List of applications/Multimedia

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Image Viewers



  • fbv — framebuffer image viewer || fbv
  • fim — highly customizable and scriptable framebuffer image viewer based on fbi || fim-svnAUR


  • Eye of GNOME — An image viewing and cataloging program, which is a part of the GNOME desktop environment. || eog
  • Feh — A fast, lightweight image viewer that uses imlib2 || feh
  • GalaPix — OpenGL-based image viewer for simultaneously viewing and zooming large collection of image files || galapixAUR
  • GpicView — A simple and fast image viewer for X. Made by the developers of LXDE || gpicview
  • gThumb — An image viewer for the GNOME desktop; gThumb is an alternative to Eye of GNOME. || gthumb
  • GQview — An image browser that features single click access to view images and move around the directory tree || gqview
  • Geeqie — An image browser/viewer fork of GQview. Adds additional functionality such as support for RAW files || geeqie
  • gimmage — A gtkmm image viewer || gimmage
  • Gwenview — A fast and easy to use image viewer for KDE || kdegraphics-gwenview
  • Mirage — PyGTK image viewer featuring support for crop and resize, custom actions and a thumbnail panel || mirage
  • Picasa — Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website, maintained by Google. || picasaAUR
  • Quick Image Viewer — A very small and fast gdk/Imlib image viewer || qiv
  • Ristretto — A fast and lightweight picture-viewer for the Xfce desktop environment || ristretto
  • sxiv — Simple X Image Viewer; works well with tiling window managers, uses imlib2 || sxiv
  • Viewnior — Minimalistic GTK2 viewer featuring support for flip, rotate, animations and configurable mouse actions || viewnior
  • Xloadimage — The classic X image viewer || xloadimage
  • XnViewMP — An efficient image viewer, browser and converter || xnviewmpAUR
  • XV — XV is a shareware program written by John Bradley to display and modify digital images under the X Window System. || xv

Graphics and Image Manipulation

Raster editors


  • GIMP — GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Started in the mid 1990s, it is a image editing suite in a similar vein to proprietary editors like Adobe Photoshop. Arch Linux has a large number of plugins and additional tools for GIMP in its repositories. To search for them you can type
pacman -Ss gimp
There are also a large number of packages in the Arch User Repository. You may also be interested in reading CMYK support in The GIMP || gimp
  • KolourPaint — free, raster graphics editor for the KDE, similar to Microsoft's Paint application before Windows 7, but has some additional features such as support for transparency || kdegraphics-kolourpaint
  • mtPaint — graphic editing program geared towards creating indexed palette images and pixel art || mtpaint
  • darktable — A photography workflow and RAW development application || darktable
  • Luminance HDR — An open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging. || luminancehdr
  • MyPaint — free software graphics application for digital painters || mypaint
  • Krita — digital painting and illustration software included based on the KDE platform and Calligra libraries || calligra-krita
  • Nathive — "the usable image editor", a GNOME-based image editing application with a focus on usability and a smooth learning curve. || nathiveAUR
  • ImageMagick — command line image manipulation program. It is known for its accurate format conversions with support for over 100 formats. Its API enables it to be scripted and it is used as a back end processor - for example to create MediaWiki thumbnail images || imagemagick
  • GraphicsMagick — 2002 fork of ImageMagick designed to have API and command line stability. It also supports multi-CPU for enhanced performance and thus is used by some large commercial sites (Flickr, etsy) for its performance || graphicsmagick
  • Shotwell — image organizer with a small set of image manipulation features, for example rotate, crop, color adjust, and red eye removal. It can import photos directly from digital cameras and export them to social media sites || shotwell
  • digiKam — KDE based image/photo organizer with built in editing features via a plugin architecture. digiKam asserts it is more full featured than similar applications with a larger set of image manipulation features including RAW image import and manipulation || digikam
  • Pinta — A drawing/editing program modeled after Paint.NET. It's goal is to provide a simplified alternative to GIMP for casual users || pintaAUR
  • Gpaint — Paintbrush clone for GNOME. || gpaintAUR
  • xpaint — A color image editing tool which features most standard paint program options. || xpaintAUR
  • Bibble Pro — A digital imaging program designed to assist photographers in post-production work and efficient optimization of images created in the Raw image format. || bibbleproAUR

Vector Graphics - Illustration


  • Inkscape — vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. It's developers also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development. || inkscape || xaralxAUR
  • Dia — GTK+ based diagram creation program || dia

3D Modeling/Rendering


  • Blender — A fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite capable of 3D modeling, texturing, and animation, among other things. There are a number of additional patches and tools for blender the the AUR.
See also: || blender || aoiAUR
  • POV-Ray — Script based raytracer for creating 3D graphics || povray
  • Wings 3D — Advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use || wings3dAUR

Vector graphics - CAD

  • QCaD — powerful 2D CAD application that began in 1999. QCaD includes DFX standard file format and supports HPGL format || qcad

Graphics utilities (helper apps)

Screen Capture

  • KSnapshotKDE application for taking screenshots. It is capable of capturing images of the whole desktop, a single window, a section of a window, a selected rectangular region or a freehand region. The images can then be saved in a variety of formats. || kdegraphics-ksnapshot
  • Scrot — A simple command-line screenshot utility for X || scrot
  • xfce4-screenshooter — Screenshot application for the Xfce desktop. A plugin for the Xfce panel is also available || xfce4-screenshooter



Screencast utilities allow you to create a video of your desktop or individual windows.

  • RecordMyDesktop — easy to use utility that records your desktop to ogg/theora. GTK and Qt frontends are avaiable || recordmydesktop
  • glc — can capture the sound and video of OpenGL applications, such as games, where regular X11 screencast tools produce choppy results || glcAUR

Audio systems



Audio players


Music player daemon and clients || mpd

Command line players

  • Herrie — A minimalistic console-based music player with native AudioScrobbler support || herrieAUR
  • 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 || mpg123
  • cmus — A very feature-rich ncurses-based music player || cmus
  • cplay — A curses front-end for various audio players || cplayAUR
  • Moc — A ncurses console audio player with support for the MP3, Ogg, and WAV formats || moc
  • PyTone — An advanced music jukebox with a console interface || pytoneAUR
  • pianobar — Console-based frontend for Pandora || pianobarAUR
  • shell-fm — A console based player for the streams provided by Last.FM || shell-fm

GUI players

  • Amarok — mature Qt-based player known for its plethora of features || amarok
  • aTunes — audio-player written in Java || atunesAUR || audacious
  • BansheeiTunes clone, built with GTK2 and Mono, feature-rich and more actively developed || banshee || clementine
  • 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 || deadbeef
  • Exaile — GTK2 clone of Amarok || exaileAUR
  • 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. Uses the Fox Toolkit. || gogglesmm
  • Rhythmbox — GTK2 clone of iTunes, used by default in GNOME || rhythmbox
  • Potamus — A lightweight, intuitive GTK+ audio player with an emphasis on high audio quality || potamusAUR
  • Pragha — A GTK+ music manager that was a fork of Consonance Music Manager || pragha
  • XMMS — A skinnable GTK+1 standalone media player similar to winamp || xmms
  • Qmmp — Qt-based Multimedia Player. The user interface is similar to winamp or xmms || qmmp
  • Guayadeque — full featured media player that can easily manage large collections and uses the Gstreamer media framework || guayadequeAUR
  • Quod Libet — audio player written with pygtk and gstreamer || quodlibet
  • Nightingale (Songbird for Linux) — open source clone of iTunes that uses Mozilla technologies as well as Gstreamer and is being developed by the team that made WinAMP || nightingale-gitAUR
  • Spotify — A proprietary music streaming service. Supports local playback and streaming from Spotify's vast library (requires a free account) || spotifyAUR
  • gmusicbrowser — An open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ogg/flac files, written in perl || gmusicbrowser-gitAUR
  • Cuberok — A music player and collection manager with a lightweight interface. || cuberokAUR

Ripping from CD

  • abcde — Comprehensive command line tool for ripping audio CDs || abcde
  • sound-juicer — A CD ripper for GNOME || sound-juicer
  • kaudiocreator — A program for ripping and encoding Audio-CDs, encoding files from disk
kaudiocreator || not packaged? search in AUR


  • ProjectM — A music visualizer which uses 3D accelerated iterative image based rendering. || projectm

Sound editing

  • Ardour — A multichannel hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation. || ardour
  • Audacity — A program that lets you manipulate digital audio waveforms. || audacity
  • KWave — A sound editor for KDE. || kwaveAUR
  • Tagtool — Tool to edit tags in MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files. || tagtoolAUR
  • Easytag — Utility for viewing, editing and writing ID3 tags of your MP3 files. || easytag
  • XCFA — X Convert File Audio. || xcfaAUR

E-book applications

  • FBReader — E-book viewer. Supported formats include EPUB, FictionBook, HTML, plucker, PalmDoc, zTxt, TCR, CHM, RTF, OEB, non-DRM'ed mobipocket (mobi), and plain-text. || fbreader
  • CoolReader — E-book viewer. Supported formats include epub (non-DRM), fb2, txt, rtf, html, chm and tcr. || coolreaderAUR
  • Calibre — E-book library management application. Supported formats include CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, EPUB, FB2, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ. || calibre


  • moto4lin — A file manager and seem editor for Motorola P2K phones (like C380/C650) || moto4linAUR

Video Players



  • MPlayer — Support a complete and versatile array of video/audio formats || mplayer
  • mplayer2 — mplayer2 is a fork of the original MPlayer project. It contains significant further development and supports a number of features not available in other Unix players || mplayer2


  • Dragon Player — A simple video player for KDE 4 developed by Ian Monroe. || kdemultimedia-dragonplayer
  • GNOME-MPlayer — A simple GTK-based GUI for MPlayer || gnome-mplayer
  • Parole — A modern media player based on the GStreamer framework || parole
  • SMPlayer — A middleweight QT front-end for MPlayer with additional patches || smplayer
  • VLC media player — A middleweight video player with support for a wide variety of audio and video formats || vlc
  • Whaaw! Media Player — A lightweight Gstreamer-based audio/video player that can serve as a good alternative to Totem for those who do not like all of those GNOME dependencies. || whaawmpAUR
  • Xnoise — A GTK+ media player for both audio and video with "a slick GUI, great speed and lots of features.". Uses GStreamer. || xnoiseAUR

Video Editors



  • avidemux — graphical tool to edit video (filter/re-encode/split) || avidemux-cli


  • Kino — non-linear digital video editor || kino
  • Open Shot — non-linear video editor based on MLT framework || openshot
  • Kdenlive — non-linear video editor "designed for basic to semi-professional work" || kdenlive
  • CinelerraCV — professional video editing and compositing environment || cinelerra-cv
  • PiTiVi — Video editor with design goal of ease of use. || pitivi
  • LiVES — Video editor and VJ (live performance) platform || livesAUR
  • Open Movie Editor — "designed for basic movie making capabilities" || openmovieeditorAUR

Collection managers

  • GCStar — A collection manager using GTK. || gcstar
  • Tellico — A collection manager for KDE. || tellico