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This is a list of open-source software packages: computer software licensed under an open-source license. 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. 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 Open Source Definition also meets The Free Software Definition and vice versa. Software that meets either is listed here.


Applied fields


Main article: :Category:Free computer-aided design software

Electronic design automation (EDA)

Main article: :Category:Free electronic design automation software


Integrated Library System


Main article: :Category:Free mathematics software

Modeling and Simulation

  • PDQ (Pretty Damn Quick); a queue-theoretic analytic modeling package in C, Java, Python, Perl. and PHP
  • SimPy; queue-theoretic event-based simulator written in Python


Main article: :Category:Free science software

Geographic Information Systems

Main article: :Category:Free GIS software


Main article: :Category:Free plotting software

Scanning probe microscopy

  • Gwyddion — Scientific data analysis
  • Gxsm — Gnome X Scanning Microscopy - dsp supported scanning probe acquisition

Microscope image processing

Molecule viewer




Main article: :Category:Free statistical software

Assistive technology

Speech (Speech Synthesis, Speech Recognition)

Other Assistive Technology

  • Dasher — Unique text input software
  • Gnopernicus — AT suite for GNOME 2
  • PowerTalk — Automatic Text narration of presentations
  • pVoice — Application for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Virtual Magnifying Glass - a free, open source, multiplatform, screen magnification tool.

Data storage and management

Backup software

Main article: :Category:Free backup software

File archivers

Main article: :Category:Free data compression software

File Systems

Database management systems (including administration)

Main article: :Category:Open source database management systems

Data mining

  • Weka -- data mining software written in Java featuring machine learning operators for classification, regression, and clustering.
  • RapidMiner -- data mining software written in Java, fully integrating Weka, featuring 350+ operators for preprocessing, machine learning, visualization, etc.
  • Scriptella ETL -- ETL (Extract-Transform-Load) and script execution tool. Supports integration with J2EE and Spring. Provides connectors to CSV, LDAP, XML, JDBC/ODBC and other data sources.
  • Java Machine Learning Library -- machine learning library aimed at software developers.

Enterprise search engines

Document editing

Office suite

Word processing

Main article: :Category:Free word processors


Main article: :Category:Free notetaking software


Main article: :Category:Free PDF software


Main article: :Category:Free TeX software


Main article: :Category:Free spreadsheet software

Text editor

Main article: :Category:Free text editors

HTML editor

Main article: :Category:Free HTML editors


Educational Suites

Learning support

Main article: :Category:Free learning support software




Other educational programs

File managers

Main article: :Category:Free file managers


Bible Study Tools


Main article: List of open source games


Main article: :Category:Free genealogy software

Graphical user interface

Windowing system

Main article: :Category:Free windowing systems

Desktop environments

Main article: :Category:Free desktop environments

Window managers

Main article: :Category:Free window managers


Main article: :Category:Free groupware

Content management systems

Main article: :Category:Open source content management systems

Wiki software

Main article: :Category:Free wiki software


Healthcare software

Main article: List of open source healthcare software


Multimedia codecs / containers / splitters

Main article: :Category:Free multimedia codecs, containers, and splitters

Audio editors / audio management

See Free audio software


Main article: :Category:Free graphics software

Image galleries

Main article: :Category:Free image galleries

Image viewers

Media players

Main article: :Category:Free media players



Main article: :Category:Free television software

2D animation

Flash animation

Video editing

CD-writing software

Main article: :Category:Free CD writing software

Other Media packages

Networking and Internet


Main article: :Category:Free e-mail software

Instant messaging

Main article: :Category:Free instant messaging clients

IM Robot Server

  • RoYa is an instant messaging robot server.

Instant messaging servers

Main article: :List of Jabber server software

IRC Clients

Main article: :Category:Free IRC clients

RSS/Atom readers/aggregators


File transfer

Main article: :Category:Free file transfer software

P2P file sharing

Main article: :Category:Free file sharing software

Remote access And Management

Routing software

Main article: :Category:Free routing software

Web browsers

Main article: :Category:Free web browsers




Portal Server


Other networking programs

Operating systems

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.

Main article: :Category:Free software operating systems

Password management

Personal information managers

Programming language support

  • ArgoUML — ArgoUML is a modelling tool that helps you design using UML diagrams
  • CLISP — a Common Lisp interpreter and bytecode-compiler
  • DJGPP — a 32-bit DOS port of GCC and other GNU utilities
  • Eiffel
  • Erlang
  • Experix — command line and stack system for data acquisition and analysis and graphics
  • Forth
  • Free Pascal A Pascal compiler and cornerstone of the Lazarus RAD
  • GCC — a set of compilers for multiple programming languages and platforms, including
  • GT.M is an open source MUMPS (a.k.a. M) compiler for Linux
  • Harbour — compiler for the xBase superset language often referred to as Clipper
  • Jikes — Java compiler
  • LLVM — Optimizing compiler toolkit
  • Logo — Derivative of Lisp without parenthesis, for kids, with Turtle Graphics
  • Lua - a lightweight, reflective, imperative and procedural language, designed as a scripting language with extensible semantics as a primary goal.
  • MinGW — Windows port of +GCC
  • Mono development platform — Multi-platform .NET implementation (C#) based on the ECMA/ISO standards
  • MMIXware — simulator for MMIXAL language and MMIX processor
  • Objective CAML — a practical and fast functional OO language
  • OpenJDKSun's Java Development Kit based completely on free and open source code
  • Parser — a language for dynamic website creation
  • Perl — a programming language strong on text processing
  • PHP — a scripting language designed for web site applications
  • Prolog — Logic programming
  • Python — A high-level scripting language
  • Refal
  • Rexx
  • Ruby — A high-level scripting language
  • Ruby on Rails — Ruby-based web development framework
  • StarUML — a software modeling tool and also platform that is a compelling replacement of commercial UML tools such as Rational Rose
  • Tcl/Tk — A high-level scripting language with a graphical toolkit

Bug Trackers

Code generators

Configuration Software

Integrated development environments

Main article: :Category:Open source integrated development environments

Version control systems

Main article: :Category:Free revision control software



Screen savers





Disk encryption


Network/Security Monitoring

Main article: :Category:Open source network management software


Other security programs

Main article: :Category:Free security software


  • Active Calendar — A PHP class that generates calendars as HTML tables
  • Astro123 — Generate and read your natal horoscope
  • AstroGrep — Grep with a GUI
  • BibleTimeStudy Bible software
  • BioEraNeurofeedback software
  • Bochs — PC emulator
  • Bots — EDI software (communication and translation)
  • Cygwin — open source Unix environment for Win32
  • Ebase — Open source constituent relationship management developed especially for non-profit organizations
  • Emdros — text database front end and back end
  • Gnaural — Brainwave entrainment software
  • GNUpod — iPod database manager
  • gtkpod — iPod software
  • iPod shuffle Database Builder
  • Jitterbit_Integration_Server — Commercial Open Source Data and Application Integration Platform
  • Kidzbrowser — Browser for children
  • Link Checker — checks HTML documents for broken links
  • MarZerUI — Application/File/Folder/Website manager for Windows XP computers
  • Memtest86 — stress-tests RAM on x86 machines
  • mywebcreator — A package for creating online diaries
  • Open Scene Graph
  • OrangeHRM — Commercial Open Source Human Resource Management
  • — Commercial Open Source Project Management
  • Paragent; Commercial Open Source Desktop Management Software
  • QEMU — CPU emulator featuring support for multiple architectures
  • refbase
  • Rockbox — Alternate firmware for many portable media players, such as iPods.
  • SugarCRM — Commercial Open Source Customer Relationship Management
  • Sun Grid Engine — distributed batch job scheduling system
  • SuperKaramba Desktop widget integration in KDE
  • — Folder size visualization
  • Vitrite — allows transparency in Windows 2000/XP programs
  • WINE — Windows executable support on Linux/BSD
  • WinMerge — highlights differences between textual files
  • ZScreen — Uploads screenshots via FTP and puts the URL in clipboard
  • XUI — Java and XML Rich Internet Application framework
  • Argentum — Open Source, Web Based time tracking and invoicing software written in PHP

CD compilations of open-source software

Main article: :Category:open source software distributions

See also

General Directories

External links

General Directory

Equivalents to proprietary software

Open source for Windows

Other directories


Published - December 2008

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