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Network connection

Network managers

See Network configuration#Network managers.

VPN clients

  • Bitmask — Secured and encrypted communication using various service providers || bitmaskAUR
  • Libreswan — A free software implementation of the most widely supported and standarized VPN protocol based on ("IPsec") and the Internet Key Exchange ("IKE"). || libreswanAUR
  • NetworkManager — Supports a variety of protocols (e.g. MS, Cisco, Fortinet) via a plugin system. || networkmanager || openconnect || openswanAUR
  • OpenVPN — To connect to OpenVPN VPNs. || openvpn
  • PPTP Client — To connect to PPTP VPNs, like Microsoft VPNs (MPPE). (insecure) || pptpclient || strongswan
  • tinc — tinc is a free VPN daemon. || tinc
  • Vpnc — To connect to Cisco 3000 VPN Concentrators. || vpnc
  • WireGuard — Next generation secure network tunnel. || wireguard-tools

Proxy servers

  • Dante — SOCKS server and SOCKS client, implementing RFC 1928 and related standards. || dante
  • Privoxy — Non-caching web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for enhancing privacy, modifying web page data and HTTP headers, controlling access, and removing ads and other obnoxious Internet junk. || privoxy
  • Project V — Project V is a set of tools to help you build your own privacy network over internet. || v2ray
  • Shadowsocks — Secure socks5 proxy, designed to protect your Internet traffic. || Python: shadowsocks, C: shadowsocks-libev, Qt: shadowsocks-qt5
  • Squid — Caching proxy for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. || squid
  • Stunnel — A server and client to add and remove TLS encryption to TCP data flow. || stunnel
  • Tinyproxy — Lightweight HTTP/HTTPS proxy daemon. || tinyproxy
  • Trojan — An unidentifiable mechanism that helps you bypass GFW. || trojan
  • Varnish — High-performance HTTP accelerator. || varnish
  • XX-Net — Easy to use web proxy tool. || xx-netAUR
  • Ziproxy — Forwarding (non-caching) compressing HTTP proxy server. || ziproxy

Anonymizing networks

  • Freenet — An encrypted network without censorship. || freenetAUR
  • GNUnet — Framework for secure peer-to-peer networking. || CLI: gnunet, GUI: gnunet-gtkAUR
  • I2P — Distributed anonymous network. || i2pAUR, i2p-binAUR
  • Lantern — Peer-to-peer internet censorship circumvention software. || lantern-binAUR
  • Tor — Anonymizing overlay network. || tor

Web browsers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of web browsers.


  • browsh — A fully-modern text-based browser. Runs as a frontend to headless Firefox. || browshAUR
  • ELinks — Advanced and well-established feature-rich text mode web browser with mouse wheel scroll support (links fork, barely supported since 2009). || elinks
  • Links — Graphics and text mode web browser. Includes a console version similar to Lynx. || links
  • Lynx — Text browser for the World Wide Web. || lynx
  • w3m — Pager/text-based web browser. It has vim-like keybindings, and is able to display images. || w3m



See also Wikipedia:Gecko (software).

  • Firefox — Extensible browser from Mozilla based on Gecko with fast rendering. || firefox
  • SeaMonkey — Continuation of the Mozilla Internet Suite. || seamonkey
Firefox spin-offs
  • Cliqz — Firefox-based privacy aware web browser. || cliqzAUR or cliqz-binAUR
  • Cyberfox — Fast and privacy oriented fork of Mozilla Firefox.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || cyberfox-binAUR
  • 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
  • LibreWolf — A fork of Firefox, focused on privacy, security and freedom. || librewolfAUR or librewolf-binAUR
  • Waterfox Classic — Optimized fork of Mozilla Firefox, without data collection and allowing unsigned extensions and NPAPI plugins. || waterfox-classic-binAUR
  • Waterfox Current — Optimized fork of Mozilla Firefox, updated feature-rich branch of Waterfox. || waterfox-current-binAUR

See also Wikipedia:Blink (web engine).

  • Chromium — Web browser developed by Google, the open source project behind Google Chrome. || chromium
Privacy-focused chromium spin-offs
  • Brave — Web browser that blocks ads and trackers by default. || brave-binAUR || iridium-debAUR
  • Ungoogled Chromium — Modifications to Google Chromium for removing Google integration and enhancing privacy, control, and transparency || ungoogled-chromiumAUR
Proprietary chromium spin-offs || google-chromeAUR
  • Opera — Proprietary browser developed by Opera Software. || opera
  • Slimjet — Fast, smart and powerful proprietary browser based on Chromium. || slimjetAUR
  • 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 qt5-webengine
  • Crusta — Blazingly fast full feature web browser with unique features. || crustaAUR
  • Dooble — Colorful Web browser. || doobleAUR
  • Eric — QtWebEngine-based HTML browser, part of the eric6 development toolset, can be launched with the eric6_browser command. || eric
  • Falkon — Web browser based on QtWebEngine, written in Qt framework. || falkon
  • Konqueror — Web browser based on Qt toolkit and Qt WebEngine (or KHTML layout engine), part of kdebase. || konqueror
  • Liri Browser — A minimalistic material design web browser written for Liri. || liri-browser-gitAUR
  • Otter Browser — Browser aiming to recreate classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5. It can use Qt WebEngine as an alternative backend. || otter-browser
  • Qt WebBrowser — Browser for embedded devices developed using the capabilities of Qt and Qt WebEngine. || qtwebbrowserAUR
  • qutebrowser — A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5 and QtWebEngine. || qutebrowser
Browsers based on electron
  • Beaker — Peer-to-peer web browser with tools to create and host websites. Based on the Electron platform. || beakerAUR
  • Min — A smarter, faster web browser based on the Electron platform. || min

See also Wikipedia:WebKit.

Note: webkitgtk, webkitgtk2 and qtwebkit-based browsers were removed from the list, because these are today considered insecure and outdated. More info here.
Browsers based on webkit2gtk
  • Eolie — Simple web browser for GNOME. || eolie
  • 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
  • Luakit — Fast, small, webkit based browser framework extensible by Lua. || luakit
  • Midori — Lightweight web browser based on GTK and WebKit. || midori
  • Next — Keyboard-oriented, infinitely extensible browser. || next-browser-gitAUR
  • surf — Lightweight WebKit-based browser, which follows the suckless philosophy (basically, the browser itself is a single C source file). || surfAUR
  • Surfer — Simple keyboard based web browser, written in C. || surfer-gitAUR
  • Vimb — A Vim-like web browser that is inspired by Pentadactyl and Vimprobable. || vimb
  • wyeb — A vim-like web browser inspired by dwb and luakit with Adblock. || wyeb-gitAUR
Browsers based on qt5-webkit
  • Eric — QtWebKit-based HTML browser, part of the eric6 development toolset, can be launched with the eric6_webbrowser command. || eric
  • OSPKit — Webkit based html browser for printing. || ospkit-gitAUR
  • Otter Browser — Browser aiming to recreate classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5. || otter-browser or otter-browser-nowebengine
  • qutebrowser — A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5 with QtWebKit as an available backend. || qutebrowser
  • smtube — Application that allows to browse, search and play YouTube videos. || smtube
  • WCGBrowser — A web browser for kiosk systems. || wcgbrowser-gitAUR
  • Dillo — Small, fast graphical web browser built on FLTK. Uses its own layout engine. || dillo
  • Links — Graphics and text mode web browser. Includes a graphical X-window/framebuffer version with CSS, image rendering, pull-down menus. It can be launched with the xlinks -g command. || links
  • 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][dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] Without support for newer Firefox features such as cache2, e10s, and OTMC. || palemoonAUR or palemoon-binAUR
  • Basilisk — Another Goanna-based browser from the developers of Pale Moon. It features a Firefox 52-based UI, and is a perpetual beta. It lacks support for WebExtensions, but still supports XUL-based addons. || basilisk-binAUR

Web servers

A web server serves HTML web pages and other files via HTTP to clients like web browsers. The major web servers can be interfaced with programs to serve dynamic content (web applications).

See also Category:Web server and Wikipedia:Comparison of web server software. || apache
  • Caddy — HTTP/2 web server with automatic HTTPS. || caddy
  • Hiawatha — Secure and advanced web server. || hiawatha
  • Lighttpd — A secure, fast, compliant and very flexible web-server. || lighttpd
  • nginx — Lightweight HTTP server and IMAP/POP3 proxy server. || nginx
  • sthttpd — Supported fork of the thttpd web server. || sthttpd
  • yaws — Web server/framework written in Erlang. || yaws

Static web servers

  • darkhttpd — A small and secure static web server, written in C, does not support HTTPS or Auth. || darkhttpd
  • KatWeb — A lightweight static web server and reverse proxy, written in Go, designed for the modern web. || katwebAUR
  • quark — An extremly small and simple http get-only web server. It only serves static pages on a single host. || quark-gitAUR
  • serve — Static file serving and directory listing. || nodejs-serveAUR
  • servy — A tiny little web server, single binary, written in Rust. || servyAUR
  • Webfs — Simple and instant web server for mostly static content. || webfs

The Python standard library module http.server can also be used from the command-line.

Specialized web servers

  • Mongoose — Embedded web server library, supports WebSocket and MQTT. || mongooseAUR
  • webhook — Small server for creating HTTP endpoints (hooks) || webhook
  • Woof — An ad-hoc single file webserver; Web Offer One File. || woofAUR

WSGI servers

  • Gunicorn — A Python WSGI HTTP Server for UNIX. || gunicorn, python2-gunicornAUR
  • uWSGI — A fast, self-healing and developer/sysadmin-friendly application container server written in C. || uwsgi
  • Waitress — A WSGI server for Python 2 and 3. || python-waitress, python2-waitress

Apache also supports WSGI with mod_wsgi.

Performance testing

  • http_load — A webserver performance testing tool, runs in a single process. || http_loadAUR
  • httperf — Can generate various HTTP workloads, written in C. || httperfAUR
  • vegeta — HTTP load testing tool, written in Go. || vegeta
  • Web Bench — Benchmarking tool, uses fork() for simulating multiple clients. || webbenchAUR

File sharing

Download managers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of download managers.

  • aria2 — Lightweight download utility that supports HTTP/S, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent and Metalink. It can run as a daemon controlled via a built-in JSON-RPC or XML-RPC interface. || aria2
  • Axel — Featherweight command line download accelerator sitting at under 250kB on disk. Supports HTTP/S and FTP. || axel
  • cURL — An URL retrieval utility and library. Supports HTTP, FTP and SFTP. || curl
  • LFTP — Sophisticated file transfer program. Supports HTTP, FTP, SFTP, FISH, and BitTorrent. || lftp
  • mps-youtube — Terminal based YouTube jukebox with playlist management. Plays audio/video through mplayer/mpv. || mps-youtube
  • Plowshare — A set of command-line tools designed for managing file-sharing websites (aka Hosters). || plowshare
  • RTMPDump — Download FLV videos through RTMP (Adobe's proprietary protocol for Flash video players) || rtmpdump
  • snarf — Command-line URL retrieval tool. Supports HTTP and FTP. || snarf
  • Streamlink — Launch streams from various streaming services in a custom video player or save them to a file. || streamlink
  • Streamripper — Records and splits streaming mp3 into tracks. || streamripperAUR
  • You-Get — Download media contents (videos, audios, images) from the Web. || you-get
  • youtube-dl — Download videos from YouTube and many other web sites. || youtube-dl
  • youtube-viewer — Command line utility for viewing YouTube videos. || youtube-viewer
  • Wget — A network utility to retrieve files from the Web. Supports HTTP and FTP. || wget
  • ClipGrab — Downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo and many other online video sites. || clipgrab
  • FatRat — Qt based download manager with support for HTTP, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent and Metalink.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || fatrat-gitAUR
  • FreeRapid — Java-based downloader that supports downloading from file-sharing services. || freerapidAUR
  • FrostWire — Easy to use cloud downloader, BitTorrent client and media player. || frostwireAUR
  • gtk-youtube-viewer — GTK utility for viewing YouTube videos. || youtube-viewer + gtk2-perl + perl-file-sharedir
  • Gwget — Download manager for GNOME. Supports HTTP and FTP.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || gwget
  • Gydl — GUI wrapper around the already existing youtube-dl program to download content from sites like YouTube. || gydl-gitAUR
  • JDownloader — Java-based downloader for one-click hosting sites. || jdownloader2AUR
  • KGet — Download manager for KDE. Supports HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent and Metalink. Part of kdenetwork. || kget
  • Persepolis — Graphical front-end for aria2 download manager with lots of features. Supports HTTP and FTP. || persepolisAUR
  • pyLoad — Downloader written in Python and designed to be extremely lightweight, easily extensible and fully manageable via web. || pyload-gitAUR
  • Steadyflow — Simple download manager for GNOME. Supports HTTP and FTP. || steadyflow
  • Streamtuner2 — Internet radio station and video browser. It simply lists stations in categories from different directories and launches your preferred media apps for playback. || streamtuner2AUR
  • Thunder (deepin-wine) — Thunder is a download software developed by Xunlei company based on multi resource hyper threading technology. ||
  • uGet — GTK download manager featuring download classification and HTML import. Supports HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, Metalink, YouTube and Mega. || uget
  • Xtreme Download Manager — Powerful tool to increase download speed up-to 500%. Supports HTTP and FTP. Video grabber works in a general way and is not limited to certain websites. || xdmanAUR

Cloud storage servers

  • Cozy — A personal cloud you can hack, host and delete. || cozy-stack
  • Nextcloud — A cloud server to store your files centrally on a hardware controlled by you. || nextcloud
  • Pydio — Mature open source web application for file sharing and synchronization. || pydioAUR
  • Seafile — An online file storage and collaboration tool with advanced support for file syncing, privacy protection and teamwork. || seafile-serverAUR

Cloud synchronization clients

  • aws-cli — CLI for Amazon Web Services, including efficient file transfers to and from Amazon S3. || aws-cli
  • Backblaze B2 — Backblaze B2 open-source command-line client. || backblaze-b2AUR
  • Baidu Netdisk — Cloud storage service launched by Baidu (formerly Baidu Cloud). || baidunetdisk-binAUR
  • CloudCross — Synchronize local files and folders with many cloud providers. Cloud, Yandex Disk, Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox support is available. || cloudcrossAUR
  • Cozy Drive — Desktop client for Cozy. || cozy-desktop
  • drive — Tiny program to pull or push Google Drive files. || drive-binAUR, drive-gitAUR
  • DriveSync — Command line utility that synchronizes your Google Drive files with a local folder on your machine. || drivesyncAUR
  • Dropbox — Proprietary desktop client for Dropbox. || dropboxAUR
  • gdrive — Command line utility for interacting with Google Drive. || gdriveAUR
  • Grive — Google Drive client with support for new Drive REST API and partial sync. || griveAUR
  • ODrive — Google Drive GUI for Windows / Mac / Linux. || odrive-binAUR
  • hubiC — Proprietary synchronization client service and command line tools for hubiC. || hubicAUR
  • Insync — Unofficial proprietary Google Drive desktop client. || insyncAUR
  • Mega Sync Client — Desktop client to sync files with Mega. || megasyncAUR
  • Megatools — Unofficial CLI for Mega. || megatoolsAUR
  • Nextcloud Client — Desktop client for Nextcloud. || nextcloud-client
  • Nutstore — Desktop client for Nutstore. || nutstoreAUR
  • OneDrive — Unofficial CLI for OneDrive. || onedriveAUR
  • ownCloud Desktop Client — Desktop syncing client for ownCloud. || owncloud-client
  • pCloud Drive — Proprietary desktop syncing client for pCloud. Based on the Electron platform. || pcloud-driveAUR
  • PydioSync — Desktop client for Pydio. || pydio-syncAUR
  • Rclone — Multi-provider sync, copy, and mount client. || rclone
  • Rclone Browser — GUI client for Rclone. || rclone-browserAUR
  • S3cmd — Unofficial CLI for Amazon S3. || s3cmd
  • Seafile Client — GUI client for Seafile. || seafile-clientAUR
  • SpiderOak One — Proprietary client for SpiderOak One. || spideroak-oneAUR
  • Tresorit — Proprietary desktop syncing client for Tresorit. || tresoritAUR || yandex-diskAUR


FTP clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of FTP client software.

  • FileZilla — Fast and reliable FTP, FTPS and SFTP client. || filezilla
  • gFTP — Multithreaded FTP client for Linux. || gftp
  • ftp — Simple ftp client provided by GNU Inetutils || inetutils
  • 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

See also Wikipedia:List of FTP server software.

  • bftpd — Small, easy-to-configure FTP server || bftpd
  • chezdav — WebDAV server that allows to share a particular directory. || phodav
  • ftpd — Simple ftp server provided by GNU Inetutils || inetutils
  • proFTPd — A secure and configurable FTP server || proftpdAUR
  • Pure-FTPd — Free (BSD-licensed), secure, production-quality and standard-compliant FTP server. || pure-ftpdAUR
  • SSH — SFTP is a network protocol that provides file access, file transfer, and file management over any reliable data stream. || openssh
  • vsftpd — Lightweight, stable and secure FTP server for UNIX-like systems. || vsftpd

BitTorrent clients

Some download managers are also able to connect to the BitTorrent network: Aria2, LFTP, FatRat, FrostWire, KGet, MLDonkey, uGet.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of BitTorrent clients.

  • btpd — The BitTorrent Protocol Daemon. || btpdAUR
  • Ctorrent — CTorrent is a BitTorrent client implemented in C++ to be lightweight and quick. || enhanced-ctorrentAUR
  • peerflix — Streaming torrent client for node.js. || peerflixAUR
  • rTorrent — Simple and lightweight ncurses BitTorrent client. Requires libtorrent backend. || rtorrent
  • Transmission CLI — Simple and easy-to-use BitTorrent client with a daemon version and multiple front-ends. This package includes backend, daemon, command-line interface, and a Web UI interface. || transmission-cli
  • Deluge — User-friendly BitTorrent client written in Python using GTK that can run as a daemon. || deluge
  • Fragments — Easy to use BitTorrent client which follows the GNOME HIG and includes well thought-out features. || fragments
  • Ktorrent — Feature-rich BitTorrent client for KDE. || ktorrent
  • Powder Player — Hybrid between a streaming BitTorrent client and a player. Based on the Electron platform.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || powder-player-binAUR
  • qBittorrent — Open source (GPLv2) BitTorrent client that strongly resembles µtorrent. || qbittorrent or qbittorrent-nox
  • Tixati — Proprietary peer-to-peer file sharing program that uses the popular BitTorrent protocol. || tixatiAUR
  • Torrential — Simple torrent client for elementary OS. || torrentialAUR
  • Transmission — Simple and easy-to-use BitTorrent client with a daemon version and multiple front-ends. || GTK: transmission-gtk, Qt: transmission-qt
  • Transmission Remote — GTK client for remote management of the Transmission BitTorrent client, using its HTTP RPC protocol. || transmission-remote-gtk
  • Tribler — 4th generation file sharing system BitTorrent client. || tribler
  • Vuze — Feature-rich BitTorrent client written in Java (formerly Azureus). || vuzeAUR
  • WebTorrent Desktop — Streaming BitTorrent application. Based on the Electron platform. || webtorrent-desktopAUR

Other P2P networks

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file-sharing applications.

  • aMule — Well-known eDonkey/Kad client with a daemon version and GTK, web, and CLI front-ends. || amule
  • EiskaltDC++ — Direct Connect and ADC client. || GTK: eiskaltdcpp-gtkAUR, Qt: eiskaltdcpp-qtAUR
  • gtk-gnutella — GTK server/client for the Gnutella peer-to-peer network. || gtk-gnutellaAUR
  • KaMule — KDE graphical front-end for aMule. || kamuleAUR
  • LBRY — Browser and wallet for LBRY, the decentralized, user-controlled content marketplace. Based on the Electron platform. || lbry-app-binAUR
  • MLDonkey — Multi-protocol P2P client that supports HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, Direct Connect, eDonkey and FastTrack. || mldonkey
  • ncdc — Modern and lightweight Direct Connect and ADC client with a friendly ncurses interface. || ncdcAUR
  • Nicotine+ — A graphical client for the Soulseek P2P network. || nicotine+AUR
  • Valknut — Direct Connect client (like DC++) with segmented downloading. || valknutAUR

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 pastebin using curl. For example pipe the output of a command to
command |& curl -F 'f:1=<-' 
or upload a file:
curl -F 'f:1=<-' < file has a similar service, and also offers a plain HTML form.
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
  • imgur — A CLI client which can upload image to image sharing service. || imgur.shAUR
  • Ix — Client for the pastebin. || ixAUR || pastebinit || ruby-hasteAUR
  • Uppity — The pastebin client with an attitude. || uppity-gitAUR || wgetpaste


Email clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of email clients

  • aerc — Work in progress asynchronous email client. || aercAUR
  • alot — An experimental terminal MUA based on notmuch mail. It is written in python using the urwid toolkit. || alot
  • Alpine — Fast, easy-to-use and Apache-licensed email client based on Pine.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || alpine-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
  • NeoMutt — Command line mail reader (or MUA). It's a fork of Mutt with added features. || neomutt
  • nmh — A modular mail handling system. || nmhAUR
  • notmuch — A fast mail indexer built on top of xapian. || notmuch
  • 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 for GNOME. || balsa
  • Claws Mail — Lightweight GTK-based email client and news reader. || claws-mail
  • ElectronMail — Unofficial desktop app for several end-to-end encrypted email providers (like ProtonMail, Tutanota). Based on the Electron platform. || electronmail-binAUR
  • Evolution — Mature and feature-rich e-mail client that is part of the GNOME project. Part of gnome-extra. || evolution
  • Geary — Simple desktop mail client built in Vala. || geary
  • Gnubiff — Mail notification program that checks for mail and displays headers when new mail has arrived. || gnubiff
  • Inboxer — Unofficial, free and open-source Google Inbox desktop app. Based on the Electron platform. || inboxerAUR
  • Kmail — Mature and feature-rich email client. Part of kdepim. || kmail
  • Kube — Modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick. || kube
  • Mailnag — Extensible mail notification daemon. || mailnag
  • MailspringProprietary fork of Nylas Mail by one of the original authors. || mailspringAUR
  • Nylas Mail — Extensible desktop mail app. Based on the Electron platform. || nylas-mail-lives-binAUR
  • openWMail — The missing desktop client for Gmail & Google Inbox. Based on the Electron platform. || openwmailAUR
  • QGmailNotifier — Portable Qt5 based GMail notifier. || qgmailnotifierAUR
  • Protonmail Desktop — Unofficial app that emulates a native client for the ProtonMail e-mail service. Based on the Electron platform.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || protonmail-desktopAUR || seamonkey
  • Sylpheed — Lightweight and user-friendly GTK email client. || sylpheed
  • Thunderbird — Feature-rich email client from Mozilla written in GTK. || thunderbird || trojita
  • Mailpile — A modern, fast web-mail client with user-friendly encryption and privacy features. || mailpileAUR
  • Nextcloud Mail — An email webapp for NextCloud. || nextcloud-app-mail
  • Roundcubemail — Browser-based multilingual IMAP client webapp with a native application-like user interface. || roundcubemail || squirrelmailAUR

Mail servers

See Mail server.

  • Modoboa — A modular mail hosting and management platform, written in Python. || modoboaAUR

Mail retrieval agents

See also Wikipedia:Mail retrieval agent.

  • fdm — Program to fetch and deliver mail. || fdm
  • Fetchmail — A remote-mail retrieval utility. || fetchmailAUR
  • getmail — A POP3/IMAP4 mail retriever with reliable Maildir and command delivery. || getmailAUR
  • hydroxide — A third-party, open-source ProtonMail CardDAV, IMAP and SMTP bridge || hydroxideAUR
  • imapsync — IMAP synchronisation, sync, copy or migration tool || imapsyncAUR
  • isync — IMAP and MailDir mailbox synchronizer || isync
  • mpop — A small, fast POP3 client suitable as a fetchmail replacement || mpop
  • OfflineIMAP — Synchronizes emails between two repositories. || offlineimap

Instant messaging clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of instant messaging clients and Wikipedia:Comparison of VoIP software.

This section lists all client software with instant messaging support.

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

The number of networks supported by these clients is very large but they (like any multi-protocol clients) usually have very limited or no support for network-specific features.

  • BarnOwl — Ncurses-based chat client with support for the Zephyr, XMPP, IRC and Twitter protocols. || barnowlAUR
  • BitlBee — IRC gateway to popular chat networks (XMPP, ICQ and Twitter). || bitlbee
  • CenterIM — Text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface. Supports most of widely used IM protocols, including ICQ, IRC, XMPP. || centerimAUR
  • EKG2 — Ncurses based XMPP, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ and IRC client.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || ekg2AUR
  • Finch — Ncurses-based chat client that uses libpurple and supports all its protocols (Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, SIMPLE, XMPP, Zephyr). || finch
  • Minbif — IRC gateway to IM networks that uses libpurple.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || minbifAUR
  • Empathy — GNOME instant messaging client with audio/video support using the Telepathy framework. || empathyAUR
  • FranzElectron application. Supports Discord, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Skype, Slack, Telegram, WhatsApp, Zulip and many more. || franzAUR
  • Jitsi — Audio/video VoIP phone and instant messenger written in Java that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP, ICQ, IRC and many other useful features. || jitsiAUR
  • Kopete — User-friendly IM supporting Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, GroupWise, ICQ, XMPP. || kopete
  • KDE Telepathy — KDE instant messaging client using the Telepathy framework. Meant as a replacement for Kopete. || telepathy-kde-meta
  • Pidgin — Multi-protocol instant messaging client with audio support that uses libpurple and supports all its protocols (Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, SIMPLE, XMPP, Zephyr). || pidgin
  • qutIM — Simple and user-friendly IM supporting ICQ, XMPP, Mail.Ru, IRC and VKontakte messaging. || qutimAUR
  • Smuxi — Cross-platform IRC client that also supports Twitter and XMPP. || smuxiAUR
  • Thunderbird — Feature-rich email client supports instant messaging and chat using IRC, XMPP and Twitter. || thunderbird
  • Volt — Proprietary native desktop client for Skype, Telegram, Slack, XMPP, Discord, IRC and more. || voltAUR
IRC clients

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of Internet Relay Chat clients.

  • 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
  • Irssi — Highly-configurable ncurses-based IRC client. || irssi
  • pork — Programmable, ncurses-based IRC client that mostly looks and feels like ircII. || pork
  • 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
  • tiny — an IRC client written in Rust with a clutter-free interface || tiny-irc-client-gitAUR


Name Package Written in Extensible SASL
BitchX bitchx-gitAUR C ? ?
ERC emacs ELisp in ELisp via script
ii iiAUR C stdin/stdout No
Irssi irssi C in Perl Yes
pork pork C in Perl No
ScrollZ scrollzAUR C ? No
sic sicAUR C stdin/stdout No
WeeChat weechat C multiple languages Yes
tiny tiny-irc-client-gitAUR Rust No Yes
  • HexChat — Fork of XChat for Linux and Windows. || hexchat || konversation
  • KVIrc — Qt-based IRC client featuring extensive themes support. || kvirc-gitAUR
  • Loqui — GTK IRC client. || loquiAUR
  • LostIRC — Simple GTK IRC client with tab-autocompletion, multiple server support, logging and others. || lostircAUR
  • Polari — Simple IRC client by the GNOME project. || polari
  • Quassel — Modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client. || quassel-monolithic
  • Srain — Modern, beautiful IRC client written in GTK 3. || srainAUR
XMPP clients

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

  • Freetalk — Console-based XMPP client. || freetalkAUR
  • jabber.el — Minimal XMPP client for Emacs. || emacs-jabberAUR
  • jp (Salut à Toi) — CLI frontend for Salut à Toi, multi-purpose XMPP client || sat-jpAUR
  • MCabber — Small XMPP console client, includes features: SSL, PGP, MUC, OTR and UTF8. || mcabber
  • Poezio — XMPP client with IRC feeling || poezioAUR
  • Primitivus (Salut à Toi) — Console frontend for Salut à Toi, multi-purpose XMPP client || sat-primitivusAUR
  • Profanity — A console based XMPP client inspired by Irssi. || profanity
  • xmpp-client — A minimalist XMPP client with OTR support. || go-xmpp-clientAUR
  • Cagou (Salut à Toi) — Desktop/mobiles frontend for Salut à Toi, multi-purpose XMPP client || sat-cagou-hgAUR
  • Converse.js — Web-based XMPP chat client written in JavaScript. || conversejs-gitAUR
  • Dino — A modern, easy to use XMPP client, with PGP and OMEMO support. || dino
  • Gajim — XMPP client with audio support written in Python using GTK. || gajim
  • Kadu — Qt-based XMPP and Gadu-Gadu client. || kaduAUR
  • Libervia (Salut à Toi) — Web frontend for Salut à Toi, multi-purpose XMPP client || sat-libervia-hgAUR
  • Nextcloud JavaScript XMPP Client — Chat app for Nextcloud with XMPP, end-to-end encryption, video calls, file transfer & group chat. || nextcloud-app-jsxcAUR
  • Psi — Qt-based XMPP client. || psi or psi-nowebengine
  • Spark — Cross-platform real-time XMPP collaboration client optimized for business and organizations. || sparkAUR
  • Swift — XMPP client written in C++ with Qt and Swiften. || swift-im
  • Tkabber — Easy to hack feature-rich XMPP client by the author of the ejabberd XMPP server. || tkabberAUR
  • Vacuum IM — Full-featured crossplatform XMPP client. || vacuum-imAUR
SIP clients

See also Wikipedia:List of SIP software#Clients.

  • Banji — SIP-compatible softphone and instant messenger for the decentralized Jami network. KDE client, formerly known as Ring KDE. || ring-kdeAUR
  • Blink — State of the art, easy to use SIP client. || blinkAUR
  • Jami — SIP-compatible softphone and instant messenger for the decentralized Jami network. Formerly known as Ring and SFLphone. || jami-gnome
  • Linphone — VoIP phone application (SIP client) for communicating freely with people over the internet, with voice, video, and text instant messaging. || linphone-gitAUR
  • Twinkle — Qt softphone for VoIP and IM communication using SIP. || twinkle-qt5AUR
  • Zoiper — a SIP and IAX2 VoIP softphone || zoiperAUR
Matrix clients

See also Matrix.

  • Fractal — Matrix client for GNOME written in Rust. || fractal
  • nheko — Desktop client for the Matrix protocol. || nhekoAUR, nheko-gitAUR
  • Quaternion — Qt5-based IM client for the Matrix protocol. || quaternionAUR
  • Riot — Glossy Matrix client with an emphasis on performance and usability. Web application and desktop application based on the Electron platform. || riot-web, riot-desktop
  • Tensor — Qt5/QML-based Matrix client. || tensor-gitAUR
Tox clients

See also Tox.

  • qTox — Powerful Tox client written in C++/Qt that follows the Tox design guidelines. || qtox
  • ratox — FIFO based tox client. || ratox-gitAUR
  • Toxic — ncurses-based Tox client || toxic
  • Toxygen — Tox client written in pure Python3. || toxygen-gitAUR
  • Venom — a modern Tox client for the GNU/Linux desktop || venomAUR
  • µTox — Lightweight Tox client.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || utox
Serverless (decentralized) clients

See also Bonjour, Ring, Tox and Wikipedia:Comparison of LAN messengers.

  • BeeBEEP — Secure LAN Messenger. || beebeepAUR
  • Bit Chat — Secure, peer-to-peer instant messenger. || bitchatAUR
  • Bitmessage — Decentralized and trustless P2P communications protocol for sending encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. || pybitmessageAUR
  • iptux — LAN communication software, compatible with IP Messenger. || iptuxAUR
  • LAN Messenger — P2P chat application for intranet communication and does not require a server. A variety of handy features are supported including notifications, personal and group messaging with encryption, file transfer and message logging. || lmcAUR
  • Patchwork — Decentralized messaging and sharing app built on top of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB). Based on the Electron platform. || ssb-patchworkAUR
  • RetroShare — Serverless encrypted instant messenger with filesharing, chatgroups, mail. || retroshareAUR
  • Ricochet — Anonymous peer-to-peer instant messaging system built on Tor hidden services. || ricochetAUR
Other IM clients
  • Caprine — Unofficial Facebook Messenger app. Based on the Electron platform. || caprine
  • Discord — Proprietary all-in-one voice and text chat application for gamers that’s free and works on both your desktop and phone. || discord
  • Esmska — Program for sending SMS over the Internet. || esmska
  • Gitter — Communication product for communities and teams on GitHub. || gitterAUR
  • Hangups — Third-party instant messaging client for Google Hangouts. || hangupsAUR
  • ICQ — Official ICQ client for Linux. || icqdesktop-binAUR
  • Matterhorn — Console client for the Mattermost chat system. || matterhornAUR
  • Mattermost Desktop — Desktop application for Mattermost. Based on the Electron platform. || mattermost-desktopAUR
  • Mumble — Voice chat application similar to TeamSpeak. || mumble
  • QHangups — Alternative client for Google Hangouts written in PyQt. || qhangupsAUR
  • Rocket.Chat Desktop — Desktop application for Rocket.Chat. Based on the Electron platform. || rocketchat-desktopAUR
  • Signal — Signal Private Messenger for the Desktop. Based on the Electron platform. || signal-desktop
  • Skype — Popular but proprietary application for voice and video communication. Based on the Electron platform. || skypeforlinux-stable-binAUR
  • Slack — Proprietary Slack client for desktop. Based on the Electron platform. || slack-desktopAUR
  • TeamSpeak — Proprietary VoIP application with gamers as its target audience. || teamspeak3
  • TeamTalk — Proprietary VoIP application with video chat, file and desktop sharing. Desktop sharing doesn't appear to be working in Linux though. AUR package is server only, but client is built in the make process. || teamtalkAUR
  • Telegram Desktop — Official Telegram desktop client. || telegram-desktop
  • Viber — Proprietary cross-platform IM and VoIP software. || viberAUR
  • Wire — Modern, private messenger. Based on the Electron platform. || wire-desktop
  • YakYak — Unofficial desktop client for Google Hangouts. Based on the Electron platform. || yakyakAUR
  • Zoom — Proprietary video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging application. || zoomAUR
  • Zulip — Desktop client for Zulip group chat. Based on the Electron platform. || zulip-electron-binAUR

Instant messaging servers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of instant messaging protocols.

IRC servers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of Internet Relay Chat daemons.

  • InspIRCd — A stable, modern and lightweight IRC daemon. || inspircdAUR
  • IRCD-Hybrid — A lightweight, high-performance internet relay chat daemon. || ircd-hybridAUR
  • miniircd — A small and configuration free IRC server, suitable for private use. || miniircd-gitAUR || unrealircd
  • ngIRCd — A free, portable and lightweight Internet Relay Chat server for small or private networks. || ngircd
  • oragono — A modern IRC server written in Go. || oragonoAUR
XMPP servers

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 — Robust, scalable and extensible XMPP 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
SIP servers

See also Wikipedia:List of SIP software#Servers. || asteriskAUR
  • Kamailio — Rock solid SIP server. || kamailioAUR
  • openSIPS — SIP proxy/server for voice, video, IM, presence and any other SIP extensions. || opensips
  • Repro — An open-source, free SIP server. || reproAUR
  • Yate — Advanced, mature, flexible telephony server that is used for VoIP and fixed networks, and for traditional mobile operators and MVNOs. || yate
Other IM servers
  • Mattermost — Open source private cloud server, Slack-alternative. || mattermostAUR
  • Murmur — The voice chat application server for Mumble. || murmur
  • Nextcloud Talk — Video- and audio-conferencing app for Nextcloud. || nextcloud-app-spreed
  • Rocket.Chat — Web chat server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor fullstack framework. || rocketchat-serverAUR
  • Spreed WebRTC — WebRTC audio/video call and conferencing server. || spreed-webrtc-serverAUR
  • Synapse — Reference homeserver for the Matrix protocol. || matrix-synapse
  • TeamSpeak Server — Proprietary VoIP conference server. || teamspeak3-server
  • uMurmur — Minimalistic Mumble server. || umurmur

Collaborative software

See also Wikipedia:Collaborative software.

  • Citadel/UX — Includes an email & mailing list server, instant messaging, address books, calendar/scheduling, bulletin boards, and wiki and blog engines. || webcitAUR
  • Kolab — Kolab Groupware solution consisting of a server and various clients. || kolabAUR
  • Open-xchange — A groupware solution providing mail facilities, calendaring, shared contacts and Google-Docs-like text editing || open-xchangeAUR
  • SOGo — Groupware server built around (OGo) and the SOPE application server. || sogoAUR

News, RSS, and blogs

News aggregators

RSS/Atom aggregators. Some email clients are also able to act as news aggregator: Claws Mail RSSyl plugin, Evolution RSS plugin, SeaMonkey Mail & Newsgroups, Thunderbird.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of feed aggregators.

  • Canto — Ncurses RSS aggregator. || canto-curses
  • Gnus — Email, NNTP and RSS client for Emacs. || emacs
  • Newsboat — Ncurses RSS aggregator with layout and keybinding similar to the Mutt email client. || newsboat
  • 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. || snownewsAUR
  • sfeed — Lightweight RSS and Atom parser. || sfeed-gitAUR
Graphical || akregator
  • Alduin — RSS, Atom and JSON feed aggregator. Based on the Electron platform. || alduinAUR
  • FeedReader — Modern desktop application designed to complement existing web-based RSS accounts. || feedreader
  • Liferea — GTK news aggregator for online news feeds and weblogs. || liferea
  • Nextcloud News — RSS/Atom feed reader for Nextcloud. || nextcloud-app-news
  • QuiteRSS — RSS/Atom feed reader written on Qt/С++. || quiterss
  • RSS Guard — Very tiny RSS and ATOM news reader developed using Qt framework. || rssguard or rssguard-nowebengine
  • selfoss — The new multipurpose RSS reader, live stream, mashup, aggregation web application. || selfossAUR
  • Tickr — GTK-based RSS Reader that displays feeds as a smooth scrolling line on your desktop, as known from TV stations. || tickrAUR || tt-rss

Podcast clients

Some media players are also able to act as podcast client: Amarok, Banshee, Cantata, Clementine, Goggles Music Manager, Rhythmbox, VLC media player. git-annex can also function as podcatcher.

See also Wikipedia:List of podcatchers.

  • castget — Simple, command-line RSS enclosure downloader, primarily intended for automatic, unattended downloading of podcasts. || castget
  • gpo — Text mode interface of gPodder. || gpodder
  • Greg — A command-line podcast aggregator. || greg-gitAUR
  • Marrie — A simple podcast client that runs on the Command Line Interface. || marrie-gitAUR
  • pcd — A minimal podcast client written in go || pcdAUR
  • CPod — Simple, beautiful podcast app. Based on the Electron platform. || cpodAUR
  • GNOME Podcasts — Podcast client for the GNOME Desktop written in Rust. || gnome-podcasts
  • gPodder — Podcast client and media aggregator (GTK interface). || gpodder
  • Vocal — Simple podcast client for the Modern Desktop (GTK). || vocal

Usenet newsreaders

Some email clients are also able to act as Usenet newsreader: Claws Mail, Evolution, NeoMutt, SeaMonkey Mail & Newsgroups, Sylpheed, Thunderbird.

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

  • nn — Alternative more user-friendly (curses-based) Usenet newsreader for UNIX. || nnAUR
  • slrn — Text-based news client. || slrnAUR
  • tin — A cross-platform threaded NNTP and spool based UseNet newsreader. || tinAUR
  • trn — A text-based Threaded Usenet newsreader. || trnAUR
  • LottaNZB — A SABnzbd (Usenet binary downloader) GUI front-end written in PyGTK (Python 2) || lottanzbAUR
  • NZBGet — Usenet binary downloader for .nzb files with web and CLI interface. || nzbget
  • Pan — GTK Usenet newsreader that's good at both text and binaries. || pan
  • SABnzbd — An open-source binary newsreader webapp written in Python. || sabnzbdAUR
  • XRN — Usenet newsreader for X Window System. || xrnAUR

Microblogging clients

See also Wikipedia:List of Twitter services and applications.

  • oysttyer — (official fork of ttytter) An interactive console text-based command-line Twitter client written in Perl. || oysttyer-gitAUR
  • Rainbowstream — A powerful and fully-featured console Twitter client written in Python. || rainbowstreamAUR
  • toot — CLI and TUI tool for interacting with Mastodon instances || tootAUR
  • turses — Twitter client for the console based off tyrs with major improvements. || turses-gitAUR
  • Birdie — Beautiful Twitter client designed for elementary OS.[dead link 2020-03-30 ⓘ] || birdie-gitAUR
  • Choqok — Microblogging client for KDE that supports,, GNU social and services. || choqok
  • Corebird — Native GTK Twitter client for the Linux desktop. || corebirdAUR[broken link: package not found]
  • Mikutter — Simple, powerful Twitter client using GTK and Ruby. || mikutterAUR
  • Polly — Linux Twitter client designed for multiple columns of multiple accounts. || pollyAUR
  • Pumpa — client written in C++ and Qt. || pumpa-gitAUR
  • Turpial — Multi-interface Twitter client written in Python. || turpial-gitAUR
  • Whalebird — Mastodon client application. Based on the Electron platform. || whalebird-binAUR

Blog engines

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

Note: Content managers, social networks, and blog publishers overlap in many functions.
  • Diaspora — A distributed privacy aware social network. || diaspora-mysqlAUR or diaspora-postgresqlAUR
  • Drupal — A PHP-based content management platform. || 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. || ghost-webAUR
  • Joomla — A php Content Management System (CMS) which enables you to build websites and powerful online applications. || joomlaAUR
  • Wordpress — Blog tool and publishing platform. || wordpress

Static site generators

  • Hexo — Fast, simple and powerful blog framework. || nodejs-hexo-cliAUR
  • Hugo — Hugo is a static HTML and CSS website generator written in Go. It is optimized for speed, ease of use, and configurability. || hugo
  • Jekyll — Static blog engine, written in Ruby, which supports Markdown, textile and other formats. || 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 maintained anymore. || nanobloggerAUR
  • Nikola — Static site generator written in Python, with incremental rebuilds and multiple markup formats. || nikola
  • Pelican — Static site generator, powered by Python. || pelican

Remote desktop

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

Remote desktop clients

  • AnyDesk — Proprietary remote desktop software. || anydesk-debianAUR
  • 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. Run with gvncviewer. || 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
  • Remote Viewer — Simple remote display client. Supports SPICE and VNC. || virt-viewer
  • TeamViewer — Proprietary remote desktop client. It uses its own proprietary protocol. || teamviewerAUR || tigervnc
  • Vinagre — Remote desktop viewer for GNOME. Supports RDP, VNC, SPICE and SSH. Part of gnome-extra. || vinagre
  • xfreerdp — FreeRDP X11 client. Run with xfreerdp. || 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
  • Xrdp — A daemon that supports RDP. It uses Xvnc, X11rdp or xorgxrdp as a backend. || xrdpAUR
  • wayvnc — VNC server for wlroots based wayland compositors (such as sway). || wayvncAUR