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* {{App|hwinfo|Powerful hardware detection tool come from openSUSE.|https://github.com/openSUSE/hwinfo|{{pkg|hwinfo}}}}
* {{App|hwinfo|Powerful hardware detection tool come from openSUSE.|https://github.com/openSUSE/hwinfo|{{pkg|hwinfo}}}}
* {{App|inxi|A script to get system information.|https://code.google.com/p/inxi|{{pkg|inxi}}}}
* {{App|inxi|A script to get system information.|https://code.google.com/p/inxi|{{pkg|inxi}}}}
* {{App|neofetch|A fast, highly customizable system info script that supports displaying images with w3m.|https://github.com/dylanaraps/neofetch|{{AUR|neofetch}}, {{AUR|neofetch-git}}}}
* {{App|screenfetch|Similar to archey but has an option to take a screenshot. Written in bash.|https://github.com/KittyKatt/screenFetch|{{Pkg|screenfetch}}}}
* {{App|screenfetch|Similar to archey but has an option to take a screenshot. Written in bash.|https://github.com/KittyKatt/screenFetch|{{Pkg|screenfetch}}}}
* {{App|neofetch|A fast, highly customizable system info script that supports displaying images with w3m.|https://github.com/dylanaraps/neofetch|{{AUR|neofetch-git}}}}
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Partitioning tools

See Partitioning#Partitioning tools.

Mount tools

  • 9mount — Mount 9p filesystems.
http://sqweek.net/code/9mount/ || 9mountAUR
  • cryptmount — Mount an encrypted file system as a regular user.
http://cryptmount.sourceforge.net/ || cryptmountAUR
  • ldm — A lightweight daemon that mounts drives automagically using udev
https://github.com/LemonBoy/ldm || ldmAUR
  • pmount — Mount source as a regular user to an automatically created destination /media/source_name.
http://pmount.alioth.debian.org/ || pmountAUR
  • pmount-safe-removal — Mount removable devices as regular user with safe removal
http://mywaytoarch.tumblr.com/post/13111098534/pmount-safe-removal-of-usb-device || pmount-safe-removalAUR
  • udevil — Mounts removable devices as a regular user, show device info, and monitor device changes. Only depends on udev and glib.
http://ignorantguru.github.io/udevil || udevil
  • ws — Mount Windows network shares (CIFS and VFS).
http://winshares.sourceforge.net/ || wsAUR


  • bashmount — A bash script to mount and manage removable media as a regular user with udisks.
https://github.com/jamielinux/bashmount || bashmountAUR
  • udiskie — Automatic disk mounting service using udisks
https://pypi.python.org/pypi/udiskie || udiskie
  • udisks_functions — Bash functions and aliases for udisks2
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=109307 || udisks_functionsAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • udisksvm — GUI udisks wrapper for removable media
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=112397 || udisksvmAUR

Basic shell commands

  • Core utilities — The basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system
http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils || coreutils

Integrated development environments

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of integrated development environments.

  • Anjuta — Versatile IDE with project management, an application wizard, an interactive debugger, a source editor, version control support and many more tools.
http://www.anjuta.org/ || anjuta
  • Aptana Studio — IDE based on Eclipse, but geared towards web development, with support for HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Adobe AIR and others.
http://www.aptana.com/ || aptana-studioAUR
  • Bluefish — GTK+ editor/IDE with an MDI interface, syntax highlighting and support for Python plugins.
http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/ || bluefish
  • Bluej — Fully featured Java IDE used mainly for educational and beginner purposes.
http://bluej.org/ || bluejAUR
  • Brackets — A free open-source editor written in HTML, CSS, and Javascript with a primary focus on Web Development. It was created by Adobe Systems, licensed under the MIT License, and is currently maintained on GitHub.
http://brackets.io/ || bracketsAUR
  • Builder — General purpose IDE for GNOME.
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Builder || gnome-builder
http://www.codeblocks.org/ || codeblocks
  • Cloud9 — State-of-the-art IDE that runs in your browser and lives in the cloud, allowing you to run, debug and deploy applications from anywhere, anytime.
https://c9.io/ || c9.coreAUR
  • Eclipse — Open source community project, which aims to provide a universal development platform.
http://eclipse.org/ || eclipse-java, eclipse-cpp, eclipse-php
  • Editra — Multi-platform text editor with an implementation that focuses on creating an easy to use interface and features that aid in code development.
http://www.editra.org || editra-svnAUR
  • Eric — Full-featured Python and Ruby IDE in PyQt5.
http://eric-ide.python-projects.org/ || eric
  • Gambas — Free development environment based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions.
http://gambas.sourceforge.net/en/main.html || gambas3-ide
  • Geany — Text editor using the GTK+ toolkit with basic features of an integrated development environment.
https://geany.org || geany
  • IEP — Cross-platform Python IDE focused on interactivity and introspection, which makes it very suitable for scientific computing.
http://iep-project.org/ || iepAUR
  • IntelliJ IDEA — IDE for Java, Groovy and other programming languages with advanced refactoring features.
http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/ || intellij-idea-community-edition
  • KDevelop — Feature-full, plugin extensible IDE for C/C++ and other programming languages.
http://kdevelop.org/ || kdevelop
http://www.activestate.com/komodo-edit || komodo-editAUR
  • Lazarus — Cross-platform IDE for Object Pascal.
http://lazarus.freepascal.org/ || lazarus
  • LiteIDE — A simple, open source, cross-platform Go IDE.
https://github.com/visualfc/liteide || liteide
  • MonkeyStudio — Monkey Studio (MkS) is a cross platform IDE written in C++/Qt 4. Syntax highlighting for more than 22 programming languages.
http://monkeystudio.org/ || monkeystudioAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • MonoDevelop — Cross-platform IDE targeted for the Mono and .NET frameworks.
http://monodevelop.com/ || monodevelop
  • MPLAB — IDE for Microchip PIC and dsPIC development
http://www.microchip.com/mplabx || microchip-mplabx-binAUR
  • Netbeans — Integrated development environment (IDE) for developing with Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Groovy, C, C++, Scala, Clojure, and other languages.
http://netbeans.org/ || netbeans
  • Ninja-IDE — from the recursive acronym: "Ninja-IDE Is Not Just Another IDE", is a cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE); runs on Linux/X11, Mac OS X and Windows OSs. Used, for example, for Python development
http://ninja-ide.org/ || ninja-ide
  • PHPStorm — JetBrains PhpStorm is a commercial, cross-platform IDE for PHP built on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA platform, providing an editor for PHP, HTML and JavaScript with on-the-fly code analysis, error prevention and automated refactorings for PHP and JavaScript code.
https://www.jetbrains.com/phpstorm/ || phpstormAUR phpstorm-eapAUR
  • PyCharm — IDE used for programming in Python with support for code analysis, debugging, unit testing, version control and web development with Django.
http://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ || pycharm-communityAUR
  • QDevelop — Free and cross-platform IDE for Qt.
http://biord-software.org/qdevelop/ || qdevelop-svnAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Qt Creator — Lightweight, cross-platform C++ integrated development environment with a focus on Qt.
http://qt-project.org/downloads#qt-creator || qtcreator
  • Scratch — A multimedia authoring tool for educational and entertainment purposes, such as creating interactive projects and simple sprite-based games. It is used primarly by unskilled users (such as children) as an entry to event-driven programming. Scratch is free software under GPL v2 and Scratch Source Code License.
http://scratch.mit.edu || scratch scratch2AUR
  • Spyder — Scientific PYthon Development EnviRonment providing MATLAB-like features.
https://github.com/spyder-ide/spyder || spyder

Build automation

See also Wikipedia:List of build automation software.

  • Apache Ant — Java library and command-line tool whose mission is to drive processes described in build files as targets and extension points dependent upon each other.
http://ant.apache.org/ || apache-ant
  • Apache Maven — Software project management and comprehension tool.
http://maven.apache.org/ || maven
  • Gradle — Powerful build system for the JVM.
https://gradle.org/ || gradle
  • Phing — PHP program designed to automate tasks of all kinds.
https://www.phing.info/ || phingAUR

Terminal emulators

See also Wikipedia:List of terminal emulators.

Power users use terminal emulators quite often, so unsurprisingly lots of X11 terminal emulators exist. Most of them emulate Xterm that emulates VT102, which emulates typewriter, so you will have to read the Wikipedia article and other sources to get a hold on these things.

  • aterm — Xterm replacement with transparency support. It has been deprecated in favour of urxvt since 2008.
http://aterm.sourceforge.net/ || atermAUR
  • Eterm — Terminal emulator intended as a replacement for xterm and designed for the Enlightenment desktop.
http://eterm.org || etermAUR
  • Final Term — A new breed of terminal emulator. Project is dead.
http://finalterm.org/ || finalterm-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Gate One — Web-based terminal emulator and SSH client.
https://github.com/liftoff/GateOne || gateone-gitAUR
  • Konsole — Terminal emulator included in the KDE desktop.
http://kde.org/applications/system/konsole/ || konsole
  • mlterm — A multi-lingual terminal emulator supporting various character sets and encodings in the world.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mlterm/ || mltermAUR
  • Mrxvt — Tabbed X terminal emulator based on rxvt.
http://materm.sourceforge.net/wiki/pmwiki.php || mrxvtAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • QTerminal — A lightweight Qt-based terminal emulator.
https://github.com/qterminal/qterminal || qterminal-gitAUR
  • rxvt — Popular replacement for the xterm.
http://rxvt.sourceforge.net/ || rxvt
  • shellinabox — A web-based SSH Terminal
https://github.com/shellinabox/shellinabox || shellinabox-gitAUR
  • st — Simple terminal implementation for X.
http://st.suckless.org || st
  • Terminal — A terminal emulator, that supports multiple windows, scroll buffer and all the expected features. A part of GNUstep.
http://gap.nongnu.org/terminal/index.html || gnustep-terminalAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • terminator — Terminal emulator supporting multiple resizable terminal panels.
http://gnometerminator.blogspot.it/ || terminator
  • Terminology — Terminal emulator by the Enlightenment project team with innovative features: file thumbnails and media play like a media player.
http://enlightenment.org/p.php?p=about/terminology || terminology
  • Tilda — Terminal inspired by many classic terminals from first person shooter games such as Quake, Doom and Half-Life.
https://github.com/lanoxx/tilda/ || tilda
  • urxvt — Highly extendable (with Perl) unicode enabled rxvt-clone terminal emulator featuring tabbing, url launching, a Quake style drop-down mode and pseudo-transparency.
http://software.schmorp.de/pkg/rxvt-unicode.html || rxvt-unicode
  • xterm — Simple terminal emulator for the X Window System. It provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible terminals for programs that can't use the window system directly.
http://invisible-island.net/xterm/ || xterm
  • Yakuake — Drop-down terminal (Quake style) emulator based on Konsole.
http://yakuake.kde.org/ || yakuake


VTE (Virtual Terminal Emulator) is a widget developed during early GNOME days for use in the GNOME Terminal. It has since given birth to many terminals with similar capabilities.

  • evilvte — Very lightweight and highly customizable terminal emulator with support for tabs, auto-hiding and different encodings.
http://calno.com/evilvte/ || evilvteAUR
  • Germinal — Minimalist terminal emulator which provides a borderless maximized terminal, attached to a tmux session by default, hence providing tabs and panels.
http://www.imagination-land.org/tags/germinal.html || germinalAUR
  • GNOME Terminal — A terminal emulator included in the GNOME desktop with support for Unicode and pseudo-transparency.
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Terminal || gnome-terminal
  • Guake — Drop-down terminal for the GNOME desktop.
http://guake-project.org/ || guake
  • Terra — is a GTK+3.0 based terminal emulator with useful user interface, it also supports multiple terminals with splitting screen horizontally or vertically -- (similar to guake).
https://github.com/ozcanesen/terra-terminal || terraAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • LilyTerm — Very light and easy to use X Terminal Emulator
http://lilyterm.luna.com.tw/ || lilyterm
  • LXTerminal — Desktop independent terminal emulator for LXDE.
http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXTerminal || lxterminal
http://www.mate-desktop.org/ || mate-terminal
  • Pantheon Terminal — A super lightweight, beautiful, and simple terminal emulator. It's designed to be setup with sane defaults and little to no configuration.
https://launchpad.net/pantheon-terminal || pantheon-terminal
  • ROXTerm — Tabbed terminal emulator with a small footprint.
http://roxterm.sourceforge.net/ || roxterm
  • sakura — Terminal emulator based on GTK+ and VTE.
http://www.pleyades.net/david/projects/sakura || sakura
  • Stjerm — GTK+-based drop-down terminal emulator that provides a minimalistic interface combined with a small file size, lightweight memory usage and easy integration with composite window managers such as Compiz.
https://code.google.com/p/stjerm-terminal-emulator/ || stjerm-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Terminal — Terminal emulator included in the Xfce desktop with support for a colorized prompt and a tabbed interface.
http://docs.xfce.org/apps/terminal/start || xfce4-terminal
  • Terminix — A tiling terminal emulator for Linux using GTK+ 3
https://github.com/gnunn1/terminix || terminixAUR, terminix-gitAUR
  • Termit — Simple terminal emulator based on the vte library that includes tabs, bookmarks, and the ability to switch encodings.
https://wiki.github.com/nonstop/termit/ || termitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Termite — A keyboard-centric VTE-based terminal, aimed at use within a window manager with tiling and/or tabbing support.
https://github.com/thestinger/termite || termite
  • tinyterm — Very lightweight terminal emulator based on VTE.
https://github.com/lahwaacz/tinyterm || tinyterm-gitAUR


The following terminal emulators are based on the kernel mode setting that could be invoked without X.

  • KMSCON — A KMS/DRM-based system console(getty) with an integrated terminal emulator for Linux operating systems.
https://github.com/dvdhrm/kmscon || kmscon


In GNU/Linux world, the framebuffer could be refered to a virtual device in the Linux kernel (fbdev) or the virtual framebuffer system for X (xvfb). This section mainly lists the terminal emulators that based on the in-kernel virtual device, i.e. fbdev.

  • fbterm — A fast framebuffer-based terminal emulator with many amazing features. Development stopped.
http://code.google.com/p/fbterm/ || fbterm
  • yaft — A simple terminal emulator for living without X, with UCS2 glyphs, wallpaper and 256color support.
https://github.com/uobikiemukot/yaft || yaftAUR


File managers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file managers.

  • Clex — File manager with full-screen user interface
http://www.clex.sk/ || clexAUR
http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/emacs/Dired.html || emacs
  • dired — Ancient DIRectory EDitor since 1980.
http://fossies.org/linux/misc/old/ || diredAUR
http://www.midnight-commander.org || mc
  • nffm — "Nothing Fancy File Manager", a mouseless ncurses file manager written in C.
https://github.com/mariostg/nffm || nffm-gitAUR
  • Pilot — File manager that comes with the Alpine email client.
http://patches.freeiz.com/alpine/ || alpineAUR
  • Ranger — Console-based file manager with vi bindings, customizability, and lots of features.
http://nongnu.org/ranger || ranger
  • Vifm — Ncurses-based two-panel file manager with vi-like keybindings.
http://vifm.info || vifm
  • Andromeda — Qt-based cross-platform file manager.
https://github.com/ABBAPOH/Andromeda/ || andromedaAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Caja — The file manager for the MATE desktop.
https://github.com/mate-desktop/caja || caja
  • Dino — Easy to use and powerful file manager built in Qt.
http://dfm.sourceforge.net/ || dino-dfmAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Dolphin — File manager included in the KDE4 desktop.
http://dolphin.kde.org/ || dolphin
  • Double Commander — File manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.
http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net// || doublecmd-gtk2 doublecmd-qt
  • emelFM2 — File manager that implements the popular two-panel design.
http://emelfm2.net/ || emelfm2
  • Gentoo — A lightweight file manager for GTK.
http://www.obsession.se/gentoo/ || gentooAUR
http://gcmd.github.io/ || gnome-commander
  • GNOME Files — Extensible, heavyweight file manager used by default in GNOME with support for custom scripts.
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Nautilus || nautilus
  • Konqueror — File manager and web browser for the KDE desktop.
http://www.konqueror.org/ || kdebase-konqueror
  • Krusader — Advanced twin panel (Midnight Commander style) file manager for the KDE desktop.
http://www.krusader.org/ || krusader
  • muCommander — A lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface written in Java.
http://www.mucommander.com/ || mucommanderAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Nemo — Nemo is the file manager of the Cinnamon desktop. A good alternative to Nautilus.
http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/ || nemo
  • PathFinder — File browser that comes with the FOX toolkit.
http://fox-toolkit.org/ || fox
  • PCManFM — Lightweight file manager which features tabbed and dual pane browsing; also it can optionally manage the desktop icons and background.
http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCManFM || pcmanfm
  • QtFileMan — File manager similar to PCManFM from LXDE.
http://gitorious.org/qtfileman || qtfileman-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • qtFM — Small, lightweight filemanager for Linux desktops based on pure Qt.
http://www.qtfm.org/ || qtfm
  • ROX — Small and fast file manager which can optionally manage the desktop background and panels.
http://rox.sourceforge.net || rox
  • SpaceFM — GTK+ multi-panel tabbed file manager.
http://ignorantguru.github.com/spacefm/ || spacefm
  • Sunflower — Small and highly customizable twin-panel file manager for Linux with support for plugins.
http://sunflower-fm.org/ || sunflowerAUR
  • Thunar — File manager that can be run as a daemon with excellent start up and directory load times.
http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/thunar/start || thunar
  • Tux Commander — Windowed file manager with two panels side by side similar to popular Total Commander or Midnight Commander file managers.
http://tuxcmd.sourceforge.net/description.php || tuxcmd
  • Worker — Fast, lightweight and feature-rich file manager for the X Window System.
http://www.boomerangsworld.de/worker/ || workerAUR
  • Xfe — Microsoft Explorer-like file manager for X (X File Explorer).
http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/ || xfe

Desktop search engines

See also Wikipedia:List of search engines#Desktop search engines.

  • Baloo — KDE's file indexing and search solution
https://community.kde.org/Baloo || baloo
  • Catfish — Versatile file searching tool
https://launchpad.net/catfish-search || catfish
  • Docfetcher — A java open source desktop search application
http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net || docfetcherAUR
  • Gnome Search Tool — Default Gnome utility to search for files
http://gnome.org || gnome-search-tool
  • Gnome Search Tool No Nautilusgnome-search-tool to search for files without GNOME Files or gnome-desktop
|| gnome-search-tool-no-nautilusAUR
  • Pinot — Personal search and metasearch tool
http://code.google.com/p/pinot-search/ || pinot
  • Recoll — Full text search tool based on Xapian backend
http://www.lesbonscomptes.com/recoll/ || recoll
  • Searchmonkey — A powerful GUI search utility for matching regex patterns
http://searchmonkey.sourceforge.net/ || searchmonkeyAUR
  • Strigi — Fast crawling desktop search engine with a Qt GUI.
http://strigi.sourceforge.net/ || strigi
  • Tracker — All-in-one indexer, search tool and metadata database.
https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/Tracker || tracker

Archiving and compression tools

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file archivers.

  • atool — Script for managing file archives of various types.
http://www.nongnu.org/atool/ || atool
  • arj — An archiver that formerly used on DOS/Windows in mid-1990s. This is an open source clone.
http://arj.sourceforge.net/ || arj
  • cpio — GNU tool supporting cpio and tar file archive formats.
http://www.gnu.org/software/cpio || cpio
  • dar — An archiving and compression utility avoiding the drawbacks of tar
DAR - Disk ARchive || darAUR
  • lha — Archiver to create LH-7 format archives. 32-bit only (require multilib on x86_64).
http://www.infor.kanazawa-it.ac.jp/~ishii/lhaunix || lhaAUR
  • lrzip — Multi-threaded compressor using the rzip/lzma, lzo, and zpaq algorithms.
http://lrzip.kolivas.org/ || lrzip
  • lz4 — A file compressor using lz4 - An extremely fast compression algorithm.
https://code.google.com/p/lz4/ || lz4
  • lzop — Fast file compressor using lzo lib.
http://www.lzop.org/ || lzop
  • p7zip — Port of 7-Zip for POSIX systems, including Linux. The commandline tool is called 7z.
http://p7zip.sourceforge.net/ || p7zip
  • pixz — A multi-threaded and indexed compressor that avoiding the drawbacks of xz.
https://github.com/vasi/pixz || pixz
  • tar — GNU utility for manipulating the ubiquitous tar archives (tarballs).
http://www.gnu.org/software/tar || tar
  • zpaq — A high compression ratio archiver written in C++. Powered by Context-Model, LZ77 and BWT algorithm.
http://mattmahoney.net/dc/zpaq.html || zpaqAUR
  • zopfli — High compress ratio file compressor from Google, using a deflate-compatible algorithm called zopfli.
https://code.google.com/p/zopfli || zopfli-gitAUR
  • zoo — Rarely used archiver that was mostly used in VMS world before PKZIP became popular.
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/usenet/ftp.uu.net/comp.sources.unix/volume11/zoo/ || zooAUR
  • Ark — Archiving tool included in the KDE desktop.
http://kde.org/applications/utilities/ark/ || ark
  • Engrampa — Archive manager for MATE
https://github.com/mate-desktop/engrampa || engrampa
  • File Roller — Archive manager included in the GNOME desktop.
http://fileroller.sourceforge.net/ || file-roller
  • FreeArc — General-purpose archiver written in haskell, comes with a GTK2 gui. Currently only available on 32-bit platform. (Requires multilib on x86_64)
http://encode.ru/threads/43-FreeArc/ || freearcAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • PeaZip — Open source file and archive manager.
http://www.peazip.org/peazip-linux.html || peazip-gtk2AUR peazip-qtAUR
  • Squeeze — Featherweight front-end for commandline archiving tools.
http://squeeze.xfce.org/ || squeeze-gitAUR
  • Xarchive — Generic GTK2 front-end that uses external wrappers around commandline archiving tools.
http://xarchive.sourceforge.net/ || xarchiveAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Xarchiver — Lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with GTK+.
http://xarchiver.sourceforge.net/ || xarchiver

Comparison, diff, merge

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Notes: There's only a list of tools, and it must be in List of applications (Discuss in Talk:List of applications/Utilities#)

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file comparison tools.

  • Beyond Compare — A graphical tool for comparing files and folders, and generating reports.
http://www.scootersoftware.com/ || beyond-compareAUR
  • colordiff — A Perl script wrapper for 'diff' that produces the same output but with pretty 'syntax' highlighting.
http://www.colordiff.org/ || colordiff
  • Diffuse — Small and simple text merge tool written in Python.
http://diffuse.sourceforge.net/ || diffuse
  • KDiff3 — File and directory diff and merge tool for the KDE desktop.
http://kdiff3.sourceforge.net/ || kdiff3
  • Kompare — GUI front-end program for viewing and merging differences between source files. It supports a variety of diff formats and provides many options to customize the information level displayed.
http://www.caffeinated.me.uk/kompare/ || kompare
  • Meld — Visual diff and merge tool that can compare files, directories, and version controlled projects.
http://meldmerge.org/ || meld
  • xxdiff — A graphical browser for file and directory differences.
http://furius.ca/xxdiff/ || xxdiffAUR

Vim and Emacs provide merge functionality with vimdiff and ediff.

Batch renamers

  • GPRename — GTK+ batch renamer for files and directories.
http://gprename.sourceforge.net || gprename
  • KRename — Very powerful batch file renamer for the KDE desktop.
http://www.krename.net || krename
  • metamorphose2 — wxPython based batch renamer with support for regular expressions, renaming multimedia files according to their metadata, etc.
http://file-folder-ren.sourceforge.net || metamorphose2AUR
  • pyRenamer — Application for the mass renaming of files.
http://www.infinicode.org/code/pyrenamer/ || pyrenamerAUR
  • rename.pl — Batch renamer based on perl regex.
http://search.cpan.org/~pederst/rename/bin/rename.PL || perl-rename

Disk cleaning

  • BleachBit — It frees disk space and guards your privacy; frees cache, deletes cookies, clears Internet history, shreds temporary files, deletes logs, and discards junk you didn't know was there.
http://bleachbit.sourceforge.net/ || bleachbit
  • gconf-cleaner — cleans up the unknown/invalid gconf keys that still sitting down on your gconf database
https://code.google.com/p/gconf-cleaner/ || gconf-cleanerAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Disk usage display

http://www.marzocca.net/linux/baobab || baobab
  • Filelight — Disk usage analyzer that creates an interactive map of concentric, segmented rings that help visualise disk usage on your computer.
http://methylblue.com/filelight/ || filelight
  • GdMap — Disk usage analyzer that draws a map of rectangles sized according to file or dir sizes.
http://gdmap.sourceforge.net/ || gdmap
  • gt5 — Diff-capable "du-browser".
http://gt5.sourceforge.net || gt5AUR
  • ncdu — Simple ncurses disk usage analyzer.
http://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu || ncdu

Clock synchronization

  • NTPd — Network Time Protocol reference implementation.
http://support.ntp.org/bin/view/Main/WebHome#The_NTP_Project || ntp
  • Chrony — Lightweight NTP client and server.
http://chrony.tuxfamily.org/ || chrony
  • OpenNTPD — Free, easy to use implementation of the Network Time Protocol.
http://www.openntpd.org/ || openntpd

System monitoring

See also Category:Status monitoring and notification.

  • adesklet SystemMonitor — Collection of modular stackable system monitors for adesklets.
http://adesklets.sourceforge.net/desklets.html || adesklet-systemmonitorAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • candybar — WebKit-based status line for tiling window managers.
https://github.com/Lokaltog/candybar || candybar-gitAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • Conky — Lightweight, scriptable system monitor.
https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky || conky
  • Collectd — A simple, extensible system monitoring daemon based on rrdtool. It has a small footprint and can be set up either stand-alone or as a server/client application.
https://collectd.org/ || collectd
  • dstat — Versatile resource statistics tool.
http://dag.wieers.com/home-made/dstat/ || dstat
  • GKrellM — Simple, flexible system monitor package for GTK+ with many plug-ins.
http://members.dslextreme.com/users/billw/gkrellm/gkrellm.html || gkrellm
  • gnome-system-monitor — A system monitor for GNOME.
https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-system-monitor/ || gnome-system-monitor gnome-system-monitor-gtk2AUR
  • htop — Simple, ncurses interactive process viewer.
http://htop.sourceforge.net/ || htop
  • KSysGuard — Also known as KSysguard, is the KDE task manager and performance monitor.
http://userbase.kde.org/KSysGuard || ksysguard or as part of kdebase-workspaceAUR
  • linux process explorer — Graphical process explorer for Linux.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/procexp/ || procexpAUR
  • LXTask — Lightweight task manager for LXDE.
http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXTask || lxtask
  • mate-system-monitor — A GTK2 system monitor for MATE.
https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-system-monitor || mate-system-monitor
  • Task Manager — GTK2 process mangement application for Xfce.
http://goodies.xfce.org/projects/applications/xfce4-taskmanager || xfce4-taskmanager
  • Paramano — A light battery monitor and a CPU frequency scaler. Forked from trayfreq
http://batchbin.ueuo.com/projects/trayfreq-archlinux/ || paramanoAUR
  • Sysstat — A collection of resource monitoring tools: iostat, isag, mpstat, pidstat, sadf, sar.
http://pagesperso-orange.fr/sebastien.godard/ || sysstat

System information viewers


  • alsi — A system information tool for Arch Linux. It can be configured for every other system without even touching the source code of the script.
http://trizenx.blogspot.ro/2012/08/alsi.html || alsiAUR
  • archey2 — Simple python script that displays the arch logo and some basic information. Python 2.x version.
https://github.com/djmelik/archey || archey2AUR
  • archey3-git — Python script to display system infomation alongside the Arch Linux logo.
http://www.generictestdomain.net/archey3/ || archey3-gitAUR
  • dmidecode — It reports information about your system's hardware as described in your system BIOS according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard.
http://www.nongnu.org/dmidecode/ || dmidecode|
  • hwdetect — Simple script to list modules that are exported by /sys, a part of archboot.
https://projects.archlinux.org/ || hwdetect
  • hwinfo — Powerful hardware detection tool come from openSUSE.
https://github.com/openSUSE/hwinfo || hwinfo
  • inxi — A script to get system information.
https://code.google.com/p/inxi || inxi
  • neofetch — A fast, highly customizable system info script that supports displaying images with w3m.
https://github.com/dylanaraps/neofetch || neofetchAUR, neofetch-gitAUR
  • screenfetch — Similar to archey but has an option to take a screenshot. Written in bash.
https://github.com/KittyKatt/screenFetch || screenfetch


  • CPU-G — An application that shows useful information about your hardware, it looks like CPU-Z in Windows.
http://cpug.sourceforge.net/ || cpu-gAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • hardinfo — A small application that displays information about your hardware and operating system, it looks like the Device Manager in Windows.
http://hardinfo.berlios.de/HomePage || hardinfo
  • i-Nex — An application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z.
http://i-nex.linux.pl/ || i-nex-gitAUR
  • lshw-gtk — A small tool to provide detailed information on the hardware configuration of the machine with CLI and GTK interfaces.
http://ezix.org/project/wiki/HardwareLiSter || lshw-gtkAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]


  • tp-hdd-led — Monitor HDD use with the Think-Led
http://en.timherbst.de/tp-hdd-led/ || tp-hdd-ledAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]

Keyboard layout switchers

  • fbxkb — A NETWM compliant keyboard indicator and switcher. It shows a flag of current keyboard in a systray area and allows you to switch to another one.
http://fbxkb.sourceforge.net/ || fbxkbAUR
  • xxkb — A lightweight keyboard layout indicator and switcher.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xxkb/ || xxkb
  • qxkb — A keyboard switcher written in Qt.
http://code.google.com/p/qxkb/ || qxkbAUR
  • X Neural Switcher — A text analyser, it detects the language of the input and corrects the keyboard layout if needed.
http://www.xneur.ru/ || xneurAUR, gxneurAUR (GUI)

Power management

See Power saving#Packages.

Clipboard managers

See: List of clipboard managers.

Wallpaper setters

  • bgs — An extremely fast and small background setter for X based on imlib2.
http://github.com/Gottox/bgs/ || bgs-gitAUR
  • esetroot — Eterm's root background setter, packaged separately
http://www.eterm.org/ || esetrootAUR
  • Feh — A lightweight and powerful image viewer that can also be used to manage the desktop wallpaper.
http://linuxbrit.co.uk/software/feh/ || feh
  • habak — A background changing app
http://fvwm-crystal.org/ || habak
  • hsetroot — A tool to create compose wallpapers.
https://packages.debian.org/sid/hsetroot || hsetrootAUR
  • Nitrogen — A fast and lightweight desktop background browser and setter for X windows.
http://projects.l3ib.org/nitrogen/ || nitrogen
  • pybgsetter — Multi-backend (hsetroot, Esetroot, habak, feh) to set desktop wallpaper
http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=88997 || pybgsetterAUR
  • wallpaperd — A small application that takes care of setting the background image
https://projects.pekdon.net/projects/wallpaperd || wallpaperdAUR
  • xli — An image display program for X
https://packages.debian.org/sid/xli || xliAUR
Tip: In order to avoid installing one more package, you may find convenient to use the display utility from imagemagick or gm display from graphicsmagick. E.g.: display -backdrop -background '#3f3f3f' -flatten -window root image.

Package management

See pacman tips#Utilities.

Input method editor

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See also Wikipedia:Input method.

  • Fcitx — Flexible Context-aware Input Tool with eXtension.
http://fcitx-im.org || fcitx
  • Hime — A GTK2+/GTK3+ based universal input method platform.
http://hime-ime.github.io/ || hime-gitAUR
  • IBus — Next Generation Input Bus for Linux.
http://ibus.googlecode.com || ibus
http://code.google.com/p/rimeime/ || ibus-rime or fcitx-rime
  • UIM — Multilingual input method library.
http://code.google.com/p/uim/ || uim

Trash management

  • trash-cli — A command-line interface implementing FreeDesktop.org's Trash specification.
http://github.com/andreafrancia/trash-cli || trash-cli

File synchronization

See Synchronization and backup programs#Data synchronization.


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  • fuzzy-find — Fuzzy completion for finding files.
https://github.com/silentbicycle/ff || ff-gitAUR
  • fzf — General-purpose command-line fuzzy finder.
https://github.com/junegunn/fzf || fzf fzf-gitAUR
  • rmlint — Tool to quickly find (and optionally remove) duplicate files and other lint
https://rmlint.readthedocs.org/en/latest/ || rmlint