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There are many, many projects – thousands, in fact – that are available on Ubuntu to serve all sorts of needs. What follows is an alphabetical list of the main applications available (see also: Applets).

You may also be interested in the software list which follows the Ubuntu menu structure, both lists link to the same software guides.

Note: this is currently a work in progress, so more programs will be added. If you wish to include a project not covered here, you may wish to download the following template pack:

Once started place a suitable link both here and on the Applications list.

See also: FreeSoftwareAlternatives

Alphabetical List of Software Available on Ubuntu


  • AbiWord - a well-featured standalone word processor

  • Agave - compare and experiment with color schemes

  • Amarok - a full-featured, KDE-based music player and management application

  • ApacheHTTPserver - a powerful HTTP server

  • Archive Manager - open, create and edit compressed files in different formats


  • Baobab - analyze how your disk space is being used

  • Blender - a professional-level 3D-modeling application

  • Brasero - a CD and DVD writing application


  • Calculator - with basic, advanced, financial, and scientific modes

  • Character Map - select a large range of non-standard and international characters to put in your documents (See also: Applets)


  • Device Manager - an application for examining the details of your hardware

  • Dia - create and edit technical diagrams and plans

  • Dictionary - look up definitions in different dictionaries

  • Disk Usage Analyser (See Baobab)


  • EclipseIDE - a flexible, cross platform Java based IDE for many programming languages and tasks

  • Elisa Media Center - an open source cross-platform Media Center connecting the internet to your all-in-one media player

  • Epiphany - the GNOME web browser

  • Evince - default document viewer for PDF (Portable Document Format) and PostScript files

  • Evolution - mail, calendar, contacts, memos and tasks application

  • Exaile - GTK+-based music player, which aims to be like Amarok

  • EyeofGNOME - Ubuntu's default image viewer


  • Firefox - highly-rated Web browser which is the default for Ubuntu

  • Firestarter - an application for configuring your firewall

  • F-Spot - a personal photo manager


  • Gcolor2 - a simple color picker

  • GdMap -view a graphical representation of your hard drive

  • gedit - the default text editor for Ubuntu

  • GPROFTPD -A GUI based FTP server

  • gFTP -an easy to use FTP client

  • GnuCash - a personal finance manager

  • GNUpaint - a simple painting program

  • GNU TeXmacs - a word processor with special features for scientists

  • Google Earth - view the earth and sky

  • gThumb - view slide shows, edit images, import pictures from a camera, and more

  • TheGIMP - a powerful image editing application


  • HardInfo - hardware information and report generator


  • ImageMagick - a software suite which can be used to create, edit and display images from the command line or using a graphical interface

  • Inkscape a vector graphics illustration program

  • Istanbul - record desktop events to a video file


  • JabRef - graphical bibliography reference manager




  • MATLAB - The Language Of Technical Computing

  • Maxima - a computer algebra system

  • Mercurial - a distributed Source Control Management system

  • Mozart - The programming environment for the Oz language based on GNU/Emacs

  • Mozilla Firefox - (see Firefox)




  • Pan - a Usenet Newsreader based on Forte's Agent

  • Picasa - Google's Picasa is a photo management application with some intermediate-level editing features

  • Pidgin - a Instant Messaging client

  • psyBNC - an easy to use IRC-bouncer with many features


  • qingy a GDM/KDM frame buffer replacement




  • Terminal - enter commands and start programs from a command-line interface

  • TeXmacs a word processor with special features for scientists

  • Thunderbird - an email application which can be customized with extensions and themes like Firefox

  • Tomboy Notes - a desktop note-taking application (See also: Applets)

  • Totem - Ubuntu's default multimediaplayer

  • TuxPaint - an award-winning drawing program for children



  • VMware - run other operating systems inside a virtual machine


  • WeeChat - a modern IRC client, based on a text-driven interface

  • WordPress - a popular blogging software written in PHP.


  • XChat-GNOME a beginner-friendly IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Client

  • XSane - an application to control a scanner and acquire images from it



Further Reading

Community Help Wiki

Further Information on Software Packages

  • - Categorizes, rates, reviews and lists KDE-based software.

  • - Lists 'open-source' alternatives to proprietary software.

  • SourceForge - Repository of open source software

  • ubuntuvideo - Collates videos on Ubuntu from across the Web. Has some clips of software in action

FLOSS: Background and Theory

To better appreciate your software and how the world of FLOSS (Free, Libre, Open Source Software) works - in development, support, communities, and so on - it helps to have some understanding of its background, its theoretical underpinnings and how it works in practise.

The following links are a start to help get you towards that better understanding.

SoftwareAlphabeticIndex (last edited 2017-09-26 20:57:09 by ckimes)