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Awesome Free Software

Curated list of free as in freedom software

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Free, open-source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon]

Stream, download, remix, and share music for free. (GNU AGPLv3)

another cross-platform digital audio workstation, more oriented towards making beats.

Music streaming server with GUI management tools. Runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. (Source Code) GPL-2.0 Nodejs

Streaming music player that finds music from free sources automatically. (GNU AGPLv3)

Command Line Tools

CLI utility and Python module for analyzing log files and other data.


Unix-like environment for Windows, providing access to a number of tools commonly found on Linux systems. (GNU GPLv3)

Remote terminal emulator that connects over SSH, Telnet, SCP, and rlogin protocols as well as raw socket connections. (MIT)

Console file manager with vi key bindings.

GNU Stow is a symlink farm manager which takes distinct packages of software and/or data located in separate directories on the filesystem, and makes them appear to be installed in the same place. (GNU GPLv3)


XMPP/Jabber client for Android. (GNU GPLv3)

XMPP/Jabber client for desktop. (GNU GPLv3)

Secure video conferencing and desktop sharing using WebRTC. (Apache License 2.0)

Lets you become your own mail service provider in a few easy steps.

matrixdotorg]( | - | Decentralised Open Source chat protocol with bridges to everywhere |

Open source, private cloud alternative to Slack. (Licensing)

Secure web-based email service. (MIT)

Telephone, teleconferencing, and media sharing through a distributed service. (GNU GPLv3)

Private messaging and calling for desktop, Android, and iOS. (GNU GPLv3)


Communication platform, designed to be a Skype-killer. GNU GPL3

Encrypted email at no cost with support for business accounts. (GNU GPLv3)

File Management

File archiver for creating and opening compressed files. (GNU LGPLv2.1+)

A Dropbox-like web client where users can bring their own backend (FTP, SFTP, Webdav, S3, Minio, ...).

FTP, FTPS and SFTP client. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

File Sharing

A project aims to provide an open-source software alternative to µTorrent. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]


GUI app to remove exif metadata from images and videos with simple drag and drop. (MIT)

Open source image editor. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Popular cross-platform open source vector graphics editor.

Painting program made by artists. (GNU GPLv3)

Free Online Pixel Art and Animated Sprite Tool.


IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition & IntelliJ Platform


Extensible IDE that supports the latest Java versions as well as other languages. (EPL)


Open source office suite. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Highly customizable and functional document viewer. It provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an easy usage that mainly focuses on keyboard interaction. (zlib License)

Operating Systems

One of the earliest UNIX-like operating systems with a commitment to keeping nonfree software out of its system. (DFSG)

Fork of Debian without systemd. (Licenses)

FSF endorsed derivative of Debian. (Multiple licenses)

Android distribution for phones and tablets and successor of CyanogenMod. (Multiple licenses)


Hosted versions of many of the services on this list. (Multiple licenses)

Set of open-source tools for self-hosting of OpenStreetMap maps in more than 50 languages. It provides both raster as well as vector tiles, WMS and WMTS services for GIS programs, support for JavaScript viewers and mobile SDK. (BSD)

Open, free, and uncensorable websites, using Bitcoin cryptography and BitTorrent network. (Source Code) GPL-2.0 Python

Android apps with customizable widgets, without annoying ads and unnecessary permissions.


Lightweight Bitcoin client that provides wallet recovery, decentralized servers, and offline storage. (MIT)

Cash-like system for online payments. (GNU GPL)

Scientific Work

Literature management using mind mapping technology. (GNU GPLv2+)

Very powerful cross-platform (Java) bibtex editor. The GUI looks quite dated, though. ![Mac][mac] ![Windows][windows] ![Linux][linux] ![foss][foss]


Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

Lets you take screenshots or screencasts of any selected area with a single key. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Highly customisable GUI screencasting program. (GNU GPLv3)

Text Editors

A hackable text editor for the 21st Century. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Text editor for Unix-like computing systems or operating environments using a command line interface.


Extensively configurable, cross-platform and highly efficient text editor.

A source code editor which supports several programming languages. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


A macOS menu bar app that gives you more control over Grayscale Mode.


A minimal Markdown Editor desktop app. ![Mac OS X][macosx] ![Linux][linux] ![Windows][windows]

Lets you know when to turn off the computer and sleep based on calculated sleep cycles. (MIT)

A small program that redirects searches made from the Windows Start Menu or Cortana to whatever browser and search engine you prefer. (MIT)

A network protocol analyzer. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


Lightweight YouTube frontend for Android. (GNU GPLv3)

Most popular entertainment center.


Multimedia player that supports a variety of audio and video formats. (GNU GPLv3)

A small command-line program to download videos from YouTube.


QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. (GNU GPLv2)

Virtualization product from Oracle Corporation.

Web Applications

A simple command line notebook with multi-device sync and a web interface. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in really real-time

A headless CMS for online publications

Git repository manager for the entire code lifecycle. (MIT)

Oldest microblogging platform.

A Self Hosted Git Service in the Go Programming Language.

Collaborative resources mapper project, while yet only focused on exploring books mapping with wikidata and ISBNs. (Source Code) AGPL-3.0 Nodejs

Link aggregation and discussion with downvote explanations. (BSD 3-clause)

Most known microblogging platform.

Publishing platform for all types of media. (GNU AGPLv3)

Wiki software that can organize and serve large amounts of frequently accessed data. (GNU GPLv2+)

Private search engine created by a non-profit that uses green electricity for its servers. (GNU AGPLv3)

GeoCities for the modern world. (BSD 2-clause)

Collaboration platform for freely licensed projects. (MIT)

The collaborative platform for mapping the world, including transport, transit, and routing data.

Decentralized video streaming service. (GNU AGPLv3)

Code management platform (similar to GitLab) built with PHP. (Apache License 2.0)

Save and classify articles. Read them later. Freely. (MIT)

Web-based translation tool with tight version control integration. (Demo, Source Code) GPL-3.0 Python

A blogging platform and CMS.

Web Servers

Secure, efficient, and extensible web server. (Apache License 2.0)

Web server more optimized for speed-critical environments.

HTTP and reverse proxy server, a mail proxy server, and a generic TCP/UDP proxy server. (2-clause BSD-like license)


Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certified 3D printer built with libre hardware and software.

Designs and develops embedded software and firmware systems.

Privacy, security, and freedom focused computers and software.

Desktops, motherboards, and other parts utilizing the IBM POWER9 processor and OpenBMC firmware.

Laptops, adapters, and mobile devices compatible with free operating systems.

Modern laptops, desktops, and printers that contain no proprietary software.

Hosting company powered by Libreboot firmware, libre software, and green energy that also sells hardware.

Hardware Resources

Off-grid, solar-powered, long-range mesh network built on free software and affordable, open hardware.

Database of hardware that works with a fully free operating system.

Hand-picked list of vendors from many regions that sell computers preinstalled with free software.

Requirements to qualify for the Free Software Foundation's RYF certification.


Wikipedia entry on the topic of free software.

Academic article presenting an economic analysis of libre software and its sustainability.

Short, simple explanation of why free software is important from Devuan.


Practical look at issues involving free software and privacy.


Transparent UK hosting company that offers a 50% discount for anyone publishing free software.


Everything related to free culture.


Annual conference on free software.

Annual worldwide celebration of free software with the aim of increasing awareness of free software and its virtues.


License compliance toolkit for software projects.

Community-oriented GPL enforcement.


Promouvoir et défendre le logiciel libre.

Network dedicated to globally promoting free software, innovative projects, and a world of sharing and cooperation.

Nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom.

Group in Bengaluru, India that spreads awareness about free software.

Coalition of free software organizations in India.

Indian sister site for the FSF.

European sister site for the FSF.

Latin American sister site for the FSF.


Home of the GNU/Linux operating system.

Promotes hardware that respects user freedom.

Helps people from underrepresented backgrounds find internships with FOSS software companies.

Community that helps support and grow free projects.

Charity that helps promote, improve, develop, and defend free, libre, and open source software projects.

Provider of no-cost legal services to free, libre, and open source software creators.

Crowdmatching for public goods.

No cost hosting and other services for libre projects.

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