Best Free Software

I check in regularly at It’s one of the best discussion groups on the Internet.

Recently I found a list by a user named u/linkgannon of the top rated free software as voted on by users. I’ve only copy pasted it here.

If you’re ever looking for software to work on a project, take a look at this list. I’ve tried many (not all) of them, but I can guarantee if you find it on this list you won’t be disappointed.

Software programs are ordered by top-score to bottom so you’ll have to search the list for something in particular.

  1. Google Maps: Navigation app –
  2. Blender: 3D modeling software –
  3. VLC: Video player –
  4. The Windows Snipping Tool: Screen capture tool –
  5. Space Engine: Space exploration simulator –
  6. Wikipedia: Online encyclopedia –
  7. MuseScore: Music notation software –
  8. Audacity: Audio editing software –
  9. Handbrake: video converter –
  10. Zotero: Reference manager –
  11. Online Calculator –
  12. Calibre: ebook manager –
  13. Notepad++: Text Editor –
  14. Lego simulator –
  15. Search Everything: Instant file search software –
  16. LaTeX: Document software –
  17. Contains music, movies, books, software, games, and webpages –
  18. Linux/Apache/Postgres/Gcc: Various Linux based OS’s, webservers, compilers, etc. –
  19. Discord: Chat and Communication software –
  20. OBS Studio: Streaming and Recording software –
  21. Krita: Digital design –
  22. R: Statistics software –
  23. pfSense: Firewall software –
  24. FreeNAS: File server software –
  25. Gimp: Digital design –
  26. OpenSCAD: 3D Model scripting software –
  27. Malwarebytes: Malware protection –
  28. Unity: Game design software –
  29. Online diagram software –
  30. Paint.NET: Image design –
  31. Draftsight: Free CAD –
  32. 7Zip: File archiving –
  33. Plex: Media storage access –
  34. Libre Office: Document editing suite –
  35. KeePass: Password manager –
  36. DaVinci Resolve: Video color correcting/editing –
  37. Inkscape: Vector art software –
  38. Google’s Apps: Google’s document suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc) –
  39. Duolingo: Language learning –
  40. Darktable: Photo workflow a la lightroom – and
  41. MPD/Mopidy: F/OSS music player daemon –

Here are a couple I use regularly and can personally recommend:

  1. Irfanview: Image viewer that will open virtually every type of image format ever made and convert it to something else. It easy to use, small and free –
  2. Firefox Web browser. Great alternative to Chrome, and very secure –
  3. Malwarebytes: Malware protection. This is the only extra protection in Window 10 you’ll need –
  4. Wikipedia: Online encyclopedia of facts. If someone tells a fib here, it’s almost instantly fixed. –
  5. 7Zip: File archiving. If you’ve ever received a weird zip file or a .gz file, this will open it. –
  6. Google’s Apps: Google’s document suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc). They are a great alternative to MS Office. –
  7. Duolingo: Language learning. Neat cell phone app lets you learn a new language in your spare time instead of browsing Facebook. –

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