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32 bit audio processing and multi-format playback. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Modular audio production suite with multi-track audio mixing, audio effects, parameter automation, MIDI editing, synthesis, cloud production, and more. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

CD Ripper (French site, English program). ![Freeware][freeware icon]

An audio player which tries to make organizing and listening to music as simple and pretty as possible. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Transfer files from your CDs to your PC in almost every format.Comes with some pretty nifty features too.

Free audio player for Windows, supports a wide range of audio formats and has a lot of cool features. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Most popular entertainment center.

Like iTunes but better than iTunes.

Picard is a cross-platform music tagger that looks up and rewrite metadata tags. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

An Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Lightweight application with deep feature set and \$60 for individual, non-profit, or small business use.

Fast and free audio player.

An extension/improvement to Winamp, providing bugfixes and more features such as a better MOD player and YouTube support. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Music player capable of playing MP3s, MP2s, WAVs, VOCs and MIDI files. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Chat Clients

An elegant Facebook Messenger desktop app. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Voice and text chat for gamers.

IRC client based on XChat ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Instant messaging application. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

An Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client.

Quassel IRC is a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super fast, simple and free. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Awesome WhatsApp Web Client to deliver you the best WhatsApp experience. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A messaging app for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram and many many more. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]


Open source Windows utility for manipulating archives. Formats 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR are supported fully, other formats can be unpacked. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A lightweight, fast and free All-In-One Zip Archiver. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Archiver and file compressor. Extract 7Z CAB ISO RAR TAR ZIP archive files. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Compress images either by file size or by many other image attributes. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files.


Renamed to NeoClassic-UI then renamed to Open-Shell -

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EarTrumpet - Volume Control for Windows


A small program that forwards searches from Cortana to your preferred browser and search engine.

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A lightweight utility that makes the Windows taskbar translucent/transparent.


Changes the Windows 10 Login Screen Background

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Allows to customize and extend Windows taskbar functionality with various productivity enhancements. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Add multi-tab functionality to Windows Explorer. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Extends Explorer by tabs and extra folder views. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

If you use multiple monitors, it lets you display a separate taskbar on each monitor.

Data Recovery

Comprehensive and professional Hard drive recovery software that can recover your photos, videos, documents.

Has filtering tools to help sort the large amount of data the software can recover.

Data recovery with partition recovery. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Recover your deleted files quickly and easily.

Remote recovery option to recover data from another computer over a network.

A tool for disk partition recovery.

Developer Tools

A feature-rich WinForms-based HTTP client

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Series of System Administration Tools

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A modern file tail utility based on Rx.Net which show cases reactive programming and Dynamic Data (see

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Cloud-based, team-enabled code snippet manager with Gist sync, VSCode/Atom/Sublime packages and Mac/Windows/Linux/Web clients.

Official home of the DB Browser for SQLite. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Online tools for developers (REST/SOAP clients, SQLite browser, Regex tester, XPath tester) ![Freeware][freeware icon]

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

Fast and friendly Git client for Mac. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A powerful and easy to use UI for Git. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A GUI for using GitHub. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

The most popular Git GUI for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Powerful and easy client for MySQL, MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL.

an HTTP inspection & debugging desktop application

A modern REST client with a beautiful interface. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Cross-platform GUI client for Redis, LevelDB and Memcached key-value databases.

Local server environment. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A visual diff and merge tool. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Portable server platform and software environment (like MAMP, XAMPP, WAMP and very user friendly). ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A simple color picker for developers.

Apply lossy compression on PNG files with or wi

REST client with intuitive user interface to send requests, save responses, add tests, and create workflows.

A powerful task manager. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Excellent full blown task manager.

A sysinternal tool shows real-time file system, Registry, network and process/thread activity. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A GUI for managing SQLite databases which requires major work.

Cross-platform open source Redis DB management tool.

A lightweight GUI for MongoDB enthusiasts.

A free Git & Mercurial client. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

A powerful MySQL administration tool

Git client with full shell integration. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Tower - the most powerful Git client for Mac and Windows.

A tool for building and managing virtual machines. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

Offline API Documentation Tool. (like Dash for macOS)

Microsoft's free & open-source editor, TypeScript friendly, VSCode Plugins. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon] ![Awesome List][awesome-list Icon]

Ultimate Microsoft Developer Tool.

Web development environment.

Free open source SFTP, FTP, WebDAV and SCP client. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

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

Apache driven web development environment. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Flexible and lightweight SFTP/FTP client. ![Freeware][freeware icon]


A powerful command line shell. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


FreeOffice is a complete office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation program – all compatible with their counterparts in Microsoft Office. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

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

Microsoft's own productivity suite.

The best PDF Reader you'll ever get.

The most complete and feature-rich office and productivity suite. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR reader. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

The perfect free office software ![Freeware][freeware icon]

E-Book Utilities

Awesome application for Windows 8 devices to read eBooks in a simple way. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Free and open-source e-book computer software application suite which runs on multiple platforms, allows users to manage e-book collections as well as create, edit, and read e-books. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Incredibly ugly but powerful software for ebook management and conversion. ![Freeware][freeware icon]


IMAP and POP3 email client, featuring customization, complete touch support and multiple language support.

A fast and maintained fork of Nylas Mail, built on modern web technologies. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

An extensible desktop mail app built on the modern web. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

The Power Email App

Software that makes email easier. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

beautifully designed, powerful and easy to use email app if you're looking for cross-platform functionality.


A list of popular/awesome video games, add-ons, maps, etc. hosted on GitHub. Any genre. Any platform. Any engine.

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A free, open-source real-time strategy game of ancient warfare. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A Free and Open Source empire-building strategy game inspired by the history of human civilization. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Free and open source game engine. Easy to get started and flexible for intermediate users. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


DRM-free game store with a lot of old games but also has a rich collection of new games.

Install, update and play indie games. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Free game development tool/engine. Create games and other graphic focused apps on Windows using Lua/LuaJIT programming language. Export them to many platforms including iOS, Android and Mac.

Largest online video game retailer. Desktop app allows you to organise your library of games and play them at any time. But you already knew that.

Free game engine. Easy to pick up and use with a number of tutorials.

Another free game engine. Lots of documentation and easier to pick up, but you pay 5% royalties to Unreal when you make money from UE-based games.

Free & fast-paced FPS game for Windows. ![Freeware][freeware icon]


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

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

MapTiler generates zoomable raster maps from images in user-defined coordinate system. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

how can you live without ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Text Editors

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

A modern, open source text editor that understands web design. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

G)Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

The next generation code editor. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

literally the future of vim ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

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

Tiny and fast Notepad replacement with many useful features. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


Modern Modal Editing - powered by Neovim ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Community-driven vim distribution.

Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance, Sublime Text Plugins. ![Awesome List][awesome-list Icon]

Microsoft's free & open-source editor, TypeScript friendly, VSCode Plugins. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon] ![Awesome List][awesome-list Icon]


The official IDE for Android, based on Intellij IDEA. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon] ![Awesome List][awesome-list Icon]

Powerful C and C++ IDE. (Free for Students)

A powerful IDE. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Powerful IDE for JVM languages. (Free for Students)

Free and open-source IDE, mainly used for Java development, but supports many other languages and frameworks. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Lightning-smart PHP IDE with major frameworks support.

Python IDE for professional developers with free community edition. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Cross-Platform C# IDE. It is an alternative to Visual Studio by Microsoft with the additional benefit of getting Resharper features that are not available on Visual Studio for Mac.

An intelligent Ruby IDE that supports many modern frameworks.

Microsofts official IDE. Supports a multitude of languages via plugins.

A smart JavaScript IDE that uses the full power of the modern JavaScript ecosystem.

Online Storage


Ability to sync more than 100,000 files and supporting both special characters in file names and file paths longer than 256 characters.

Simple, elegant and versatile (PC, Macs, Android...) cloud storage solution.

Cloud storage solution deeply integrated in the Google ecosystem.

A swiss based privacy first cloud provider. Also offers one time payment lifetime plans.

Encrypted file storage that stores all files in canadian datacenters

Encrypted file storage.

Best cloud storage solution for Windows users.



Encrypted backups to Amazon, Dropbox, Google, OneDrive, etc.

Light, versatile data replication software.

Free backup software to store encrypted backups online For Windows, macOS and Linux. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


Windows environment automation tool

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A command line program monitor systray for Windows


Automatic dark mode for Windows 10

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A command-line installer for Windows.


The ultimate automation scripting language for Windows. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A package manager for Windows.

The only blocker for distracting websites that actually works. (even doesn't let you uninstall it when blocking is active).

Clipboard manager with advanced features. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Switch between application instances, fast.

The fastest file/folder search tool by name.

A free multi purpose customizable and light-weight launcher. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Automatically adjust your computer screen to match lighting. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Organize files automatically. Monitor folders and execute actions like rename, delete, unzip and more. Finds dates in PDFs and much more.

Notebook app for Markdown lovers built on top of Electron.

Utility that enables "universal scrolling" in Windows: scrolling does not need the window to be active/clicked first (i.e. how it works in macOS and Linux) ![Freeware][freeware icon]

A fast launcher for keyboard ninjas on Windows. You can think of Keypirinha as an alternative to Launchy and a cousin of Alfred. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

The Open Source Keystroke Launcher. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Keep files at your fingertips. An unique search utility.

File Manager for Professionals. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

The easiest, fastest way to update or install software. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

File manager featuring miller columns and dual-pane views. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Simple cross-platform note taking app with cloud-based syncing. ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Smart task lists with real-time cross-platform syncing and team collaboration. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

The best file manager for Windows.

A very good English dictionary for windows. ![Freeware][freeware icon]


An effective launcher for windows. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


A cross-platform, OpenGL terminal emulator.


The new Windows Terminal and the original Windows console host, all in the same place!

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Customizable Windows terminal with tabs, splits, quake-style, hotkeys and more


This is a modified version of Console 2 for a better experience under Windows Vista/7/8/10 and a better visual rendering.


A Terminal Emulator based on UWP and web technologies.


Alternative Windows shell based on Cygwin. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Console emulator package with clink shell. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Beautiful, extensible command-line interface

advanced Putty (SSH and telnet client).

Xserver and tabbed SSH client.

The next generation of mRemote, open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

modern, highly configurable terminal app based on web technologies. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Microsoft's official new terminal for Windows. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


Find files with SQL-like queries


Greenshot for Windows - Report bugs & features go here: or look for information on:


Reduces eye strain by adjusting gamma based on the current time


Changes the Windows 10 Login Screen Background

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Command line tool with a fluent API for modifying the Windows registry

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Distributed Peer-to-Peer Web Search Engine and Intranet Search Appliance


ZeroNet - Decentralized websites using Bitcoin crypto and BitTorrent network


The only native rsync client for Windows (no cygwin required). It supports automatic uploads on file changes and incremental hourly backups.

This script lets you add your favorite Folder to Send To option, when you right-click. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

Advanced batch renaming program, with support for renaming based on GPS data from images, ID3 tags from music files, TV show data and regular expressions. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Recording software allowing easy video recording of both desktop and 3D apps simultaneously.

The easiest way to record keystrokes during any screen recording.

A clean computer in no time.

A free all-in-one CPU monitoring tool. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Prevent sleep mode while your system is busy. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Open source ext3/4 file system driver for Windows. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

GUI app to remove exif metadata from images and video files with drag and drop. Free and open source.


File and Archive manager. Clone of the Norton Commander. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

A lossless file size optimizer supporting a wide array of formats.

Video game capture screen recorder that can be used with all games using DirectX or OpenGL technology.

An easy backup solution for files and folders, It supports mirroring/two way sync/update between source and destination.

Provides many more advanced features which are non existent in ccleaner.

A free all-in-one GPU monitoring tool. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Offline browser utility, allowing you to download a website from the Internet to a local directory. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

A hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed.

A very fast, small, compact and innovative graphic viewer for Windows.

Record your screen and export to GIF. You can change the recording area anytime during recording. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Provides a quick UI for switching power schemas & automatic switch on AC-plug-in on Windows10. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

Discover which program has a particular file or directory open. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

Free and reliable P2P Bittorrent client.

A platform for secure communications and file sharing between friends. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

A deep deletion module for node. Help to delete files and folders with very long paths

Create bootable USB drives the easy way.

A command line utility that can securely delete a file, or clean the slack space.

This script will help you to add your favorite programs or self made scripts/folders to startup. ![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]

Snip & Sketch]( - Windows 10 utility to easily capture and edit selected area in screen.

A graphical utility to display folders and files in blocks relative to their disk usage.

Detailed statistics on every piece of hardware in your computer.

The best and only calculator you'll need, completely stripped down of unnecessary UI clutter. ![Open-Source Software][OSS Icon] ![Freeware][Freeware Icon]

Tool suite by Mark Russinovich that provides access to Windows internals for troubleshooting: processes, physical ports, disk activity etc.

A powerful keystroke launcher for Windows.

Unlock files Windows won't let you delete

Transfer any movie or music file to your iPhone w/o iTunes.

It is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup too.

Excellent, small utility application allows users to quickly find large files on a hard drive. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

It is a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations. It runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image.

Proxy and VPN Tools

Set up a personal VPN in the cloud



Free, cross-platform video editing, color grading, video effects and audio editing software.

High performance video encoding and conversion tools with a nice GUI. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

Collection of DirectShow filters, VFW/ACM codecs, and tools. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Open source cross-platform non-linear video editor. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

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

Multimedia player with a wide collection of codecs which also offers extensive configuration options for users.

ScreenToGif allows you to record a selected area of your screen and save it as a gif or video. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Open source cross-platform video editor. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Multimedia player that can save different preferences for any single video. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]


Multimedia player and framework that plays DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Video player for windows 10 focused on simplicity with a beautiful and easy to use interface.

Windows 10 Setup

PowerShell script for automation of routine tasks done after fresh installations of Windows 10 / Server 2016 / Server 2019

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A local DNS proxy which caches the responses coming from your DNS servers and helps you fight unwanted ads through a custom HOSTS file. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Free removal tool for adware, PUP/LPI, Toolbars and Hijacker. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Best outright protection against malware.

Free client-side encryption for your cloud files. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Make Windows 10 more private and safe. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Encrypt your files in an elegant way. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Network security monitoring tool and analyzer that visualizes your network activity.

A utility for configuring encryption protocols, cyphers, hashing methods, and key exchanges for Windows components (eg TLS/AES/SHA for Remote Desktop)

Free, open-source, easy-to-use password manager. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

protects from dangerous threats that antivirus doesn't. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Internet traffic control and monitoring tool. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

Search and destroy malware, spyware and viruses. ![Freeware][freeware icon]

An enhanced task manager with support for monitoring and modifying system processes, start-up programs, system services, drivers, shell extensions, and more.

Enable anonymous communication. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon] ![Freeware][freeware icon]

automatically unchecks unrelated offers from installers.

VeraCrypt is a free open source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. ![Open-Source Software][oss icon]

Fully-featured OpenVPN client, ready for enterprise deployment.



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