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BitTorrent Clients

  • aria2 - Fast command line downloader with support for multiple protocols, including BitTorrent
  • Deluge - BitTorrent client written in Python and wrapped with PyGTK
  • Ktorrent - Feature-rich BitTorrent client developed using Qt
  • rTorrent - Simple and lightweight ncurses BitTorrent client for text-based console.
  • Transmission - Simple and easy BitTorrent client (GTK+ GUI and CLI)
  • Vuze - Feature-rich BitTorrent client written in Java
  • MLDonkey - Multi protocol p2p client suporting BitTorrent

List of BitTorrent Clients

Chat Clients

IRC Clients

Jabber/XMPP Clients

  • freetalk - Freetalk is a CLI Jabber client. Freetalk is extensible, configurable, and scriptable through a Guile interface.
  • gajim - A GTK2 Jabber/XMPP client, light and feature-rich
  • jabber.el - jabber.el is a Jabber client for Emacs.
  • mcabber A curses xmpp client
  • psi - A Qt Jabber/XMPP client

MSN Clients

Multi-Protocol Clients

List of Instant Messaging Clients

Mail Clients

News Aggregators

Web Browsers


Text Based

Document Indexers

Document Readers



  • Amarok - A mature Qt-based player known for its plethora of features
  • Ario - A GTK client for MPD (Music player daemon) inspired by Rhythmbox but much lighter and faster
  • aTunes - An audio-player written in Java
  • Audacious - A Winamp clone like Beep and old XMMS versions
  • Banshee - yet another GTK iTunes clone, yet more feature-rich and more actively developed.
  • Cmus is a very feature-rich ncurses-based music player.
  • Cplay is a curses front-end for various audio players.
  • Exaile - A GTK clone of Amarok
  • Goggles Music Manager - A lightweight music manager and player that automatically categorizes your music files.
  • Moc - A ncurses-based daemon/client style player, designed to be flexible and easy to use.
  • MPD - Music player daemon, a lightweight and scalable choice for music management
  • mpg123 - command line audio player.
  • ncmpc - An ncurses-based front-end to mpd
  • ncmpcpp - A clone of ncmpc with some new features written in C++ (in AUR)
  • PyTone - An advanced music jukebox with a console interface
  • Quod Libet - an audio player written with pygtk and gstreamer
  • Rhythmbox - A GTK clone of iTunes, used by default in GNOME
  • Sonata - A Python-based front-end to mpd
  • Songbird - an open source clone of iTunes that uses Mozilla technologies as well as Gstreamer and is being developed by the team that made WinAMP
  • XMMS - A skinnable GTK+1 standalone media player similar to winamp



Graphics and Image Manipulation

Image Viewers



  • kaffeine - KDE based frontend for xine
  • mplayer - A "Swiss army knife" of sorts for media playing on Linux
  • VLC - A simple multi-platform media player, streamer, and encoder, that handles huge numbers of media formats.
  • SMPlayer is a complete frontend for MPlayer.
  • Whaaw! Media Player is a lightweight Gstreamer-based audio/video player that can serve as a good alternative to Totem for those who don't like all those GNOME dependencies.

Note Taking Organizers

  • hnb - A program to organize many kinds of data in one place. Home Site Package
  • NoteCase - A portable hierarchical note manager, coded in C++ using the GTK+ toolkit Home Site
  • Task - A command-line TODO list manager Home Site
  • tomboy - Desktop note-taking application for Linux and Unix Home Site
  • zim - A WYSIWYG text editor that aims at bringing the concept of a wiki to the desktop Home Site
  • Gnote - Gnote is an experimental port of Tomboy to C++ Home Site



Word Processors



Time Management


Arch Package Management

See also Comparison of AUR frontends.

  • Aurnotify - Displays the latest updated packages from Arch Linux User Repository.
  • Aurshell - A program wherein a number of commands exist, such as aur search <query>
  • Makeaur - A simple shell script designed to expedite the AUR installation process
  • Powerpill - A wrapper and download accelerator for Pacman that works with other wrappers
  • TuPac - A cached pacman implementation that boosts some pacman operations: faster searches, AND searches, aur support, colored output, system sanity check, frontend friendly and more...
  • Yaourt - Usage identical to Pacman, with support for core, extra, community, and unsupported repositories

CD/DVD Burning Tools

  • bashburn - A lightweight terminal based menu frontend for CD/DVD burning tools.
  • brasero - An application to burn CDs/DVDs for the Gnome Desktop.
  • gnomebaker - A GTK based CD/DVD burning application.
  • graveman - A GTK based CD/DVD burning application.
  • k3b - A feature-rich and easy to handle CD burning application for KDE.
  • nerolinux - A commercial CD/DVD burning tool (requires a valid key).
  • xcdroast - A lightweight CD/DVD burning tool.
  • xfburn - Xfburn is a simple CD/DVD burning tool based on libburnia libraries (xfce).

Clipboard Managers

  • Parcellite - a lightweight yet feature-rich clipboard manager.
  • Glipper - Glipper is a clipboardmanager for GNOME with more features and plugin support Home Site

Compression Tools

File Managers


System Monitoring


Text Editors

  • Beaver - Early AdVanced EditoR.
  • Bluefish - GTK editor/IDE with an MDI interface, syntax highlighting and support for Python plugins
  • Cssed - GTK2 based Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) editor
  • Emacs - The somewhat intimidating but famously extensible text editor with hundreds of tricks and add-ons
  • Geany is a text editor using the GTK2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment.
  • Gedit - Part of the GNOME desktop, but has minimal dependencies: a GTK2 editor with syntax highlighting, automatic indentation, matching brackets, etc., and a number of add-ons to increase functionality
  • Kate (a part of the KDE desktop)
  • KWrite (a part of the KDE desktop)
  • LeafPad - GTK+ based simple text editor
  • medit is intended to be a useful programming and around-programming text editor.
  • Mousepad - Lightweight text editor with support for word wrapping, line numbering and printing
  • Nano - A console based editor, similar to vim with a more intuitive interface, a good choice for newbies and casual users.
  • Scite - A generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs
  • Vim - "Vi improved," its many shortcuts and utilities may take a while to master but are a huge asset to programmers


  • 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.

Desktop Environments (DE)

Window Managers (WM)

Stacking Window Managers

Tiling Window Managers

Window managers that tile work by partitioning off areas of the screen and are designed to maximize the usage of the screen without forcing the user to muck around with window positions and frames. See also Comparison of Tiling Window Managers.

Web browser


The ever-popular Firefox web browser is available through pacman, although it does not have its official branding. Therefore, the program appears as its development codename, Shiretoko, when opened.

Install with:

pacman -S firefox


Be sure and install 'flashplugin',and the 'mplayer-plugin'packages for a complete web experience:

pacman -S flashplugin mplayer-plugin

Gecko Media Player

A good replacement of the now ageing mplayer-plugin, is Gecko Media Player. More stable combined with MPlayer 1.0RC2. (No more crashes with Apple Trailers.)

pacman -S gecko-mediaplayer

(Note! Be sure to remove mplayer-plugin if it is already installed.)

Thunderbird is useful for managing your emails. If you are using GNOME you may want to take a look at Epiphany and Evolution; if you are using KDE Konqueror and KMail could be your choice. If you want something completely different you can still use Opera. Finally, if you are working on the system console - or in a terminal session - you could use various text-based browsers like ELinks, Links and Lynx, and manage your emails with Mutt. Pidgin (previously known as Gaim) and Kopete are good instant messengers for GNOME and KDE, respectively. PSI and Gajim are perfect if you are using only Jabber or Google Talk.


A full set of LaTeX Programs: tetex has been popular for many years and still works, and its successor Texlive is available from the extra repository.

KOffice is a revolutionary office suite. It is sharply developing to koffice2. is a complete office suite (similar to Microsoft Office). Abiword is a good, small alternative word processor, and Gnumeric an Excel replacement for the GNOME desktop. Go-openoffice

GIMP (or GIMPShop) is a pixel-based graphics program (similar to Adobe Photoshop), while Inkscape is a vector-based graphics program (like Adobe Illustrator).

Video Player


VLC Player is a versatile multimedia player which can many different formats, from a disc or file. It also provides the ability to stream multimedia over a lan. To install it, simply type the code below.

pacman -S vlc

(TODO) Instructions for VLC mozilla plug-in


MPlayer is a multimedia player for Linux. To install it, simply type the code below.

pacman -S mplayer

It also has a Mozilla plug-in for videos and streams embedded in web pages. To install it, simply type the code below. NOTE: mplayer-plugin is considered to be obsolete, please see Gecko Media Player above.

pacman -S mplayer-plugin

If you use KDE, KMplayer is a better choice. It comes with a plug-in for videos and streams embedded in web pages, which works with Konqueror. To install it, simply type the code below.

pacman -S kmplayer

(TODO) GMPlayer instructions


Xine is an excellent player, especially for DVDs.

pacman -S xine-ui


The libdvdcss library provides DVD decoding for encrypted DVDs. Ensure the legality of using libdvdcss in your country before installing!

pacman -S libdvdcss



Totem is the official movie player of the GNOME desktop environment based on xine-lib or GStreamer (gstreamer is the default which installs with the arch totem package). It features a playlist, a full-screen mode, seek and volume controls, as well as keyboard navigation. It comes with added functionality such as:

  • Video thumbnailer for the file manager
  • Nautilus properties tab
  • Epiphany / Mozilla (Firefox) plugin to view movies inside your browser
  • Webcam utility (in development)

Totem-xine is still the better choice if you want to watch DVDs.

Totem is part of the gnome-extra group; the Totem webbrowser plugin is not.

To install separately:

pacman -S totem

To install the Totem webbrowser plugin:

pacman -S totem-plugin



Kaffeine is a good option for KDE users. To install it, simply type the code below.

pacman -S kaffeine

Audio Player



Amarok is one of the best audio players and music library systems available for KDE. To install it, simply type the code below.

pacman -S amarok



Exaile is a music player written in Python that makes use of the GTK+ toolkit. It tries to be close to the popular Amarok, but in GTK. It is in [community], so install with:

pacman -S exaile


Rhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. It is free software, designed to work well under the GNOME Desktop, and based on the powerful GStreamer media framework.

Rhythmbox has a number of features, including:

  • Easy-to-use music browser
  • Searching and sorting
  • Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
  • Internet radio support
  • Playlists

To install rhythmbox:

pacman -S rhythmbox

Quod Libet

Quod Libet is a music manager that uses the GStreamer media framework to play audio files. This allows it to play all the file-types that Rhythmbox (which uses GStreamer too) can play. Quod Libet is more suited to non-Gnome desktops since it has a smaller footprint and fewer dependencies than Rhythmbox (Rhythmbox depends on nautilus, which requires a lot of GNOME to be installed).

In addition to the music player/manager, Quod Libet also includes Ex Falso, a tag editor.

Quod Libet's features include:

  • Easy-to-use music browser
  • Searching
  • Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
  • Easy Playlist management

To install Quod Libet:

pacman -S quodlibet

Other good audio players are Banshee and Listen. See Gnomefiles to compare them.


Moc is a ncurses-based audio player for the console. Other excellent choices are mpd, cmus, and herrie.

Other X-based

(TODO) Xmms, audacious, bmpx.

Codecs and other multimedia content types (i686 only)


You can use xine-ui, totem-xine, mplayer or kaffeine (just to name three of the big ones) to watch DVDs. The only thing you may miss is libdvdcss. Beware that using it may be illegal in some countries.


Install the flash plugin using

pacman -S flashplugin

to enable Macromedia (now Adobe) Flash in your browser, if you run KDE you should see this after installing flash.


Quicktime codecs are contained in the codecs package. Just type

pacman -S codecs

to install them.


The codec for Realplayer 9 is contained in the codecs package. Just type

pacman -S codecs

to install them. Realplayer 10 is available as a binary package for Linux. You can get it from AUR here.

CD and DVD Burning



K3b (from KDE Burn Baby Burn) is a free software CD and DVD authoring application for GNU/Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems designed for KDE. As is the case with most KDE applications, K3b is written in the C++ programming language and uses the Qt GUI toolkit. K3b provides a graphical user interface to perform most CD/DVD burning tasks like creating an Audio CD from a set of audio files or copying a CD/DVD, as well as more advanced tasks such as burning eMoviX CD/DVDs. It can also perform direct disc-to-disc copies. The program has many default settings which can be customized by more experienced users. The actual disc recording in K3b is done by the command line utilities cdrecord or wodim, cdrdao, and growisofs. As of version 1.0, K3b features a built-in DVD ripper.- licensed under the GPL.

K3b was voted's Multimedia Utility of the Year (2006) by the majority (70%) of voters.

To install:

pacman -S k3b



Brasero is an application that burns CDs/DVDs for the GNOME Desktop. It is designed to be as simple as possible and has some unique features to enable users to create their discs easily and quickly.

To install:

pacman -S brasero

(Todo) cdrecord, graveman...

Abcde is a console-based application for ripping CDs. It supports encoding immediately after ripping, CDDB, and writing tags on-the-fly.

Bashburn is a console-based application for burning isos, CDs, and DVDs. It supports many, if not all of the same things as Brasero and K3b.

Most CD burners are wrappers for cdrecord:

pacman -S cdrkit

If you install packages for CD/DVD burning applications like Brasero or K3B it also installs the CD/DVD burning library for it, like libburn or cdrkit.

A good command-line DVD-burning tool is growisofs:

pacman -S dvd+rw-tools


A good network manager for Linux is wicd. It has few dependencies (compared to network-manager), is fast and lightweight and makes a great tool for any laptop or desktop using wireless networks.


There are several things to do if you want to watch TV under (Arch) Linux. The most important task is to find out which chip your tuner is using. However, quite a lot are supported. Be sure to check at a Hardware Database to be sure (see this list, for example). Once you know your Model, there are just a few steps ahead to get you going.

In most cases, you will need to use the bttv-drivers (other drivers exist, like V4L) together with the I2C-modules. Configuring those is the hardest task. If you are lucky, a

modprobe bttv

will autodetect the card (check dmesg for results). In that case, you need only to install an application to watch TV. We will look at that later, though. If the autodetection did not work, you will need to check the file CARDLIST, which is included in the tarball of bttv to find out the right parameters for your card. A PV951 without radio support would need this line:

modprobe bttv card=42 radio=0

Some cards need the following line to produce sound:

modprobe tvaudio

However, that varies. So just try it out. Some other cards demand the following line:

modprobe tuner

This is subject to trial-and-error, too.

TODO: clarify the installation-procedure

To actually watch TV, install the tvtime-package with

pacman -S tvtime 

and read its manpage.

TODO: clarify some possible problems and procedures. Introduction to XAWTV on another page?

Digital Cameras

Most newer digital cameras are supported as USB mass storage devices, which means that you can simply plug it in and copy the images as you would with external hard drives, or USB sticks.

Older cameras may use the PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) which requires a "special driver". gPhoto2 provides this driver and allows a shell-based transfer of the images. Several Graphical Interfaces are available for use with gPhoto2:

  • digikam (KDE)
  • gthumb (GNOME)
  • gtkam (GNOME)


pacman -S gphoto2

USB Memory Sticks / Hard Disks

USB Memory Sticks and hard disks are supported out of the box with the USB mass storage device driver and will appear as a new SCSI device (/dev/sdX). If you are using KDE or GNOME you should use dbus and hal (add them to your daemons in /etc/rc.conf), and they will be automatically mounted. If you use a different Desktop Environment you may have a look at ivman.