List of applications

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This article is a general list of applications sorted by category, as a reference for those looking for packages. Many sections are split between console and graphical applications.

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Note: Applications listed in "Console" sections can have graphical front-ends. Official ones are currently omitted.


Network connection

Network managers

See Network configuration#Network managers.

VPN clients

  • GlobalProtect-openconnect — A GlobalProtect VPN client (GUI) for Linux, based on OpenConnect and built with Qt5, supports SAML auth mode. || globalprotect-openconnect-gitAUR
  • Libreswan — A free software implementation of the most widely supported and standarized VPN protocol based on ("IPsec") and the Internet Key Exchange ("IKE"). || libreswanAUR
  • Mullvad — A GUI client for the Mullvad VPN service || mullvad-vpnAUR || nebula
  • 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
  • RiseupVPN — A GUI client for the Riseup VPN service from || riseup-vpnAUR or riseup-vpn-configuratorAUR || strongswan
  • tinc — tinc is a free VPN daemon. || tinc
  • vopono — OpenVPN and Wireguard wrapper to launch applications with VPN tunnels in network namespaces. || voponoAUR
  • vpnc — To connect to Cisco 3000 VPN Concentrators. || vpnc
  • WireGuard — Next generation secure network tunnel. || wireguard-tools

Proxy servers

  • Brook — Proxy focusing on strong encryption and being undetectable. || brook
  • Clash — A rule-based tunnel in Go. || clash
  • Dante — SOCKS server and SOCKS client, implementing RFC:1928 and related standards. || dante
  • Geph — A modular Internet censorship circumvention system designed specifically to deal with national filtering. || geph4-clientAUR
  • NaïveProxy — A Proxy using Chrome's network stack to camouflage traffic with strong censorship resistence and low detectablility. || naiveproxyAUR
  • 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
  • V2Ray — V2Ray is the core of Project V, which is a set of tools to help you build your own privacy network over the internet. || v2ray
  • Shadowsocks — Secure socks5 proxy, designed to protect your Internet traffic. || Python: shadowsocks, Rust: shadowsocks-rustAUR
  • 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

  • Arti — Rust implementation of the Tor anonymizing overlay network. || arti
  • Freenet — An encrypted network without censorship. || freenetAUR
  • GNUnet — Framework for secure peer-to-peer networking. || CLI: gnunetAUR, GUI: gnunet-gtkAUR
  • I2P — Distributed anonymous network. || i2pd, i2pAUR
  • Lantern — Peer-to-peer internet censorship circumvention software. || lantern-binAUR
  • Lokinet — Anonymous, decentralized and IP based overlay network for the internet. || lokinetAUR
  • Tor — Anonymizing overlay network. || tor

Network tunnels

  • 6tunnel — Tunnels IPv6 connections for IPv4-only applications. || 6tunnel
  • iodine — Tunnel IPv4 data through a DNS server. || iodine
  • isatapd — Creates and maintains an ISATAP tunnel (RFC:5214). || isatapd
  • Ping Tunnel — A tool for reliably tunneling TCP connections over ICMP echo request and reply packets. || ptunnel
  • Tuntox — Tunnel TCP connections over the Tox protocol. || tuntox

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, frames and tables, extensible with Lua & Guile (links fork). || 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. || seamonkeyAUR
Firefox spin-offs
  • Dot — A fork of firefox focused on privacy and a sleeker UI. || dot-binAUR
  • FireDragon — A fork of LibreWolf that includes KDE integration patches and custom branding. || firedragonAUR
  • Floorp — Firefox-based browser with excellent privacy protection, developed by a community of students in Japan. || floorpAUR
  • 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
  • LibreWolf — A fork of Firefox, focused on privacy, security and freedom. || librewolfAUR
  • Mercury — Firefox fork with compiler optimizations and patches from Librewolf, Waterfox, and GNU IceCat. || mercury-browser-binAUR
  • Pulse Browser — An experimental Firefox fork that enhances focus and increases work productivity due to its Hyper minimalistic UI and built-in tools. || pulse-browser-binAUR
  • Tor Browser Launcher — Securely and easily download, verify, install, and launch Tor Browser, a fork of Firefox ESR. || torbrowser-launcher
  • Waterfox Classic — Optimized fork of Firefox 56, without data collection and allowing unsigned extensions and NPAPI plugins. || waterfox-classic-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 with builtin ad- and tracker blocking. || braveAUR || iridium-rpmAUR
  • Ungoogled Chromium — Modifications to Google Chromium for removing Google integration and enhancing privacy, control, and transparency || ungoogled-chromiumAUR
  • Thorium — Thorium develops a periodically synchronized fork of the Chromium browser, expanded with additional patches to optimize performance, improve usability and enhance security. According to the developers' tests Thorium is 8-40% ahead of the regular Chromium, mainly due to the inclusion of additional optimizations during compilation. || thorium-browser-binAUR
Proprietary chromium spin-offs || google-chromeAUR || microsoft-edge-stable-binAUR
  • 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. || vivaldi
  • 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
  • Dooble — Colorful Web browser. || doobleAUR
  • Eric — QtWebEngine-based HTML browser, part of the eric6 development toolset, can be launched with the eric6_browser command. || ericAUR
  • 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 kde-network. || 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. || otter-browserAUR
  • 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. || beaker-browserAUR
  • Catalyst — A minimal FOSS web browser with no data collection. || catalyst-browser-binAUR
  • Franz — Messaging browser for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram and many other web services. || franzAUR
  • Hamsket — A GPL-licensed alternative to Franz, forked from the last open sources of Rambox. || hamsketAUR
  • Min — A fast, minimal browser that protects your privacy. It includes an interface designed to minimize distractions. || minAUR
  • Vieb — Minimalist Electron-based browser with Vim-inspired keybindings and a built-in ad-blocker. || vieb-binAUR

See also Wikipedia:WebKit.

Note: webkitgtk, webkitgtk2, qt5-webkit and qtwebkit-based browsers were removed from the list, because these are today considered insecure and outdated. More info here and here.
Browsers based on webkit2gtk

Most of these support ad-blocking via wyebadblock.

  • Badwolf — A minimalist privacy-focused browser. || badwolfAUR
  • Ephemeral — A private-by-default, always-incognito browser for elementary OS. || ephemeralAUR
  • Eolie — Simple web browser for GNOME. || eolie
  • GNOME Web — Browser which uses the WebKitGTK rendering engine. Part of gnome. || epiphany
  • Luakit — Fast, small, webkit based browser framework extensible by Lua. || luakit
  • Midori — Lightweight web browser based on GTK and WebKit. || midori
  • Nyxt — Keyboard-oriented, infinitely extensible browser designed for power users. It has familiar key-bindings (Emacs, VI, CUA) and features fuzzy searching between tabs, multiple selections, history as a tree and more. || nyxt
  • 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. It supports custom JS-scripts. || surfer-gitAUR
  • Tangram — Integration of web applications into the desktop, specifically GNOME. || tangramAUR
  • Vimb — A Vim-like web browser written in C that is inspired by Pentadactyl and Vimprobable. It includes a manpage and a howto for common configurations. It supports custom JS-scripts, dark mode and handles geolocation requests. || vimb
  • wyeb — A vim-like web browser inspired by dwb and luakit with Adblock. || wyeb-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 || palemoonAUR

Gemini browsers

See also Wikipedia:Gemini (protocol)#Software.

  • Amfora — Terminal browser for the Gemini protocol. || amfora
  • Bombabillo — Non-web client for the terminal, supporting Gopher, Gemini and much more. || bombadillo-gitAUR
  • Castor — Graphical client for the Gemini, Gopher, and Finger protocols, written in Rust with GTK. || castorAUR
  • Geopard — A graphical gemini client written in rust, using the gtk4 toolkit. || geopardAUR
  • Kristall — Qt-based Gemini browser. || kristallAUR
  • Lagrange — Desktop GUI client for browsing Gemini space, offering modern conveniences familiar from web browsers. || lagrangeAUR
  • Telescope — w3m-like browser for Gemini. || telescopeAUR

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. || hiawathaAUR
  • 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. || sthttpdAUR
  • Traefik — A modern reverse proxy and load balancer that makes deploying microservices easy. || traefik-binAUR
  • yaws — Web server/framework written in Erlang.[dead link 2023-06-17 ⓘ] || yawsAUR

Static web servers

  • darkhttpd — A small and secure static web server, written in C, does not support HTTPS or Auth. || darkhttpd
  • miniserve — Rust alternative to darkhttpd with UTF-8, optional HTTP authentication, file uploading, and more. || miniserve
  • 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
  • Webfs — Simple and instant web server for mostly static content. || webfsAUR

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

Specialized web servers

  • chezdav — WebDAV server that allows to share a particular directory. || phodav
  • Mongoose — Embedded web server library, supports WebSocket and MQTT. || mongooseAUR
  • OnionShare — Lets you securely and anonymously send and receive files. It works by starting a web server, making it accessible as a Tor onion service, and generating an unguessable web address so others can download files from you, or upload files to you. || onionshare
  • Transfer More — A minimalist open-source upload HTTP server to store and share files temporarily, written in Crystal, and based on Kemal. || transfer-moreAUR
  • VServer — GTK application, which opens an http server in the selected folder and shares your files. || vserver-gitAUR
  • 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
  • uWSGI — A fast, self-healing and developer/sysadmin-friendly application container server written in C. || uwsgi
  • Waitress — A WSGI server for Python 3. || python-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. || httperf-gitAUR
  • httping — A "ping"-like tool for HTTP requests || httping
  • siege — An HTTP regression testing and benchmarking utility. || siege
  • 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 — A URL retrieval utility and library. Supports HTTP, FTP and SFTP. || curl
  • HTTPie — Human-friendly command-line HTTP client for the API era. || httpie
  • HTTrack — An easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. || httrack
  • LFTP — Sophisticated file transfer program. Supports HTTP, FTP, SFTP, FISH, and BitTorrent. || lftp
  • Plowshare — A set of command-line tools designed for managing file-sharing websites (aka Hosters). || plowshareAUR
  • quvi — A command-line-tool suite to access the flash media stream properties. || quviAUR
  • 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. || snarfAUR
  • 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
  • yewtube — Terminal-based YouTube player and downloader. || yewtubeAUR
  • 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-dlAUR
  • youtube-viewer — Command line utility for viewing YouTube videos. || youtube-viewerAUR
  • ytfzf — A POSIX script to find and watch youtube videos from the terminal. || ytfzf
  • yt-dlp — A youtube-dl fork with additional features and fixes. || yt-dlp
  • 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. || fatrat-gitAUR
  • Forklift — Simple GUI for youtube-dl using PyGObject. || forklift-gitAUR
  • FreeRapid — Java-based downloader that supports downloading from file-sharing services. || freerapidAUR
  • gtk-youtube-viewer — GTK utility for viewing YouTube videos. See optional dependencies for the GUI. || youtube-viewerAUR
  • Gwget — Download manager for GNOME. Supports HTTP and FTP. || gwget
  • Gydl — GUI wrapper around the already existing youtube-dl program to download content from sites like YouTube. || gydl-gitAUR
  • Gyre — GTK3 downloader for videos from Coub. || gyreAUR
  • JDownloader — Java-based downloader for one-click hosting sites. || jdownloader2AUR
  • KGet — Download manager for KDE. Supports HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent and Metalink. Part of kde-network. || kget
  • MegaBasterd — Yet another unofficial MEGA downloader/uploader/streaming suite. || megabasterd-binAUR
  • Motrix — Full-featured download manager that supports downloading HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, Magnet, etc. Based on the Electron platform. || motrixAUR
  • Persepolis — Graphical front-end for aria2 download manager with lots of features. Supports HTTP and FTP. || persepolis
  • pyLoad — Downloader written in Python and designed to be extremely lightweight, easily extensible and fully manageable via web. || pyload-ngAUR
  • 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
  • uGet — GTK download manager featuring download classification and HTML import. Supports HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, Metalink, YouTube and Mega.[dead link 2023-09-16 ⓘ] || uget
  • Video Downloader — GTK application to download videos from websites like YouTube and many others (based on youtube-dl). || video-downloaderAUR
  • 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
  • youtubedl-gui — Simple-to-use graphical interface for youtube-dl. || youtubedl-guiAUR

LAN file transfer

See also #LAN messengers.

  • LAN Share — Cross platform local area network file transfer application, built using Qt GUI framework. It can be used to transfer a whole folder, one or more files, large or small immediately without any additional configuration. || lanshareAUR
  • NitroShare — Cross-platform network file transfer application, built using Qt GUI framework. It is designed to make transferring files from one device to another on the local network extremely simple. || nitroshare
  • Teleport — Native GTK3 application to effortlessly share files on the local network. || teleport-share-gitAUR
  • Warpinator — GTK application to share files across the LAN. || warpinator

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

Multi-protocol clients
  • CloudCross — Synchronize local files and folders with many cloud providers. Cloud, Yandex Disk, Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox support is available.[dead link 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || cloudcrossAUR
  • Rclone — Multi-provider sync, copy, and mount client. || rclone
  • Rclone Browser — GUI client for Rclone. || rclone-browserAUR
Google Drive clients
  • drive — Tiny program to pull or push Google Drive files. || driveAUR
  • DriveSync — Command line utility that synchronizes your Google Drive files with a local folder on your machine. || drivesyncAUR
  • 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
  • Insync — Unofficial proprietary Google Drive desktop client. || insyncAUR
  • VGrive — GTK-based GUI client (back-end and front-end) for Google Drive made in Vala. || vgriveAUR
Other 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 — Proprietary client for cloud storage service launched by Baidu (formerly Baidu Cloud). || baidunetdisk-binAUR
  • Cozy Drive — Desktop client for Cozy. || cozy-desktop
  • Dropbox — Proprietary desktop client for Dropbox. || dropboxAUR
  • Mega Sync Client — Proprietary desktop client to sync files with Mega. || megasyncAUR
  • Megatools — Unofficial CLI for Mega. || megatools
  • Nextcloud Client — Desktop client for Nextcloud. || nextcloud-client
  • Nutstore — Proprietary desktop client for Nutstore. || nutstoreAUR
  • OneDrive — Unofficial CLI for OneDrive. || onedriveAUR
  • OneDrive — Fork of the unofficial CLI for OneDrive. || onedrive-abrauneggAUR
  • 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
  • S3cmd — Unofficial CLI for Amazon S3. || s3cmd
  • Seafile Client — GUI client for Seafile. || seafile-clientAUR
  • SpiderOak One — Proprietary client for SpiderOak One. || spideroak-oneAUR
  • Synology Drive — Proprietary GUI client to sync and share files between a centralized Synology NAS and multiple client computers. || synology-driveAUR
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, KGet, MLDonkey, uGet.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of BitTorrent clients.

  • Ctorrent — CTorrent is a BitTorrent client implemented in C++ to be lightweight and quick.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || enhanced-ctorrentAUR
  • Deluge — BitTorrent client with multiple user interfaces in a client/server model. This package includes a console client. || deluge
  • peerflix — Streaming torrent client for node.js. || peerflixAUR
  • rTorrent — Simple and lightweight ncurses BitTorrent client. || 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 (GTK interface) — User-friendly BitTorrent client written in Python using GTK. || deluge-gtk
  • Fragments — Easy to use BitTorrent client for the GNOME desktop environment. || fragments
  • FrostWire — Easy to use cloud downloader, BitTorrent client and media player. || frostwireAUR
  • Ktorrent — Feature-rich BitTorrent client for KDE. || ktorrent
  • Powder Player — Hybrid between a streaming BitTorrent client and a player. Based on the Electron platform. || powder-player-binAUR
  • qBittorrent — Open source (GPLv2) BitTorrent client with an integrated torrent search engine that strongly resembles µTorrent. || qbittorrent
  • Tixati — Proprietary peer-to-peer file sharing program that uses the popular BitTorrent protocol. || tixatiAUR
  • Torrential — Simple torrent client for elementary OS. || torrential
  • 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
  • Tremotesf — Qt client for remote management of the Transmission BitTorrent client, using its HTTP RPC protocol. || tremotesfAUR
  • Tribler — 4th generation file sharing system BitTorrent client. || triblerAUR
  • 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.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || kamuleAUR
  • LBRY — Browser and wallet for LBRY, the decentralized, user-controlled content marketplace. Based on the Electron platform. || lbry-desktopAUR
  • lbt — Small set of command-line tools for LBRY. || lbtAUR
  • MLDonkey — Multi-protocol P2P client that supports HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, Direct Connect, eDonkey and FastTrack. || mldonkeyAUR
  • 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+
  • Send Anywhere — Proprietary file sharing service where users can directly share digital content in real time. Based on the Electron platform. || sendanywhereAUR
  • IPFS — IPFS is a P2P Network capable of sharing and receiving files. || kubo

Pastebin services

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.

Note: An acceptable pastebin service does not require enabling JavaScript for viewing, does not display adverts, manipulate the pasted content or require a login. is blocked for some people because of malware found on the site and has a history of annoying issues (requires JavaScript, displays adverts, inserts CRLF line-endings and displaying CAPTCHAs at random). Do not use it.
Without a dedicated client

Some services can be used with more general command line tool, such as cURL. For extensions, such as line numbers, one can use more command line tools. Such as cat -n.

  • is a file hosting service. Usage examples are:
command | curl -F 'file=@-' 
or upload a file:
curl -F 'file=@-' < file
Note: Read the instructions on the website for further options such as file removal tokens, expiration, and private URLs.
  • Usage examples are:
command | curl -F 'f:1=<-' 
or upload a file:
curl -F 'f:1=<-' < file
Dedicated clients || 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. || aerc
  • 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 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || 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 is 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
  • sendemail — A lightweight command line SMTP email client written in Perl. || sendemailAUR
  • Sup — CLI mail client with very fast searching, tagging, threading and GMail like operation. || supAUR
  • swaks — Swiss Army Knife SMTP; Command line SMTP testing, including TLS and AUTH, can be used to send emails. || swaks
  • Wanderlust — Email client and news reader for Emacs.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || wanderlust
  • Balsa — Simple and light email client for GNOME. || balsa
  • Betterbird — Fork of thunderbird. || betterbird-binAUR
  • Claws Mail — Lightweight GTK-based email client and news reader. || claws-mail
  • ElectronMail — Unofficial desktop application 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
  • Kmail — Mature and feature-rich email client. Part of kde-pim. || kmail
  • Kube — Modern communication and collaboration client built with QtQuick. || kubeAUR
  • Mailspring — Fork of Nylas Mail by one of the original authors. The paid "Pro" version requires a Mailspring ID and has extra features like snooze, send later. Based on the Electron platform. || mailspringAUR
  • openWMail — The missing desktop client for Gmail & Google Inbox. Based on the Electron platform. || openwmailAUR || seamonkeyAUR
  • Sylpheed — Lightweight and user-friendly GTK email client. || sylpheedAUR
  • Thunderbird — Feature-rich email client from Mozilla written in GTK. || thunderbird || trojitaAUR
  • Tutanota — Email client for Tutanota mail service. Based on the Electron platform. || tutanota-desktopAUR
  • Viagee — It allows desktop mail actions, such as 'Send File as Email' or web 'mailto' links, to be handled by the Gmail web client. || viageeAUR
  • Nextcloud Mail — An email webapp for NextCloud. || nextcloud-app-mail
  • Roundcube — Browser-based multilingual IMAP client webapp with a native application-like user interface. || roundcubemail
  • SquirrelMail — Webmail for Nuts! || squirrelmailAUR

Mail notifiers

  • Ayatana Webmail — Webmail notifications and actions for any desktop. || ayatana-webmailAUR
  • Bubblemail — New and Unread mail notification service for local mailboxes, pop, imap, and gnome online accounts. A fork of Mailnag. || bubblemailAUR
  • Gnubiff — Mail notification program that checks for mail and displays headers when new mail has arrived. || gnubiff
  • Mailnag — Extensible mail notification daemon. || mailnag
  • QGmailNotifier — Portable Qt5 based GMail notifier. || qgmailnotifierAUR

Mail servers

See Mail server.

  • DavMail — POP/IMAP/SMTP/Caldav/Carddav/LDAP exchange gateway allowing users to use any mail/calendar client with an Exchange server. || davmailAUR
  • 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. || fetchmail
  • 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 || imapsync
  • isync — IMAP and MailDir mailbox synchronizer || isync
  • mpop — A small, fast POP3 client suitable as a fetchmail replacement || mpop
  • vomit — Rust utility to sync between Maildir mailbox and IMAP mailbox || vsyncAUR (sync-only part of vomitAUR mail tookit)
  • 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 and IRC protocols. || barnowlAUR
  • BitlBee — IRC gateway to popular chat networks (XMPP and ICQ). || bitlbeeAUR
  • EKG2 — Ncurses based XMPP, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ and IRC client. || ekg2AUR
  • Finch — Ncurses-based chat client that uses libpurple and supports all its protocols (Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, SIMPLE, XMPP, Zephyr). || finch
  • WeeChat — Modular, lightweight ncurses-based IRC client. A variety of other protocols are supported through plugins. || weechat
  • 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
  • Lith — WeeChat Relay client, allowing to connect to a running WeeChat instance from anywhere. || lith-gitAUR
  • 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 XMPP. || smuxiAUR
  • Thunderbird — Feature-rich email client supports instant messaging and chat using IRC and XMPP. || 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
  • ircii — Oldest maintained IRC client which lays claim to being small and fast owing to its reduced feature set. || irciiAUR
  • 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
  • senpai — An IRC client that works best with bouncers (e.g. soju-gitAUR): no logs are kept, history is fetched from the server via CHATHISTORY, networks are fetched from the server via bouncer-networks. || senpai-irc-gitAUR
  • sic — Extremely simple IRC client, similar to ii. || sicAUR
  • tiny — an IRC client written in Rust with a clutter-free interface || tiny-irc-client-gitAUR
  • ChatZilla — Clean, easy to use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client, built on the Mozilla platform using XULRunner. Included in the SeaMonkey suite. || seamonkeyAUR
  • HexChat — Fork of XChat for Linux and Windows. || hexchat || konversation
  • KVIrc — Qt-based IRC client featuring extensive themes support. || kvirc
  • 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. Part of gnome-extra. || polari
  • Quassel — Modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client. || KDE: quassel-monolithic, Qt: quassel-monolithic-qt
  • Srain — Modern, beautiful IRC client written in GTK 3. || srainAUR
XMPP clients

See also Wikipedia:XMPP and Wikipedia:Comparison of XMPP clients.

  • Freetalk — Console-based XMPP client. || freetalkAUR
  • jabber.el — Minimal XMPP client for Emacs. || emacs-jabberAUR
  • MCabber — Small XMPP console client, includes features: SSL, PGP, MUC, OTR and UTF8. || mcabber
  • Poezio — XMPP client with IRC feeling || poezioAUR
  • Profanity — A console based XMPP client inspired by Irssi. || profanity
  • 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
  • Kaidan — A simple, user-friendly Jabber/XMPP client providing a modern user interface using Kirigami and QtQuick. || kaidan
  • Kadu — Qt-based XMPP and Gadu-Gadu client. || kaduAUR
  • Libervia (Salut à Toi) — Web frontend for Salut à Toi, multi-purpose XMPP client || libervia-web-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-imAUR
  • Tkabber — Easy to hack feature-rich XMPP client by the author of the ejabberd XMPP server.[dead link 2023-05-20 ⓘ] || tkabberAUR
  • Vacuum IM — Full-featured crossplatform XMPP client. || vacuum-imAUR
SIP clients

See also Wikipedia:List of SIP software#Clients.

  • Blink — State of the art, easy to use SIP client. || blinkAUR
  • baresip — portable and modular SIP User-Agent with audio and video support || baresip
  • Jami — SIP-compatible softphone and instant messenger for the decentralized Jami network. Formerly known as Ring and SFLphone. || jami-qt
  • Linphone — VoIP phone application (SIP client) for communicating freely with people over the internet, with voice, video, and text instant messaging. || linphone-desktopAUR
  • Twinkle — Qt softphone for VoIP and IM communication using SIP. || twinkleAUR
  • Zoiper — Proprietary SIP and IAX2 VoIP softphone || zoiperAUR
Matrix clients

See also Matrix and Matrix Clients.

  • Element — Glossy Matrix client with an emphasis on performance and usability. Web application and desktop application based on the Electron platform. || element-web, element-desktop
  • QuickMedia — A rofi inspired native client for web services. Supports Matrix and several other sites. || quickmedia-gitAUR
  • FluffyChat — Multi-platform Matrix client with a simple and clean UI written in Dart/Flutter. || fluffychatAUR
  • Fractal — Matrix client for GNOME written in Rust. || fractal
  • Gomuks — Terminal Matrix client written in Go using mautrix and mauview. || gomuks
  • Mirage — A fancy, customizable, keyboard-operable Matrix chat client for encrypted and decentralized communication. Written in Qt/QML + Python with nio, currently in alpha. || matrix-mirageAUR
  • Neochat — KDE client for the Matrix protocol. || neochat
  • nheko — Desktop client for the Matrix protocol. || nheko
  • Quaternion — Qt5-based IM client for the Matrix protocol. || quaternionAUR
  • SchildiChat — Matrix client based on Element with a more traditional instant messaging experience. Based on the Electron platform. || schildichat-desktopAUR
  • Spectral — Qt5-based Glossy cross-platform client for Matrix. || spectral-matrixAUR
  • Syphon — Privacy-centric cross-platform Matrix client with E2EE support, currently in alpha. || syphon-binAUR
Tox clients

See also Tox and comparison clients

  • 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. || utox
LAN messengers

See also Avahi#Link-Local (Bonjour/Zeroconf) chat and Wikipedia:Comparison of LAN messengers.

  • BeeBEEP — Secure LAN Messenger. || beebeep
  • iptux — LAN communication software, compatible with IP Messenger. || iptux
  • 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
P2P messaging clients

See also Ring and Tox.

  • Briar — Briar is a messaging application designed for activists, journalists, and anyone else who needs a safe, easy and robust way to communicate. || briar-desktopAUR, briar-headlessAUR
  • Patchwork — Decentralized messaging and sharing application 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. || ricochet-refreshAUR
Other IM clients
  • BlueJeans — Proprietary desktop application for BlueJeans video calls. Based on the Electron platform. || bluejeansAUR
  • Caprine — Unofficial Facebook Messenger app. Based on the Electron platform. || caprine
  • Chatterino — Chat client for Twitch chat. || chatterino2-gitAUR
  • Delta Chat — A privacy oriented chat application built on e-mail. Based on the Electron platform. || deltachat-desktop-gitAUR
  • Discord — Proprietary all-in-one voice and text chat application for gamers that’s free and works on both your desktop and phone. Based on the Electron platform. || discord
  • Flare — Unofficial Signal client based on GTK. || flareAUR
  • Gitter — Communication product for communities and teams on GitLab and GitHub. || gitter-binAUR
  • Hangups — Third-party instant messaging client for Google Hangouts with console interface. || hangupsAUR
  • ICQ — Official ICQ client for Linux. || icq-binAUR
  • IRCCloud — Desktop client for a modern, always-connected IRC client service. Based on the Electron platform. || irccloudAUR
  • Jitsi Meet — Desktop application for Jitsi Meet. Based on the Electron platform. || jitsi-meet-desktopAUR
  • Kotatogram Desktop — Experimental fork of Telegram Desktop. || kotatogram-desktopAUR
  • Matterhorn — Console client for the Mattermost chat system. || matterhornAUR
  • Mattermost Desktop — Desktop application for Mattermost. Based on the Electron platform. || mattermost-desktop || teamsAUR
  • Mumble — Voice chat application similar to TeamSpeak. || mumble
  • Paper Plane — Chat over Telegram on a modern and elegant client. || paper-plane-gitAUR
  • QQ — Proprietary instant messaging software developed by Tencent (imitating ICQ). || linuxqqAUR
  • Rocket.Chat Desktop — Desktop application for Rocket.Chat. Based on the Electron platform. || rocketchat-desktopAUR
  • Session Desktop — Onion routing based messenger. Based on the Electron platform. || session-desktopAUR
  • Signal Desktop — Desktop application for Signal private messenger. 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
  • teams-for-linux — Unofficial Microsoft Teams for Linux client. Based on the Electron platform. || teams-for-linuxAUR
  • TeamSpeak — Proprietary VoIP application with gamers as its target audience. || teamspeak3
  • TeamTalk — Proprietary VoIP application with video chat, file and desktop sharing. Desktop sharing does not 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. || yakyak-gitAUR
  • Zoom — Proprietary video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging application. || zoomAUR
  • Zulip — Desktop client for Zulip group chat. Based on the Electron platform. || zulip-desktopAUR

Instant messaging servers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of instant messaging protocols.

IRC servers
  • 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
  • ngIRCd — A free, portable and lightweight Internet Relay Chat server for small or private networks. || ngircdAUR
  • Ergo — A modern and simple to set up IRC server written in Go. Combines the features of an IRCd, a services framework, and a bouncer. || ergochatAUR || unrealircd
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. || mattermost
  • Murmur — The voice chat application server for Mumble. || mumble-server
  • 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
  • SOGo — Groupware server built around (OGo) and the SOPE application server. || sogoAUR

Link shortening servers

  • microbin — A tiny, self-contained, configurable paste bin and URL shortener written in Rust. || microbinAUR
  • pb — A lightweight pastebin and url shortener built using flask. || pbAUR
  • shlink — Self-proclaimed definitive self-hosted URL shortener. || shlinkAUR
  • YOURLS — A self-hosted link shortening service written in PHP. || yourlsAUR

News, RSS, and blogs

News aggregators

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

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of feed aggregators.

  • Canto — Ncurses RSS aggregator. || canto-curses
  • Ditch The Bell — A highly configurable Linux-based desktop notifier for RSS/Atom feeds. || dtbell-gitAUR
  • Gnus — Email, NNTP and RSS client for Emacs. || emacs
  • feed2imap-gofeed2imap reimplemented in Go that aggregating RSS/Atom/jsonfeed into folders of your IMAP mailbox. || feed2imap-goAUR
  • Newsboat — Ncurses RSS aggregator with layout and keybinding similar to the Mutt email client. || newsboat
  • Newsraft — Feed reader with ncurses user interface. It is greatly inspired by Newsboat and tries to be its lightweight counterpart. || newsraftAUR
  • Rawdog — "RSS Aggregator Without Delusions Of Grandeur" that parses RSS/CDF/Atom feeds into a static HTML page of articles in chronological order. || rawdogAUR
  • rss2email — Aggregating your RSS/Atom feed into your IMAP/Maildir mailbox as a cronjob. || rss2email
  • sfeed — Crontab oriented shell-scriptable feed aggregator setup with a RSS/Atom parser utility plus a simple ncurses reader. || sfeedAUR
  • Snownews — Text mode RSS news reader. || snownewsAUR
Graphical || akregator
  • Alligator — Kirigami-based RSS/Atom feed reader for mobile devices. || alligator
  • FeedReader — Modern desktop application designed to complement existing web-based RSS accounts. Discontinued.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || feedreaderAUR
  • Feeds — An RSS/Atom feed reader for GNOME. || gfeeds
  • Fluent Reader — Modern desktop RSS reader built with React and Fluent UI. Based on the Electron platform. || fluent-readerAUR
  • HackUp — Read Hacker News from the desktop. || hackup-gitAUR
  • Liferea — GTK news aggregator for online news feeds and weblogs. || liferea
  • NewsFlash — Modern feed reader designed for the GNOME desktop. The spiritual successor to FeedReader. || newsflash
  • Nextcloud News — RSS/Atom feed reader for Nextcloud. || nextcloud-app-news
  • Raven — Simple desktop RSS reader made using VueJS. Based on the Electron platform. || raven-readerAUR
  • RSS Guard — Very tiny RSS and ATOM news reader developed using Qt framework. || rssguard or rssguard-lite
  • 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, Cantata, Clementine, Goggles Music Manager, Rhythmbox, VLC media player. git-annex can also function as podcatcher.

See also Wikipedia:List of podcatchers.

  • castero — A TUI podcast client for the terminal. || castero-gitAUR
  • 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
  • Kasts — Kasts is a convergent podcast application that looks good on desktop and mobile. || kasts
  • Pocket Casts — Electron wrapper around the Pocket Casts web app with support for MPRIS (media controls). || pocket-casts-linuxAUR

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
  • 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

  • Choqok — Microblogging client for KDE that supports Mastodon, and GNU social. || choqok-gitAUR
  • Dianara — client written in Qt. || dianaraAUR
  • Giara — Reddit app, built with Python, GTK and Handy. || giaraAUR
  • Lemmy-UI — Official web app for lemmy. || lemmy-uiAUR
  • Lemoa — Native Gtk client for Lemmy. || lemoa-gitAUR
  • Mikutter — Simple, powerful Mastodon client using GTK and Ruby. || mikutterAUR
  • Pumpa — client written in C++ and Qt. || pumpa-gitAUR
  • Tokodon — Mastodon client for KDE. || tokodon
  • toot — CLI and TUI tool for interacting with Mastodon instances. || toot
  • tuba — GTK4 client for Mastodon. || tubaAUR
  • Whalebird — Mastodon client application. Based on the Electron platform. || whalebirdAUR

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
  • 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. || 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
  • Zola — An opinionated static site generator, written in Rust. || zola

Remote desktop

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

See also Chrome Remote Desktop for a web browser based solution.

Remote desktop clients

  • AnyDesk — Proprietary remote desktop software. || anydesk-binAUR
  • GNOME Connections — Remote desktop client for GNOME. Supports RDP and VNC. Part of gnome. || gnome-connections
  • GVncViewer — Simple VNC Client on Gtk-VNC. Run with gvncviewer. || gtk-vnc
  • KRDC — Remote Desktop Client for KDE. Supports RDP and VNC. Part of kde-network. || 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
  • Remotely — Simple VNC viewer for GNOME. Discontinued. || remotelyAUR
  • RustDesk — A remote desktop software, open source, written in Rust. || rustdeskAUR
  • Sunlogin Remote Control — Proprietary software that supports remote control of mobile devices, Windows, Mac, Linux and other systems. It uses its own proprietary protocol. || sunloginclientAUR
  • ToDesk — Proprietary remote desktop client that suits for remote teamwork. It uses its own proprietary protocol. || todesk-binAUR
  • 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. || vinagre
  • xfreerdp — FreeRDP X11 client. Run with xfreerdp. || freerdp
  • X2Go Client — A graphical client (Qt5) for the X2Go system that uses the NX technology protocol. || x2goclientAUR

Remote desktop servers

  • freerdp-shadow-cli — A utility for sharing a X display via RDP. || freerdp
  • kmsvnc — A VNC server for DRM/KMS capable GNU/Linux devices. || kmsvncAUR || krfb || nomachineAUR
  • wayvnc — VNC server for wlroots based wayland compositors (such as sway). || wayvnc || tigervnc
  • x11vnc — VNC server for real X displays. || x11vnc
  • X2Go Server — An open source remote desktop software that uses the NX technology protocol. || x2goserverAUR
  • Xpra — A multi-platform screen and application forwarding system. || xpra
  • Xrdp — A daemon that supports RDP. It uses Xvnc, X11rdp or xorgxrdp as a backend.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || xrdpAUR



See the main article: Codecs.


Image viewers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of image viewers.

Framebuffer image viewers
  • fbi — Image viewer for the linux framebuffer console. || fbida
  • fbv — Very simple graphic file viewer for the framebuffer console. || fbvAUR
  • fim — Highly customizable and scriptable framebuffer image viewer based on fbi. || fimAUR
  • jfbview — Framebuffer PDF and image viewer based on Imlib2. Features include Vim-like controls, rotation and zoom, zoom-to-fit, and fast multi-threaded rendering. || jfbviewAUR
Graphical image viewers
  • CoreImage — Simple lightweight easy to use image viewer based on Qt. Part of C-Suite.[dead link 2023-06-17 ⓘ] || coreimageAUR
  • Deepin Image Viewer — Image viewer for Deepin desktop. || deepin-image-viewer
  • Ephoto — A light image viewer based on EFL. || ephoto || eog
  • Eye of MATE — Simple graphics viewer for the MATE desktop. || eom
  • EyeSight — Image viewer for the Hawaii desktop environment. || eyesightAUR
  • feh — Fast, lightweight image viewer that uses imlib2. || feh
  • GPicView — Simple and fast image viewer for X, which is part of the LXDE desktop. || gpicview
  • Gwenview — Fast and easy to use image viewer for the KDE desktop with optional dependencies for additional format support. || gwenview
  • ida — X11 application (Motif based) for viewing images. Install the optional dependencies as needed. || fbida
  • image-roll — Simple and fast GTK image viewer with basic image manipulation tools. || image-rollAUR
  • imv — Lightweight image viewer with support for Wayland and animated GIFs which uses FreeImage. || imv
  • Koko — Image viewer designed for desktop and touch devices. || koko
  • KuickShow — Fast and convenient image viewer for KDE. || kuickshow
  • LxImage-Qt — The LXQt image viewer. || lximage-qt
  • Loupe — Simple image viewer for GNOME desktop. Part of gnome. || loupe
  • meh — meh is a small, simple, super fast image viewer using raw XLib. || meh-gitAUR
  • Mirage — PyGTK image viewer featuring support for crop and resize, custom actions and a thumbnail panel. || mirageAUR
  • nomacs — Qt image viewer. It is feature-rich but starts fast and can be configured to show additional widgets or only the image. || nomacsAUR
  • nsxiv — Simple image viewer based on imlib2 that works well with tiling window managers. Community fork of sxiv. || nsxiv
  • PhotoQt — Fast and highly configurable image viewer with a simple and nice interface. || photoqtAUR
  • pqiv — GTK 3 based command-line image viewer with a minimal UI supporting images in compressed archives, rewrite of qiv. || pqiv
  • qimgv — Fast and easy to use Qt5 image viewer. Supports webm/mp4 playback via mpv. || qimgvAUR
  • qeh — Actually fast and simple image viewer. Like feh but faster and simpler, and support for more formats. || qeh-gitAUR
  • Quick Image Viewer — Very small and fast image viewer based on GTK and imlib2. || qivAUR
  • qView — Qt image viewer designed with minimalism and usability in mind. || qviewAUR
  • Ristretto — Fast and lightweight image viewer for the Xfce desktop environment. || ristretto
  • shufti — shufti non-destructively saves and restores the zoom level, rotation, window size, desktop location and viewing area on a per-image/file location basis || shuftiAUR
  • sxiv — Simple image viewer based on imlib2 that works well with tiling window managers. || sxiv
  • Viewnior — Minimalistic GTK image viewer featuring support for flipping, rotating, animations and configurable mouse actions. || viewnior
  • Vimiv — An image viewer with vim-like keybindings. It is written in python3 using the Gtk3 toolkit. || vimiv
  • Vimiv (Qt port) — An image viewer with vim-like keybindings. It is written in python3 and PyQt5. || vimiv-qtAUR
  • vpv — Image viewer designed for scientific image visualization. || vpvAUR
  • Xloadimage — Classic X image viewer. || xloadimage

Image organizers

See also Wikipedia:Image organizer.

  • Deepin Album — Photo manager for viewing and organizing pictures, for Deepin desktop. || deepin-album
  • digiKam — KDE-based image 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
  • Frogr — Small application for the GNOME desktop that allows users to manage their accounts in the Flickr image hosting website. || frogrAUR
  • Geeqie — Image browser and viewer (fork of GQview) that adds additional functionality such as support for RAW files. || geeqie
  • GNOME Photos — Access, organize, and share your photos on GNOME. Part of gnome-extra. || gnome-photos
  • gThumb — Image viewer and browser for the GNOME desktop. || gthumb
  • KPhotoAlbum — Digital image cataloging software that supports annotation, browsing, searching and viewing of digital images and videos. || kphotoalbum
  • Memories — Image viewer and manager designed for elementary OS. || showmypicturesAUR
  • Pantheon Photos — Photo organizer for Pantheon. || pantheon-photos
  • PhotoPrism — Personal Photo Management powered by Go and Google TensorFlow || photoprismAUR
  • Phototonic — Fast and functional image viewer and browser (Qt). || phototonic
  • Pix — Image gallery and image viewer that can be used to open images with other applications like an image editor, add tags to the files, add annotations to pictures, rotate and share them. || maui-pix
  • Pix — Image viewer and browser based on gthumb. X-Apps Project. || pixAUR
  • Rapid Photo Downloader — Download photos and videos from cameras, memory cards and portable storage devices. || rapid-photo-downloader
  • Shotwell — A digital photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment || shotwell

Image processing

  • CairoSVG — SVG to PNG, PDF, PS converter. || python-cairosvg
  • Converseen — Qt-based batch image converter and resizer. || converseen
  • CropGUI — GTK utility for lossless cropping and rotation of JPEG files. || cropguiAUR
  • dcraw — Converts many camera RAW formats. || dcraw
  • G'MIC — Full-featured open-source framework for image processing, providing several different user interfaces to convert/manipulate/filter/visualize generic image datasets, ranging from 1d scalar signals to 3d+t sequences of multi-spectral volumetric images, including 2d color images. || gmic
  • GraphicsMagick — 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
  • 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 usually used as a backend processor. || imagemagick
  • ImPPG — performs Lucy-Richardson deconvolution, unsharp masking, brightness normalization and tone curve adjustment || imppgAUR
  • PosteRazor — Cut an image or PDF into pieces which can be printed and assembled to a poster. || posterazor
  • waifu2x — Image Super-Resolution for Anime-style art using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. || waifu2x-gitAUR
Image compression
  • Guetzli — A perceptual JPEG encoder, aiming for excellent compression density at high visual quality. || guetzli
  • jpegoptim — JPEG optimization utility providing lossless and lossy compression. || jpegoptim
  • optipng — Lossless PNG compressor. || optipng
  • oxipng — Lossless multithreaded PNG compressor. || oxipng
  • pngcrush — Tool for optimizing the compression of PNG files. || pngcrush
  • pngquant — Lossy compression of PNG images. || pngquant
  • zopflipng — Highly efficient PNG optimisation tool using Google's zopfli library || zopfli
  • Curtail — GTK-based image compressor, supporting PNG and JPEG file types. || curtail
  • Image Optimizer — Simple lossless image optimizer built with Vala and Gtk for Elementary OS. || image-optimizer-gitAUR
  • Trimage — Qt-based tool for optimizing PNG and JPG files. || trimageAUR

Raster graphics editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of raster graphics editors.

  • AzPainter — Painting software for illustration drawing. || azpainterAUR
  • CorePaint — Simple bitmap painting tool to produce very simple graphics. Part of C-Suite.[dead link 2023-06-17 ⓘ] || corepaintAUR
  • Deepin Draw — Lightweight drawing tool for Deepin desktop. || deepin-draw
  • Drawing — Drawing application for the GNOME desktop, using Cairo and GdkPixbuf for basic drawing operations. || drawing
  • Drawpile — Collaborative drawing program that allows multiple users to sketch on the same canvas simultaneously. || drawpileAUR
  • GIMP — Image editing suite in the vein of proprietary editors such as Adobe Photoshop. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) has been started in the mid 1990s and has acquired a large number of plugins and additional tools. || gimp || gpaintAUR
  • GrafX2 — Bitmap paint program specialized in 256 color drawing. || grafx2
  • ImEditor — Simple and versatile image editor. || imeditorAUR
  • KolourPaint — Free raster graphics editor for KDE, similar to Microsoft's Paint application before Windows 7, but with some additional features such as support for transparency. Part of kde-applications and kde-graphics groups. || kolourpaint
  • Krita — Digital painting and illustration software included based on the KDE platform. || krita
  • Milton — Infinite-canvas paint program. || milton-gitAUR
  • mtPaint — Graphics editing program geared towards creating indexed palette images and pixel art. || mtpaint
  • MyPaint — Free software graphics application for digital painters. || mypaint
  • PhotoFlare — Simple but powerful image editor originally inspired by PhotoFiltre. || photoflare
  • Pinta — Drawing and editing program modeled after Paint.NET. Its goal is to provide a simplified alternative to GIMP for casual users. || pinta
  • Pixelitor — Advanced image editor with support for layers, layer masks, text layers, multiple undo, blending modes, cropping, Gaussian blurring, unsharp masking, histograms, etc. || pixelitorAUR
  • Swappy — Wayland native snapshot editing tool. || swappy
  • XPaint — Color image editing tool which features most standard paint program options. || xpaintAUR

Some image viewers and organizers like digiKam, Ephoto, GNOME Photos, gThumb, ida, nomacs, Pantheon Photos, Phototonic and Shotwell also provide some basic image manipulation functionality.

Specialized photo editors

  • A Photo Tool (Libre) — Photo editor with easy to use basic image editing tools. || aphototoollibreAUR
  • darktable — Photography workflow and RAW development application. || darktable
  • Filmulator — Simple raw photo editor based on the process of developing film. || filmulatorAUR
  • FOSStriangulator — Tool for making triangulated illustrations out of photos. || fosstriangulatorAUR
  • Hugin — Panorama photo stitcher. || hugin
  • LightZone — Professional-level digital darkroom and photo editor comparable to Photoshop Lightroom. || lightzoneAUR
  • Luminance HDR — Open source graphical user interface application that aims to provide a workflow for HDR imaging. || luminancehdr
  • nUFRaw — Utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras using DCRaw. || gimp-nufraw
  • Oqapy — Photographic workflow application. || oqapyAUR
  • Rawstudio — Raw-image converter written in GTK. || rawstudioAUR
  • RawTherapee — A powerful cross-platform raw image processing program. || rawtherapee
  • Showfoto — Photo editor with powerful image editing tools. || digikam

Photo geotagging

  • Geotag — Match date/time information from photos with location information from a GPS unit or from a map. || geotag
  • Geotagging — Photography geotagging tool to synchronize photos with gps track log (GPX). || geotaggingAUR
  • GottenGeography — Easy to use photo geotagging application for the GNOME desktop. || gottengeography
  • GPicSync — Inserts location in your pictures metadata from a GPS tracklog. || gpicsyncAUR
  • GPSCorrelate — Correlate (geotagging) digital camera photos with GPS data in GPX format. || gpscorrelate

Vector graphics editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of vector graphics editors.

  • Dia — GTK-based diagram creation program. || diaAUR
  • — Diagram drawing application built on web technology. Based on the Electron platform. || drawio-desktopAUR
  • Dot Matrix — The glyph playground of creativity from simple lines. || dot-matrixAUR
  • Figma — Unofficial desktop application for Figma collaborative design tool. Based on the Electron platform. || figma-linuxAUR
  • Gravit Designer — Proprietary vector design application. Based on the Electron platform.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || gravit-designer-binAUR || inkscape
  • Karbon — Vector graphics editor, part of the Calligra Suite. || calligra
  • LazPain — Image editor, like PaintBrush or Paint.Net, written in Lazarus (Free Pascal) || lazpaint-binAUR
  • LibreOffice Draw — Vector graphics editor and diagramming tool included in the LibreOffice suite similar to Microsoft Visio. || libreoffice-still or libreoffice-fresh
  • Mockitt — Proprietary online design, prototyping, and collaboration platform. Based on the Electron platform. || mockittAUR
  • OpenOffice Draw — Vector graphics editor and diagramming tool included in the OpenOffice suite. || openoffice-binAUR
  • Pencil Project — GUI prototyping and mockup tool. Based on the Electron platform. || pencilAUR
  • sK1 — Replacement for Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw, oriented for "prepress ready" PostScript & PDF output. || sk1AUR
  • SvgVi — SVG viewer and editor using XML declarations. || svgviAUR
  • yEd — General-purpose proprietary diagramming program for flowcharts, network diagrams, UML diagrams, BPMN diagrams, mind maps, organization charts, and Entity Relationship diagrams. || yedAUR
  • Xfig — Interactive drawing tool. || xfigAUR

Font editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of font editors.

  • Birdfont — Font editor which lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, EOT and SVG fonts. || birdfont || fontforge
  • TruFont — Font-editing application. || trufontAUR

2D animation

  • enve — Flexible, user expandable 2D animation software. || enve-gitAUR
  • Glaxnimate — Vector 2D animation software, mainly for Lottie and TGS formats, but have a good standard animated SVG export || glaxnimateAUR
  • OpenToonz — 2D animation creation software. || opentoonz
  • Pencil2D — Easy, intuitive tool to make 2D hand-drawn animations. || pencil2d
  • qStopMotion — Application for creating stop-motion animation movies. The users will be able to create stop-motions from pictures imported from a camera or from the harddrive and export the animation to different video formats such as mpeg or avi. || qstopmotion
  • Scribl — Application to create simple video lectures that combine audio with hand-drawn animation.[dead link 2023-07-30 ⓘ] || scriblAUR
  • Stopmotion — Application to create stop-motion animations. It helps you capture and edit the frames of your animation and export them as a single file. || stopmotionAUR
  • Synfig Studio — 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. || synfigstudio
  • TupiTube Desk — Desktop application to create and share 2D animations, focused on kids and teenagers. || tupitube
  • Aseprite — Pixel art 2d animation || asepriteAUR
  • Pixelorama — Pixel art 2d animation || pixeloramaAUR
  • Tahoma2D — Free and powerful software for 2D and stop motion animators. Based on OpenToonz || tahoma2dAUR

The drawing application Krita and the 3D editor Blender (Grease Pencil mode) have both 2D animation features too.

3D computer graphics

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of 3D computer graphics software.

  • Art of Illusion — 3D modeling and rendering studio written in Java. || aoiAUR
  • Blender — Fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite capable of 3D modeling, texturing, and animation, among other things. || blender
  • Blockbench — A low-poly 3D model editor || blockbenchAUR
  • CloudCompare — 3D point cloud and mesh processing software. || cloudcompareAUR
  • Dust3D — 3D modeling software. It helps you create a 3D watertight base model in seconds. Use it to speed up your character modeling in game making, 3D printing, and so on. || dust3dAUR
  • F3D — A fast and minimalist KISS 3D viewer. Supported file formats: VTK (legacy and XML), STL, GLTF, PLY, OBJ, 3DS, … || f3d
  • Goxel — Open Source 3D voxel editor. || goxel
  • MakeHuman™ — Parametrical modeling program for creating human bodies. || makehumanAUR
  • MeshLab — System for processing and editing 3D triangular meshes. || meshlabAUR
  • Sweet Home 3D — Interior design software application for the planning and development of floor plans || sweethome3d
  • POV-Ray — Script-based raytracer for creating 3D graphics. || povray
  • VoxelShop — Extremely intuitive and powerful software to modify and create voxel objects. || voxelshopAUR
  • Wings 3D — Advanced subdivision modeler that is both powerful and easy to use. || wings3dAUR

Color pickers and palettes

  • Agave — Colorscheme designer tool for GNOME. || agaveAUR[broken link: package not found]
  • Chameleon — Simple color picker for X11 which outputs colors to stdout. || chameleon-gitAUR
  • ColorGrab — Cross-platform color picker. || colorgrabAUR
  • Color Palette — Tool for viewing the GNOME color palette as defined by the design guidelines. || paletteAUR
  • colorpicker — Click on a pixel on your screen and print its color value in RGB. Written for X11. || colorpickerAUR
  • Color Picker — Simplistic color picker for the Pantheon desktop. || color-pickerAUR
  • Coulr — Color box to help developers and designers. || coulrAUR
  • Deepin Picker — Color picker tool for Deepin desktop. || deepin-picker
  • delicolour — Lightweight GTK 3 color finder. || delicolourAUR
  • Gcolor3 — Simple GTK 3 color selector. || gcolor3
  • GPick — Advanced color picker tool. || gpick
  • KColorChooser — Simple application to select the color from the screen or from a pallete. Part of kde-graphics. || kcolorchooser
  • Kontrast — Tool to check contrast for colors that allows verifying that your colors are correctly accessible. Part of kde-accessibility. || kontrast
  • MATE Color Selection — Choose colors from the palette or the screen. Run with mate-color-select. || mate-desktop
  • Pick — Simple color picker tool for the Linux desktop. || pick-colour-pickerAUR
  • PrestoPalette — An artist's tool for creating harmonious color palettes. || prestopaletteAUR
  • xcolor — Lightweight color picker for X11. || xcolor


See Screen capture#Screenshot software.

Digital camera managers

See gPhoto#Installation.


Audio systems

See also the main article Sound system and Wikipedia:Sound server.

Audio players

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of audio player software.

Many applications in the #Video players section also support audio playback.

  • Music Player Daemon — Audio player that has a server-client architecture. In order to interface with it, a separate client is needed. || mpd
  • Funkwhale — self-hosted, modern, free and open-source music server, heavily inspired by Grooveshark. Instances can be federated. || funkwhaleAUR
  • Sonospy — A music server for Sonos that allows you overcome the 65,000 local track limit and also offers various customization options. || sonospy-gitAUR
  • Navidrome — Open source music server and streamer with a built in Web UI. Compatible with a wide range of third-party Android and iOS apps. || navidrome
  • cmus — Very feature-rich ncurses-based music player. || cmus
  • cplay-ng — Updated fork of cplay. || cplay-ng-gitAUR
  • davis — A CLI client for mpd, written in Rust. || davisAUR
  • MOC — Ncurses console audio player with support for the MP3, OGG, and WAV formats. || moc-pulseAUR
  • mous-ncurses — Lightweight audio player and converter for FreeBSD/Linux/macOS. || not packaged? search in AUR
  • mpg123 — Fast free MP3 console audio player for Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, HP-UX and nearly all other UNIX systems (also decodes MP1 and MP2 files). || mpg123
  • musikcube — A cross-platform, terminal-based music player, audio engine, metadata indexer, and server in c++. || musikcubeAUR
  • playmidi — Playmidi is a web and curses and SDL-based MIDI file player for Linux and MacOS and Chrome (via Web MIDI and Web Audio apis). || not packaged? search in AUR
  • vitunes — Curses-based music player and playlist manager with vim-like keybindings. || vitunesAUR
  • whistle — Curses-based commandline audio player. || whistle-gitAUR
  • XMMS2 — Complete rewrite of the popular music player. || xmms2
  • Blanket — Improve focus and increase your productivity by listening to different sounds. || blanket
  • Byte — Music player designed for elementary OS. || byteAUR
  • Clementine — Amarok 1.4 clone, ported to Qt5. See also Strawberry (below). || clementineAUR
  • Cozy — Modern audio book player for Linux using GTK 3. || cozy-audiobooksAUR
  • Exaile — GTK clone of Amarok. || exaileAUR
  • GNOME Music — Music player for GNOME. It aims to combine an elegant and immersive browsing experience with simple and straightforward controls. Part of gnome. || gnome-music
  • Guayadeque — Full featured media player that can easily manage large collections and uses the GStreamer media framework. || guayadequeAUR
  • Lollypop — A GNOME music player. || lollypop
  • Melody — Music player for listening to local music files, online radios and audio CD's. || playmymusicAUR
  • Pantheon Music — Simple, fast, and good looking music player. The official elementary music player. || pantheon-music
  • Parlatype — Minimal audio player for manual speech transcription, for GNOME. It plays audio sources to transcribe them in your favorite text application. || parlatypeAUR
  • Pragha — A lightweight two-panel GTK music manager written in C. || pragha
  • Quod Libet — Audio player written with GTK, Python and GStreamer with support for regular expressions in playlists. || quodlibet
  • Rhythmbox — GTK clone of iTunes, used by default in GNOME. || rhythmbox
  • Sayonara — Small, clear and fast audio player for Linux written in C++, uses the Qt framework. || sayonara-playerAUR
  • Strawberry — Fork of Clementine aimed at audio enthusiasts and music collectors. Uses Qt6. || strawberry
  • Tauon Music Box — Modern, comfortable and streamlined music player for the playback of your music collection. || tauon-music-boxAUR
  • Amarok — Mature Qt-based player known for its plethora of features. || amarokAUR
  • JuK — JuK is an audio jukebox application, supporting collections of MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC audio files. || juk
  • Yarock — Modern looking music player, packed with features, that doesn’t depend on any specific desktop environment. Yarock is designed to provide an easy and pretty music browser based on cover art.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || yarockAUR
  • Aqualung — Advanced music player, which plays audio CDs, internet radio streams and podcasts as well as soundfiles in just about any audio format and has the feature of inserting no gaps between adjacent tracks. || aqualungAUR || audacious
  • DeaDBeeF — Light and fast music player with many features, no GNOME or KDE dependencies, supports console-only, as well as a GTK GUI, comes with many plugins, and has a metadata editor. || deadbeefAUR
  • Deepin Music — Awesome music player with brilliant and tweakful UI Deepin-UI based. || deepin-music
  • Drumstick MIDI File Player — MIDI file player based on Drumstick. || dmidiplayerAUR
  • Elisa — Simple music player by the KDE community aiming to provide a nice experience for its users. || elisa
  • gmusicbrowser — Open-source jukebox for large collections of MP3/OGG/FLAC files. || gmusicbrowserAUR
  • Goggles Music Manager — 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
  • LXMusic — A minimalist xmms2-based music player.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || lxmusic
  • museeks — Minimalistic and easy to use music player. Based on the Electron platform. || museeks-binAUR
  • Musique — Just another music player, only better. || musiqueAUR
  • Qmmp — Qt-based multimedia player with a user interface that is similar to Winamp or XMMS. || qmmp
  • Soundux — Soundboard that features a simple user interface. || sounduxAUR
  • Vvave — Tiny Qt music player to keep your favorite songs at hand. || vvave

Internet radio listeners

  • GNOME Radio — Easily find live radio programs based on geographical location of radio broadcasters on the Internet. || gnome-radioAUR
  • Goodvibes — Lightweight internet radio player. || goodvibesAUR
  • Radiotray-NG — Internet radio player systray applet. || radiotray-ngAUR
  • Shortwave — GTK 3 application for finding and listening to internet radio stations. || shortwaveAUR
  • Tuner — Minimalist radio station player. || tunerAUR

Music streaming clients

  • Cider — An open source and community oriented Apple Music client for Windows, Linux, macOS, and more. Based on the Electron platform. || ciderAUR
  • Google Play Music Desktop Player — Beautiful cross platform desktop player for Google Play Music. Based on the Electron platform. || gpmdpAUR
  • Headset — Desktop application that turns YouTube into a world class music streaming service. Based on the Electron platform. || headsetAUR
  • MellowPlayer — A free, open source and cross-platform Qt-based desktop application that runs web-based music streaming services in its own window and provides integration with your desktop. || mellowplayerAUR
  • ncspot — Cross-platform ncurses Spotify client written in Rust, inspired by ncmpc and the likes. || ncspot-binAUR
  • Nuclear — Modern music player focused on streaming from free sources. Based on the Electron platform. || nuclear-player-binAUR
  • pianobar — Console-based frontend for the online radio Pandora. || pianobar
  • Pithos — Python/GTK Pandora Radio desktop client. || pithosAUR
  • Spotify — Proprietary music streaming service. It supports local playback and streaming from Spotify's vast library (requires a free account). || spotifyAUR
  • spotify-qt — Lightweight Spotify client using Qt. || spotify-qtAUR
  • spotify-tui — Spotify for the terminal written in Rust. || spotify-tuiAUR

Audio tag editors

  • Beets — Music library organizer, tagger and more. || beets
  • Demlo — Batch music tagger, encoder, renamer and more. || demloAUR
  • id3 — Command-line utility to edit ID3 1.x and 2.x tags. || id3AUR
  • id3v2 — Command line editor for id3v2 tags. || id3v2
  • MP3Info — MP3 technical info viewer and ID3 1.x tag editor. || mp3info
  • MP3Unicode — Command line utility to convert ID3 tags in mp3 files between different encodings. || mp3unicode
  • Taffy — Simple command-line tag editor for many audio formats. || taffyAUR
  • Tagutil — CLI tool to edit music file's tag. It aims to provide both an easy-to-script interface and ease of use interactively. || tagutilAUR
  • Audio Tag Tool — Tool to edit tags in MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files. || tagtoolAUR
  • Coquillo — Metadata editor for various audio formats. || coquilloAUR
  • EasyTag — Utility for viewing, editing and writing ID3 tags of music files, supports many audio formats. || easytag
  • Ex Falso — Cross-platform free and open source audio tag editor and library organizer. Run with exfalso. || quodlibet
  • GabTag — Audio tagging tool written in GTK. || gabtagAUR
  • Kid3 — MP3, Ogg/Vorbis, FLAC, MPC, MP4/AAC, MP2, Speex, TrueAudio, WavPack, WMA, WAV and AIFF files tag editor. || KDE: kid3, Qt: kid3-qt
  • KTag Editor — ID3v tag editor developed in Qt5 framework. Supported files are mp3, wav, ogg, wma, flac, asf. || ktageditorAUR
  • MP3Info GUI — MP3 technical info viewer and ID3 1.x tag editor. The graphical interface can be launched with the gmp3info command. || mp3info
  • NickvisionTagger — GTK Music file tag editor. Can load tags from MusicBrainz database. Works with mp3, ogg, flac, wma, and wav. Convert filenames to tags and tags to filenames. || taggerAUR
  • Picard — Cross-platform audio tag editor written in Python (the official MusicBrainz tagger). || picard
  • NTag — Graphical tag editor focused on everyday life use cases. || ntagAUR
  • Puddletag — Replacement for the famous MP3tag for Windows. || puddletagAUR
  • Qoobar — Universal Qt-based audio tagger (specialized for classical music). || qoobarAUR
  • Tag Editor — A tag editor with Qt GUI and command-line interface supporting MP4/M4A/AAC (iTunes), ID3v1/ID3v2, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC and Matroska. || tageditorAUR
  • Thunar Media Tags Plugin — Adds special features for media files to the Thunar File Manager, including the ability to edit tags. || thunar-media-tags-plugin


Lyrics players
  • Floodlight Presenter — Presentation and lyrics program for churches to display lyrics and media. || floodlight-presenterAUR
  • Give Me Lyrics — See the lyrics of the song that is playing, from any application. || givemelyricsAUR
  • OSD Lyrics — Lyric show compatible with various media players. || osdlyrics
Lyrics downloaders
  • clyrics — Extensible lyrics fetcher, with daemon support for cmus and mocp. || clyricsAUR
  • glyrc — Command-line music related metadata searchengine, including support for downloading lyrics. || glyr
Lyrics editors
  • Karaoke Lyrics Editor — Lyrics editor and CD+G/video exporter for Karaoke. || karlyriceditorAUR
  • LyricsX — Lyrics editor. || lyricsxAUR

Audio converters

  • Caudec — A multiprocess command line audio converter that supports many formats (FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Windows codecs and many more)[dead link 2023-05-07 ⓘ] || caudecAUR
  • Ecasound — Command line tools designed for multitrack audio processing. It can be used for simple tasks like audio playback, recording and format conversions, as well as for multitrack effect processing, mixing, recording and signal recycling. || ecasound
  • FFaudioConverter — Batch audio converter and effects processor. It can convert files or whole folders containing music and video files to other audio formats with FFmpeg. || ffaudioconverterAUR
  • Flacon — Extracts individual tracks from one big audio file containing the entire album of music and saves them as separate audio files. || flaconAUR
  • fre:ac — Audio converter and CD ripper with support for various popular formats and encoders. || freacAUR
  • Gnac — Audio converter for GNOME. || gnac
  • SoundConverter — A graphical application to convert audio files into different formats. || soundconverter
  • soundKonverter — Qt-based GUI front-end to various audio converters. || soundkonverter
  • SoX — Command line utility that can convert various formats of computer audio files into other formats. || sox

Audio editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of digital audio editors.

  • Audacity — Program that lets you manipulate digital audio waveforms. || audacity
  • GNOME Sound Recorder — Provides a straight-forward way to record and play audio. Part of gnome-extra. || gnome-sound-recorder || gwcAUR
  • Kwave — Sound editor for KDE. || kwave
  • mhWaveEdit — Graphical program for editing, playing and recording sound files. || mhwaveeditAUR
  • Mp3splt — Utility to split mp3, ogg vorbis and native FLAC files selecting a begin and an end time position, without decoding. || CLI: mp3splt, GUI: mp3splt-gtk
  • ocenaudio — Proprietary cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. || ocenaudio-binAUR
  • Play it Slowly — Play back audio files at a different speed or pitch. || playitslowly
  • Polyphone — A soundfont editor to create and edit a musical instrument based on samples, using the sf2 format. || polyphone
  • Snd — Advanced sound editor modeled loosely after Emacs. || snd
  • Swami — A SoundFont editor || swamiAUR
  • Sweep — Audio editor and live playback tool. || sweepAUR
  • WaveSurfer — Tool for sound visualization and manipulation. Typical applications are speech/sound analysis and sound annotation/transcription.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || wavesurferAUR

Digital audio workstations

See also Professional audio.

  • Ardour — Multichannel hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation. || ardour
  • Bitwig Studio — Proprietary professional digital audio workstation. || bitwig-studioAUR
  • Frinika — Digital audio workstation, features sequencer, soft-synths, realtime effects and audio recording. || frinikaAUR
  • LMMS — Digital audio workstation which allows you to produce music with your computer. || lmms
  • MusE — MIDI/Audio sequencer (digital audio workstation) with recording and editing capabilities, aims to be a complete multitrack virtual studio for Linux. || muse
  • Non — Modular digital audio workstation composed of four main parts: Timeline, Sequencer, Mixer and Session Manager. || non-timeline, non-sequencer, non-mixer, new-session-manager
  • Qtractor — Qt-based hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application that aims to provide digital audio workstation software simple enough for the average home user, and yet powerful enough for the professional user. || qtractor
  • REAPER — Proprietary digital audio workstation, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset. || reaper
  • Rosegarden — Digital audio workstation program developed with ALSA and Qt that acts as an audio and MIDI sequencer, scorewriter and musical composition and editing tool. || rosegarden
  • Tracktion Waveform — Proprietary digital audio workstation, specifically designed for the needs of modern music producers. || tracktion-waveformAUR
  • Zrythm — A highly automated and intuitive digital audio workstation. || zrythmAUR

Audio analyzers

  • audioprism — Spectrogram tool for PulseAudio input and WAV files. || audioprismAUR
  • BRP-PACU — Dual channel FFT based acoustic analysis tool to help engineers analyze live professional sound systems using the transfer function. || brp-pacuAUR
  • Baudline — Proprietary time-frequency and spectrogram analyzer || baudline-binAUR
  • FMIT — Graphical utility for tuning your musical instruments, with error and volume history and advanced features. || fmitAUR
  • Friture — Real-time audio analyzer. || fritureAUR
  • Mousai — Simple application for identifying songs using the API of || mousaiAUR
  • rtspeccy — Real time audio spectrum analyzer. || rtspeccy-gitAUR
  • sndpeek — Real-time audio visualization tool. || ALSA: sndpeek-alsaAUR, JACK: sndpeek-jackAUR
  • SongRec — Unofficial Shazam client to recognize audio from an arbitrary audio file or from the microphone, written in Rust. || songrec
  • Sonic Visualiser — Viewing, analyzing, and annotating the contents of music audio files. || sonic-visualiser
  • Spek — A barebones interface for ffmpeg's spectogram png output, helps to analyse your audio files by showing their spectrogram. || spekAUR


See also LilyPond#Front-ends and Wikipedia:Comparison of scorewriters.

  • Canorus — Music score editor. It supports an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, a MIDI playback of notes, chord markings, lyrics, import/export filters to formats like MIDI, MusicXML, ABC Music, MusiXTeX and LilyPond. || canorusAUR
  • Impro-Visor — Music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. || impro-visorAUR
  • LilyPond — Music engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music possible. || lilypond
  • MuseScore — Create, playback, and print sheet music. || musescore
  • TuxGuitar — Multitrack guitar tablature editor and player. || tuxguitarAUR

Audio synthesis environments

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of audio synthesis environments.

  • Blue — Music composition environment for Csound, written in Java. || csound-blueAUR
  • Cabbage — Framework for audio software development using simple markup text and the Csound audio synthesis language. || cabbage-binAUR || cardinal
  • ChucK — Strongly-timed, concurrent, and on-the-fly music programming language. || chuck
  • Csound — Sound and music computing system. || csound
  • CsoundQt — Frontend for Csound featuring a highlighting editor with autocomplete, interactive widgets and integrated help. || csoundqt
  • FoxDot — Live Coding with Python and SuperCollider. || foxdot
  • Pure Data — Real-time music and multimedia environment. || pd
  • Sonic Pi — Code-based music creation and performance tool. || sonic-pi
  • SuperCollider — Platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition, used by musicians, artists, and researchers working with sound. || supercollider
  • VCV Rack — Virtual Eurorack DAW. Use a plugin systems to add more Eurorack emulated modules. || vcvrackAUR

Sound generators

This section contains drum machines, software samplers and software synthesizers.

  • ADLMIDI — OPL3/OPN2 synthesizer using ADLMIDI. || adljack
  • ADLplug — FM Yamaha OPL3 synthesizer for ADLMIDI. || adlplug
  • Agordejo — Music and audio production session manager based on NSM. || agordejo
  • ams — Alsa Modular Synth. Realtime modular synthesizer and effect processor. || ams
  • amsynth — Analog Modelling SYNTHesizer. Easy-to-use software synthesizer with a classic subtractive synthesizer topology. || amsynth
  • DIN — Sound synthesizer and musical instrument. || din
  • Drumlabooh — LV2/VSTi drum machine with Hydrogen, SFZ, Drumlabooh kits support. || drumlaboohAUR
  • Drumstick — Set of MIDI tools: drum grid, MIDI player, virtual piano. || drumstick
  • Element — A modular LV2/VST3 audio plugin host. || element
  • Fluajho — SF2 soundfont sample player for JACK based on Fluidsynth. || fluajho
  • FluidSynth — Real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications. || fluidsynth
  • Geonkick — Synthesizer that can synthesize elements of percussion. The most basic examples are: kicks, snares, hit-hats, shakers, claps. || geonkick
  • Gigedit — Graphical instrument editor for sample based virtual instruments, based on the GigaStudio/Gigasampler file format. || gigedit
  • GrandOrgue — Virtual pipe organ sample player application supporting a HW1 compatible file format. || grandorgue-gitAUR
  • GSequencer — Provides various tools to play, create, edit and mix your own music. It features a step sequencer, piano roll, automation and wave-form editor. || gsequencerAUR
  • Helm — Software synthesizer to create electronic music on your computer. || helm-synth
  • Hydrogen — Advanced drum machine to create drum sequences. || hydrogen
  • JSampler — Java GUI for LinuxSampler software audio sampler. || jsampler
  • OPNplug — FM Yamaha OPN2 synthesizer for OPNMIDI. || opnplug
  • Patroneo — Easy to use pattern based midi sequencer. || patroneo
  • PySynth — Suite of simple music synthesizers and helper scripts written in Python 3. || python-pysynth-gitAUR
  • QMidiArp — Advanced MIDI arpeggiator, programmable step sequencer and LFO. || qmidiarp
  • QmidiCtl — MIDI remote controller application that sends MIDI data over the network, using UDP/IP multicast. || qmidictl
  • QmidiNet — MIDI network gateway application that sends and receives MIDI data over the network, using UDP/IP multicast. || qmidinet
  • QMidiRoute — MIDI router and processor for ALSA. || qmidiroute
  • Qsampler — Qt GUI for LinuxSampler software audio sampler. || qsampler
  • Qsynth — Qt GUI for Fluidsynth. || qsynth
  • Qwertone — Simple music synthesizer (like a toy-piano), but based on usual qwerty-keyboard for input. || qwertone-gitAUR
  • QXGEdit — Qt GUI for editing MIDI System Exclusive files for XG devices (eg. Yamaha DB50XG). || qxgedit
  • setBfree — DSP tonewheel organ. || setbfree
  • SpectMorph — Analyze samples of musical instruments and combine them (morphing). || spectmorph || surge-xt
  • TiMidity++ — Software synthesizer, which can play MIDI files by converting them into PCM waveform data. || timidity++
  • Vee One Suite — Old-school software instruments: synthv1, a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer; samplv1, a polyphonic sampler synthesizer; drumkv1, yet another drum-kit sampler; padthv1, a polyphonic additive synthesizer. || synthv1, samplv1, drumkv1, padthv1
  • Vico — Minimalistic Midi sequencer that is intended to be used in parallel with other software. || vico
  • VMPK — Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard. MIDI events generator and receiver. It can use midi SoundFonts to generate sound by itself, or can be used to drive a MIDI synthesizer. || vmpk
  • Yoshimi — Software synthesizer, a fork of ZynAddSubFX. || yoshimi
  • ZynAddSubFX — Fully featured software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments, from some common heard from expensive hardware to interesting sounds that you will boost to an amazing universe of sounds. || zynaddsubfx

Music trackers

  • Buzztrax — Music studio to compose songs using only a computer with a soundcard. || buzztraxAUR
  • FamiStudio — Very simple music editor for the Nintendo Entertainment System or Famicom. || famistudioAUR || ft2-clone
  • Furnace — A chiptune tracker compatible with DefleMask modules. Emulates a variety of sound chips. || furnace
  • klystrack — Tracker for making C64/NES/Amiga-style chiptunes on a modern platform. || klystrack-gitAUR
  • MilkyTracker — Music application for creating .MOD and .XM module files. || milkytracker
  • OpenMPT — Tracker software to create and play back some great music on your computer. || openmptAUR
  • ProTracker 2 — A clone of the original tracker from the amiga. Written using SDL2 in C. || pt2-clone
  • Radium — Music editor with a new type of interface. || radiumAUR
  • Schism Tracker — Create high quality music without the requirements of specialized, expensive equipment, and with a unique "finger feel" that is difficult to replicate in part. || schismtracker
  • SunVox — Small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker). || sunvoxAUR


  • Giada — Minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. || giadaAUR
  • IDJC — Powerful yet easy to use source-client for individuals interested in streaming live radio shows over the Internet using Shoutcast or Icecast servers. || idjcAUR
  • Linux Show Player — Powerful and feature-rich software to arrange cue lists. Designed for theater plays and live music shows. || linux-show-playerAUR
  • Luppp — Music creation tool, intended for live use. The focus is on real time processing and a fast and intuitive workflow. || luppp
  • Mixxx — Integrates the tools DJs need to perform creative live mixes with digital music files. || mixxx
  • Seq24 — Minimal loop based MIDI sequencer for a live performance with a very simple interface for editing and playing MIDI 'loops'. || seq24-bzrAUR
  • xwax — Digital Vinyl System (DVS) for Linux. It allows DJs and turntablists to playback digital audio files (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and more), controlled using a normal pair of turntables via timecoded vinyls. || xwax

Audio effects

  • Calf Plugin Pack for JACK — Process and produce sounds using a set of plugins with JACK interface. (calfjackhost) || calf
  • Carla — Audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. || carla
  • guitarix — Virtual guitar amplifier for JACK. || guitarix
  • EasyEffects — Apply effects to audio applications and input sources over PipeWire (or PulseAudio with legacy package). || easyeffects, pulseeffects-legacy-gitAUR
  • Rakarrack — Richly featured multi-effects processor emulating a guitar effects pedalboard. || rakarrackAUR

Audio visualizers

  • Barva — Visualizer for PulseAudio that pulses the background of your terminal. || barva-gitAUR
  • C.A.V.A. — Console-based audio visualizer for ALSA, MPD and PulseAudio. || cavaAUR
  • Cavalcade — GTK GUI for C.A.V.A. || cavalcade-gitAUR
  • cli-visualizer — Highly configurable CLI-based audio visualizer. || cli-visualizerAUR
  • GLava — OpenGL audio spectrum visualizer. Its primary use case is for desktop windows or backgrounds. || glava
  • GLMViz — Fully configurable OpenGL music visualizer. || glmviz-gitAUR
  • Le Biniou — User-friendly, powerful music visualization / VJing tool. || lebiniouAUR
  • projectM — Music visualizer which uses 3D accelerated iterative image-based rendering. || projectm-pulseaudio
  • VSXu — OpenGL-based (hardware-accelerated), modular programming environment with its main purpose to visualize music and create graphic effects in real-time. || vsxuAUR

Remote audio

  • jammr — Play jam sessions with musicians around the world over the internet. || jammrAUR
  • Jamulus — Enables musicians to perform real-time jam sessions over the internet. || jamulusAUR
  • netaudio — List, configure, and control Audinate Dante network audio devices. || python-netaudioAUR
  • Noson — Fast and smart controller for SONOS devices. || noson-appAUR
  • SonoBus — Application for streaming high-quality, low-latency peer-to-peer audio between devices over the internet or a local network. || sonobusAUR
  • Upplay — Qt-based UPnP audio control point. || upplayAUR

Volume control

See also PulseAudio#Front-ends and JACK Audio Connection Kit#Comparison of JACK control GUIs.

  • alsamixer — Soundcard mixer for ALSA soundcard driver, with ncurses interface. || alsa-utils
  • AlsaVolume — Tray ALSA volume changer written using gtkmm. || cpp-alsa-volumeAUR
  • AMixST — Volume wheel using ALSA and Qt5.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || amixstAUR
  • Emixer — Utility to control volume levels. Part of Enlightenment. || enlightenment
  • GNOME ALSA Mixer — ALSA mixer for GNOME. || gnome-alsamixerAUR
  • GVolWheel — Audio mixer which lets you control the volume through a tray icon. || gvolwheelAUR
  • KMix — KDE volume control program. || kmix
  • MATE Volume Control — Audio mixer application and system tray applet for MATE to mix audio and adjust volume levels of various audio mixer devices. || mate-media
  • PNMixer — A fork of Obmixer. It has many new features such as ALSA channel selection, connect/disconnect detection, shortcuts, etc. || pnmixerAUR
  • QasTools — Collection of desktop applications for the Linux sound system ALSA. It provides QasMixer (mixer), QasHctl (HCTL mixer) and QasConfig (configuration browser). || qastools
  • Retrovol — Retro-looking volume setting tray applet. || retrovolAUR
  • Volctl — Per-application system tray applet volume control and OSD for PulseAudio. || volctlAUR
  • Volnoti — A lightweight volume notification daemon for GNU/Linux and other POSIX operating systems. || volnotiAUR
  • Volti — A GTK application for controlling audio volume from system tray with an internal mixer and support for multimedia keys that uses only ALSA. || voltiAUR
  • Volume Icon — Another volume control for your system tray with channel selection, themes and an external mixer. || volumeicon
  • VolWheel — A little application which lets you control the sound volume easily through a tray icon you can scroll on. || volwheelAUR
  • Xfce ALSA Panel Plugin — Simple ALSA volume control plugin for Xfce4 panel. || xfce4-alsa-pluginAUR

CD ripping

See Optical disc drive#Audio CD.


Video players

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of video player software.

  • FFplay — Very simple and portable media player using the FFmpeg libraries and the SDL library. It is mostly used as a testbed for the various FFmpeg APIs. || ffmpeg
  • gst-play-1.0 — Simple command line playback testing tool for GStreamer. || gst-plugins-base-libs
  • MPlayer — Video player that supports a complete and versatile array of video and audio formats. || mplayer
  • mpv — Movie player based on MPlayer and mplayer2. || mpv
  • VLC media player — Command-line version of the famous video player that can play smoothly high definition videos in the TTY. The rc interface can be launched with vlc -I rc, and the ncurses interface can be launched with vlc -I ncurses. || vlc
  • Cinema — Video player and manager for watching local video files. || playmyvideosAUR
  • Clapper — GNOME media player built using GJS with GTK4 toolkit and powered by GStreamer with OpenGL rendering. || clapperAUR
  • Glide — Simple and minimalistic media player relying on GStreamer for the multimedia support and GTK for the user interface. || glide || totem
  • Identity — Program for comparing multiple versions of an image or video. || identityAUR
  • Movie Monad — Free and simple to use video player made with Haskell using GStreamer and GTK. Precompiled and no Haskell dependency in run-time. || movie-monadAUR
  • Pantheon Videos — Video player and library designed for elementary OS using GStreamer. || pantheon-videos
  • Parole — Modern media player based on the GStreamer framework. || parole
  • Rage — Video and audio player written with Enlightenment Foundation Libraries with some extra bells and whistles. Uses GStreamer || rage
  • Snappy — Powerful media player with a minimalistic interface that uses GStreamer. || snappy-player
  • Spivak — Karaoke player based on GStreamer and Qt5. || spivakAUR
  • Baka MPlayer — Free and open source, cross-platform, mpv based multimedia player (Qt 5). || baka-mplayer
  • Bomi — bomi is a graphical user interface(GUI) player based on mpv for Linux. || bomi-gitAUR
  • Celluloid — Simple GTK frontend for mpv, formerly GNOME MPV. || celluloid
  • Clip — Video player and collection manager utilizing mpv as the backend. || maui-clip
  • Deepin Movie — Movie player for Deepin desktop based on mpv. || deepin-movie
  • Haruna Video Player — Qt/QML video player built on top of mpv. || haruna
  • Kawaii-Player — Audio/video manager and multimedia player (based on mpv) with PC-to-PC casting feature, along with functionalities of portable media server and torrent streaming server. || kawaii-playerAUR || mpc-qtAUR
  • Minitube — YouTube desktop application written in C++ using mpv and Qt. || minitube
  • MoonPlayer — Video player for playing and downloading online videos from YouTube, Youku etc. || moonplayerAUR
  • mpv — Very basic GUI for mpv. Can be launched with mpv --player-operation-mode=pseudo-gui. || mpv
  • mpvz — Qt5/QML based GUI for libmpv. Based on the Tethys theme for Bomi. || mpvz-gitAUR
  • ImPlay — Cross-Platform Desktop Media Player, built on top of mpv and ImGui. || implayAUR
  • SMPlayer — Qt multimedia player with extra features (CSS themes, YouTube integration, etc.) based on mpv. It can use MPlayer as alternative backend. || smplayer
  • xt7-player-mpv — Qt/Gambas GUI to mpv with a rich set of configurable options including filters and drivers, ladspa plugins support as well as library/playlist management, YouTube, online radios, podcasts, DVB-T and more. || xt7-player-mpvAUR
  • GNOME MPlayer — Simple GTK-based GUI for MPlayer. || gnome-mplayer
Phonon-based || dragon
  • KMPlayer — Simple Phonon-based video player for KDE and video player plugin for Konqueror. It can use MPlayer as alternative backend. || kmplayerAUR
  • Electronplayer — An application using the Electron framework. It is used for viewing Netflix, YouTube, Twitch, Floatplane, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and more. Most notably to isolate the cookies from these websites from your main web browser. || electronplayerAUR
  • FreeTube — Desktop YouTube player built with privacy in mind. Use YouTube without advertisements and prevent Google from tracking you with their cookies and JavaScript. Based on the Electron platform. || freetubeAUR
  • Kaffeine — Very versatile KDE media player that, by default, utilizes VLC as its backend and has excellent support of digital TV (DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S). || kaffeine
  • Kaku — Highly integrated music player supports different online platform like YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo and more. Based on the Electron platform. || kaku-binAUR
  • Kodi — Media player and entertainment hub for digital media. || kodi
  • QMPlay2 — Qt based video player. It can play and stream all formats supported by FFmpeg and libmodplug. It has on integrated module system, which includes a YouTube browser. || qmplay2AUR
  • QtAV Player — Simple media player based on QtAV and FFmpeg. Run with Player or QMLPlayer. || qtavAUR
  • Stremio — Extensible media center. || stremioAUR
  • tvtime — High quality television application for use with video capture cards. || tvtime
  • VLC media player — Middleweight video player with support for a wide variety of audio and video formats. || vlc
  • xine — Free multimedia player. || xine-ui
  • Xjadeo — Video player that displays a video-clip in sync with an external time source (MTC, LTC, JACK-transport). || xjadeo
  • YUView — Qt-based YUV player with an advanced analytic toolset. || yuviewAUR

Video converters

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of video converters and Codecs and containers#Container format tools.

  • Avidemux CLI — Free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. || avidemux-cli
  • FFmpeg — Complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. || ffmpeg
  • HandBrake CLI — Simple yet powerful video transcoder ideal for batch mkv/x264 ripping. || handbrake-cli
  • MEncoder — Free command line video decoding, encoding and filtering tool. || mencoder
  • Transcode — Command line tool for video stream processing. || transcodeAUR
  • Ciano — Simple multimedia file converter using FFmpeg and ImageMagick. || ciano
  • FFmpegYAG — Advanced GUI for the popular FFmpeg audio/video encoding tool. || ffmpegyagAUR[broken link: package not found]
  • FF Multi Converter — Simple graphical application which enables you to convert audio, video, image and document files between all popular formats, by utilizing other command-line tools. || ffmulticonverterAUR
  • HandBrake — Simple yet powerful video transcoder ideal for batch mkv/x264 ripping. GTK version. || handbrake
  • QWinFF — Qt5 GUI for FFmpeg that can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. || qwinffAUR
  • Transmageddon — Simple python application for transcoding video into formats supported by GStreamer. || transmageddon
  • WinFF — Graphical video and audio batch converter using FFmpeg. || winffAUR

Video editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of video editing software.

  • Avidemux — Free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. || avidemux-qt
  • Blender — Fully integrated 3D graphics creation suite with a built-in non-linear video editor. || blender || cinelerra-cv-gitAUR || cinelerra-gg-gitAUR || davinci-resolveAUR
  • Flowblade — Multitrack non-linear video editor for Linux, designed to provide a fast, robust editing experience. || flowblade
  • Kdenlive — Non-linear video editor designed for basic to semi-professional work. || kdenlive
  • Lightworks — Professional proprietary non-linear editing system for editing and mastering digital video in various formats. || lightworksAUR
  • LiVES — Video editor and VJ (live performance) platform. || livesAUR
  • LosslessCut — GUI tool for lossless trimming/cutting of video/audio files. Based on the Electron platform. || losslesscut-binAUR
  • Natron — Open-source compositing software. Node-graph based. Similar in functionalities to Adobe After Effects and Nuke by The Foundry. || natronAUR
  • Olive — Non-linear video editor aiming to provide a fully-featured alternative to high-end professional video editing software. || oliveAUR
  • OpenShot — Non-linear video editor based on MLT framework. || openshot
  • Pitivi — Video editor designed to be intuitive and integrate well in the GNOME desktop. || pitivi
  • Shotcut — Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. || shotcut
  • V2Mixer — free cross-platform movie editor,mixer || v2mixer-binAUR
  • VapourSynth Editor — Editor for VapourSynth scripts. || vapoursynth-editorAUR
  • VidCutter — Fast lossless media cutter + joiner w/ frame-accurate SmartCut options powered by mpv, FFmpeg via a sleek Qt5 GUI. || vidcutter
  • Video Trimmer — Cut out a fragment of a video given the start and end timestamps. The video is never re-encoded, so the process is very fast and does not reduce the video quality. || video-trimmerAUR


Subtitle players
  • Penguin Subtitle Player — Standalone subtitle player that provides a translucent window which always stays on the top so subtitles can be shown on top of the video without blocking anything. || penguin-subtitle-player
  • SubtitlesPrinter — Print subtitles above a X-screen, independently of the video player. || subtitles-printer-gitAUR
Subtitle downloaders
  • QNapi — Qt client for downloading movie subtitles from NapiProjekt, OpenSubtitles, Napisy24. || qnapi
  • subdl — Command-line tool for downloading subtitles from || subdl
  • SubDownloader — Automatic download/upload of subtitles using fast hashing. || subdownloaderAUR
Subtitle editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of subtitle editors. || aegisub
  • Gaupol — Full-featured subtitle editor. || gaupol || gnome-subtitles
  • Jubler — Open-source multiplatform subtitle editor written in Java. || jublerAUR
  • Subtitle Composer — Subtitle editor for KDE supporting various formats, features different player backends, able to display wave form. || subtitlecomposerAUR
  • Subtitle Edit — Subtitle editing program. Written in C# using mono. || subtitleeditAUR
  • Subtitle Editor — GTK 3 tool to edit subtitles for GNU/Linux/*BSD. || subtitleeditor


See Screen capture#Screencast software.


Miracast is a standard for wireless connections from sending devices to display receivers mainly using Wi-Fi Direct. Use iw dev to check your hardware support.

  • GNOME Network Displays — GTK application to cast your desktop to a remote display. Not specific to the GNOME environment, depends on PipeWire. || gnome-network-displaysAUR
  • MiracleCast — Command line tools to connect external monitors to your system via Wi-Fi Display specification also known as Miracast. || miraclecast-gitAUR


See also FFmpeg#Recording webcam and Wikipedia:Comparison of webcam software.

  • Cheese — Take photos and videos with your webcam, with fun graphical effects. Part of gnome-extra. || cheese
  • Deepin Camera — Tool to view camera, take photo and video. || deepin-camera
  • fswebcam — Small and simple command line webcam software that generates images for a webcam. || fswebcamAUR
  • Guvcview — Simple interface for capturing and viewing video from v4l2 devices. || GTK: guvcview, Qt: guvcview-qt
  • cameractrls — Command line and graphical application for configuring v4l2 devices. || cameractrls
  • Kamoso — Webcam recorder from KDE community. || kamoso
  • MJPG-streamer — Command line application which can be used to stream M-JPEG over an IP-based network from a webcam to various types of viewers. || mjpg-streamer-gitAUR
  • Motion — Highly configurable program that monitors video signals from many types of cameras. It is able to detect if a significant part of the picture has changed; in other words, it can detect motion. || motion
  • Pantheon Camera — Camera application designed for elementary OS. || pantheon-camera
  • QtCAM — Webcam software with more than 10 image control settings, extension settings and color space switching. || qtcam-gitAUR
  • v4l2loopback — Kernel module that allows to create virtual video (v4l2) devices. This can be used to create virtual webcams with video passed by programs like FFmpeg. || v4l2loopback-dkms
  • Snapshot — Take pictures and videos. Part of gnome. || snapshot
  • v4l2ucp — Universal control panel for V4L2 devices. || v4l2ucpAUR
  • v4l-utils — Provides a series of utilities for media devices. || v4l-utils
  • Webcamoid — Full featured webcam suite. || webcamoidAUR

DVD authoring

See also Wikipedia:List of DVD authoring applications.

  • Bombono DVD — DVD authoring program with nice and clean GUI. || bombono-dvdAUR
  • Devede — Program to create VideoDVDs and CDs. || devede
  • DVDStyler — DVD authoring application for the creation of professional-looking DVDs. || dvdstyler

DVD ripping

See Optical disc drive#DVD-Video.

Video thumbnails

  • vcsi — Create video contact sheets. A video contact sheet is an image composed of video capture thumbnails arranged on a grid. || vcsiAUR
  • Video Contact Sheet — Bash script meant to create video contact sheets (previews) of videos. Any video supported by mplayer and ffmpeg can be used. || video-contact-sheetAUR

Collection managers

  • Data Crow — Media cataloger and media organizer. || datacrowAUR
  • GCstar — GNOME application for organizing various collections (board games, comic books, movies, stamps, etc.). || gcstarAUR
  • Griffith — Movie collection manager application. || griffith
  • MediaElch — Media manager for Kodi. Information about movies, TV shows, concerts and music are stored as nfo files. || mediaelch
  • Tellico — KDE application for organizing various collections (books, video, music, coins, etc.). || tellico
  • tinyMediaManager — Media management tool to provide metadata for Kodi. || tiny-media-managerAUR
  • vMovieDB — Movie collection manager for the Gnome desktop. || vmoviedbAUR

Media servers

  • Airsonic — Web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music. (Fork of Subsonic.) || airsonicAUR
  • DMS — A UPnP DLNA Digital Media Server that includes basic video transcoding (thus with minimum dependencies). || dmsAUR
  • Emby — Proprietary media server, which automatically converts and streams your media on-the-fly to play on any device. || emby-server
  • Gerbera — UPnP Media Server to stream your media to devices on your home network. (Fork of MediaTomb.) || gerbera
  • Icecast — Streaming media (audio/video) server which currently supports Ogg (Vorbis and Theora), Opus, WebM and MP3 streams. || icecast
  • Jellyfin — Media system that puts you in control of managing and streaming your media. || Server: jellyfinAUR[broken link: package not found], desktop client: jellyfin-media-playerAUR, cast client: jellyfin-mpv-shimAUR
  • OwnTone — DAAP (iTunes) and MPD media server with support for AirPlay devices, Apple Remote, Chromecast, Spotify and internet radio. || owntone-serverAUR
  • Plex — Proprietary media server, which organizes your personal video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your devices. || plex-media-serverAUR
  • ReadyMedia — Simple media server software, with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. || minidlna
  • Rygel — UPnP AV MediaServer and MediaRenderer that allows you to easily share audio, video and pictures, and control of media player on your home network. Part of gnome. || rygel
  • Serviio — Proprietary media server, which allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console or mobile phone) on your connected home network. || serviioAUR
  • Subsonic — Proprietary media server to stream from your own computer. || subsonicAUR
  • Tvheadend — TV streaming server and recorder supporting DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-C, DVB-T, ATSC, ISDB-T, IPTV, SAT>IP and HDHomeRun as input sources. || tvheadendAUR
  • Universal Media Server — UPnP media server, which is capable of sharing video, audio and images between most modern devices. (Fork of PS3 Media Server.) || umsAUR


  • CoreInfo — Simple media metadata viewer built on mediainfo library. Part of C-Suite.[dead link 2023-06-17 ⓘ] || coreinfoAUR
  • DV Analyzer — Technical quality control and reporting tool that examines DV streams in order to report errors. || CLI: dvanalyzerAUR, GUI: dvanalyzer-guiAUR
  • ExifTool — Command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files. || perl-image-exiftool
  • ExifCleaner — Desktop app to clean metadata from images, videos, PDFs, and other files. || exifcleaner-binAUR
  • Exiv2 — Command line utility to manage image metadata. It provides fast and easy read and write access to the Exif, IPTC and XMP metadata and the ICC Profile embedded within digital images in various formats. || exiv2
  • ffprobe — Gather information from multimedia streams and print it in human- and machine-readable fashion. || ffmpeg
  • jExifToolGUI — Java/Swing graphical frontend for ExifTool, which reads and writes all kind of metadata tags from/to image files. || jexiftoolguiAUR
  • jhead — Exif jpeg header manipulation tool. || jhead
  • mat2 — Metadata removal tool, supporting a wide range of commonly used file formats. || mat2
  • MediaConch — Implementation checker, policy checker, reporter, and fixer. || CLI: mediaconchAUR, GUI: mediaconch-guiAUR
  • MediaInfo — Convenient unified display of the most relevant technical and tag data for video and audio files. || CLI: mediainfo, GUI: mediainfo-gui
  • sndfile-info — Obtaining information about the contents of an audio file. || libsndfile

Mobile device managers

  • Android 2 Linux Notifications — Display your Android phone notifications on your desktop using a LAN connection. || a2lnAUR || android-file-transfer || gmtp
  • gnokii — Tools and user space driver for use with mobile phones. || gnokiiAUR
  • GNOME Phone Manager — Control your mobile phone from your GNOME desktop. || gnome-phone-managerAUR
  • gtkpod — GUI for Apple's iPod using GTK. It allows you to import your existing iTunes database, add songs, podcasts, videos and cover art, and to edit ID3 tags. || gtkpodAUR || kdeconnect
  • Modem Manager GUI — Control EDGE/3G/4G broadband modem specific functions. || modem-manager-gui
  • Ttwatch — Linux TomTom GPS Watch Utilities. || ttwatch-gitAUR
  • Wammu — Manage data in your cell phone such as contacts, calendar or messages. || wammuAUR

Optical disc burning

See Optical disc drive#Burning CD/DVD/BD with a GUI.

Personal video recorders

  • MythTV — A homebrew PVR project. || mythtv-gitAUR
  • XMLTV — Set of utilities to download tv listings and format them in xml. || xmltvAUR



Command shells

See the main article: Command-line shell.

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of command shells.

Terminal emulators

Terminal emulators show a GUI Window that contains a terminal. Most emulate Xterm, which in turn emulates VT102, which emulates typewriter. For further background information, see Wikipedia:Terminal emulator.

For a comprehensive list, see Wikipedia:List of terminal emulators.

  • Alacritty — A cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator. || alacritty
  • aterm — Xterm replacement with transparency support. It has been deprecated in favour of urxvt since 2008. || atermAUR
  • Contour — A modern and fast terminal emulator with truly full Unicode support including ZJW (unlike 99% of TE). || contourAUR
  • cool-retro-term — A good looking terminal emulator which mimics the old cathode display. || cool-retro-term
  • CoreTerminal — Terminal emulator based on qtermwidget. Part of C-Suite. || coreterminalAUR
  • CuteCom — A graphical serial terminal. || cutecomAUR
  • Darktile — GPU rendered terminal emulator designed for tiling window managers. || darktileAUR
  • Deepin Terminal — Terminal emulation application for Deepin desktop. || deepin-terminal
  • Eterm — Terminal emulator intended as a replacement for xterm and designed for the Enlightenment desktop. || etermAUR
  • Extraterm — A terminal emulator with support for images in terminal, Unicode, font ligature, text zoom, etc. || extraterm-binAUR
  • foot — Lightweight terminal emulator for Wayland with sixel support || foot
  • Hyper — A terminal with JS/CSS support. Based on the Electron platform. || hyperAUR
  • Konsole — Terminal emulator included in the KDE desktop. || konsole
  • kitty — A modern, hackable, featureful, OpenGL based terminal emulator || kitty
  • Liri Terminal — Material Design terminal for Liri. || liri-terminal
  • mlterm — A multi-lingual terminal emulator supporting various character sets and encodings, variable-width fonts and bidi rendering. || mlterm-gitAUR
  • moserial — GTK-based serial terminal for the GNOME desktop. || moserial
  • PuTTY — Highly configurable ssh/telnet/serial console program. || putty
  • QTerminal — Lightweight Qt-based terminal emulator. || qterminal
  • shellinabox — A web-based SSH Terminal || shellinabox-gitAUR
  • st — Simple terminal implementation for X. || stAUR
  • Station — Terminal emulation features different view modes such as split vertically and horizontally, a tabbed interface, and copy and paste commands. || maui-station
  • Tabby — A terminal for a more modern age with Unicode support. || tabbyAUR
  • Terminology — Terminal emulator by the Enlightenment project team with innovative features: file thumbnails and media play like a media player. || terminology
  • urxvt — Highly extendable (with Perl) unicode enabled rxvt-clone terminal emulator featuring tabbing, url launching, a Quake style drop-down mode and pseudo-transparency. || rxvt-unicode
  • wayst — Simple terminal emulator for Wayland and X11 with OpenGL rendering and minimal dependencies. || wayst-gitAUR
  • xterm — Simple terminal emulator for the X Window System. It provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible terminals for programs that cannot use the window system directly. || xterm
  • Yakuake — Drop-down terminal (Quake style) emulator based on Konsole. || yakuake
  • zutty — A high-end terminal for low-end systems. || zutty
Tip: wezterm, listed in terminal multiplexer is also a terminal emulator.

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.

  • Deepin Terminal (GTK version) — Old terminal emulation application for Deepin desktop. || deepin-terminal-gtk
  • EasySSH — SSH Connection Manager. || easysshAUR
  • Germinal — Minimalist terminal emulator which provides a borderless maximized terminal, attached to a tmux session by default, hence providing tabs and panels. || germinalAUR
  • GNOME Console — Formerly known as King’s Cross, a simple user-friendly terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop. Part of gnome. || gnome-console || gnome-terminal
  • Black Box Terminal — An elegant and customizable terminal for GNOME. || blackbox-terminalAUR
  • Guake — Drop-down terminal for the GNOME desktop.[dead link 2023-10-29 ⓘ] || guake
  • kermit — A VTE-based terminal emulator that aims to be simple, fast and effective. || kermitAUR
  • LXTerminal — Desktop independent terminal emulator for LXDE.[dead link 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || lxterminal || mate-terminal
  • Pantheon Terminal — A super lightweight, beautiful, and simple terminal emulator. It is designed to be setup with sane defaults and little to no configuration. || pantheon-terminal
  • ROXTerm — Tabbed terminal emulator with a small footprint. || roxtermAUR
  • sakura — Terminal emulator based on GTK and VTE. || sakuraAUR
  • Terminator — Terminal emulator supporting multiple resizable terminal panels. || terminator
  • Termite — Keyboard-centric VTE-based terminal, aimed at use within a window manager with tiling and/or tabbing support. Unmaintained - the developers recommend switching to Alacritty. || termiteAUR
  • Termit — Simple VTE-based terminal emulator with Lua scripting support || termit-gitAUR
  • Tilda — Configurable drop down terminal emulator. || tilda
  • Tilix — Tiling terminal emulator for GNOME. || tilix
  • tym — Lua-configurable terminal emulator || tymAUR
  • Xfce Terminal — Terminal emulator included in the Xfce desktop with support for a colorized prompt and a tabbed interface. || xfce4-terminal

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. || kmsconAUR

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

  • yaft — A simple terminal emulator for living without X, with UCS2 glyphs, wallpaper and 256color support. || yaftAUR
  • Fbterm — a fast FrameBuffer based TERMinal emulator for linux || fbtermAUR

Terminal pagers

See also Wikipedia:Terminal pager.

  • less — A program similar to more, but with support for both forward and backward scrolling, as well as partial loading of files. || less
  • mcview — A pager with mouse and colour support. It is bundled with midnight commander. || mc
  • moar — Moar is a pager. It's designed to just do the right thing without any configuration. || moarAUR
  • more — A simple and feature-light pager. It is a part of util-linux. || util-linux
  • most — A pager with support for multiple windows, left and right scrolling, and built-in colour support || most

Terminal multiplexers

See also Wikipedia:Terminal multiplexer.

  • abduco — Tool for session attach and detach support which allows a process to run independently from its controlling terminal. || abduco
  • byobu — An GPLv3 licensed addon for tmux or screen. It requires a terminal multiplexer installed. || byobu || dtachAUR
  • dvtmdwm-style window manager in the console. || dvtm
  • GNU Screen — Full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal. || screen
  • mtm — Simple terminal multiplexer with just four commands: change focus, split, close, and screen redraw. || mtm-gitAUR
  • tmate — A fork of tmux aiming to help with remote access and pair programming. || tmate
  • tmux — BSD licensed terminal multiplexer. || tmux
  • zellij — Terminal multiplexer on steroids written in Rust || zellij
  • wezterm — GPU-accelerated cross-platform terminal emulator and multiplexer implemented in Rust. || wezterm
Tip: Kitty, a terminal emulator, offers similar functions.


File managers

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file managers.

  • Clex — File manager with full-screen user interface || clexAUR
  • CliFM — The command line file manager: full-featured, fast, extensible, and lightweight as hell. || clifmAUR
  • ded — directory editor, file manager similar to Emacs dired || dedAUR || emacs
  • fff — A simple file manager written in Bash. || fff
  • fm — A terminal based file manager. || fm-gitAUR
  • joshuto — ranger-like terminal file manager written in Rust. || joshuto-gitAUR
  • Last File Manager — Powerful file manager written in Python 3 with a curses interface. || lfmAUR
  • lf — Terminal file manager written in Go using server/client architecture. || lf || mc
  • nffm — "Nothing Fancy File Manager", a mouseless ncurses file manager written in C. || nffm-gitAUR
  • nnn — Tiny, lightning fast, feature-packed file manager. || nnn
  • Pilot — File manager that comes with the Alpine email client.[dead link 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || alpine-gitAUR
  • Ranger — Console-based file manager with vi bindings, customizability, and lots of features. || ranger
  • sfm — simple file manager for unix-like systems. || sfmAUR
  • TUIFI Manager — A cross-platform terminal-based termux-oriented file manager (and component), meant to be used with a Uni-Curses project or as is. || tuifimanagerAUR
  • Vifm — Ncurses-based two-panel file manager with vi-like keybindings. || vifm
  • xplr — A hackable, minimal, fast TUI file explorer. || xplr
  • Caja — The file manager for the MATE desktop. || caja
  • CoreFM — Simple lightweight easy to use file manager with many features like image previews, mime-icon support, split view, auto-mounting of removable media, drag-n-drop support etc. Part of C-Suite. || corefmAUR
  • Deepin File Manager — File manager developed for Deepin. || deepin-file-manager
  • Dolphin — File manager included in the KDE desktop. || dolphin
  • fm — Small, general purpose file manager built with GTK4. ||
  • Gentoo — A lightweight file manager for GTK. || gentooAUR
  • GNOME Files — Extensible, heavyweight file manager used by default in GNOME with support for custom scripts. Part of gnome. || nautilus
  • Index — File manager that lets you browse your system files and applications and preview your music, text, image and video files and share them with external applications. || index-fm
  • Konqueror — File manager and web browser for the KDE desktop. || konqueror
  • Liri Files — The file manager for Liri. || liri-files
  • Nemo — Nemo is the file manager of the Cinnamon desktop. A fork of Nautilus. || nemo
  • Pantheon Files — File browser designed for elementary OS. || pantheon-files
  • PathFinder — File browser that comes with the FOX toolkit. || fox
  • PCManFM — Very fast and lightweight file manager which can also optionally manage the desktop icons and background.[dead link 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || pcmanfm, pcmanfm-gtk3
  • PCManFM-Qt — Qt port of PCManFM file manager. || pcmanfm-qt
  • Peony — File manager for the UKUI desktop. || peony
  • qtFM — Small, lightweight filemanager for Linux desktops based on pure Qt. || qtfmAUR
  • ROX Filer — Small and fast file manager which can optionally manage the desktop background and panels. || roxAUR
  • Thunar — File manager that can be run as a daemon with excellent start up and directory load times. || thunar

Note that some of these twin-panel file managers can also be set to have only one pane.

  • Double Commander — File manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas. || GTK: doublecmd-gtk2, Qt5: doublecmd-qt5 || gnome-commanderAUR
  • Krusader — Advanced twin panel (Midnight Commander style) file manager for the KDE desktop. || krusader
  • muCommander — A lightweight, cross-platform file manager with a dual-pane interface written in Java. || mucommanderAUR
  • SpaceFM — GTK multi-panel tabbed file manager. || spacefmAUR
  • Sunflower — Small and highly customizable twin-panel file manager for Linux with support for plugins. || sunflowerAUR
  • trolCommander — Lightweight, dual-pane file manager written in Java. Fork of muCommander. || trolcommanderAUR
  • Tux Commander — Windowed file manager with two panels side by side similar to popular Total Commander or Midnight Commander file managers. || tuxcmdAUR
  • Worker — Fast, lightweight and feature-rich file manager for the X Window System. || workerAUR
  • Xfe — Microsoft Explorer-like file manager for X (X File Explorer). || xfeAUR

Trash management

See Trash management#Trash creation.

File synchronization and backup

This article or section is a candidate for merging with Synchronization and backup programs#Data synchronization.

Notes: There is a dedicated article. (Discuss in Talk:List of applications)

See also Synchronization and backup programs, Wikipedia:Comparison of file synchronization software, and Wikipedia:Comparison of backup software.

  • borg — Deduplicating backup program with compression and authenticated encryption that supports backing up over ssh || borg
  • Déjà Dup — Simple GTK backup program. It hides the complexity of doing backups the 'right way' (encrypted, off-site, and regular) and uses duplicity as the backend. || deja-dup
  • DirSync Pro — Small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. || dirsyncproAUR
  • Duplicati — Backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on cloud storage services and remote file servers. || duplicati-canary-binAUR
  • duplicity — Simple command-line utility which allows encrypted compressed incremental backup to nearly any storage. || duplicity
  • Duply — Command-line front-end for duplicity which simplifies running it. It manages backup job settings in profiles and allows to batch execute commands. || duplyAUR
  • FreeFileSync — Folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files. || freefilesyncAUR
  • git-annex — Manage files with git, without checking the file contents into git. || git-annex
  • grsync — GTK+ GUI for rsync to synchronize folders, files and make backups || grsync
  • hsync — Command line program to sync only those files that have been renamed/moved but otherwise unchanged. It works by issuing simple move operations at the destination without actually transferring the files, and is meant to be used in conjunction with other synchronization programs that lack this capability. || hsyncAUR
  • rclone — Command line program to sync files and directories to and from Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Yandex Disk and many other cloud storage services as well as between local paths. || rclone
  • restic — Fast, secure, efficient backup program that supports backing up to many cloud services. || restic
  • rsync — File transfer program that uses the "rsync algorithm" which provides a very fast method for bringing remote files into sync. It does this by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand. Has multiple frontends available. || rsync
  • SparkleShare — File sharing and collaboration application written in C#. It can sync with any Git server over SSH. || sparkleshare
  • Syncthing — Continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers in a simple way without advanced configuration. || syncthing
  • Syncany — Cloud storage and filesharing application with a focus on security and abstraction of storage. || syncanyAUR
  • Synkron — Application that helps you keep your files and folders always updated. You can easily sync your documents, music or pictures to have their latest versions everywhere. || synkronAUR
  • Tarsnap — Secure, efficient proprietary online backup service. || tarsnap
  • Timeshift — A system restore tool for Linux. || timeshift
  • Unison — File synchronization tool that allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other. || unison
  • YARsync — A Python wrapper around rsync, providing file synchronization and backup with an interface similar to git. || yarsyncAUR

Archiving and compression tools

For archiving and compression command-line tools, see Archiving and compression.

Archive managers
  • 360zip — A proprietary archiving tool. || 360zipAUR
  • Ark — Archiving tool included in the KDE desktop. || ark
  • Arqiver — Simple Qt archive manager based on libarchive. || arqiver-gitAUR
  • CoreArchiver — Simple file compressing/extracting utility based on Qt and libarchive-qt. Part of C-Suite. || corearchiverAUR
  • Deepin Archive Manager — Fast and lightweight application for creating and extracting archives. || deepin-compressor
  • Engrampa — Archive manager for MATE || engrampa || file-roller
  • LXQt File Archiver — Simple and lightweight desktop-agnostic Qt file archiver. || lxqt-archiver
  • p7zip-gui — The GUI belonging to the p7zip software. || p7zip-guiAUR
  • PeaZip — Open source file and archive manager. || GTK: peazip-gtk2-binAUR, Qt: peazip-qt-binAUR
  • Xarchiver — Lightweight desktop independent archive manager built with GTK. || GTK 3: xarchiver, GTK 2: xarchiver-gtk2

Comparison, diff, merge

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of file comparison tools.

For managing pacnew/pacsave files, specialised tools exist. See Pacnew and Pacsave files#Managing .pac* files.


See diff(1) from diffutils and its alternatives.

  • colordiff — A Perl script wrapper for 'diff' that produces the same output but with pretty 'syntax' highlighting. || colordiff
  • diff-highlight — Perl script to highlight changed parts within pairable lines of diff -u output || git
  • diffr — A Rust utility to pretty-print diff with highlighting at word-level for ease of review. || diffrAUR
  • ydiff — A Python wrapper to get highlighted diff output from stdin or VCS-tracked file/dirs, in either unfied or side-by-side view. || ydiffAUR
  • delta — A diff viewer written in Rust with syntax highlighting. || git-delta
  • diff-so-fancy — A diff output decorator. It does not calculate the diff, it only decorates it. || diff-so-fancy
  • difftastic — Compares files using their syntax trees || difftastic
  • DiffPDF — Compare the text or the visual appearance of each page in two PDF files. || diffpdf
  • Diffuse — Small and simple text merge tool written in Python. || diffuse
  • KDiff3 — File and directory diff and merge tool for the KDE desktop. || 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. || kompare
  • Meld — Visual diff and merge tool that can compare files, directories, and version controlled projects. || meld
  • xxdiff — A graphical browser for file and directory differences. || xxdiffAUR

Vim and Emacs provide merge functionality with vimdiff and ediff.

Batch renamers


See rename(1) from util-linux.

  • brn2 — fast bulk renamer with swapping. || brn2-gitAUR
  • edir — Rename, delete, and copy files and directories using your editor (enhanced vidir). || edirAUR
  • f2 — Cross-platform command-line tool for batch renaming files and directories quickly and safely, can also rename files based on audio tags. || f2AUR
  • nomino — A batch rename utility for developers. || nominoAUR
  • — Batch renamer based on perl regex. || perl-rename
  • vidir — Rename and delete files and directories using your editor. || vidirAUR
  • Caja-Rename — Batch renaming extension for Caja. || caja-renameAUR
  • CoreRenamer — Simple lightweight batch file renamer application. Part of C-Suite. || corerenamerAUR
  • GPRename — GTK batch renamer for files and directories. || gprename
  • KRename — Very powerful batch file renamer for the KDE desktop. || krename
  • metamorphose2 — wxPython based batch renamer with support for regular expressions, renaming multimedia files according to their metadata, etc. || metamorphose2AUR[broken link: package not found]
  • Thunar Bulk Rename — Change the name of multiple files at once using some criterion that applies to at least one of the files. Run with thunar -B. || thunar

File searching

This section lists utilities for file searching based on filename, file path or metadata. For full-text searching, see the next section.

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


See find(1) from findutils and its alternatives.

  • Catfish — Versatile file searching tool by Xfce, can be powered by find, locate and Zeitgeist. || catfish
  • CoreHunt — Easy to use fast file searching tool with categorized search and search history. Part of C-Suite. || corehuntAUR
  • Czkawka — GTK file searching utility with advanced features, it can also find similar images and videos. || czkawka-guiAUR
  • GNOME Search Tool — GNOME utility to search for files, depends on GNOME/Files. || gnome-search-toolAUR
  • KFind — Search tool for KDE to find files by name, type or content. Has internal search and supports locate. || kfind
  • MATE Search Tool — MATE utility to search for files. || mate-utils
  • regexxer — Interactive search and replace tool featuring Perl-style regular expressions. || regexxer
  • Searchmonkey — Powerful GUI search utility for matching regex patterns. || searchmonkey-gtkAUR
File indexers

These programs index your files to allow for quick searching.

  • Basenji — Volume indexing tool designed for easy and fast indexing of CD/DVD and other type of volume collections. || basenjiAUR
  • fsearch — A fast file search utility for Unix-like systems based on GTK 3. || fsearch-gitAUR
  • angrysearch — Linux file search tool with instant results as you type. || angrysearchAUR

Full-text searching

See grep(1) from grep and its alternatives, which provide non-indexed full-text search.

Full-text indexers
  • Baloo — KDE's file indexing and search solution, has a CLI and is used by KRunner. || baloo
  • DocFetcher — Graphical Java desktop search application. || docfetcherAUR
  • MeiliSearch — Lightning Fast, Ultra Relevant, and Typo-Tolerant Search Engine. || meilisearch
  • Namazu — A Full-Text Search Engine || namazu
  • Recoll — Full text search tool based on Xapian, has CLI and GUI. || recoll
  • Tracker — All-in-one indexer, search tool and metadata database, used by GNOME Documents, Music, Photos and Videos. || tracker3
  • Zeitgeist — Event aggregation framework for the user's activities and notifications (files opened, websites visited, conversations had, etc.), has several third-party front-ends. || zeitgeist


Code forges

  • GitLab — Project management and code hosting application. || gitlab
  • Gitea — Painless self-hosted Git service. Fork of Gogs. || gitea
  • Forgejo — A lightweight software forge. Community project built on top of Gitea. || forgejo
Code forge clients
  • git-open — Open a repository website (GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket) in your browser || git-openAUR
  • github-cli — GitHub's official command line tool || github-cli
  • hub — Command line interface for GitHub || hub
  • hut — Command line interface for Sourcehut || hut
  • lab — A hub-like tool for GitLab || labAUR
  • snippet — A terminal based interface to create a new GitLab snippet || snippetAUR

Version control systems

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of revision control software.

  • Bazaar — Distributed version control system that helps you track project history over time and to collaborate easily with others. || bzrAUR
  • CVS — Concurrent Versions System, a client-server revision control system. || cvs
  • Darcs — Distributed revision control system that was designed to replace traditional, centralized source control systems such as CVS and Subversion. || darcs
  • Fossil — Distributed VCS with bug tracking, wiki, forum, and technotes. || fossil
  • Git — Distributed revision control and source code management system with an emphasis on speed. || git
  • Mercurial — Distributed version control system written in Python and similar in many ways to Git. || mercurial
  • Subversion — Full-featured centralized version control system originally designed to be a better CVS. || subversion

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. || ant
  • Apache Maven — Build automation tool used primarily for Java. || maven
  • Bazel — An open-source tool that allows for the automated building and testing of software. || bazel
  • CMake — Family of tools designed to build, test and package software. || cmake
  • GNU make — GNU make utility to maintain groups of programs. || make (dependency of base-devel)
  • Meson — Extremely fast and user friendly build system. || meson
  • Gradle — Powerful build system for the JVM. || gradle
  • Phing — PHP program designed to automate tasks of all kinds. || phingAUR

Integrated development environments

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of integrated development environments.

For PHP specific list, see PHP#Development tools.

  • Android Studio — The official Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. || android-studioAUR
  • Anjuta — Versatile IDE with project management, an application wizard, an interactive debugger, a source editor, version control support and many more tools. || anjutaAUR
  • 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. || aptana-studioAUR
  • Bluefish — Powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdevelopers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. It supports many programming and markup languages. || bluefish
  • Code::Blocks — C, C++ and Fortran IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable. || codeblocks
  • CLion — A cross-platform IDE for C and C++. || clionAUR
  • CodeLite — Open source and cross-platform C/C++/PHP and Node.js IDE written in C++ . || codeliteAUR
  • Eclipse — IDE for Java, C/C++, PHP, Perl and Python with subversion support and task management. || Java EE: eclipse-jeeAUR, Java: eclipse-javaAUR, RCP: eclipse-rcpAUR, C/C++: eclipse-cppAUR, PHP: eclipse-phpAUR, JavaScript and Web: eclipse-dltk-javascriptAUR
  • Eric — Full-featured Python and Ruby IDE written in PyQt5. || ericAUR
  • Gambas — IDE based on a Basic interpreter with object extensions. || gambas3-ide
  • Geany — Small and lightweight IDE with many supported many programming and markup languages including C, Java, PHP, HTML, Python, Perl, Pascal. || geany || gnome-builder
  • KDevelop — Feature-full, plugin extensible IDE for C/C++ and other programming languages. || kdevelop || komodo-editAUR
  • Lapce — Lightning-fast and Powerful Code Editor written in Rust. || lapce
  • Lazarus — Delphi (Object Pascal) compatible IDE for Rapid Application Development. It has variety of components ready for use and a graphical form designer to easily create complex graphical user interfaces. || lazarus
  • LiteIDE — Simple Go IDE. || liteide
  • Lite XL — A lightweight, simple, fast, feature-filled, and extremely extensible text editor written in C, and Lua, adapted from lite. || lite-xlAUR
  • MPLAB — IDE for Microchip PIC and dsPIC development. || microchip-mplabx-binAUR
  • Netbeans — IDE for developing with Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, Groovy, C, C++, Scala, Clojure, and other languages. || netbeans
  • 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. || phpstormAUR, phpstorm-eapAUR
  • Qt Creator — Lightweight, cross-platform C++ integrated development environment with a focus on Qt. || qtcreator
  • Theia — Eclipse Theia is a free and open-source IDE for desktop and web applications. It is implemented in TypeScript, is based on Visual Studio Code, and emphasizes extensibility. It can be run as a web or a desktop application. || theia-electronAUR
  • Visual Studio Code — Visual Studio Code is a cross-platform, free and open-source text editor developed by Microsoft, written in JavaScript and TypeScript. It supports a variety of languages thanks to its extensions. || code
  • VSCodium — Free/Libre Open Source Software Binaries of VSCode. || vscodiumAUR
  • ZeroBrane Studio — IDE with debugging support for Lua 5.1, Lua 5.2, Lua 5.3, LuaJIT, and other Lua engines. || zerobrane-studioAUR
Java IDEs
  • BlueJ — Fully featured Java IDE used mainly for educational and beginner purposes. || bluejAUR
  • IntelliJ IDEA — IDE for Java, Groovy and other programming languages with advanced refactoring features. || intellij-idea-community-edition
Python IDEs || ninja-ideAUR
  • PyCharm — Python IDE with support for code analysis, debugging, unit testing, version control and web development with Django. || community edition: pycharm-community-edition, professional edition: pycharm-professionalAUR, edu edition: pycharm-eduAUR[broken link: package not found]
  • Spyder — Scientific Python Development Environment providing MATLAB-like features. || spyder
  • Thonny — Python IDE for beginners. || thonnyAUR
  • WingIDE — Proprietary Python development environment. It is fully featured and meant for professional use. || wingideAUR
Educational IDEs
  • KTurtle — Educational programming environment that aims to make learning how to program as easily as possible. Part of kde-education. || kturtle
  • Processing — Playground for teaching non-programmers the fundamentals of computer programming in a visual context. || processingAUR
  • Scratch — Programming system and content development 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


  • Accerciser — Interactive Python accessibility explorer. It uses the AT-SPI library to inspect, examine, and interact with widgets, allowing you to check if an application is providing correct information to assistive technologies and automated testing frameworks. Part of gnome-extra. || accerciser
  • Bustle — Draws sequence diagrams of D-Bus activity. It shows signal emissions, method calls and their corresponding returns, with time stamps for each individual event and the duration of each method call. || bustle-gitAUR || dddAUR
  • Desed — TUI-based debugger for sed. Features variable and regex preview, setting breakpoints and stepping back and forth. || desedAUR
  • D-Feet — Easy to use D-Bus debugger to inspect D-Bus interfaces of running programs and invoke methods on those interfaces. || d-feet
  • D-Spy — Easy to use D-Bus debugger. It's like d-feet, but written in C and blisteringly fast. Part of gnome-extra. || d-spy
  • GammaRay — Qt-application inspection and manipulation tool. || gammaray
  • GDBFrontend — Easy, flexible and extensible graphical debugger. || gdb-frontend-binAUR
  • KCachegrind — Profile data visualization tool, used to determine the most time consuming execution parts of program. || KDE: kcachegrind, Qt: qcachegrind
  • KDbg — Graphical user interface to GDB, the GNU debugger. It provides an intuitive interface for setting breakpoints, inspecting variables, and stepping through code. || kdbg
  • Massif-Visualizer — Visualizer for Valgrind Massif data files. || massif-visualizer
  • Nemiver — Easy to use standalone C/C++ debugger (GDB front-end) that integrates well in the GNOME environment. || nemiverAUR
  • Qt QDbusViewer — Tool to introspect D-Bus objects and messages. || qt5-tools
  • scanmem — Debugging utility designed to isolate the address of an arbitrary variable in an executing process. || CLI: scanmem, GUI: gameconqueror
  • Sysprof — Profiling tool that helps in finding the functions in which a program uses most of its time. Part of gnome-extra. || sysprof

Lexing and parsing

Lex and Yacc are part of POSIX.

  • flex — A tool for generating text-scanning programs, alternative to Lex. || flex
  • Berkeley Yacc — Berkeley reimplementation of the Unix parser generator Yacc. || byacc
  • GNU Bison — The GNU general-purpose parser generator, alternative to byacc. || bison

And then there are also:

  • ANTLR — Parser generator, written in Java, for parsing structured text or binary files. || antlr4
  • LPeg — Pattern-matching library, based on PEGs, for Lua. || lua-lpeg, lua52-lpeg, lua51-lpeg
  • peg/leg — Recursive-descent parser generators for C. || peg
  • Ragel — Compiles finite state machines from regular languages into executable C, C++, Objective-C, or D code. || ragel

GUI builders

  • FLUID — FLTK GUI designer. || fltk
  • Glade — Create or open user interface designs for GTK applications. Part of gnome-extra. || glade
  • KUIViewer — Quick viewer for Qt Designer UI File. || kde-dev-utils
  • Qt Designer — Tool for designing and building graphical user interfaces (GUIs) with Qt Widgets. || qt5-tools

Hex editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of hex editors.

  • Bless — High quality, full featured hex editor. || bless
  • GHex — Hex editor for GNOME, which allows the user to load data from any file, view and edit it in either hex or ascii. Part of gnome-extra. || ghex
  • hyx — A minimalistic (< 2300 lines of C) but powerful (hex/ASCII, insert/replace/delete, copy/paste, undo/redo, search, colors, vim-inspired controls) Linux terminal hex editor. || hyxAUR
  • ImHex — A hex editor for reverse engineers, programmers, and people who value their retinas when working at 3 AM. || imhexAUR
  • Okteta — KDE hex editor for viewing and editing the raw data of files. || okteta
  • Reverse Engineer's Hex Editor — Hex editor with features for analyzing and annotating binary file formats || rehexAUR
  • wxHexEditor — Hex editor for large files with advanced features such as raw memory and disk editing capabilities. || wxhexeditorAUR

JSON tools

  • gron — gron transforms JSON into discrete assignments to make it easier to grep. || gron
  • jid — JSON incremental digger || jidAUR
  • jo — A command to create JSON. || jo-gitAUR
  • jq — Command-line JSON processor || jq
  • jshon — A JSON parser for the shell. || jshon
  • the Elvish shell has built-in support for JSON

Literate programming

See also Wikipedia:Literate programming.

  • Noweb — A Simple, Extensible Tool for Literate Programming build against ICON libs and texlive || nowebAUR
  • nuweb — A Simple Literate Programming Tool || nuwebAUR

UML modelers

See also Wikipedia:List of Unified Modeling Language tools.

  • ArgoUML — UML modeling tool with support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. || argoumlAUR
  • Eclipse Modeling Tools — Tools and runtimes for building model-based applications. || eclipse-modeling-toolsAUR
  • Gaphor — Simple modeling tool for UML. || python-gaphorAUR
  • Modelio — Modeling environment supporting the main standards: UML, BPMN, MDA, SysML. || modelio-binAUR
  • Papyrus — Model-based engineering tool based on Eclipse. || papyrusAUR
  • PlantUML — Tool to create UML diagrams from a plain text language. || plantuml
  • PlantUML QEditor — PlantUML editor written in Qt. || plantumlqeditor-gitAUR
  • Umbrello — Unified Modelling Language (UML) diagram program based on KDE Technology. || umbrello
  • UML Designer — Graphical tool based on Eclipse to edit and visualize UML models. || umldesignerAUR
  • UMLet — UML tool with a simple user interface: draw UML diagrams fast, build sequence and activity diagrams from plain text, export diagrams to eps, pdf, jpg, svg, and clipboard, share diagrams using Eclipse, and create new, custom UML elements. || umletAUR
  • UML/INTERLIS-editor — Facilitate the application of the model driven approach to a greater number of users. || umleditorAUR
  • Violet — Very easy to learn and use UML editor that draws nice-looking diagrams. || violetumleditorAUR

API documentation browsers

  • Devhelp — Developer tool for browsing and searching API documentation. Part of gnome-extra. || devhelp
  • Doc Browser — API documentation browser with support for DevDocs and Hoogle. || doc-browser-gitAUR
  • Qt Assistant — Tool for viewing on-line documentation in Qt help file format. || qt5-tools
  • quickDocs — Fast developer docs reader for reading Valadoc and DevDocs. || quickdocsAUR
  • Zeal — Offline API documentation browser for software developers. || zeal

Issue tracking systems || bugzilla
  • Flyspray — Lightweight, web-based bug tracking system written in PHP || flysprayAUR
  • MantisBT — Web-based issue tracking system || mantisbtAUR
  • Redmine — A flexible project management web application. Written using the Ruby on Rails, it is cross-platform and cross-database. || redmine
  • Trac — Trac Integrated SCM and Project Management using Apache and Subversion. || tracAUR

See also Git server#Advanced web applications.

Code review

  • Gerrit — A web-based code review tool built on top of the Git version control system || gerritAUR
  • GitLab also supports code reviews.

See also Wikipedia:List of tools for code review.

Game development

See also Wikipedia:List of game engines.

  • Allegro — A cross-platform library mainly aimed at video game and multimedia programming. || allegro
  • GDevelop — Game creator designed to be used by everyone - no programming skills required. || gdevelopAUR
  • Godot — Advanced, feature-packed, multi-platform 2D and 3D game engine. Create games with ease, using Godot's unique approach to game development. || godot
  • LibreSprite — Animated sprite editor and pixel art tool lets you create 2D animations for videogames. || librespriteAUR
  • LÖVE — Lua based game development environment. || love
  • Pixelorama — 2D sprite editor with animation support, made by Orama Interactive in the Godot Engine using GDScript. || pixeloramaAUR
  • TIC-80 — Fantasy computer/console. || tic-80-gitAUR
  • Tiled — General purpose 2D level editor with powerful tile map editing features. It is built to be easy to use and is suitable for many type of games. || tiled
  • Unity — Unity is a flexible and powerful development platform for creating multi-platform 3D and 2D games. Proprietary, but a free version is available for certain use-cases (see here for more details). || unityhubAUR

Repository managers

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  • Nexus 2 — Nexus 2 Repository Manager (OSS) || nexusAUR
  • Nexus 3 — Nexus 3 Repository OSS || nexus-ossAUR
  • Artifactory — Artifactory is an advanced Binary Repository Manager for use by build tools, dependency management tools and build servers || artifactory-ossAUR

Text input

Character selectors

  • emote — A modern emoji picker written in GTK3. || emoteAUR
  • GNOME Characters — Character map application for GNOME. Part of gnome. || gnome-characters
  • gucharmap — GTK 3 character selector for GNOME. || gucharmap
  • KCharSelect — Tool to select special characters from all installed fonts and copy them into the clipboard. Part of kde-utilities. || kcharselect

On-screen keyboards

  • CellWriter — Grid-entry handwriting recognition input panel. || cellwriterAUR
  • CoreKeyboard — Simple X11 based Qt virtual keyboard with word suggestions. Part of C-Suite.[dead link 2023-06-17 ⓘ] || corekeyboardAUR
  • eekboard — Easy to use virtual keyboard toolkit. || eekboardAUR
  • Florence — Extensible scalable on-screen virtual keyboard for GNOME that stays out of your way when not needed. || florenceAUR
  • Maliit Keyboard — Virtual keyboard useful for KDE Plasma-Wayland || maliit-keyboard
  • Onboard — Onscreen keyboard useful for tablet PC users and for mobility impaired users. || onboard
  • qtvkbd — Virtual keyboard written in Qt, a fork of kvkbd. || qtvkbdAUR
  • QVKbd — Virtual keyboard written in Qt. || qvkbd
  • Squeekboard — GTK 3 virtual keyboard for Wayland, written in Rust/C. || squeekboard
  • theShell On Screen Keyboard — Touchscreen keyboard for theShell. || ts-kbdAUR
  • xvkbd — Virtual keyboard for X window system. || xvkbdAUR
  • wvkbd — Virtual keyboard for Wayland and wlroots. || wvkbdAUR

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. || fbxkbAUR
  • xxkb — A lightweight keyboard layout indicator and switcher. || xxkb
  • gxkb — X11 keyboard layout indicator and switcher. || gxkb
  • qxkb — A keyboard switcher written in Qt. || qxkbAUR
  • X Neural Switcher — A text analyser, it detects the language of the input and corrects the keyboard layout if needed. || gxneurAUR

Keybinding managers

See Keyboard shortcuts#Xorg.

Input methods

See the main article: Input method.


Partitioning tools

See Partitioning#Partitioning tools.

Formatting tools

See File systems#Types of file systems.

Cloning tools

See Disk cloning.

Mount tools

See also udisks#Mount helpers.

  • 9mount — Mount 9p filesystems. || 9mountAUR
  • cryptmount — Mount an encrypted file system as a regular user. || cryptmountAUR
  • KDiskFree — Displays information about hard disks and other storage devices. It also allows to mount and unmount drives and view them in a file manager. || kdf
  • ldm — A lightweight daemon that mounts drives automagically using udev || ldmAUR
  • pmount — Mount source as a regular user to an automatically created destination /media/source_name.
Debian:pmount || pmountAUR
  • pmount-safe-removal — Mount removable devices as regular user with safe removal || pmount-safe-removalAUR
  • udevil — Mounts removable devices as a regular user, show device info, and monitor device changes. Only depends on udev and glib. || udevilAUR
  • ws — Mount Windows network shares (CIFS and VFS). || wsAUR
  • zulucrypt — A GUI frontend for cryptsetup to create, manage and mount encrypted volumes; supports encfs as well || zulucryptAUR

Disk usage display

  • duc — A library and suite of tools for inspecting disk usage. || ducAUR
  • dust — A more intuitive version of du in rust. || dust
  • gdu — Disk usage analyzer with console interface written in Go. || gdu
  • gt5 — Diff-capable "du-browser". || gt5AUR
  • ncdu — Simple ncurses disk usage analyzer. || ncdu
  • Filelight — Disk usage analyzer that creates an interactive map of concentric, segmented rings that help visualise disk usage on your computer. || filelight || baobab
  • Graphical Disk Map — Disk usage analyzer that draws a map of rectangles sized according to file or dir sizes. || gdmapAUR
  • fsview (part of Konqueror) — KDE based disk usage analyzer that draws a map of rectangles sized according to file or dir sizes. || konqueror
  • MATE Disk Usage Analyzer — Disk usage analyzing tool for MATE Desktop. || mate-utils
  • qdirstat — Qt-based directory statistics (KDirStat/K4DirStat without any KDE - from the original KDirStat author). || qdirstatAUR

Disk health status

See S.M.A.R.T.#GUI applications.

File recovery tools

See File recovery#List of utilities.

Disk cleaning

  • Czkawka CLI — Simple, fast and free app to remove unnecessary files from your computer. || czkawka-cliAUR
  • duff — A command-line utility for quickly finding duplicates in a given set of files. || duffAUR
  • fclones — Very fast duplicate file Finder written in rust. || fclonesAUR
  • fdupes — Program for identifying or deleting duplicate files residing within specified directories. || fdupes
  • jdupes — Identify and take actions upon duplicate files. || jdupesAUR
  • rdfind — Command line tool that finds duplicate files. It compares files based on their content. || rdfind
  • rmlint — Tool to quickly find (and optionally remove) duplicate files and other lint. || rmlint
  • BleachBit — Frees disk space and guards your privacy; frees cache, deletes cookies, clears Internet history, shreds temporary files, deletes logs, and discards junk you did not know was there. || bleachbit
  • Czkawka GUI — Simple, fast and free app to remove unnecessary files from your computer. Looks similar to FSlint. || czkawka-guiAUR
  • dupeGuru — GUI tool to find duplicate files in a system. || dupeguruAUR
  • FSlint — A utility to find and clean various forms of lint on a filesystem. || fslintAUR
  • GConf Cleaner — cleans up the unknown/invalid GConf keys that still sitting down on your GConf database. || gconf-cleanerAUR
  • Shredder — Graphical user interface for rmlint. || rmlint-shredder
  • Sweeper — System cleaning utility for KDE. || sweeper

Disk image writing

See also Wikipedia:List of tools to create Live USB systems.

Warning: Some disk image writing tools are known to be adware, for example etcher.
  • Bytewalk — Bytewalk is a firmware extraction tool and binwalk fork. || bytewalkAUR
  • Deepin Boot Maker — Tool to make boot disk for Deepin OS. || deepin-boot-maker
  • Fedora Media Writer — Tool that helps users put Fedora images on their portable drives such as flash disks. || mediawriterAUR
  • GNOME MultiWriter — Write an ISO file to multiple USB devices at once. Part of gnome-extra. || gnome-multi-writer
  • Image Burner — Simple imageburner designed for elementary OS. || imageburnerAUR
  • ISOImageWriter — Tool to write a .iso file to a USB disk. || isoimagewriter
  • LiveUSB Install — Install various Linux distributions and operating systems on removable flash drive or external disk drive. || live-usb-installAUR
  • MultiBootUSB — Install multiple live distributions on a USB disk non-destructively and has an option to uninstall them. || multibootusbAUR
  • Popsicle — Utility for flashing multiple USB devices in parallel, written in Rust. || popsicleAUR
  • SUSE Studio ImageWriter — Utility for writing raw disk images and hybrid ISOs to USB keys. || imagewriterAUR
  • UNetbootin — Installs Linux/BSD distributions to a partition or USB drive. || unetbootinAUR
  • Usbimager — Minimal GUI application to write compressed disk images to USB drives. || usbimagerAUR
  • WoeUSB — Simple tool to create USB stick windows installer from an ISO image or a real DVD. (Fork of WinUSB). || woeusbAUR, woeusb-ngAUR
  • windows2usb — Windows ISO to Flash Drive burning utility for Linux with MBR/GPT, BIOS/UEFI, FAT32/NTFS support || windows2usb-gitAUR


Task managers

  • CoreStats — Simple lightweight system resource viewer to monitor the CPU, RAM, Network and Disk IO statistics. Part of C-Suite.[dead link 2023-06-17 ⓘ] || corestatsAUR
  • Deepin System Monitor — Monitor system process status for Deepin desktop. || deepin-system-monitor
  • GNOME System Monitor — System monitor for GNOME to view and manage system resources. Part of gnome. || gnome-system-monitor
  • GNOME Usage — View information about use of system resources, like memory and disk space. || gnome-usage
  • htop — Simple, ncurses interactive process viewer. || htop
  • bashtop — A Linux resource monitor written in bash. || bashtop
  • bpytop — Htop but more lightweight with more features. || bpytop
  • btop — Rewrite of bpytop in C++ || btop
  • bottom — A cross-platform graphical process/system monitor. || bottom
  • gtop — A system monitoring dashboard for the terminal. || gtop
  • KSysGuard — System monitor for KDE to monitor running processes and system performance. || ksysguard
  • Linux Process Explorer — Graphical process explorer for Linux. || procexpAUR
  • LXTask — Lightweight task manager for LXDE.[dead link 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || lxtask
  • qps — Lightweight task manager for LXQt. || qpsAUR
  • MATE System Monitor — System monitor for MATE. || mate-system-monitor
  • Plasma System Monitor — Advanced and customizable system monitor for KDE. || plasma-systemmonitor
  • Stacer — System optimizer and application monitor that helps users to manage entire system with different aspects, its an all in one system utility. || stacerAUR
  • Task Manager — GTK2/GTK3 based process manager with basic system resource monitor for Xfce. || xfce4-taskmanager

System monitors

See also Category:Monitoring.

  • Conky — Lightweight, scriptable system monitor. || conky
  • Collectd — 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. || collectdAUR
  • collectl — Collectl is a light-weight performance monitoring tool capable of reporting interactively as well as logging to disk. It reports statistics on cpu, disk, infiniband, lustre, memory, network, nfs, process, quadrics, slabs and more in easy to read format. || collectlAUR
  • CoreFreq — Low-level CPU monitor with BIOS like functionalities. || corefreq-clientAUR
  • dstat — Versatile resource statistics tool. || dstat
  • Fsniper — Daemon to run scripts based on changes in files monitored by inotify. || fsniperAUR
  • GKrellM — Simple, flexible system monitor package for GTK with many plug-ins. || gkrellm
  • glances — CLI curses-based monitoring tool in Python. || glances
  • hitome — A quick and dirty system monitor that is light on resources. || hitome-gitAUR
  • kmon — Linux kernel manager and activity monitor. || kmon
  • Nagstamon — Status monitor that connects to multiple Nagios, Icinga, Opsview, Centreon, Op5 Monitor/Ninja, Checkmk and Thruk monitoring servers. || nagstamonAUR
  • netdata — Web-based real-time performance monitor. || netdata
  • Telegraf — Agent written in Go for collecting, processing, aggregating, and writing metrics. || telegrafAUR
  • Paramano — Light battery monitor and a CPU frequency scaler. Forked from trayfreq || paramanoAUR
  • Sysstat — Collection of resource monitoring tools: iostat, isag, mpstat, pidstat, sadf, sar. || sysstat
  • xosview — System monitor that resembles gr_osview from SGI IRIX. || xosviewAUR
  • zps — A small utility for listing and reaping zombie processes on GNU/Linux. || zps

Hardware sensor monitoring

See lm_sensors#Graphical front-ends.

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. || alsiAUR
  • archey3 — Python script to display system infomation alongside the Arch Linux logo. || archey3
  • dmidecode — It reports information about your system's hardware as described in your system BIOS according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard. || dmidecode
  • hwdetect — Simple script to list modules that are exported in /sys/. || hwdetect
  • hwinfo — Powerful hardware detection tool come from openSUSE. || hwinfo || hw-probeAUR
  • inxi — A script to get system information. || inxi
  • neofetch — A fast, highly customizable system info script that supports displaying images with w3m. || neofetch
  • nmon — Console based application for monitoring various system components. || nmon
  • pfetch — A pretty system information tool written in POSIX sh. || pfetchAUR
  • screenfetch — Similar to archey but has an option to take a screenshot. Written in bash. || screenfetch
  • GPU-Viewer — GUI to glxinfo, vulkaninfo, clinfo and es2_info; written in Python with GTK. || gpu-viewerAUR
  • hardinfo — A small application that displays information about your hardware and operating system, it looks like the Device Manager in Windows. || hardinfoAUR
  • 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. || i-nex-gitAUR
  • lshw — A small tool to provide detailed information on the hardware configuration of the machine with CLI and GTK interfaces. || lshw
  • KInfoCenter — Centralized and convenient overview of system information for KDE. || kinfocenter
  • USBView — Display the topology of devices on the USB bus. || usbview

System log viewers

  • GNOME Logs — Viewer for the systemd journal. Part of gnome. || gnome-logs
  • KSystemLog — System log viewer tool for KDE. || ksystemlog
  • MATE System Log — System log viewer for MATE. || mate-utils
  • Pacman Log Viewer — Tool used to inspect pacman log file, in particular it lists installed, removed and upgraded packages letting you to filter by package's name and/or date.[dead link 2023-05-06 ⓘ] || pacmanlogviewer
  • QJournalctl — Qt-based graphical user interface for systemd's journalctl command. || qjournalctl

Font viewers

See also Wikipedia:Font management software.

  • Deepin Font Manager — A font management tool for Deepin desktop. || deepin-font-manager
  • Font Manager — Simple font management for GTK desktop environments. || font-manager
  • Fonty Python — Manage, view and find your fonts. || fontypythonAUR
  • GNOME Fonts — Font viewer for GNOME. Part of gnome. || gnome-font-viewer
  • KFontview — KDE application to view and install different types of fonts. || plasma-desktop
  • MATE Font Viewer — Font viewer for MATE. || mate-utils

Help viewers

See man page#Installation.

Command schedulers

See also Cron.

  • FcronQ — Fcron GUI, an advanced periodic command scheduler. || fcronqAUR
  • GNOME Schedule — Graphical interface to crontab and at for GNOME. || gnome-scheduleAUR
  • KCron — Tool for KDE to run applications in the background at regular intervals. It is a graphical interface to the Cron command. || kcron
  • KTimer — Little tool for KDE to execute programs after some time. It allows you to enter several tasks and to set a timer for each of them. The timers for each task can be started, stopped, changed, or looped. || ktimer

Shutdown timers

  • GShutdown — Advanced shutdown utility which allows you to schedule the shutdown or the restart of your computer, or logout your actual session. || gshutdownAUR
  • Hsiu-Ming's Timer — Graphical shutdown timer, which enables you to shutdown, turn off monitor, reboot or play sound after a period of time. || hmtimerAUR
  • KShutdown — Graphical shutdown utility, which allows you to turn off or suspend a computer at a specified time. It features various time and delay options, command-line support, and notifications. || kshutdown

Clock synchronization

See Time synchronization.

Screen management

See Xrandr#Graphical front-ends.

Backlight management

See Backlight#Backlight utilities.

Color management

See ICC profiles#Utilities and Backlight#Color correction.

Printer management

See CUPS#GUI applications.

Bluetooth management

See Bluetooth#Front-ends.

Power management

See Power management#Userspace tools.

System management

See Systemd#GUI configuration tools.

Boot management

See GRUB/Tips and tricks#GUI configuration tools.

Package management

See pacman tips#Utilities.

Configuration management

  • aconfmgr — Package to track, manage, and restore the configuration of an Arch Linux system. || aconfmgr-gitAUR
  • Ansible — IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, and many other IT needs. || ansible
  • cdist — Simple configuration management system with Arch Linux support. || cdistAUR
  • Chef — Automation Software for Continuous Delivery of Secure Applications and Infrastructure. || chef-workstationAUR, chef-clientAUR
  • etckeeper — Collection of tools to let /etc be stored in a VCS repository. || etckeeper
  • Puppet — IT automation software that helps system administrators manage infrastructure throughout its lifecycle, from provisioning and configuration to patch management and compliance. || puppet
  • Saltstack — A Python-based, open-source software for event-driven IT automation, remote task execution, and configuration management. || salt


See Libvirt#Client and VirtualBox.

Compatibility layers

See Wine (Windows) and Darling (MacOS).

Documents and texts

Text editors

See also Wikipedia:Comparison of text editors.

Some of the lighter-weight Integrated development environments can also serve as text editors.

Vi-style text editors

  • Amp — Text editor written in Rust, that aims to take the core interaction model of Vim, simplify it, and bundle in the essential features required for a modern text editor. || ampAUR
  • Aretext — Minimalist text editor with vim-compatible key bindings. || aretextAUR
  • BusyBox vi — Provides "a small 'vi' clone". Can be invoked with busybox vi. || busybox
  • Kakoune — Modal editor. Fewer keystrokes. Selection based, multi-cursor editing. Orthogonal design. || kakoune
  • Helix — A post-modern modal text editor. || helix
  • Neovim — Vim's rebirth for the 21st century. || neovim
  • Neovim-Qt — Qt GUI for Neovim. || neovim-qt
  • vi — The original ex/vi text editor. || vi
  • Vim — Advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'vi', with a more complete feature set. || with GUI: gvim, without GUI: vim
  • Vis — Modern, legacy free, simple yet efficient vim-like editor. || vis

Emacs-style text editors

  • Emacs — The extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor by GNU. || with GUI: emacs, without GUI: emacs-nox
  • mg — Small, fast, and portable Emacs-like editor. || mg
  • vile — Lightweight Emacs clone with vi-like key bindings. || vileAUR
  • Zile — Lightweight Emacs clone. || zileAUR


  • dte — Small, easy to use editor with multi-tabbed interface, syntax highlighting, ctags navigation, etc. || dteAUR
  • e3 — Tiny editor without dependencies, written in assembly. || e3
  • ee — Classic curse-based text editor. Born in HP-UX, used in FreeBSD. || ee-editorAUR
  • JED — Text editor that makes extensive use of the S-Lang library. Includes a console version (jed) and an X-window version (xjed). || jedAUR || joeAUR
  • mcedit — Useful text editor that comes with Midnight Commander file manager. || mc
  • micro — Modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor, written in go and extensible through plugins. || micro
  • Minimum Profit — Text editor for programmers. || mpAUR
  • nano — Console text editor based on pico with on-screen key bindings help. || nano
  • ne — Minimalist text editor with Windows-like key-bindings. || neAUR
  • slap — Sublime-like terminal-based text editor. || slapAUR
  • Tilde — Intuitive text editor with Windows-like key bindings. || tildeAUR
  • jove — Jonathan's Own Version of Emacs is an Emacs-like editor without Lisp. || joveAUR


  • Acme — Minimalist and flexible programming environment developed by Rob Pike for the Plan 9 operating system. || plan9port
  • Adie — Fast and convenient programming text editor. || fox
  • Atom — Promising text editor developed by GitHub. With support for plug-ins written in Node.js and embedded Git Control. || atomAUR
  • Beaver — GTK editor designed to be modular, lightweight and stylish. || beaverAUR
  • Brackets — Code editor for the web, written in JavaScript, HTML and CSS. || brackets-extractAUR
  • CorePad — Simple lightweight but powerful text editor with syntax-highlighting support for a dozen or more languages. Part of C-Suite.[dead link 2023-06-17 ⓘ] || corepadAUR
  • Deepin Text Editor — Simple text editor for Deepin desktop. || deepin-editor
  • Ecrire — Simple text editor based on EFL.[dead link 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || ecrire-gitAUR
  • Enki — Text editor for programmers. || enki-editorAUR
  • FeatherPad — Minimal Qt5 plain text editor featuring a native dark theme and support for tabs, printing and syntax highlighting. || featherpad
  • FLTK Editor — Simple text editor application for FLTK. || fltk-editorAUR
  • gCSVedit — Simple text editor for CSV, TSV and other kinds of delimiter-separated values (DSV) files.[dead link 2022-09-20 ⓘ] || gcsveditAUR
  • gedit — GTK editor for the GNOME desktop with syntax highlighting, automatic indentation, matching brackets, etc., and a number of add-ons to increase functionality. Part of gnome-extra. || gedit
  • GNOME Text Editor — Simple text editor for GNOME focused on a pleasing default experience. Part of gnome. || gnome-text-editor
  • Gobby — Collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. || gobby
  • Howl — General purpose, fast and lightweight editor with a keyboard-centric minimalistic user interface. || howl
  • jEdit — Text editor for programmers, written in Java. || jeditAUR
  • JuffEd — Simple tabbed text editor with syntax highlighting, written in Qt. || juffedAUR
  • Kate — Full-featured programmer's editor for the KDE desktop with MDI and a filesystem browser. || kate
  • KWrite — Lightweight text editor for the KDE desktop that uses the same editor widget as Kate, now provided by the kate package. || kate
  • L3afpad — Simple text editor forked from Leafpad, supports GTK 3. || l3afpad
  • Lapce — Lightning-fast and Powerful Code Editor written in Rust. || lapce
  • Leafpad — Notepad clone for GTK that emphasizes simplicity. || leafpad
  • Light Table — Next generation code editor that connects you to your creation with instant feedback. || lighttable-binAUR[broken link: package not found]
  • Liri Text — Text editor for Liri. || liri-text
  • Lite XL — A lightweight, simple, fast, feature-filled, and extremely extensible text editor written in C, and Lua, adapted from lite. || lite-xlAUR
  • medit — Programming and around-programming text editor. || meditAUR
  • Mousepad — Fast text editor for the Xfce Desktop Environment. || mousepad
  • NEdit — Text editor for the Motif environment. || neditAUR
  • Notepadqq — Qt-based, Notepad++-like text editor with support for syntax highlighting for more than 100 languages. || notepadqq
  • Nota — Easy to use text editor with a simple interface with support for tabbed documents, syntax highlighting for various languages, Focus mode, annotations, configurable fonts, and colors, a side panel with an integrated file browser, and more. || maui-nota
  • Pantheon Code — Code editor for elementaryOS. It auto-saves your files, meaning they are always up-to-date. Plus it remembers your tabs so you never lose your spot, even in between sessions. || pantheon-code
  • Pluma — Powerful text editor for MATE. || pluma
  • QSciTE — Qt clone of the SciTE text and code editor. || qsciteAUR
  • Sam — Minimalist text editor with a graphical user interface, a very powerful command language and remote editing capabilities, developed by Rob Pike. || plan9port or 9base
  • SciTE — Generally useful editor with facilities for building and running programs. || scite
  • Sublime Text — Proprietary C++ and Python-based editor with many advanced features and plugins while staying lightweight and pretty. || version 3: sublime-text-devAUR, version 4: sublime-text-4AUR
  • Tau — Minimal GTK front end to the xi editor core written in Rust. || tau-editorAUR
  • TEA — Qt-based feature-rich text editor. || tea-qtAUR
  • Textadept — Lua-extensible feature rich text editor based on Scintilla and written in C. || textadeptAUR
  • Textosaurus — Simple cross-platform text editor based on Qt and QScintilla. || textosaurusAUR
  • Visual Studio Code — Editor for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. || code
  • VSCodium — Visual Studio Code, but compiled without telemetry. || vscodiumAUR
  • xed — Text editor based on Pluma developed for Linux Mint. || xed
  • XEdit — Simple text editor for the X Window System. || xorg-xedit
  • wxMEdit — Text/Hex editor written in C++ and wxWidgets. || wxmeditAUR

Optimized for large files

  • glogg — A fast, advanced log explorer. || gloggAUR
  • Klogg — Really fast log explorer based on glogg project. ||