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Backup programs


  • DAR — A full-featured command-line backup tool, short for Disk ARchive || Template:Package Official
  • Duplicity — A utility for encrypted, bandwidth-efficient backups using the rsync algorithm || Template:Package Official
  • Packrat — A simple, modular backup system that uses dar to take full/incremental backups of files and can store them locally, on a remote system via SSH, or on Amazon S3 || Template:Package AUR
  • rdiff-backup — A utility for local/remote mirroring and incremental backups || Template:Package Official
  • rsnapshot — A remote filesystem snapshot utility || Template:Package Official
  • rsync — A file transfer program to keep remote files in sync || Template:Package Official
  • Safekeep — A client/server backup system which enhances the power of rdiff-backup || Template:Package AUR


BitTorrent Clients


  • aria2 — Command-line download manager that supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, BitTorrent and MetaLink protocols || Template:Package Official
  • Deluge — User-friendly BitTorrent client written in Python and wrapped with PyGTK || Template:Package Official
  • KTorrent — Feature-rich BitTorrent client developed using Qt || Template:Package Official
  • MLDonkey — Multi-protocol P2P client supporting BitTorrent || Template:Package Official
  • qBittorrent — The closest open source (GNU GPL v2 license) equivalent to µtorrent || Template:Package Official
  • rTorrent — Simple and lightweight ncurses BitTorrent client || Template:Package Official
  • Transmission — Simple and easy-to-use BitTorrent client with (GTK+) GUI and CLI front-ends || Template:Package Official
  • Vuze — Feature-rich BitTorrent client written in Java (formerly Azureus) || Template:Package Official

Chat Clients

IRC Clients

  • Irssi — Highly-configurable ncurses-based IRC client || Template:Package Official || Template:Package Official
  • KVIrc — Qt-based IRC client featuring extensive themes support || Template:Package Official
  • WeeChat — Modular, lightweight ncurses-based IRC client || Template:Package Official
  • XChat — GTK-based IRC client || Template:Package Official

Jabber/XMPP Clients

  • Freetalk — A console based Jabber client || Template:Package Official
  • Gajim — Jabber client written in PyGTK || Template:Package Official
  • jabber.el — A minimal jabber client for emacs || Template:Package AUR
  • MCabber — A small Jabber console client, includes features: SSL, PGP, MUC, and UTF8 || Template:Package Official
  • Psi — A Qt based Jabber client || Template:Package Official
  • Psi+ — Psi+ is an enhanced version of Psi Jabber client. || Template:Package AUR

MSN Clients

  • aMSN — MSN client written in Tcl/Tk || Template:Package Official
  • Emesene — A pygtk MSN Messenger client || Template:Package Official
  • Galaxium Messenger — A multi-protocol instant messenger application designed for the GNOME desktop || Template:Package AUR
  • KMess — KMess is a MSN Messenger client for Linux || Template:Package Official || Template:Package Official

Multi-Protocol Clients


  • BarnOwl — A console chat client for the AIM, IRC, Jabber, and Zephyr protocols || Template:Package AUR
  • Carrier — Pidgin fork providing minor GUI enhancements (formerly funpidgin) || Template:Package AUR
  • CenterIM — Fork of CenterICQ - A text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface || Template:Package Official
  • Empathy — A GNOME instant messaging client using the Telepathy framework || Template:Package Official
  • Finch — A ncurses-based messaging client || Template:Package Official || Template:Package Official
  • Pidgin — Multi-protocol instant messaging client || Template:Package Official
  • qutIM — Multiplatform instant messenger || Template:Package AUR

Email clients



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

X11 || Template:Package Official
  • Evolution — A mature and feature-rich e-mail client used in GNOME by default. || Template:Package Official
  • Gnus — mail, nntp, rss client for Emacs. || package
  • Kmail — A mature and feature-rich e-mail client part of the kde project. || Template:Package Official
  • Sylpheed — Lightweight and user-friendly e-mail client (GTK) || Template:Package AUR || Template:Package Official

News Aggregators

Web Browsers


Text Based

Microblogging Clients

  • Hotot - Hotot, is a lightweight & open source Microblogging Client, coding using Python language and designed for Linux.
  • Gwibber - Gwibber is an open source microblogging client for Linux. It brings the most popular social networking web services to your desktop and gives you the ability to control how you communicate.
  • Pino - Pino is a simple and fast X11 client for Twitter and It is compiled to native code, which assures small size and speed, and thanks to use of Vala language it can perfectly integrate into your Gnome or XFCE desktop.

Document Indexers

Document Readers



  • Amarok - A mature Qt-based player known for its plethora of features
  • Ario - A GTK2 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 GTK2 iTunes clone, yet more feature-rich and more actively developed.
  • Clementine - Amarok 1.4 ported to QT4
  • Cmus is a very feature-rich ncurses-based music player.
  • Cplay is a curses front-end for various audio players.
  • DeaDBeeF - Lightweight and powerful music player made with C and GTK2. [1]
  • Exaile - A GTK2 clone of Amarok
  • Goggles Music Manager - A lightweight music manager and player that automatically categorizes your music files.
  • Guayadeque - A full featured media player that can easily manage large collections and uses the Gstreamer media framework.
  • Moc - A ncurses-based daemon/client style player, designed to be flexible and easy to use.
  • Music Player Daemon - 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++
  • PyTone - An advanced music jukebox with a console interface
  • Quod Libet - an audio player written with pygtk and gstreamer
  • Rhythmbox - A GTK2 clone of iTunes, used by default in GNOME
  • Sonata - A pygtk-based client for mpd
  • Nightingale - (Songbird for linux) 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


  • Feh — A fast, lightweight image viewer that uses imlib2 || Template:Package Official
  • GpicView — A simple and fast image viewer for X. Made by the developers of LXDE || Template:Package Official
  • GQview — An image browser that features single click access to view images and move around the directory tree || Template:Package Official
  • Geeqie — An image browser/viewer fork of GQview. Adds additional functionality such as support for RAW files || Template:Package Official
  • Mirage — PyGTK image viewer featuring support for crop and resize, custom actions and a thumbnail panel || Template:Package Official
  • Ristretto — A fast and lightweight picture-viewer for the Xfce desktop environment || Template:Package Official
  • QIV — A very small and fast gdk/Imlib image viewer || Template:Package Official
  • Viewnior — Minimalistic GTK2 viewer featuring support for flip, rotate, animations and configurable mouse actions || Template:Package Official
  • Xloadimage — The classic X image viewer || Template:Package Official
  • SXIV — Simple X Image Viewer; works well with tiling window managers, uses imlib2 || Template:Package AUR


Video Players

Video Editors

Note Taking Organizers

Office suites

Word processors



Time Management

Translation and Localisation

  • Lokalize - the standard KDE tool for software translation. Available in Extra. Home page
  • virtaal - an editor for translation of both software and other text, based on Translate Toolkit. Available in AUR. Home page
    • Supported formats: Gettext (.po and .mo), XLIFF (.xlf), TMX, TBX, WordFast TM (.txt), Qt Linguist (.ts), Qt Phrase Book (.qph), OmegaT glossary (.tab and .utf8), ...
    • Shows suggestions from Apertium, Google Translate, Microsoft Translator, Moses,, Translation Memories or TM servers
  • poedit - a simple Gettext/po-file translation tool. Available in Community. Home page
  • OmegaT - "the translation memory tool", a general translators tool which contains a lot of translation memory features
    • Supported formats: html, MS Office 2007 XML, OpenDocument format, XLIFF/Okapi, MediaWiki, plain text, TMX, ...
    • Shows suggestions from Google Translate
  • pology - a set of Python tools for dealing with Gettext/po-files. See the home page for simple installation instructions.
  • Apertium - a free and open source rule-based machine translation platform. All released language data is available in AUR. Home page
    • Supported formats: html, MS Office 2007 XML, OpenDocument format, TMX, some MediaWiki support, ... (use Pology or Virtaal for po-files)
    • See the wiki for supported languages
  • Moses - a statistical machine translation tool (language data not included). Home page


Arch Package Management

  • Aurnotify — A tool set to notify the status of your favorite packages from AUR.
To use the aurnotify desklet visit: || Template:Package AUR
  • Pacman-color — Command-line frontend for libalpm aka pacman with color patch. || Template:Package AUR
  • Pacman-contrib — Utilities for use with the pacman package manager. || Template:Package Official
  • Pkgtools — A collection of scripts for Arch Linux packages.
Which includes pkgfile; find what package owns a file. [Forum topic] || Template:Package Official
  • 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... || Template:Package AUR
  • Yaourt — A Pacman frontend with more features and AUR support. || Template:Package AUR

Also see AUR Helpers.

Disk Usage Display Programs

  • ncdu — A simple ncurses disk usage analyzer. || Template:Package Official
  • gt5 — A diff-capable 'du-browser'. || Template:Package AUR
  • Baobab — Baobab is a C/gtk+ application to analyse disk usage in any Gnome environment. || Template:Package AUR
  • Filelight — Filelight creates an interactive map of concentric, segmented rings that help visualise disk usage on your computer. || Template:Package Official
  • gdmap — Draw map of rectangles where size of rectangle relate to size of file or dir. || Template:Package Official

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 Home page
  • ClipIt - a fork of Parcellite with additional features and bugfixes Home page
  • Glipper - Glipper is a clipboardmanager for GNOME with more features and plugin support Home page
  • Anamnesis - stores all clipboard history (!) and offers an interface to do a full-text search. Both command line and GUI modes available Home page | AUR package

Compression Tools

File Managers


System Monitoring


Text Editors



  • GNU Emacs — The somewhat intimidating but famously extensible text editor with hundreds of tricks and add-ons || Template:Package Official
  • nano — A console text editor based on pico with on-screen key binding help || Template:Package Official
  • Vim — Vi IMproved || Template:Package Official


  • Acme — A minimalist and flexible programming environment by Rob Pike || package
  • Beaver — An Early AdVanced EditoR || Template:Package Official
  • Geany — A text editor using the GTK+ 2 toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment || Template:Package Official
  • Bluefish — GTK editor/IDE with an MDI interface, syntax highlighting and support for Python plugins || Template:Package Official
  • Cssed — GTK2 based Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) editor || package
  • Edile — A PyGTK code/scripting editor implemented in one file || Template:Package AUR
  • GNU Emacs — The somewhat intimidating but famously extensible text editor with hundreds of tricks and add-ons || Template:Package Official
  • 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
project || package
  • gVim — Vi IMproved || Template:Package Official
  • Kate — The KDE Advanced Text Editor. A full-featured programmer's editor, with MDI and a filesystem browser
project || package
  • KWrite — (part of the KDE desktop) A lightweight text editor with syntax highlighting.
project || package
  • Leafpad — A notepad clone for GTK+ 2.x that emphasizes simplicity || Template:Package Official
  • medit — medit is a programming and around-programming text editor || Template:Package Official
  • Mousepad — A simple text editor for Xfce based on Leafpad || Template:Package Official
  • PyRoom — A great distractionless PyGTK text editor, a clone of the infamous WriteRoom || Template:Package Official
  • Sam — A graphical text editor by Rob Pike (still used by Ken Thompson and others) ||
  • Scite — A generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs || package
  • Tea — a QT based feature rich text editor
project || Template:Package Official

OCR tools

There are several steps to the whole OCR process, the actual OCR engine is only part of this:

  1. scanning
  2. document layout analysis
  3. optical character recognition
  4. post-processing (formatting, PDF creation)

OCR Engines

  • CuneiForm is a 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. Available from pacman/community.

Layout analysers and user interfaces


  • 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 and desktop environments


See also