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[http://www.netsurf-browser.org Netsurf] has its own rendering engine, is written in C and is extremely lightweight.
[http://www.netsurf-browser.org Netsurf] has its own rendering engine, is written in C and is extremely lightweight.
[http://surf.suckless.org surf] is another lightweight WebKit-based browser, which follows the suckless ideology. Which means, the software is even more lightweight (basically, the browser itself is a single C source file).
[http://surf.suckless.org surf] is another lightweight WebKit-based browser, which follows the [[suck less philosophy|suckless ideology]]. Which means, the software is even more lightweight (basically, the browser itself is a single C source file).
[[Uzbl]] - "web interface tools which adhere to the unix philosophy."
[[Uzbl]] - "web interface tools which adhere to the unix philosophy."

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Abaco — A multi-page graphical web browser

http://lab-fgb.com/abaco/ || Template:Package AUR

Arora — A cross platform web browser built using Qt and WebKit

http://code.google.com/p/arora/ || Template:Package Official

Chromium — The open-source project behind Google Chrome

http://code.google.com/chromium/ || Template:Package Official

Conkeror — A highly programmable web browser based on Mozilla XULRunner

http://conkeror.org/ || Template:Package Official

Dillo — A small, fast graphical web browser built on FLTK

http://www.dillo.org/ || Template:Package Official

ELinks — An advanced and well-established feature-rich text mode web browser

http://elinks.or.cz/ || Template:Package Official

Hv3 — A minimalist web browser based on tkhtml3

http://tkhtml.tcl.tk/hv3.html || Template:Package AUR

Kazehakase — GTK+ web browser that uses the Gecko rendering engine

http://kazehakase.sourceforge.jp/ || Template:Package Official

Links — A text WWW browser, similar to Lynx

http://links.twibright.com/ || Template:Package Official

Midori is a lightweight web browser based on Gtk and WebKit. It passes the ACID3 test (midori-git/AUR).

Netsurf has its own rendering engine, is written in C and is extremely lightweight.

surf is another lightweight WebKit-based browser, which follows the suckless ideology. Which means, the software is even more lightweight (basically, the browser itself is a single C source file).

Uzbl - "web interface tools which adhere to the unix philosophy."

Email Clients

alpine is another powerful, and user-friendly text-based mail and news client.

mutt is a small but very powerful text-based mail client.

Sylpheed is a simple, lightweight but featureful, and easy-to-use e-mail client.

Claws is a user-friendly, lightweight, and fast email client.

sup is yet another powerful, text-based mail client; it is still under development.

Instant Messengers

Bitlbee is a way to use other IM to your #IRC client.

Centerim is a curses based fork of Centericq which supports several protocols.

emesene is a Python/GTK+ instant messenger for the Windows Live Messenger network.

Finch is a curses based version of Pidgin.

Pidgin is a multiprotocol instant messenger.

Pidgin Light is a light Pidgin version without gstreamer, tcl, tk, xscreensaver support.


Conspire Lightweight, simple, and powerfull.

Irssi is a modular text mode IRC client with Perl scripting.

II Ultimate lightweight, literally `tail -f` the convo and `echo` back your replies.

ircfs is a file system interface to irc written in Limbo.

LostIRC is a simple IRC client.

ScrollZ is an advanced IRC client based on ircII.

Smuxi Lightweight GTK frontend inspired by irssi.

WeeChat is a fast, light & extensible curses-based IRC client.

XChat is a GTK+ X client with Perl and Python scripting support.


  • Deluge — User-friendly BitTorrent client written in Python and wrapped with PyGTK
http://deluge-torrent.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • qBittorrent — The closest open source (GNU GPL v2 license) equivalent to µtorrent
http://qbittorrent.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • rTorrent — Simple and lightweight ncurses BitTorrent client
http://libtorrent.rakshasa.no/ || Template:Package Official
  • Transmission — Simple and easy-to-use BitTorrent client with (GTK+) GUI and CLI front-ends
http://www.transmissionbt.com/ || Template:Package Official


Audio Players

Ario is very feature-rich GTK2 client for mpd, inspired by Rhythmbox

C* Music Player is a very feature-rich ncurses-based music player.

cplay is a curses front-end for various audio players.

Goggles Music Manager is a music collection manager and player that automatically categorizes your music, supports gapless playback, features easy tag editing, and internet radio support.

MOC (Music On Console) is an ncurses console audio player with support for the MP3, Ogg, and WAV formats.

ncmpc is a curses client for mpd.

ncmpcpp is an almost exact clone of ncmpc with some new features.

Pragha is a GTK+ music manager that was a fork of Consonance Music Manager.

QmpdClient is Qt4 based mpd client.

Sonata is an elegant GTK+ music client for mpd.

mpg123 A fast free MP3 console audio player for Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Hpux and near all other UNIX systems. Also decodes mp1 and mp2 files.

Image Editors

mtPaint is a graphic editing program geared towards creating indexed palette images and pixel art.

Image Viewers

Feh is a fast, lightweight image viewer that uses imlib2.

GPicView is a simple and fast image viewer for X. Made by the developers of LXDE

GQview is an image browser that features single click access to view images and move around the directory tree.

Geeqie is a lightweight image browser and viewer (fork of GQview), with additional functionality like RAW files view.

Mirage is a fast and simple GTK+ image viewer.

Ristretto is a fast and lightweight picture-viewer for the Xfce desktop environment.

QIV (Quick Image Viewer) is a very small and fast gdk/Imlib image viewer.

Viewnior Viewnior is a simple, fast image viewer with a minimalistic GTK2 interface.

Video Players

Gnome-Mplayer is a simple GTK-based GUI for mplayer without heavy Gnome dependencies

mplayer and mencoder support a huge number of video and audio formats and are very versatile.

SMPlayer is a complete frontend for mplayer.

VLC is a multi-platform video player that supports many audio and video formats out-of-the-box.



Calcurse is a curses calendar and scheduling system.

Remind is a highly sophisticated text-based calendaring and notification system.

Wyrd is an curses front-end to Remind.

wxRemind is a Python text and graphical frontend to Remind.

PDF Tools

apvlv is a lightweight PDF viewer with VIM key bindings.

ePDFView is a free lightweight PDF document viewer using Poppler and GTK+ libraries.

MuPDF is a lightweight PDF viewer and toolkit written in portable C. It is one of the lightest available.

Xpdf is a viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

zathura is another lightweight PDF viewer similar to apvlv, only lighter

Text Editors

Acme a minimalist and flexible programming environment by Rob Pike.

Beaver is an Early AdVanced EditoR.

Geany is a text editor using the GTK+ 2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment.

Leafpad is a notepad clone for GTK+ 2.x that emphasizes simplicity.

medit is intended to be a useful programming and around-programming text editor.

Mousepad is a simple text editor for Xfce based on Leafpad.

nano is an easy-to-use text editor, with on-screen key binding information, based on pine's pico editor.

PyRoom is a great distractionless PyGTK text editor, a clone of the infamous WriteRoom

Sam a graphical text editor by Rob Pike (still used by Ken Thompson and others).

Vi, Vim, gVim, the classic vi text editor.

Word Processors

Abiword is a full-featured word processor, there is also an even lighter version in the AUR, Abiword-light.

txt2tags is a dead-simple, KISS-compliant lightweight, humane readable markup language to produce rich format content out of plain text files


File Managers

emelFM2 is file manager that implements the popular two-pane design.

Midnight Commander is a console-based, dual-paned, file manager.

PCManFM is a lightweight file manager which features tabbed browsing and can optionally manage the desktop background.

Ranger is a console based file manager with vi bindings, customizability, and lots of features.

ROX is a small and fast file manager which can optionally manage the desktop background and panels.

Thunar is fast and responsive with a good start up time and directory load time.

Vifm is a ncurses based two-pane file manager with vi like keybindings.

Xfe X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X.

GUI Compression Tools

Squeeze is a modern and advanced archive manager.

Xarchive is a GTK+ 2 front-end for various command line archiving tools.

Xarchiver is a lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with GTK+ 2.

CD/DVD Burning Tools

recorder is a graphical frontend of cdrkit/cdrtools, cdrdao, mkisofs and growisofs.

Login managers

CDM provides an ultra-minimalistic, yet full-featured login manager written in bash.

SLiM provides a lightweight and elegant graphical login solution.

Qingy is ultralight and very configurable graphical login independent on X Windows.


Conky is a lightweight, scriptable system monitor.

htop is a simple, ncurses interactive process viewer.


BMPanel (BitMap Panel) is a lightweight, NETWM compliant panel for the X11 system.

fbpanel is a lightweight, NETWM compliant desktop panel.

LXPanel is a lightweight X11 desktop panel (part of LXDE).

PyPanel is a lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C (HOWTO).

Tint is a simple panel/taskbar intentionally made for openbox3, but should also work with other window managers (HOWTO).


Lilyterm is a light and easy to use libvte based X Terminal Emulator.

ROXTerm is a tabbed, VTE-based terminal emulator with a small footprint.

urxvt is a highly extendable unicode enabled rxvt-clone terminal emulator featuring tabbing, url launching, quake-style dropdown, pseudo-transparency, and is extensible with perl.

Sakura is a terminal emulator based on GTK+ and VTE.

xterm is a terminal emulator for the X Window System.


Docker is a docking application which acts as a system tray.

Stalonetray is a stand-alone system tray.

Trayer swallows GTK+ 1.2/2.x application docklets, and KDE docklets.

Window managers

Awesome is a floating and tiling window manager initially based on a dwm code rewriting.

Dwm is an extra light dynamic window manager which is configured by directly editing the source(which itself is less than 2000 SLOC).

Evilwm is a minimalist floating window manager with an installed size of only 0.07 MB.

Fluxbox is a lightweight and highly configurable window manager.

FVWM is a lightweight, flexible and highly-configurable Window Manager.

Musca is a very lightweight window manager which has features from dwm and ratpoison. Uses about 350-400KB of memory.

Openbox is another lightweight and highly configurable window manager.

PekWM is small and easily configurable window manager.

Ratpoison is a keyboard-oriented, customizable lightweight window manager, modelled after GNU Screen.

Scrotwm is a small dynamic tiling window manager for X11. It is written in C and configured with a text configuration file.

Subtle is a semi-automatic tiling window manager with a strong focus on easy but customizable handling and look and feel.

Twm is a classic, customizable and very lightweight window manager; possibly the first designed for X11.

Window Maker is an elegant, fast and usable OpenStep implementation.

Xfce is a desktop environment much lighter but similar to GNOME. It includes the xfwm4 window manager.

Xmonad is a tiling window manager for X, written and configured in Haskell.


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