Here is a list of essential Linux applications and tools that every Linux user needs to have in order to get the most out of their Linux PC! Enjoy…

1. Web Browsers

  • Chrome Browser
Google Chrome
Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a feature-rich cross-platform web browser developed by Google. Chrome is the most used web browser in the year 2018. This is a fast, easy to use, secure web browser built for modern web technologies.

Chrome is not an open source application. But it is based on an open source project known as Chromium. It is also a web browser which is available in the default Ubuntu repositories.

  • Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open-source web browser developed by The Mozilla Foundation. Firefox is the third most popular web browser in the world. (Second place goes to Safari) If you don’t like to use google chrome as your default web browser, Firefox is the best alternative that you can have.

This is the default web browser in many Linux distributions. This is also a feature-rich web browser with many features such as tabbed browsing, spell checking, incremental search, live bookmarking, a download manager and many more.

2. Text Editors

  • Atom
Atom Text Editor
Atom Text Editor (Image Source https://atom.io/)

Atom is a modern and hackable text editor which provides everything you would expect from a text editor. This an open source project maintained by GitHub. Atom has a ton of themes and extensions to customize your editor as your wish.

  • Sublime
Sublime Text Editor
Sublime Text Editor (Image Source https://www.sublimetext.com/)

Sublime is one of the most popular text editor available. Sublime is not a free application. But it allows you to use the software for evaluation without any time limit. Same as atom sublime has ton of themes and extensions to customize your editor as your wish.

  • Visual Studio Code (Vs Code)
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code

Vs Code is an open source code editor as well as a Text editor developed by Microsoft. Vs Code has built in embedded Git control, syntax highlighting, intelligent code completion, debugging support and many more features.

Same as the above Text editors Vs code is Highly Customizable. You can change the editor’s theme, install extensions, set keyboard shortcuts etc…

3. Download Managers

  • uGet
uGet
uGet

uGet is a free and open source download manager with advanced download managing settings. uGet offers Browser Integration which supports Firefox, Google Chrome, Chromium, Opera, and Vivaldi. uGet also offers the ability to download videos from YouTube.

  • qBittorrent
qBittorrent
qBittorrent

qBittorrent is an open-source application alternative to µTorrent. This is a reliable P2P BitTorrent client with many features such as Polished µTorrent-like User Interface, supports many Bittorrent extensions , Remote control through Web user interface, Bandwidth scheduler and many more.

4. Music Player

  • Rhythmbox
Rhythmbox
Rhythmbox (Image Source https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Rhythmbox/Screenshots)

Rhythmbox is a free and open-source audio player designed to work well under the GNOME desktop environment. But it also works in other desktop environments as well. This is the default music player on many Linux distributions. Gapless playback, Music playback, Audio CD burning, Audio scrobbling are some of the features include in this player.

  • cmus
cmus
cmus (Image Source https://cmus.github.io/)

If you are a command line person this is the best player to enjoy your music. cmus is a small, fast and powerful console music player developed by Timo Hirvonen. Compilations handling, Play queue, ReplayGain support, less resource usage due to text-only design are some of the features include in this player.

5. Video Players

  • VLC media player
VLC media player
VLC media player

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player which can play almost any media format. VLC player also can play DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs as well. Fast – Hardware Decoding, Plays all formats, Advanced control are some of the features available in this player.

6. Photo Editing | Video Editing |  Vector Graphic Designing

  • GIMP
GIMP
GIMP

GIMP is a free and open-source graphics editor with many features for manipulating images. This is the Photoshop alternative for Linux.

  • Kdenlive
Kdenlive
Kdenlive

Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editing software used by may Linux users. Support for dual video monitors, a multi-track timeline, clip list, customizable layout support, basic effects, and basic transitions are some of the features available in Kdenlive.

  • Inkscape
Inkscape
Inkscape

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor. This is the Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator alternative for Linux.

7. Others

  • VirtualBox
VirtualBox
VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a free and open-source virtualization software developed and maintained by Oracle. This application is used to install and use another operating system within a virtual machine.

  • Enpass
Enpass
Enpass

Enpass is a cross-platform password management tool you can used to securely store passwords and other credentials in a virtual vault locked with a master password. This is a offline password manager.

Also Read: Coding an Information Gathering Tool with Python

  • Cerebro
Cerebro
Cerebro

Cerebro is an open-source search application which you can use as an alternative for Spotlight. It allows you to search and launch everything on your desktop system. By adding plugins, you can improve the functionality of Cerebro. 

  • Stacer
Stacer
Stacer

Stacer is a free and open-source Linux System Optimization and Monitoring tool. Real-time system resource monitor, clear app caches, start-up monitor, ability to start/stop system services, uninstall applications are some of the features available in this tool.

Hope you enjoyed the list. See you from next article!


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