
  • Semantik — A mind-mapping application for KDE. || semantikAUR
  • TreeSheets — The ultimate replacement for spreadsheets, mind mappers, outliners, PIMs, text editors and small databases. || treesheets-gitAUR
  • View Your Mind — Tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. Such maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectivity. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to get an overview over complex contexts, to sort your ideas etc. || vym
  • Visual Understanding Environment — Open Source project focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • XMind — Brainstorming and mind mapping application. It provides a rich set of different visualization styles, and allows sharing of created mind maps via their website. || xmind

Character Selector

  • GNOME Characters — Character map application for GNOME || gnome-characters
  • gucharmap — A GTK+ 3 Character Selector, distributed with GNOME desktop. || gucharmap
  • kdeutils-kcharselect — A tool to select special characters from all installed fonts and copy them into the clipboard. Distributed with KDE. || kcharselect

Stylus notes taking

  • Write — a word processor for hand writing. || write_stylusAUR
  • Gournal — note-taking application written for usage on Tablet-PC, written in perl. || gournalAUR
  • Xournal — an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. || xournal

Bibliographic reference managers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of reference management software.

  • Bibus — A bibliographic database that can directly insert references in and generate the bibliographic index. || bibusAUR
  • DocEar — Docear is an academic literature suite for searching, organizing and creating academic literature, built upon the mind mapping software Freeplane and the reference manager JabRef. || docearAUR
  • JabRef — GUI frontend for BibTeX, written in Java. || jabrefAUR
  • Zotero — Zotero Standalone. Is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. || zoteroAUR


For detailed guides, see the main ArchWiki page, Security.


See the main article: Firewalls.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of firewalls.

Network security

  • Arpwatch — Tool that monitors ethernet activity and keeps a database of Ethernet/IP address pairings. || arpwatch
  • Bro — Powerful network analysis framework that is much different from the typical IDS you may know. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • EtherApe — Graphical network monitor for Unix modeled after etherman. Featuring link layer, IP and TCP modes, it displays network activity graphically. Hosts and links change in size with traffic. Color coded protocols display. || etherape
  • Honeyd — Tool that allows the user to set up and run multiple virtual hosts on a computer network. || honeydAUR
  • IPTraf — Console-based network monitoring utility. || iptraf-ng
  • Kismet — 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system. || kismet
  • Nemesis — Command-line network packet crafting and injection utility. || nemesis
  • Nmap — Security scanner used to discover hosts and services on a computer network, thus creating a "map" of the network. || nmap
  • Ntop — Network probe that shows network usage in a way similar to what top does for processes. || ntop
  • Snort — Network intrusion prevention and detection system. || snortAUR
  • Spectools — A set of utilities for spectrum analyzer hardware including Wi-Spy devices. || spectoolsAUR
  • Sshguard — Daemon that protects SSH and other services against brute-force attacts, similar to Fail2ban. || sshguard
  • Suricata — High performance Network IDS, IPS and Network Security Monitoring engine. || suricataAUR
  • Tcpdump — Common console-based packet analyzer that allows the user to intercept and display TCP/IP and other packets being transmitted or received over a network. || tcpdump
  • vnStat — Console-based network traffic monitor that keeps a log of network traffic for the selected interfaces. || vnstat
  • Wireshark — Network protocol analyzer that lets you capture and interactively browse the traffic running on a computer network. || wireshark-cli wireshark-qt wireshark-gtk

Threat and vulnerability detection

  • AFICK — Security tool that allows to monitor the changes on your files systems, and so can detect intrusions. || afickAUR
  • Lynis — Security and system auditing tool to harden Unix/Linux systems. || lynis
  • Metasploit Framework — An advanced open-source platform for developing, testing, and using exploit code. || metasploit
  • Nessus — Comprehensive vulnerability scanning program. || nessusAUR
  • OpenVAS — Framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution. FOSS Nessus fork. || openvas
  • Osiris — Tool for monitoring system integrity and changes across a network. || osiris
  • OSSEC — Open Source Host-based Intrusion Detection System that performs log analysis, file integrity checking, policy monitoring, rootkit detection, real-time alerting and active response. || ossec-agentAUR ossec-localAUR ossec-serverAUR
  • Samhain — Host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) provides file integrity checking and log file monitoring/analysis, as well as rootkit detection, port monitoring, detection of rogue SUID executables, and hidden processes. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Tiger — Security tool that can be use both as a security audit and intrusion detection system. || tigerAUR
  • Tripwire — Intrusion detection system. || tripwireAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

File security

  • AIDE — File and directory integrity checker. || aide
  • Logcheck — Simple utility which is designed to allow a system administrator to view the logfiles which are produced upon hosts under their control. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Logwatch — Customizable log analysis system. || logwatch
  • OpenDLP — OpenDLP is a free and open source, agent- and agentless-based, centrally-managed, massively distributable data loss prevention tool. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Swatch — Utility that can monitor just about any type of log. || swatchAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Anti malware

  • chkrootkit — Locally checks for signs of a rootkit. || chkrootkitAUR
  • ClamAV — Open source antivirus engine for detecting trojans, viruses, malware & other malicious threats. || clamav
  • Linux Malware Detect — Malware scanner designed around the threats faced in shared hosted environments. || maldetAUR
  • Rootkit Hunter — Checks machines for the presence of rootkits and other unwanted tools. || rkhunter

Backup programs

See the main article: Synchronization and backup programs.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of backup software.

Screen lockers

Warning: Only sflock, physlock, Cinnamon Screensaver, MATE Screensaver and GNOME Screensaver are able to block tty access.
  • Cinnamon Screensaver — Screen locker for the Cinnamon desktop. || cinnamon-screensaver
  • GNOME Screensaver — Screen locker for the GNOME Flashback desktop. || gnome-screensaver
  • i3lock — A simple screen locker. Provides user feedback, uses PAM authentication, supports DPMS. The background can be set to an image or solid color. || i3lock
  • i3lock-blur — Fork of i3lock which can use your desktop with the blur effect applied as a background. || i3lock-blurAUR
  • i3lock-wrapper — A simple wrapper around i3lock which sets up a blurred screenshot of the desktop as a background image. || i3lock-wrapperAUR
  • Light-locker — A simple locker (forked from gnome-screensaver) that aims to have simple, sane, secure defaults and be well integrated with the desktop while not carrying any desktop-specific dependencies. It relies on LightDM for locking and unlocking your session via ConsoleKit/UPower or logind/systemd || light-locker
  • MATE Screensaver — Screensaver and locker for MATE Desktop Environment. || mate-screensaver
  • physlock — Screen and console locker. || physlockAUR
  • sflock — Simple screen locker utility for X, based on slock. Provides a very basic user feedback. || sflock-gitAUR
  • slock — Very simple and lightweight X screen locker. Offers only a black background when locked, there are no animations or text fields. || slock
  • sxlock — Fork of sflock with a few enhancements. Provides basic user feedback, uses PAM authentication, supports DPMS and RandR. Supports sxlock.service to lock the screen on suspend/hibernation. See the README for more information. || sxlock-gitAUR
  • tsscreenlock — Screen locker used in theShell. Shows music controls, and if used with theShell, also shows desktop notifications. || tsscreenlockAUR || kbd
  • xlockmore — Simple X11 screen lock with PAM support. || xlockmore
  • XScreenSaver — Screen saver and locker for the X Window System. || xscreensaver
  • XSecureLock — X11 screen lock utility designed with the primary goal of security. || xsecurelock-gitAUR

Hash checkers

  • cfv — Tiny utility to both test and create checksum files, support .sfv, .csv, .crc, .md5, md5sum, sha1sum, .torrent, par, and .par2 files. || cfv
  • GtkHash — A GTK+ utility for computing message digests or checksums || gtkhashAUR
  • hashdeep — A cross-platform tools to computer hashes, or message digests, for any number of files || md5deepAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Parano — A GNOME frontend for creating/editing/checking MD5 and SFV files || paranoAUR
  • Quick Hash GUI — A GUI to enable the rapid selection and subsequent hashing of files (individually or recursively throughout a folder structure) text and (on Linux) disks. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • RHash — Utility for verifying hash sums (SFV, CRC, etc). Supports lots of algorithms. || rhash
  • MassHash — A set of file hashing tools (both CLI and GTK+ GUI) written in Python. Supported algorithms include MD5, SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, SHA-512. || masshashAUR

Encryption, signing, steganography

  • ccrypt — A command-line utility for encrypting and decrypting files and streams. || ccrypt
  • Enigmaila security extension to Mozilla Thunderbird and Seamonkey. It enables you to write and receive email messages signed and/or encrypted with the OpenPGP standard. || thunderbird-enigmailAUR
  • GnuPG — The GNU project's complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880. Free and Open Source replacement of PGP, mostly used for digital signing of packages. || gnupg
  • gzsteg — A utiltiy that can hide data in gzip compressed files || not packaged? search in AUR
  • KGpga simple interface for GnuPG for KDE. || kdeutils-kgpg
  • SeahorseGNOME application for managing encryption keys and passwords in the GnomeKeyring. || seahorse
  • silenteye — A steganography application written in C++, use Qt4 library. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • snow — Steganography program for concealing messages in text files || snowAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • steghide — A steganography utility that is able to hide data in various kinds of image and audio files. || steghide
  • stegparty — A steganography utility hides text by typoing text existing text files. || stegpartyAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Password managers

  • Console Password Manager — Curses based password manager using PGP-encryption. || cpmAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Enpass — A multiplatform password manager || enpass-binAUR || fpm2AUR
  • GPass — Password manegement software for GNOME2 desktop. || gpassAUR
  • GPassword Manager — Simple, lightweight and cross-platform utility for managing and accessing passwords. || gpasswordmanAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Gtkpass — Gtkpass is a GTK and Libkpass-based password manager for KeePass 1.x databases. || gtkpassAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Ked Password Manager — A password manager that helps to manage large numbers of passwords. || kedpmAUR
  • KeePass Password Safe — Free open source Mono-based password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. || keepass
  • KeePassC — KeePassC is a curses-based password manager compatible to KeePass v.1.x and KeePassX. || keepasscAUR
  • KeePassX — Free and open source Qt-based password manager. Compatible with KeePass v.1.x and KeePass v.2.x. || keepassx keepassx2
  • MyPasswords — What you need for managing your passwords, including the passwords of your online accounts, bank accounts and ... with the corresponding URLs. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • MyPasswordSafe — Easy-to-use QT based password manager, compatible with Password Safe files (and therefore pwsafe). || mypasswordsafeAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Pasaffe — Easy to use password manager for Gnome with a Password Safe 3.0 compatible database. || pasaffeAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • pass — Simple console based password manager || pass
  • Password Gorilla — A cross-platform password manager. || password-gorillaAUR
  • Password Safe — Simple and secure password manager. || passwordsafeAUR
  • pwsafe — Unix commandline program that manages encrypted password databases. || pwsafe
  • QPass — Easy to use password manager with built-in password generator. || qpassAUR
  • Revelation — Password manager for the GNOME desktop. || revelationAUR
  • spm — Simple Password Manager written entirely in POSIX shell using PGP. Fast, lightweight and easily scriptable. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • Seahorse — GNOME application for managing encryption keys and passwords in the GnomeKeyring. || seahorse
  • Universal Password Manager — Allows you to store usernames, passwords, URLs and generic notes in an encrypted database protected by one master password. || upmAUR


Note: For possibly more up to date selection of scientific applications, try checking the AUR 'science' category

Scientific documents

See the main article: List of applications/Documents#Scientific documents.



See also Wikipedia:Comparison of software calculators.

  • bc — Arbitrary precision calculator language. || bc
  • calc — Arbitrary precision console calculator. || calc
  • Extcalc — Qt-based scientfic graphical calculator. || extcalcAUR
  • galculator — GTK+ based scientific calculator. || galculator galculator-gtk2 || gnome-calculator
  • GCalctool — Scientific calculator included in the GNOME desktop (old GTK2 version). || gcalctool-oldguiAUR
  • KAlgebra — Calculator and 3D plotter included in KDE EDU. || kalgebra
  • KCalc — Scientific calculator included in the KDE desktop. || kcalc
  • Qalculate — Calculator and equation solver with fault-tolerant parsing, constant recognition and units. || libqalculate
  • SpeedCrunch — Fast, high precision and powerful cross-platform calculator. || speedcrunch
  • xcalc — Scientific calculator for X with algebraic and reverse polish notation modes. || xorg-xcalc

Computer algebra system

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of computer algebra systems.

  • AXIOM — FriCAS: derivative of the powerful AXIOM-CAS || fricasAUR
  • Fermat — Computer algebra system that does arithmetic of arbitrarily long integers and fractions, multivariate polynomials, symbolic calculations, matrices over polynomial rings, graphics, and other numerical calculations. || fermatAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • GAP — Computer algebra system for computational discrete algebra with particular emphasis on computational group theory. || gap
  • Maple — Famous commercial CAS. Often used in education. ||
  • Mathics — A free CAS for symbolic mathematical computations which uses Python as its main language. It aims at achieving a Mathematica-compatible syntax and functions. It relies mostly on Sympy for most mathematical tasks and, optionally, Sage for more advanced functionality. || mathicsAUR
  • Mathomatic — General purpose Computer Algebra System written in C. || mathomatic || maxima wxmaxima
  • PARI/GP — Computer algebra system designed for fast computations in number theory. || pari
  • Xcas — User interface to Giac, a free, basic computer algebra system. || xcas

Scientific or technical computing

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of numerical analysis software.

  • EngLab — Cross-compile mathematical platform with a C like syntax. || englabAUR
  • FreeMat — Matlab-like program that supports many of its functions and features a codeless interface to external C, C++, and Fortran code, further parallel distributed algorithm development (via MPI), and 3D visualization capabilities. || freemat
  • GNU Radio — Software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software radios. || gnuradio
  • matplotlib (PyLab) — Collection of Python modules (pyplot, numpy, etc.) used for scientific calculations. || python-matplotlib
  • OctaveMatlab-like language and interface for numerical computations. || octave
  • Sage-mathematics — Mathematics software system, that combines many existing open-source packages into a common Python interface. Alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab. || sagemath
  • Scilab — Matlab alternative used for numerical computations. Its syntax is not equivalent to that of Matlab, but it can be easily converted. || scilabAUR


See also Wikipedia:Comparison of statistical packages.

  • JAGS (Just another Gibbs sampler) — Cross-platform program for analysis of Bayesian hierarchical models using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation. || jagsAUR || python2-pandas python-pandas
  • PSPP — Free SPSS implementation. || psppAUR
  • R — Software environment for statistical computing and graphics. || r
  • RKWard — Frontend for the statistical language R. || rkwardAUR
  • RStudio — A powerful and productive IDE for R written in Qt. || rstudio-desktop-binAUR

Data evaluation

See also Wikipedia:List of information graphics software.

  • Fityk — Curve fitting and data analysis application, predominantly used to fit analytical, bell-shaped functions to experimental data. || fitykAUR
  • Gnuplot — Command-line program that can generate 2D and 3D plots of functions, data, and data fits. || gnuplot
  • Grace — WYSIWYG 2D graph plotting tool. || grace qtgraceAUR gracegtkAUR
  • LabPlot — Free software data analysis and visualization application, similar to SciDAVis. || labplot-kf5AUR
  • QtiPlot — Platform-independent application used for interactive scientific graphing and data analysis, similar to the proprietary Origin or SigmaPlot. || qtiplot
  • ROOT — Data analysis program and library (originally for particle physics) developed by CERN. || rootAUR
  • SciDAVis — Fork of QtiPlot with the goal of being better documented and more user friendly. || scidavisAUR

See also List of applications#Spreadsheets

Chemistry and biology

Computational biology and bioinformatics

See also Wikipedia:List of open source bioinformatics software.

  • BALL (Biochemical Algorithms Library) — Application framework in C++ that provides an extensive set of data structures as well as classes for molecular mechanics, advanced solvation methods, comparison and analysis of protein structures, file import/export, and visualization. || ballAUR
  • BioJava — Set of Java tools for computational biology, as well as bioinformatics. || biojavaAUR
  • Biopython — Python package with tools for computational biology, as well as bioinformatics. || python-biopython python2-biopython
  • EMBOSS (European Molecular Biology Open Software Suite) — Open source software analysis package specially developed for the needs of the molecular biology and bioinformatics user community. || embossAUR
  • MEGA (Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis) — Integrated tool for conducting automatic and manual sequence alignment, inferring phylogenetic trees, mining web-based databases, estimating rates of molecular evolution, inferring ancestral sequences, and testing evolutionary hypotheses. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • MUMmer — Bioinformatics software system for sequence alignment based on suffix trees. || mummerAUR
  • UGENE — Application that integrates dozens of well-known biological tools and algorithms, providing both graphical user and command-line interfaces. || ugeneAUR



See also Wikipedia:List of molecular graphics systems.

  • Avogadro — Editor, viewer and simulator for 3D molecule structures (also supports downloading files from the Protein Data Bank). || avogadro
  • BALLView — Standalone molecular modeling and visualization application, part of the BALL framework. || ballAUR
  • Ghemical — Computational chemistry software package used to edit, view and simulate molecular structures. || ghemicalAUR
  • PyMOL — Open-source molecular visualization system that can produce high quality 3D images of small molecules and biological macromolecules, such as proteins. || pymol
  • RasMol — Computer program written for molecular graphics visualization intended and used primarily for the depiction and exploration of biological macromolecule structures. || rasmolAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • BKChem — Practical and goodlooking skeletal formula molecule drawing program. || bkchemAUR
  • Chemtool — GTK+-based program for drawing chemical structural formulas. || chemtool
  • EasyChem — Simple skeletal formula molecule drawing program with a focus on producing press-quality figures. || not packaged? search in AUR || gabeditAUR
  • GROMACS (GROningen MAchine for Chemical Simulations) — Versatile package to perform molecular dynamics, i.e. simulate the Newtonian equations of motion for systems with hundreds to millions of particles. || gromacsAUR
  • Quantum ESPRESSO — Integrated suite of applications for electronic-structure calculations and materials modeling at nanoscale. It is based on density-functional theory, plane waves, and pseudopotentials (both norm-conserving and ultrasoft). || quantum-espressoAUR

Periodic table

  • eperiodique — A simple Periodic Table Of Elements viewer using the EFL. || eperiodiqueAUR
  • gElemental — Periodic table of the elements with additional information. || gelementalAUR
  • Kalzium — Periodic table of the elements with molecule editor and equation solver from the KDE desktop. || kdeedu-kalzium


  • Bioclipse — Java-based visual platform for biochemistry that uses the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP). || not packaged? search in AUR

Image manipulation

  • ImageJ — Java-based image processing and analysing program that provides extensibility via plugins and macros. It is widely used in microscopy (e.g. for cell counting). || imagejAUR
  • Fiji — ImageJ distribution (and soon ImageJ2) with a lot of plugins organized into a coherent menu structure. || fiji-binaryAUR


  • Celestia — 3D astronomy simulation program that allows users to travel through an extensive universe, modeled after reality, at any speed, in any direction and at any time in history. || celestia
  • GIMP Astronomy Plugins — Set of GIMP plugins for astronomical image processing. || gimp-plugin-astronomyAUR
  • GoQat — Camera acquisition software, especially for QSI cameras, that provides other features such as autoguiding, focusing help and others. || goqatAUR
  • KStars — Planetarium application that provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. It is included in KDE Edu. || kstars
  • Open PHD Guiding — Telescope autoguiding software based on the famous PHD Guiding. || open-phd-guiding-svnAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Qastrocam-g2 — Webcam acquisition software for planetary imaging. || qastrocam-g2AUR
  • Skychart / Cartes du Ciel — Planetarium that maps out and labels most of the constellations, planets, and objects you can see with a telescope. It can also download Digitized Sky Survey Charts and superimpose images over these charts. || skychartAUR
  • StarPlot — 3-dimensional star chart viewer. || starplotAUR
  • Stellarium — Beautiful 3D planetarium that uses OpenGL to render a realistic sky in real time. || stellarium
  • Where Is M13 — Application to visualize the locations and physical properties of deep sky objects. || where-is-m13AUR
  • XEphem — Motif-based ephemeris and planetarium program. || xephemAUR



See also Wikipedia:Comparison of EDA software.

Digital logic

Digital logic software are mainly simple educational tools that intended for only designing and simulating logic circuits.

  • glogic — An educational graphical logic circuit simulator. || glogicAUR
  • Logisim — Educational digital logic design and simulation software, written in Java, officially its development has stopped. || logisimAUR
  • Logisim Evolution — Project which continue the development of the original Logisim with new features, written in Java. || logisim-evolution-gitAUR
  • SmartSim — Simple and beautiful digital logic circuit design and simulation software, mainly target teachers and students, very lightweight and cross platform, GPL licensed, written in Vala. || smartsim-gitAUR
  • Altera Design Software — A set of design tools for Altera's FPGA chips that includes Quartus II and ModelSim-Altera. || see Altera Design Software || see Xilinx ISE WebPACK
  • Arduino — Arduino prototyping platform SDK. || arduinoAUR
Schematic capture editor
  • gEDA — Full suite and toolkit of Electronic Design Automation tools that are used for electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production. || geda-gaf
  • KiCAD — Software suite for electronic design automation (EDA) that facilitates the design of schematics for electronic circuits and their conversion to PCB (printed circuit board). || kicad
  • Oregano — Graphical software application for schematic capture and simulation of electrical circuits. The actual simulation is done by the ngspice or Gnucap engines. || oreganoAUR
  • QElectroTech — Application used to draw advanced electrical circuits. || qelectrotechAUR
  • Qucs — Electronics circuit simulator application that gives you the ability to set up a circuit with a graphical user interface and simulate its large-signal, small-signal and noise behaviour. || qucs

Physics simulation

  • Code_Aster — Software package for Civil and Structural Engineering finite element analysis and numeric simulation in structural mechanics. || asterAUR
  • EPANET — EPANET performs extended period simulation of the water movement and quality behavior within pressurized pipe networks. || epanet2-gitAUR
  • Step — Two-dimensional physics simulation engine that is included in the KDE desktop as part of KDE Edu. || step
  • SWMM — Storm Water Management Model is a dynamic rainfall-runoff-subsurface runoff simulation model used for simulation of the surface/subsurface hydrology quantity and quality. || swmm5-gitAUR

Unit conversion

  • ConvertAll — Unit conversion application that allows one to combine units in any way (e.g. inches per decade), even if it does not make sense. || convertallAUR
  • Gonvert — Conversion utility that allows conversion between many units like CGS, Ancient, Imperial with many categories like length, mass, numbers, etc. || gonvertAUR
  • Units — Command-line unit converter and calculator that can handle multiplicative scale changes, nonlinear conversions such as Fahrenheit to Celsius or wire gauge and others. || units


  • GNOME Maps — A simple map client for GNOME. Part of gnome-extra. || gnome-maps
  • JOSM — An editor for OpenStreetMap written in Java. || josm
  • Marble — Virtual Globe and World Atlas that can be used to learn more about the Earth. Part of kdeedu. || marble
  • Merkaartor — OpenStreetMap editor. || merkaartor
  • Viking — GTK+2 application to manage GPS data. || viking


Work environment

The default installation of Arch provides Bash as shell interpreter and does not contain any Desktop Environment, therefore forces users to choose one themselves. Most Arch boxes run some X11 Window Manager and/or Desktop Environment, but of course there are still people who prefer doing everyday tasks in bare console.


See also Wikipedia:Bootsplash.

  • Fbsplash — Gentoo implementation as bootsplash program || fbsplashAUR
  • Plymouth — The new graphical boot process for Fedora, replacing the aging Red Hat Graphical Boot || plymouthAUR
  • Splashy — A graphical boot process designed to replace the aging Bootsplash program || splashy-fullAUR

Command shells

See the main article: Command-line shell.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of command shells.

Terminal multiplexers

  • abduco — Tool for session attach and detach support which allows a process to run independently from its controlling terminal. || abducoAUR
  • dtach — Program that emulates the detach feature of screen. || dtach
  • GNU Screen — Full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal. || screen
  • tmux — BSD licensed terminal multiplexer. || tmux
  • byobu — An GPLv3 licensed addon for tmux or screen. It requires a terminal multiplexer installed. || byobuAUR

Desktop environments

See the main article: Desktop environment#List of desktop environments.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of X Window System desktop environments.

Window managers


See also #Terminal multiplexers, which offer some of the functions of window managers for the console.

  • dvtmdwm-style window manager in the console. || dvtm
  • twin — Text-mode window manager. || twin

See the main article: Window manager#List of window managers.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of X window managers.

Window tilers

  • PyTyle3 — An automatic tiler that is compatible with Openbox Multihead with faster action and lower memory footprint. || pytyle3-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • PyWO — Allows you to easily organize windows on the desktop using keyboard shortcuts. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • QuickTile — Lightweight standalone alternative to Compiz Grid plugin. || quicktile-gitAUR
  • stiler — A simple python script to convert any wm to tiling wm. || stiler-grid-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] stilerAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Tile-windows — Tool for tiling windows horizontally or vertically. || tile-windowsAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • wumwum — The Window Manager manager. It can turn emwh compliant window managers into a tiling window manager while retaining all initial functionalities. || wumwumAUR

Virtual desktop pagers

See also Wikipedia:Pager (GUI).

  • bbpager — Dockable pager for blackbox and other window managers. || bbpager
  • fbpager — Virtual desktop pager for fluxbox. || fbpager-gitAUR
  • IPager — A configurable pager with transparency, originally developed for Fluxbox. || ipagerAUR
  • Neap — An non-intrusive and light pager that runs in the notification area of your panel. || neapAUR
  • Netwmpager — A NetWM/EWMH compatible pager. || netwmpagerAUR
  • obpager — Pager for Openbox writen in C++. || obpagerAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Pager — A highly configurable pager compatible with Openbox Multihead. || pager-multihead-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Support applications

Login managers

See the main article: Display manager#List of display managers.

Composite managers

See the main article: Xorg#List of composite managers.

Taskbars / panels / docks || avant-window-navigatorAUR
  • Bmpanel — Lightweight, NETWM compliant panel. || bmpanel2AUR
  • Cairo-Dock — Highly customizable dock and launcher application. || cairo-dock
  • Daisy — KDE Plasma widget which acts as a dock. || kdeplasma-applets-daisyAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Docker — Docking application which acts as a system tray. || docker-trayAUR
  • Docky — Full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. || docky
  • fbpanel — Lightweight, NETWM compliant desktop panel. || fbpanel || gnome-panel
  • KoolDock — KDE3 docker with great effects that tries to resemble the OS X dock. || kooldock-svnAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • LXPanel — Lightweight X11 desktop panel and part of the LXDE desktop. || lxpanel
  • MATE Panel — Panel included in the MATE desktop. || mate-panel
  • PerlPanel — The ideal accompaniment to a light-weight Window Manager such as OpenBox, or a desktop-drawing program like iDesk. || perlpanel
  • Plank — Elegant, simple, clean dock from pantheon desktop environment. || plank
  • PyPanel — Lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C. || pypanel
  • qtpanel — Project to create useful and beautiful panel in Qt. || qtpanel-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] || stalonetray
  • Tint2 — Simple panel/taskbar developed specifically for Openbox. || tint2
  • Trayer — Lightweight GTK+-based systray. || trayer
  • wbar — Quick launch bar developed with speed in mind. || wbar
  • Xfce Panel — Panel included in the Xfce desktop. || xfce4-panel
Application launchers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of desktop application launchers.

  • ADeskBar — Easy, simple and unobtrusive application launcher for Openbox. || adeskbarAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Albert — An application launcher inspired by Alfred. || albertAUR
  • Bashrun2 — Provides a different, barebones approach to a run dialog, using a specialized Bash session within a small xterm window. || bashrun2AUR
  • dmenu — Fast and lightweight dynamic menu for X which is also useful as an application launcher. || dmenu
  • dmenu-extended — An extension to dmenu for quickly opening files and folders. || dmenu-extendedAUR
  • dmenu-launch — Simple dmenu-based application launcher. Launches binaries and XDG shortcuts. || dmenu-launchAUR
  • dswitcherdmenu-based window switcher that works regardless of workspace or minimization. || dswitcher-gitAUR
  • Fehlstart — Small GTK+-based application launcher. || fehlstart-gitAUR
  • Gmrun — Lightweight GTK+-based application launcher, with the ability to run programs inside a terminal and other handy features. || gmrun
  • GNOME Do — Application launcher inspired by Quicksilver with many plugins, originally developed for the GNOME desktop. || gnome-do
  • j4-dmenu-desktop — Very fast dmenu application launcher. || j4-dmenu-desktopAUR
  • higgins — A desktop agnostic application launcher, file finder, calculator and more. Plugin based and freely and easily extendable via user-written plugins || higgins-gitAUR
  • Kupfer — Convenient command and access tool for the GNOME desktop that can launch applications, open documents and access different types of objects and act on them. || kupferAUR
  • Launchy — Very popular cross-platform application launcher with a plugin-based system used to provide extra functionality. || launchy
  • Lighthouse — A simple scriptable popup dialog to run on X. || lighthouse-gitAUR
  • rofi — A popup window switcher roughly based on superswitcher, requiring only xlib and pango. || rofi
  • slingshot — An application launcher has a clear look, part of pantheon desktop environment. || slingshot-launcherAUR
  • Runa — Fast and light dmenu-driven application launcher, suitable for use standalone, integrated into file manager context menus, or as an 'xdg-open' replacement. Favourite applications can also be configured. || runaAUR
  • Synapse — Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine. || synapse
  • Whippet — A launcher and xdg-open replacement for control freaks. Opens files and URLs with applications associated by name and/or mimetype. Applications and associations may be customized using an SQLite database. Uses dmenu to manage its menus. || whippetAUR
  • xboomx — Light dmenu wrapper that reorders commands based on popularity, written in Python. || xboomxAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • xfce4-appfinder — An eazy-to-use application launcher from Xfce. || xfce4-appfinder
  • Yeganesh — Light dmenu wrapper that reorders commands based on popularity, written in Haskell. || yeganeshAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
Logout dialogue

A few simple shutdown managers are available:

  • exitx-polkit — A GTK logout dialog for Openbox with PolicyKit support. || exitx-polkit-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • exitx-systemd — A GTK logout dialog for Openbox with systemd support. || exitx-systemd-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • oblogout — A graphical logout script for Openbox that may be used with other WMs. || oblogout
  • obshutdown — A great GTK/Cairo based shutdown manager for Openbox and other window managers. || obshutdownAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]


Screen reading
  • Mimic — Text-to-speech voice synthesis from the Mycroft project || mimic-gitAUR
  • Orca — Screen reader for individuals who are blind or visually impaired || orca || simpleorcapluginsystem-gitAUR
Speech recognition

See the main article Speech recognition for applications.


See also Wikipedia:Comparison of accounting software.

  • Beancount — Beancount is a Ledger-like CLI double-entry accounting system. It is written in Python and has more features, like multi-currency support, than Ledger. || beancount-hgAUR
  • esniper — Simple, lightweight tool for sniping eBay auctions. || esniperAUR
  • GnuCash — Financial application that implements a double-entry book-keeping system with features for small business accounting. || gnucash
  • Grisbi — Personal finance system which manages third party, expenditure and receipt categories, as well as budgetary lines, financial years, and other information that makes it suitable for associations. || grisbiAUR
  • HomeBank — Easy to use finance manager that can analyse your personal finance in detail using powerful filtering tools and graphs. || homebank
  • KMyMoney — Personal finance manager that operates in a similar way to Microsoft Money. It supports different account types, categorisation of expenses and incomes, reconciliation of bank accounts and import/export to the “QIF” file format. || kmymoney
  • Ledger — Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line. || ledgerAUR
  • hledger — An accounting program for tracking money, time, or any other commodity, using double-entry accounting and a simple, editable file format. hledger is inspired by and largely compatible with ledger. || hledger-gitAUR
  • Moneychanger — An intuitive QT/C++ system tray client for Open-Transactions || moneychanger-gitAUR
  • Manager Accounting — Manager is free accounting software for small business. || manager-accountingAUR
  • Money Manager EX — An easy-to-use personal finance suite || moneymanagerex
  • Skrooge — Personal finances manager for the KDE desktop. || skrooge
  • openerp — Open source erp system purely in python. || openerpAUR
  • Open-Transactions — A financial cryptography library used for issuing currencies, stock, paying dividends, creating asset accounts, sending/receiving digital cash, trading on markets and escrow. || open-transactions-gitAUR


  • Anki — Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. || anki
  • iGNUit — Memorization aid based on the Leitner flashcard system. || ignuitAUR
  • Mnemosyne — Free flash-card tool which optimizes your learning process. || mnemosyneAUR

Time management


  • Calcurse — Text-based ncurses calendar and scheduling system. || calcurse
  • Doneyet — Ncurses-based hierarchical To-do list manager written in C++. || doneyetAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Pal — Very lightweight calendar with both interactive and non-interactive interfaces. || palAUR
  • Remind — Highly sophisticated text-based calendaring and notification system. || remind
  • Taskwarrior — Command-line To-do list application with support for lua customization and more. || task
  • Todo.txt — Small command-line To-do manager. || todotxtAUR
  • TuDu — Ncurses-based hierarchical To-do list manager with vim-like keybindings. || tuduAUR
  • When — Simple personal calendar program. || when
  • Wyrd — Text-based front-end to Remind, a calendar and alarm program used on UNIX and Linux computers. || wyrd
  • mail2rem — Small script for importing *.ics calendars from Maildir to Remind calendar. || mail2rem-gitAUR
  • DevTodo — Is a small command line application for maintaining lists of tasks. || devtodoAUR


  • Calendar — Calendar application for GNOME. || gnome-calendar
  • Clocks — Clocks application for GNOME. || gnome-clocks
  • Day Planner — Program designed to help you easily plan and manage your time. It can manage appointments, birthdays and more. || dayplannerAUR
  • etm (Event and Task Manager) — Simple application with a "Getting Things Done!" approach to handling events, tasks, activities, reminders and projects. || etmAUR
  • etmtk (Event and Task Manager second generation) — Simple application with a "Getting Things Done!" approach to handling events, tasks, activities, reminders and projects. A newer version of etm. || etmtkAUR
  • Glista — Simple GTK+ To-do list manager with notes support. || glistaAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • GNOME Break Timer — Keeps track of how much you are using the computer, and it reminds you to take regular breaks. || gnome-break-timerAUR
  • GTG (Getting Things GNOME!) — Personal tasks and To-do list items organizer for the GNOME desktop. || gtgAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Hamster — Time tracking application that helps you to keep track on how much time you have spent during the day on activities you choose to track. || hamster-time-tracker || korganizer
  • Lightning — Extension to Mozilla Thunderbird that provides calendar and task support. || lightningAUR
  • Orage — GTK+ calendar and task manager often seen integrated with Xfce. || orage
  • Osmo — GTK+ personal organizer, which includes calendar, tasks manager and address book modules. || osmo
  • Outspline — Extensible outliner with advanced time management features, supporting events with complex recurrence schemes. || outsplineAUR
  • QTodoTxt — A cross-platform UI client for todo.txt files (see project's page) || qtodotxtAUR qtodotxt-gitAUR
  • Rachota — Portable time tracker for personal projects. || rachotaAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Task Coach — Simple open source To-do manager to manage personal tasks and To-do lists. || taskcoachAUR
  • Tasque — Easy quick task management app written in C Sharp. || tasque
  • Tider — Lightweight time tracking application (GTK+) || tider-gitAUR
  • TkRemind — Sophisticated calendar and alarm program. || remind || workrave
  • wxRemind — Python text and graphical frontend to Remind. || wxremindAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]


An emulator is a program which serves to replicate the functions of another platform or system so as to allow applications and games to be run in environments they were not programmed for.

Note: For possibly more up to date selection of emulators, try checking the AUR 'emulators' category
Warning: Owning a high-level emulator is not illegal, but distribution of any type of copyrighted ROMs and unauthorized emulation (without written permission of the copyright holder allowing the user to do so) are illegal. Consequently, Arch Linux does not distribute this copyrighted content, including game ROMs and ripped console BIOSs. You are fully responsible for whatever usage of the emulators obtained from the official repositories or the Arch User Repository you make, as well as any legal repercussion that result. Arch Linux bears no responsibility at all.


See also Wikipedia:List of video game console emulators.

  • Citra — Nintendo 3DS emulator. || citra-gitAUR
  • DeSmuME — Nintendo DS emulator. || desmume
  • Dolphin — Very capable GameCube and Wii emulator. || dolphin-emu
  • epsxe — Emulator for the PlayStation video game console for x86-based PC hardware. || epsxeAUR
  • fakenes — NES (Nintendo Famicom) emulator. || fakenesAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • FCEUX — NTSC and PAL 8 bit Nintendo/Famicom emulator that is an evolution of the original FCE Ultra emulator. It is accurate, compatible and actively maintained. || fceux
  • Gens2 — Emulator for Sega Genesis, Sega CD and 32X that is written in assembly language and no longer actively developed.
  • activate OpenGL, set video resolution per custom to 1024x600 for streched full-screen or 800x600 for non-streched;
  • use "Normal" renderer, I couldn't find a visible advantage with the other ones. || gens
  • Gens-GS — Gens2, rewritten in C++, combining features from various Gens forks. || gens-gs
  • gngeo — Command-line NeoGeo emulator. || gngeoAUR
  • higan — Multisystem emulator focusing on accuracy, supporting SNES, NES, GB, GBC, GBA. || higan
  • mednafen — Command line driven multi system emulator. || mednafen
  • Mupen64Plus — Highly compatible Nintendo 64 emulator with plugin system. || mupen64plus or a graphical front-end, such as m64pyAUR or cutemupenAUR.
  • pSX — A not plugin-based PlayStation emulator with fairly high compatibility. || psxAUR
  • PCSXR — PlayStation emulator; Debian fork of the abandoned original PCSX || pcsxr
  • PCSX2 — PlayStation 2 emulator. It is still being maintained and developed. It requires BIOS files. || pcsx2
  • PPSSPP — PlayStation Portable emulator. || ppsspp
  • snes-9x — Portable, freeware Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. || snes9x
  • Visual Boy Advance — Game Boy emulator with Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Super Game Boy support. || vbam-gtk
  • ZSNES — Highly compatible Super Nintendo emulator. || zsnes


  • DOSBox — Open-source DOS emulator which primarily focuses on running DOS Games. || dosbox
  • DOSEmu — Open-source DOS emulator. || dosemu
  • MAME — Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. || sdlmame
  • ResidualVM — Cross-platform 3D game interpreter which allows you to play LucasArts' Lua-based 3D adventures. || residualvmAUR
  • RetroArch — Frontend to libretro (emulation library, using modified versions of existing emulators as plugins). || retroarch
  • ScummVM — Virtual machine for old school adventures. || scummvm
  • X Neko Project II — PC-9801 emulator. || xnp2AUR

Amateur radio

See the main article: Amateur radio#Software list.

See also Wikipedia:List of software-defined radios.

Display calibration

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Notes: Main page on color calibration. (Discuss in Talk:List of applications#)


  • Argyll CMS — An ICC compatible color management system with support for different colorimeter hardware. || argyllcms


  • DisplayCAL — A graphical user interface for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS. || displaycal

See also