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*{{App|Loqui|A GTK IRC client with only one dependency|{{Package AUR|loqui}}}
*{{App|Loqui|A GTK IRC client with only one dependency|https://launchpad.net/loqui|{{Package AUR|loqui}}}}
===Network Managers===
===Network Managers===

Revision as of 11:21, 15 June 2011

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Provides a list of lightweight software for those who wish to use programs that require less computer resources.


BitTorrent Clients


  • aria2 — Command-line download manager that supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, BitTorrent and MetaLink protocols
http://aria2.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • 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

Email clients



  • Alpine — The Apache-licensed PINE (a tool for reading, sending, and managing electronic messages)
http://www.washington.edu/alpine || Template:Package Official
  • Gnus — mail, nntp, rss client for Emacs.
http://www.gnus.org/ || package
  • heirloom-mailx — A full-featured command-line MUA derived from Berkeley Mail.
http://heirloom.sourceforge.net/mailx.html || Template:Package Official
  • mutt — Small but very powerful text-based mail client.
http://www.mutt.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Sup — A CLI mail client with very fast searching, tagging, threading and gmail like operation.
http://sup.rubyforge.org/ || Template:Package AUR


http://www.claws-mail.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Gnus — mail, nntp, rss client for Emacs.
http://www.gnus.org/ || package
  • Sylpheed — Lightweight and user-friendly e-mail client (GTK)
http://sylpheed.sraoss.jp/en/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Postler — simple desktop mail client built in vala.
http://git.xfce.org/apps/postler || postler

Instant Messengers


http://www.bitlbee.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Carrier — A fork of Pidgin with more options
http://funpidgin.sourceforge.net || Template:Package AUR
  • CenterIM — A curses based fork of Centericq which supports several protocols
http://www.centerim.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Emesene — A Python/GTK+ instant messenger for the Windows Live Messenger network
http://www.emesene.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Finch — A curses based version of Pidgin
http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/Using%20Finch || Template:Package Official
  • Pidgin — A multiprotocol instant messenger
http://www.pidgin.im/ || Template:Package Official
  • Pidgin Light — A light Pidgin version without gstreamer, tcl, tk, xscreensaver support
http://www.pidgin.im/ || Template:Package AUR



  • Conspire — Lightweight, simple, and powerful
http://nenolod.net/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Irssi — A modular text mode IRC client with Perl scripting
http://irssi.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • ERC — A powerful, modular, and extensible IRC client for Emacs
http://erc.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package AUR
  • II — Ultimate lightweight, literally `tail -f` the convo and `echo` back your replies
http://tools.suckless.org/ii ||
  • Ircfs — A file system interface to irc written in Limbo
http://www.ueber.net/code/r/ircfs ||
  • LostIRC — A simple IRC client
http://lostirc.sourceforge.net || Template:Package AUR
  • ScrollZ — An advanced IRC client based on ircII
http://www.scrollz.com || Template:Package AUR
  • WeeChat — A fast, light & extensible curses-based IRC client
http://weechat.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • XChat — A GTK+ X client with Perl and Python scripting support
http://xchat.org || Template:Package Official
  • pcw — A frontend for ii that opens a new terminal for each channel (depends on srw by default)
http://bitbucket.org/emg/pcw ||
  • Loqui — A GTK IRC client with only one dependency
https://launchpad.net/loqui || Template:Package AUR

Network Managers

  • wicd — Manages wireless and wired interfaces, requiring fewer dependencies than other network managers. In addition to GUI interfaces, a curses version is also available.
http://wicd.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official

News Aggregators


  • Canto — A ncurses RSS aggregator
http://codezen.org/canto/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Gnus — A mail, nntp, rss client for Emacs
http://www.gnus.org/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Newsbeuter — A ncurses RSS aggregator with layout and keybinding similar to mutt. Does not use the traditional 3 panes setup
http://www.newsbeuter.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Rawdog — A "RSS Aggregator Without Delusions Of Grandeur" that parses RSS/CDF/Atom feeds into a static HTML page of articles in date order
http://offog.org/code/rawdog.html || Template:Package AUR
  • Snownews — Text mode RSS newsreader
http://kiza.kcore.de/software/snownews/ || Template:Package Official

Web Browsers


  • 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 middleweight, 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
  • Jumanji — A highly customizable and functional web browser
http://pwmt.org/projects/jumanji || Template:Package AUR
  • Links — A text WWW browser, similar to Lynx
http://links.twibright.com/ || Template:Package Official
  • Luakit — A highly configurable, micro-browser framework based on the WebKit web content engine and the GTK+ toolkit. It is very fast, extensible by Lua and licensed under the GNU GPLv3 license
http://luakit.org/projects/luakit/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Midori — A lightweight web browser based on Gtk and WebKit. It passes the ACID3 test
http://www.twotoasts.de/index.php?/pages/midori_summary.html || Template:Package Official
  • NetSurf — A featherweight browser written in C. Notable is its lack of JavaScript support and fast rendering through its own custom rendering engine
http://www.netsurf-browser.org Netsurf || Template:Package Official
  • Sb — A very lightweight webkit-based browser that uses keybindings to perform most things the URL bar would usually do
https://github.com/mutantturkey/sb/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Surf — 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 || Template:Package AUR
  • Uzbl — Web interface tools which adhere to the unix philosophy
http://www.uzbl.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Vimprobable — A browser that behaves like the Vimperator plugin available for Mozilla Firefox. It is based on the WebKit engine (using GTK bindings)
http://vimprobable.org/ || Template:Package AUR


Audio Players


  • cmus — A very feature-rich ncurses-based music player
http://cmus.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • DeaDBeeF — A light and fast music player with many features, no GNOME or KDE dependencies, supports console-only and as well GTK2-gui, comes with many plugins, and has a metadata editor
http://deadbeef.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • cplay — A curses front-end for various audio players
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cplay/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Goggles Music Manager — A music collection manager and player that automatically categorizes your music, supports gapless playback, features easy tag editing, and internet radio support
http://code.google.com/p/gogglesmm/ || Template:Package Official
  • Herrie — A minimalistic console-based music player with native AudioScrobbler support
http://herrie.info/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Moc — A ncurses console audio player with support for the MP3, Ogg, and WAV formats
http://moc.daper.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Potamus — A lightweight, intuitive GTK+ audio player with an emphasis on high audio quality
http://offog.org/code/potamus.html || Template:Package AUR
  • Pragha — A GTK+ music manager that was a fork of Consonance Music Manager
http://pragha.wikispaces.com/ || Template:Package Official
  • 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
http://www.mpg123.de/ || Template:Package Official

MPD clients:

  • Ario — A very feature-rich GTK2 client for mpd, inspired by Rhythmbox
http://ario-player.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • ncmpc — A curses client for mpd
http://hem.bredband.net/kaw/ncmpc/ || Template:Package Official
  • ncmpcpp — An almost exact clone of ncmpc with some new features
http://unkart.ovh.org/ncmpcpp/ || Template:Package Official
  • QmpdClient — A Qt4 based mpd client
http://bitcheese.net/wiki/QMPDClient || Template:Package Official
  • Sonata — An elegant GTK+ music client for mpd
http://sonata.berlios.de/ || Template:Package Official

Image Editors

  • mtPaint — A a graphic editing program geared towards creating indexed palette images and pixel art
http://mtpaint.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official

Image Viewers


  • Feh — A fast, lightweight image viewer that uses imlib2
http://feh.finalrewind.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • GpicView — A simple and fast image viewer for X. Made by the developers of LXDE
http://lxde.sourceforge.net/gpicview/ || Template:Package Official
  • GQview — An image browser that features single click access to view images and move around the directory tree
http://gqview.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Geeqie — An image browser/viewer fork of GQview. Adds additional functionality such as support for RAW files
http://geeqie.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Mirage — PyGTK image viewer featuring support for crop and resize, custom actions and a thumbnail panel
http://mirageiv.berlios.de || Template:Package Official
  • Ristretto — A fast and lightweight picture-viewer for the Xfce desktop environment
http://goodies.xfce.org/projects/applications/ristretto || Template:Package Official
  • QIV — A very small and fast gdk/Imlib image viewer
http://spiegl.de/qiv/ || Template:Package Official
  • Viewnior — Minimalistic GTK2 viewer featuring support for flip, rotate, animations and configurable mouse actions
http://xsisqox.github.com/Viewnior/about.html || Template:Package Official
  • Xloadimage — The classic X image viewer
http://web.archive.org/web/19981207030422/http://world.std.com/~jimf/xloadimage.html || Template:Package Official
  • SXIV — Simple X Image Viewer; works well with tiling window managers, uses imlib2
http://github.com/muennich/sxiv || Template:Package AUR

Video Players


  • Gnome-Mplayer — A simple GTK-based GUI for mplayer without GNOME dependencies
http://kdekorte.googlepages.com/gnomemplayer || Template:Package Official
  • mplayer — Support a complete and versatile array of video/audio formats
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html || Template:Package Official
  • SMPlayer — A middleweight QT frontend for mplayer with additional patches
http://smplayer.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • VLC media player — A middleweight video player with support for a wide variety of audio/video formats
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ || Template:Package Official
  • Xnoise — A GTK+ media player for both audio and video with "a slick GUI, great speed and lots of features.". Uses gstreamer.
http://www.xnoise-media-player.com/ || Template:Package AUR



  • Pal — A very lightweight calendar with both interactive and non-interactive interfaces
http://palcal.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Calcurse — A text-based curses calendar and scheduling system
http://calcurse.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • Remind — A highly sophisticated text-based calendaring and notification system
http://www.roaringpenguin.com/products/remind || Template:Package Official
  • Wyrd — A curses front-end to Remind
http://pessimization.com/software/wyrd/ || Template:Package Official
  • wxRewind — A Python text and graphical frontend to Remind
http://www.duke.edu/~dgraham/wxRemind/ || Template:Package AUR
  • etm — Event and Task Manager. A "Getting Things Done" approach handling events, tasks, activities, reminders and projects
http://www.duke.edu/~dgraham/ETM/ || Template:Package AUR

PDF Tools

  • apvlv — A lightweight PDF viewer with VIM key bindings
http://code.google.com/p/apvlv/ || Template:Package Official
  • ePDFView — A free lightweight PDF document viewer using Poppler and GTK+ libraries
http://www.emma-soft.com/projects/epdfview/ || Template:Package Official
  • llpp — A very fast PDF reader based off of MuPDF, that supports continuous page scrolling, bookmarking, and text search through the whole document
http://repo.or.cz/w/llpp.git || Template:Package AUR
  • MuPDF — A very fast PDF viewer and toolkit written in portable C. Features CJK font support
http://ccxvii.net/mupdf || Template:Package Official
  • Xpdf — A viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files
http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/ || Template:Package Official
  • zathura — Another lightweight PDF viewer similar to apvlv, only lighter
http://zathura.pwmt.org/projects/zathura || Template:Package Official

Text Editors


  • Acme — A minimalist and flexible programming environment by Rob Pike
http://acme.cat-v.org ||
  • Beaver — An Early AdVanced EditoR
http://www.nongnu.org/beaver/ || Template:Package Official
  • Geany — A text editor using the GTK+ 2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment
http://www.geany.org || Template:Package Official
  • Edile — A PyGTK code/scripting editor implemented in one file
http://edile.googlecode.com || Template:Package AUR
  • Leafpad — A notepad clone for GTK+ 2.x that emphasizes simplicity
http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/ || Template:Package Official
  • medit — A lightweight IDE text editor featuring support for tabs, sessions, plugins and syntax highlighting
http://mooedit.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Mousepad — A simple text editor for Xfce based on Leafpad
http://www.xfce.org/projects/mousepad/ || Template:Package Official
  • nano — A console text editor based with on-screen key binding help, a free clone of pico
http://www.nano-editor.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • PyRoom — A great distractionless PyGTK text editor, a clone of the infamous WriteRoom
http://pyroom.org/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Sam — A graphical text editor by Rob Pike (still used by Ken Thompson and others)
http://sam.cat-v.org ||
  • Vim — The improved classic vi text editor
http://www.vim.org/ || Template:Package Official

Word Processors


  • Abiword — A full-featured word processor
http://www.abisource.com/ || Template:Package Official
  • Abiword Light — A lighter version of Abiword
http://www.abisource.com/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Markdown — A text-to-HTML conversion tool that allows you to write using a simple plain text format
http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown || Template:Package AUR
  • pandoc — A swiss-army knife for converting one markup format into another (supports Markdown)
http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc || Template:Package AUR
  • txt2tags — A dead-simple, KISS-compliant lightweight, human-readable markup language to produce rich format content out of plain text files
http://txt2tags.sourceforge.net || Template:Package AUR

Todo List Managers

  • org-mode — An Emacs Mode for Notes, Project Planning, and Authoring
http://orgmode.org || Template:Package AUR
  • todo.txt — Manages your Todo list from the command line
http://ginatrapani.github.com/todo.txt-cli/ || Template:Package AUR
  • Taskwarrior — Another cli todo list application with support for lua customization and more
http://taskwarrior.org || Available in the community repository as "tasks".


File Managers


  • emelFM2 — A file manager that implements the popular two-panel design
http://emelfm2.net/ || Template:Package Official
http://www.midnight-commander.org || Template:Package Official
  • PCManFM — A lightweight file manager which features tabbed browsing and can optionally manage the desktop background
http://pcmanfm.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Ranger — A console based file manager with vi bindings, customizability, and lots of features
http://nongnu.org/ranger || Template:Package Official
  • ROX-Filer — A small and fast file manager which can optionally manage the desktop background and panels
http://rox.sourceforge.net || Template:Package Official
  • Thunar — Can be run as a daemon with excellent start up and directory load times. Features support for customizable actions
http://thunar.xfce.org/index.html || Template:Package Official
  • Vifm — A ncurses based two-pane file manager with vi like keybindings
http://vifm.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Xfe — A MS-Explorer or Commander like file manager for X
http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/index.php/ || Template:Package Official
  • qtfm — A small, lightweight filemanager for Linux desktops based on pure Qt and works great with minimal desktop environments like Openbox
http://www.qtfm.org/ || Template:Package Official

GUI Compression Tools


  • Xarchive — A GTK+ 2 front-end for various command line archiving tools
http://xarchive.sourceforge.net || Template:Package AUR
  • Xarchiver — A lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with GTK+ 2. At the time of writing, it appears to be the most functional and up to date of the three tools listed here
http://xarchiver.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official

CD/DVD Burning Tools


  • recorder — Simple frontend to cdrkit/cdrtools, cdrdao, mkisofs and growisofs with limited options and preferences
http://code.google.com/p/recorder/ || Template:Package Official
  • Xfburn — Simple frontend to the libburnia libraries with support for CD/DVD(-RW), ISO images and BurnFree
http://www.xfce.org/projects/xfburn/ || Template:Package Official

Login managers

  • CDM — An ultra-minimalistic, yet full-featured login manager written in bash
http://cdm.ghost1227.com/ || Template:Package AUR
  • SLiM — A lightweight and elegant graphical login solution
http://slim.berlios.de/ || Template:Package Official
  • Qingy — An ultralight and very configurable graphical login independent on X Windows
http://qingy.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official


  • Conky — A lightweight, scriptable system monitor
http://conky.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Htop — A simple, ncurses interactive process viewer
http://htop.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • LXTask — A lightweight task manager for LXDE
http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXTask || Template:Package Official


  • Bmpanel — A lightweight, NETWM compliant panel for the X11 system
http://nsf.110mb.com/bmpanel/ || Template:Package Official
  • fbpanel — A lightweight, NETWM compliant desktop panel
http://fbpanel.sourceforge.net || Template:Package Official
  • LXPanel — A lightweight X11 desktop panel (part of LXDE)
http://lxde.org/ || Template:Package Official
  • PyPanel — A lightweight panel/taskbar written in Python and C
http://pypanel.sourceforge.net/ || Template:Package Official
  • Tint — A simple panel/taskbar intentionally made for openbox3, but should also work with other window managers
http://code.google.com/p/tint2/ || Template:Package Official
  • pancake — A highly configurable, modular panel for X
http://www.failedprojects.de/pancake/ || Template:Package AUR
  • qtpanel — A project to create useful and beautiful panel in Qt
https://gitorious.org/qtpanel || Template:Package AUR


  • LilyTerm — A light and easy to use libvte based X Terminal Emulator
http://lilyterm.luna.com.tw/ || Template:Package Official
  • ROXTerm — A tabbed, VTE-based terminal emulator with a small footprint
http://rox.sourceforge.net || Template:Package Official
  • urxvt — A highly extendable unicode enabled rxvt-clone terminal emulator featuring tabbing, url launching, quake-style dropdown, pseudo-transparency, and is extensible with perl
http://software.schmorp.de/pkg/rxvt-unicode || Template:Package Official
  • Sakura — A terminal emulator based on GTK+ and VTE
http://www.pleyades.net/david/sakura.php || Template:Package Official
  • Xterm — A terminal emulator for the X Window System
http://invisible-island.net/xterm/ || Template:Package Official
  • Tilda — A Linux terminal taking after the likeness of many classic terminals from first person shooter games, Quake, Doom and Half-Life (to name a few), where the terminal has no border and is hidden from the desktop until a key is pressed
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tilda/files/ || Template:Package Official
  • Stjerm — is a GTK+-based drop-down terminal emulator. Stjerm sets itself apart from similar programs by providing a minimalistic interface combined with a small file size, lightweight memory usage and easy integration with composite window managers such as Compiz.
http://code.google.com/p/stjerm-terminal-emulator/downloads/list ||


  • Docker — A docking application which acts as a system tray
http://icculus.org/openbox/2/docker/ || Template:Package Official
http://stalonetray.sourceforge.net || Template:Package Official
  • Trayer — Swallows GTK+ 1.2/2.x application docklets, and KDE docklets
http://gna.org/projects/fvwm-crystal/ || Template:Package Official

Window managers

Window Manager#List of window managers


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