List of free and open-source software packages

This is a list of free and open-source software packages, computer software licensed under free software licenses and open-source licenses. Software that fits the Free Software Definition may be more appropriately called free software; the GNU project in particular objects to their works being referred to as open-source.[1] For more information about the philosophical background for open-source software, see free software movement and Open Source Initiative. However, nearly all software meeting the Free Software Definition also meets the Open Source Definition and vice versa. A small fraction of the software that meets either definition is listed here. Some of the open-source applications are also the basis of commercial products, shown in the List of commercial open-source applications and services.

Artificial intelligence edit

General AI edit

Computer vision edit

Machine learning edit

Planning edit

  • TREX – Reactive planning

Robotics edit

Assistive technology edit

Speech (synthesis and recognition) edit

Other assistive technology edit

CAD edit

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) edit

  • Gmsh - A three-dimensional finite element mesh generator with built-in pre- and post-processing facilities.

Electronic design automation (EDA) edit

  • Fritzing - a CAD software for the design of electronics hardware to build more permanent circuits from prototypes
  • KiCad - a suite for electronic design automation (EDA) for schematic capture, PCB layout, manufacturing file viewing, SPICE simulation, and engineering calculation

Computer simulation edit

Cybersecurity edit

Antivirus edit

Data loss prevention edit

Data recovery edit

Forensics edit

Anti-forensics edit

Disk erasing edit

Encryption edit

Disk encryption edit

Firewall edit

Network and security monitoring edit

Secure Shell (SSH) edit

Password management edit

Other cybersecurity programs edit

Data storage and management edit

Backup software edit

Database management systems (including administration) edit

Data mining edit

Data Visualization Components edit

  • ParaView – Plotting and visualization functions developed by Sandia National Laboratory; capable of massively parallel flow visualization utilizing multiple computer processors
  • VTK – Toolkit for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualisation.

Digital Asset Management software system edit

Disk partitioning software edit

Enterprise search engines edit

ETLs (Extract Transform Load) edit

File archivers edit

File systems edit

Desktop publishing edit

  • Collabora Online Draw and Writer - Enterprise-ready edition of LibreOffice accessible from a web browser. The Draw application is for flyers, newsletters, brochures and more, Writer has most of the functionality too.[3]
  • Scribus – Designed for layout, typesetting, and preparation of files for professional-quality image-setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.
  • LyX – A "What You See Is What You Mean" document creation system, LyX makes use of the LaTeX markup macro system for TeX, allowing the elegant creation of documents which match up with the layouts in it for various document classes.

E-book management and editing edit

  • Calibre – Cross-platform suite of ebook software
  • Collabora Online Writer - Enterprise-ready edition of LibreOffice accessible from a web browser. Allows exporting in the EPUB format.[4]
  • Sigil – Editing software for e-books in the EPUB format

Education edit

E-learning, learning support edit

  • ATutor – Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS)
  • Chamilo – Web-based e-learning and content management system
  • Claroline – Collaborative Learning Management System
  • DoceboLMS – SAAS/cloud platform for learning
  • eFront – Icon-based learning management system
  • H5P – Framework for creating and sharing interactive HTML5 content
  • IUP Portfolio – Educational platform for Swedish schools
  • ILIAS – Web-based learning management system (LMS)
  • Moodle – Free and open-source learning management system
  • OLAT – Web-based Learning Content Management System
  • Omeka – Content management system for online digital collections
  • openSIS – Web-based Student Information and School Management system
  • Sakai Project – Web-based learning management system
  • SWAD – Web-based learning management system

Academic advising edit

  • FlightPath – Academic advising software for universities

Educational suites for children edit

  • Tux Paint – Painting application for 3–12 year olds
  • GCompris – Educational entertainment, aimed at children aged 2–10

Language edit

Operating systems edit

Mind mapping & others edit

Offline learning & Open data edit

  • Kiwix: A free and open-source offline web browser that allows users download Wikipedia entire content and use for offline learning, later was expanded with repositories for Wikimedia Foundation, public domain texts from Project Gutenberg, many of the Stack Exchange sites, and other resources.
  • OpenStreetMap: OpenStreetMap was developed in 2004, it uses Open data and users data input through Crowdsourcing and Web mapping to create a complete and downloadable alternative to other online maps, this allow users to enter data when there is no data available due to lack of governance and economic interest or due lower population of the places mapped

Typing edit

  • KTouch – Touch typing lessons with a variety of keyboard layouts
  • Tux Typing – Typing tutor for children, featuring two games to improve typing speed

File managers edit

Finance edit

Accounting edit

Cryptocurrency edit

  • Bitcoin – Blockchain platform, peer-to-peer decentralised digital currency
  • Ethereum – Blockchain platform with smart contract functionality

CRM edit

  • CiviCRM – Constituent Relationship Management software aimed at NGOs
  • iDempiere – Business Suite, ERP and CRM
  • SuiteCRM – Web-based CRM

ERP edit

Human resources edit

  • OrangeHRM – Commercial human resource management

Microfinance edit

Process management edit

Trading edit

Games edit

Action edit

Application layer edit

Chess edit

Educational games edit

Video game emulation edit

Music video games edit

Karaoke edit

Rhythm game edit

Puzzle edit

Sandbox edit

  • Minetest – An open source voxel game engine.

Snake games edit

Simulation edit

Strategy edit

Genealogy edit

Geographic information systems edit

Graphical user interface edit

Desktop environments edit

Window managers edit

Windowing system edit

Groupware edit

Content management systems edit

Wiki software edit

Healthcare software edit

Integrated library management software edit

Image editor edit

  • Darktable – Digital image workflow management, including RAW photo processing
  • digiKam – Integrated photography toolkit including editing abilities
  • GIMP – Raster graphics editor aimed at image retouching/editing
  • Inkscape – Vector graphics editor
  • Karbon – Scalable vector drawing application in KDE
  • Krita – Digital painting, sketching and 2D animation application, with a variety of brush engines
  • LazPaint – Lightweight raster and vector graphics editor, aimed at being simpler to use than GIMP
  • LightZone – Free, open-source digital photo editor software application.
  • RawTherapee – Digital image workflow management aimed at RAW photo processing

Maps & Navigation edit

  • OpenStreetMap - open geographic database updated and maintained by a community of volunteers via open collaboration.

Mathematics edit

Computer algebra systems edit

symbolic manipulation systems edit

Mobile software edit

Statistics edit

  • R – Statistics software

Numerical analysis edit

  • Octave - Numerical analysis software
  • Scilab - Numerical analysis software

Geometry edit

Spreadsheet edit

Media edit

Audio editors, audio management edit

CD/USB-writing software edit

Flash animation edit

Game engines edit

Chess engines edit

Graphics edit

2D edit

  • Pencil2D – Simple 2D graphics and animation program
  • Synfig – 2D vector graphics and timeline based animation
  • TupiTube (formerly KTooN) – Application for the design and creation of animation
  • OpenToonz – Part of a family of 2D animation software
  • Krita – Digital painting, sketching and 2D animation application, with a variety of brush engines
  • Blender – Computer graphics software, Blender's Grease Pencil tools allow for 2D animation within a full 3D pipeline.
  • mtPaintraster graphics editor for creating icons, pixel art

3D edit

  • Blender – Computer graphics software featuring modeling, sculpting, texturing, rigging, simulation, rendering, camera tracking, video editing, and compositing
  • MakeHuman
  • OpenFX – Modeling and animation software with a variety of built-in post processing effects
  • Seamless3d – Node-driven 3D modeling software
  • Wings 3Dsubdivision modeler inspired by Nendo and Mirai from Izware.

Image galleries edit

Image viewers edit

Multimedia codecs, containers, splitters edit

Subtitle edit

Television edit

Video converters edit

Video editing edit

DVD authoring edit

Other media packages edit

Ripping edit

Video encoders edit

Video players edit

Networking and Internet edit

Advertising edit

Communication-related edit

E-mail edit

File transfer edit

Grid and distributed processing edit

Instant messaging edit

IRC Clients edit

Middleware edit

RSS, Atom readers, aggregators edit

Peer-to-peer file sharing edit

Portal Server edit

Remote access and management edit

Routing software edit

Web browsers edit

Graphical edit

Text-based edit

Webcam edit

  • Cheese – GNOME webcam application
  • Guvcview – Linux webcam application

Webgrabber edit

Web-related edit

  • Apache Cocoon – A web application framework
  • Apache – The most popular web server
  • AWStats – Log file parser and analyzer
  • BookmarkSync – Tool for browsers
  • Cherokee – Fast, feature-rich HTTP server
  • curl-loader – Powerful HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/FTPS loading and testing tool
  • FileZilla – FTP
  • Hiawatha – Secure, high performance, and easy-to-configure HTTP server
  • HTTP File Server – User-friendly file server software, with a drag-and-drop interface
  • lighttpd – Resource-sparing, but also fast and full-featured, HTTP Server
  • Lucee – CFML application server
  • Nginx – Lightweight, high performance web server/reverse proxy and e-mail (IMAP/POP3) proxy
  • NetKernel – Internet application server
  • Qcodo – PHP5 framework
  • Squid – Web proxy cache
  • Vaadin – Fast, Java-based framework for creating web applications
  • Varnish – High-performance web application accelerator/reverse proxy and load balancer/HTTP router
  • XAMPP – Package of web applications including Apache and MariaDB
  • Zope – Web application server

Web search engines edit

Other networking programs edit

Office software edit

Text editors edit

Software Platform Formats
AbiWord Linux, Windows .txt
Atom (text editor) macOS 10.9 or later, Windows 7 and later, and Linux .txt
gedit Linux, MacOS .txt
GNOME Text Editor Linux .txt
Kate (text editor) 25 Linux distributions, Microsoft Windows, macOS .txt
Leafpad Linux, BSD, Maemo .txt
Metapad Windows .txt
Mousepad Linux, BSD, Maemo .txt
PyRoom Unix-like (Linux included) .txt
Visual Studio Code Linux, Windows, MacOS .txt

Spreadsheet software edit

Software Operating system Format
Gnumeric Unix-like (Linux included) .gnm, .gnumeric
GNU Oleo Linux .oleo[5]
Pyspread Unix-like, Windows .CSV, .XLS, .SVG, .PDF
Sheetster Cross-platform JSON, XML, .XLS, .CSV, xlsx/.ooxml, .exml, .zip

Office suites edit

  • Apache OpenOffice - The cross platform office productivity suite from Apache Software Foundation (ASF) consists of programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, diagrams and drawings, databases, etc.
  • Calligra Suite – The office productivity suite from KDE consists of programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, databases, vector graphics, and digital painting
  • Collabora Online - Enterprise-ready edition of LibreOffice, web application, mobile phone, tablet, Chromebook and desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux)[6]
  • LibreOffice – The cross platform office productivity suite from The Document Foundation (TDF) consists of programs for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, diagrams and drawings, databases, etc.
  • OnlyOffice Desktop Editors – An open-source offline edition of the Cloud

Operating systems edit

Be advised that available distributions of these systems can contain, or offer to build and install, added software that is neither free software nor open-source.

Emulation and Virtualization edit

Personal information managers edit

Programming language support edit

Bug trackers edit

Code generators edit

Documentation generators edit

  • Doxygen – Tool for writing software reference documentation. The documentation is written within code
  • Mkd – Extracts software documentation from source code files, pseudocode, or comments
  • Natural Docs – Claims to use a more natural language as input from the comments, hence its name

Configuration software edit

Debuggers (for testing and trouble-shooting) edit

Integrated development environments edit

Version control systems edit

Reference management software edit

Risk Management edit

Science edit

Bioinformatics edit

Cheminformatics edit

Electronic lab notebooks edit

Geographic information systems edit

Geoscience edit

Grid computing edit

  • P-GRADE Portal – Grid portal software to create, execute, and monitor workflows through high-level Web interfaces

Microscope image processing edit

  • CellProfiler – Automatic microscopic analysis, aimed at individuals lacking training in computer vision
  • Endrov – Java-based plugin architecture designed to analyse complex spatio-temporal image data
  • FijiImageJ-based image processing
  • Ilastik – Image-classification and segmentation software
  • ImageJ – Image processing application developed at the National Institutes of Health
  • IMOD – 2D and 3D analysis of electron microscopy data
  • ITK – Development framework used for creation of image segmentation and registration programs
  • KNIME – Data analytics, reporting, and integration platform
  • VTK – C++ toolkit for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualisation
  • 3DSlicer – Medical image analysis and visualisation

Molecular dynamics edit

  • GROMACS – Protein, lipid, and nucleic acid simulation
  • LAMMPS – Molecular dynamics software
  • MDynaMix – General-purpose molecular dynamics, simulating mixtures of molecules
  • ms2 - molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation package to predict thermophysical properties of fluids
  • NWChem – Quantum chemical and molecular dynamics software

Molecule viewer edit

  • Avogadro – Plugin-extensible molecule visualisation
  • BALLView – Molecular modeling and visualisation
  • Jmol – 3D representation of molecules in many formats, for teaching use
  • Molekel – Molecule viewing software
  • MeshLab – Able to import PDB dataset and build up surfaces from them
  • PyMOL – High-quality representations of small molecules and biological macromolecules
  • QuteMol – Interactive molecule representations offering an array of innovative OpenGL visual effects
  • RasMol – Visualizes biological macromolecules

Nanotechnology edit

Plotting edit

Quantum chemistry edit

  • CP2K – Atomistic and molecular simulation of solid-state, liquid, molecular, and biological systems

Screencast edit

Screensavers edit

Statistics edit

  • R – Statistics software
  • LimeSurvey – Online survey system

Theology edit

Bible study tools edit

Typesetting edit

See also edit

General directories edit

References edit

  1. ^ Richard Stallman (July 13, 2011). "Why Open Source misses the point of Free Software". Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "Further Development of Verification Check-casesforSix-Degree-of-Freedom Flight Vehicle Simulations" (PDF). NASA Engineering and Safety Center Academy. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 10, 2021.
  3. ^ "Create great flyers, newsletters, brochures and more with open source software". opensource.com.
  4. ^ Bärwaldt, Eric (2020). "Collaborative online office solutions". Admin Network & Security. 60/2020. ...users can also convert text files to the ePub format for displaying appear on ebook readers or with desktop software for reading ePub files.
  5. ^ "File Formats".
  6. ^ Bärwaldt, Eric (2020-09-01). "Working Together Tools for collaborative office work". Linux Magazine (238/2020). For cross-platform use, the suite not only supports the Open Document Format (ODF) but also all newer Microsoft formats, which makes interaction with other office suites easier.

External links edit