These guides provide information about various applications that are available for Ubuntu, both from repositories and from other sources.
Accessories – Various useful utilities.
Games – Information on games written for Ubuntu Linux, as well as how to run Windows games in Ubuntu.
Graphics – Software for creating and manipulating images.
Photo – Software for viewing and editing photos.
Internet – Network applications like web browsers, email clients, and instant messengers.
Other – Software for business, science, medicine, engineering, and other professional disciplines.
Office – Software such as word processors, spreadsheet, presentation, and database applications.
Productivity – Software such as organizers, schedulers, planners and management applications.
Servers and Web Applications – Software for creating websites, teleconferencing servers, learning management systems, and other web applications.
Sound and Video – Software for playing, ripping, and burning music and videos.
Multimedia – Software for playing and editing sound and video.
System Tools – Software for configuring and managing Ubuntu.
Ubuntu comes with many pre-installed Applications.
The Ubuntu Software Centre provides an excellent way to browse some of the applications which are available.
Browse by repository
Repositories are the recommended way to install software in Ubuntu. Different software will be found in the different repositories.
- Software in the Main Repository is supported by Canonical and the Ubuntu Community of users. Software installed by default is found in the Main Repository.
- Software in the Universe Repository is supported by the Ubuntu Community of users.
Software in the Multiverse Repository is made available as is.
- Software in the Partners Repository is made available by Canonical, but supported by the software authors.
Browse by searching
Ubuntu uses the Unity Desktop. The Unity Desktop features a Dash, which you can use to browse the different apps available in Ubuntu.
There is also a wide range of Free Software Alternatives available for Ubuntu, with even more to come.
A number of Ubuntu Community Documentation pages lists these applications that you can install:
Recommended Applications – Less well-known applications recommended by other Ubuntu users.
- Ubuntu equivalents to applications on other operating systems:
Free Software Alternatives – A comprehensive list of alternative applications for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu Linux.
Switching from MacOSX – Ubuntu alternatives to Mac OSX applications.
Windows Applications Equivalents – Ubuntu alternatives to Windows applications.
Useful Repositories - a list of repositories that users may find useful, but that are not supported by Ubuntu.
Virtualization and Emulation
Just because you are switching to a different Operating System doesn't mean you have to give up all your old programs. You can run software from other Operating Systems inside of Ubuntu. This includes most Windows applications (and even the entire Windows OS itself).
Adding and Removing Applications
Ubuntu provides a number of very easy ways to add and remove software, the easiest of which is the Ubuntu Software Centre.
Using and Editing the menu
To find out how use and edit the Application Menu from a user’s perspective read up in the Gnome Library (Using the Main Menubar) and Customizing the Panel Menubar. For more information on what happens behind the scenes more information is available in the GNOME Desktop System Administration Guide under Customizing Menus.
SoftwareManagement – Ubuntu includes some powerful tools for managing software. Here are some of those tools and terminology.
The applications on the following websites will generally work on Ubuntu, but may not be installable through Ubuntu’s software management tools.
Gnome Files – Software for the default Ubuntu desktop (called GNOME). Applications are categorized and rated.
Gnome Library – The Gnome documentation
KDE-Apps.org – Software for the default Kubuntu desktop (called KDE). Applications are categorized and rated.
osalt.com – Open source alternatives to proprietary software.
dotdeb.com – A great source of Applications in the deb format not found in the Ubuntu Software Center.
Ubuntu Apps Directory – An online version of the Ubuntu Software Centre, supporting Lucid and later releases.