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Curated list of free as in freedom software


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“Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price.

—GNU Project

RMS's best propaganda has always been his hacking. So it is for all of us; to the rest of the world outside our little tribe, the excellence of our software is a far more persuasive argument for openness and freedom than any amount of highfalutin appeal to abstract principles. So the next time RMS, or anybody else, urges you to "talk about freedom", I urge you to reply "Shut up and show them the code."

Eric Raymond




Command Line Tools

  • asciinema - Terminal session recorder. (GNU GPLv3)
  • Cygwin - Unix-like environment for Windows, providing access to a number of tools commonly found on Linux systems. (GNU GPLv3)
  • Logdissect - CLI utility and Python API for analyzing log files and other data. (MIT)
  • PuTTY - Remote terminal emulator that connects over SSH, Telnet, SCP, and rlogin protocols as well as raw socket connections. (MIT)
  • ranger - Minimal, lightweight, and aesthetically pleasing file explorer for GNU/Linux. It runs in the terminal window, so it fits in well with window managers such as i3. vi key bindings allow for quick operations to be performed, including rename and delete. (GNU GPLv3)


File Management

File Sharing




  • LibreOffice - Office suite with word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation programs. (MPLv2)
  • Zathura - 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

  • Debian - One of the earliest UNIX-like operating systems with a commitment to keeping nonfree software out of its system. (DFSG)
  • Devuan - Fork of Debian without systemd. (Licenses)
  • PureOS - FSF endorsed derivative of Debian. (Multiple licenses)
  • LineageOS - Android distribution for phones and tablets and successor of CyanogenMod. (Multiple licenses)


  • Disroot - Hosted versions of many of the services on this list. (Multiple licenses)
  • OpenMapTiles - 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)
  • ZeroNet - Decentralized websites using Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network. (GNU GPLv2)
  • Simple Mobile Tools - Android apps with customizable widgets, without annoying ads and unnecessary permissions.


  • Electrum - Lightweight Bitcoin client that provides wallet recovery, decentralized servers, and offline storage. (MIT)
  • GNU Taler - Cash-like system for online payments. (GNU GPL)

Scientific Work

  • DocEar - Literature management using mind mapping technology. (GNU GPLv2+)
  • JabRef - Manages references and attached PDFs using BibTeX/BibLaTeX. Includes support for LibreOffice. (MIT)


Text Editors


  • Markdownify - A minimal Markdown editor. (MIT)
  • Sandman - Lets you know when to turn off the computer and sleep based on calculated sleep cycles. (MIT)
  • Search Deflector - A small program that redirects searches made from the Windows Start Menu or Cortana to whatever browser and search engine you prefer. (MIT)
  • Wireshark - Packet analyzer for network troubleshooting and analysis. (GNU GPLv2)


  • NewPipe - Lightweight YouTube frontend for Android. (GNU GPLv3)
  • Kodi - Home Theater software and entertainment hub. (GNU GPLv2)
  • VLC - Multimedia player that supports a variety of audio and video formats. (GNU GPLv3)
  • youtube-dl - Feature-rich command line program to download videos from YouTube and other video sites. (Unlicense)


  • QEMU - QEMU is a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer. (GNU GPLv2)
  • VirtualBox - Feature rich virtualization tools with support for many operating systems. (GNU GPLv2)

Web Applications

Web Servers



  • Aleph Objects - Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certified 3D printer built with libre hardware and software.
  • Libiquity - Designs and develops embedded software and firmware systems.
  • Purism - Privacy, security, and freedom focused computers and software.
  • Raptor Computing Systems - Desktops, motherboards, and other parts utilizing the IBM POWER9 processor and OpenBMC firmware.
  • Technoethical - Laptops, adapters, and mobile devices compatible with free operating systems.
  • ThinkPenguin - Modern laptops, desktops, and printers that contain no proprietary software.
  • Vikings - 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.
  • h-node - Database of hardware that works with a fully free operating system.
  • Linux Preloaded - Hand-picked list of vendors from many regions that sell computers preinstalled with free software.
  • Respects Your Freedom Hardware Certification - Requirements to qualify for the Free Software Foundation's RYF certification.





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



  • LibrePlanet - Annual conference on free software.
  • Software Freedom Day - Annual worldwide celebration of free software with the aim of increasing awareness of free software and its virtues.



Other Lists

  • Awesome Humane Tech - List of projects focusing on ethics, transparency, and privacy.
  • Awesome Self-Hosted - List of FLOSS network services and web applications which can be hosted locally.
  • Awesome Sysadmin - List of free software sysadmin tools.


  • Maxime Lathuilière - Reorganizing information and resources through libre software to enable a free society.



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