Alternatives of Most Commonly Used Windows Applications for Linux

Linux software equivalent to Windows software


Alternatively, we have also provided a large flat list of all the software included, which is in alphabetical order.

Windows Software Category Linux Equivalent
3D Studio Max 3D Computer Graphics Art of Illusion
Blender
K-3D
ACDSee Graphics Viewer Cornice
gThumb
Gwenview
Imgv
Adobe Acrobat Pro PDF editor PDFedit
Adobe After Effects Realtime Editing Jahshaka
Adobe Flash Player Multimedia Gnash
Adobe Reader Office Utility Adobe Reader
Evince
KPDF
okular
Abode InDesign Desktop Publishing Scribus
Adobe Illustrator Graphics Inkscape
Skencil
Xara Xtreme
Adobe PhotoAlbum Digital Camera digiKam
Adobe Photoshop Graphics CinePaint
GIMP
Gimpshop
Krita
Pixel
AOL Instant Messenger Communication Kopete
Pidgin
ArcGIS Geographic Information Systems GRASS
Quantum GIS
uDig
AutoCAD CAD K-3D
QCad
BRL-CAD
Borland Delphi Pascal Development Lazarus
CDex Multimedia Grip
K3b
RipOff
Sound Juicer
ChemDraw Chemical Structures XDrawChem
Citrix Presentation Server Networking NX Free Server
RealVNC
Vinagre
Copernic Tracker Web site tracking Specto
DigiGuide TV Guide Maxemum TV-Guide
Dreamweaver Web Development Bluefish
Quanta Plus
KompoZer
Nvu
Screem
Eviews Econometrics gretl
Filezilla FTP Client gFTP
FileZilla
FireFTP
KFTPgrabber
Final Cut Pro Multimedia Editor Avidemux
Cinelerra
Kino
Rosegarden
FL Studio Midi Sequencer

Drum Machine
EnergyXT2

Hydrogen

LMMS
Forte Agent Usenet newsreader KNode
Pan
GetRight Download Manager uGet
DownThemAll!
JDownloader
FreeRapid Downloader
Gmail Notifier Email Tool CheckGmail
Gmail Notifier
Mail Notification
Google Desktop Search Search Tool Beagle
Google Desktop
Google Earth Virtual Globe World Wind
Marble
Google Earth
Guitar Pro Multitrack editor TuxGuitar
Inspiration Mind mapping FreeMind
Semantik
View Your Mind
iTunes Media Player Amarok
Banshee
Exaile
gtkpod
Rhythmbox
Songbird
Launchy Application Launcher GNOME Do
Katapult
Legacy Genealogy GRAMPS
Logos Bible Software Bible studies BibleTime
Xiphos
MATLAB Numerical computation MATLAB
Octave
Scilab
Mathematica Computer algebra Maple
Mathematica

Maxima
Meal Master Recipe Manager Gourmet Recipe Manager
Microsoft Access Database Kexi
LibreOffice Base
Apache OpenOffice
PostgreSQL
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Gnumeric
LibreOffice Calc
Apache OpenOffice
Microsoft Internet Explorer Web Browser Firefox
Konqueror
Opera
Microsoft HyperTerminal Communications GtkTerm
minicom
Microsoft Money Money Management GnuCash
Microsoft NetMeeting VoIP and videoconferencing Ekiga
Microsoft Office Office Suite Google Docs
Calligra Suite
LibreOffice
Apache OpenOffice
Microsoft Office OneNote Notetaking BasKet Note Pads
Tomboy
Microsoft Outlook Email Client Balsa
Evolution
KMail
Sylpheed
Thunderbird
Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation Calligra Suite
LibreOffice
Apache OpenOffic
Microsoft Project Project Management Calligra Suite
GanttProject
TaskJuggler
Microsoft Silverlight Web Application Framework Moonlight
Microsoft Word Wordprocessor AbiWord
Calligra Suite
LibreOffice
Apache OpenOffice
Microsoft Visio Office Drawing ArgoUML
Dia
Calligra Suite
Microsoft Visual Basic Programming Language Gambas
Microsoft Visual Studio Development Environment Anjuta
Code::Blocks
Eclipse
Geany
KDevelop
NetBeans IDE
Microsoft .NET Framework .NET Development Mono
mIRC IRC Client Konversation
XChat
MegaStar Astronomy Celestia
Stellarium
Movie Collector DVD Cataloging GCstar
Griffith
Tellico
vMovieDB
Nero Burning Rom CD/DVD Burning Brasero
GnomeBaker
K3b
Nero Linux
Nero Recode MPEG-4 encoder HandBrake
Nero Vision Express DVD Authoring KMediaFactory
Q DVD-Author
NewsBin Pro Usenet Binary Downloader KLibido
Pan
NewzCrawler News Aggregator Akregator
BlogBridge
Liferea
RSSOwl
Thunderbird
Notepad Simple Text Editor Cream
gedit
Kate
SciTE
Scribes
OmniPage Text Recognition (OCR) Kooka
Palm Desktop Personal Information
Manager
Chandler
Evolution
J-Pilot
Kontact
KPilot
qOrganizer
Spicebird
Parasoft Insure++ Debugging Valgrind
Partition Magic System Utility GParted
Picasa Photo Management blueMarine
F-Spot
Picasa
PowerDVD DVD Player MPlayer
VLC
Quicken Personal Finance GnuCash
Grisbi
kMyMoney
Moneydance
Quick Books Financial / Taxation MyBooks Professional
Scientific Word Typesetting Kile
LyX
TeXmacs
Skype Internet Telephony Skype
QuteCom
Soundrec Audio Recorder Audacity
Jokosher
Traverso DAW
SPSS Statistical Analysis PSPP
R
SPSS
Symantec Ghost Backup Clonezilla
Partition Image
PING
Symantec Veritas NetBackup Backup Amanda
Bacula
Keep
Traktor DJ Disc Jockey Tool Mixxx
Tweak UI Utility Ubuntu Tweak
VideoReDo Video Editing Avidemux
Kdenlive
Lives
VMware Workstation Virtualization VirtualBox
VMware Workstation
Winamp Multimedia Player Audacious
Amarok
Banshee
Helix Player
Windows Calculator Calculator SpeedCrunch
Windows File Explorer File Management Endeavour Mark II
Konqueror
Krusader
Nautilus
PCMan File Manager
Thunar
Xfe
Windows Live Messenger Communication aMSN
emesene
Kopete
Mercury Messenger
Pidgin
Windows Media Center Home Media Box XBMC
MythTV
Freevo
Windows Media Player Multimedia Player Kaffeine
KPlayer
MPlayer
Totem
xine
WinIso CD Image File Utility KIso
WinZip Compression Utility File Roller
ZoneAlarm Firewall Guarddog
Firestarter

The list above is not exhaustive. We welcome suggestions for titles to be added to the existing Linux equivalents, other software you would like us to list, or sites that have relevant information about the already listed software. Send your emails to our resident webmaster. Visit our changelog.

The table below will provide alternatives to more specialised Windows software, typically software that a systems administrator needs to perform his or her job.

Windows Software Category Linux Equivalent Check Point VPN-1 Virtual Private Networking OpenVPN CommView Protocol Analyzer Wireshark HP OpenView Network Node Manager Network Management Nagios
NeDi
OpenNMS
Pandora FMS Microsoft Exchange Server Groupware Zimbra Microsoft Internet Information Services Web Server Apache HTTP Server Plesk Web Server Administration Webmin




1. Microsoft Office

If you had worked on Windows you would probably be familiar with Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office is the only office suit that Windows Ships that is used to create or edit formatted text document, and you have to buy it separately i.e., this package doesn't comes with the Windows OS. The alternative to Microsoft Office is Libreoffice.

Libreoffice is fast, contains necessary plugins like PDF converter inbuilt and installed, does not break oftenly, comes bundled with many distros (e.g., Debian). A file created in Ms Office could be opened and/or edited in LibreOffice but the vice-versa is not true. A file can be created to be Ms Office compatible in LibreOffice but the vice-versa is again not true. The main installer of LibreOffice is nearly 175 MB as compared to Ms Office which is over 500 MB.

Certain other alternatives are OpenOffice, AbiWord, etc.

  1. Libreoffice Download and Installation
  2. Open Office Download and Installation
  3. AbiWord Download: http://www.abisource.com/download/

All of them are available for Windows too, however Ms Office is not supported in Linux but you can certainly use wine to install MS office to Linux, that's the power of Linux.

2. MS Notepad

MS Notepad is another program that is pre-built in Windows box. Some of the alternatives of Notepad are.

  1. gedit Download: http://projects.gnome.org/gedit/
  2. jEdit Download: http://www.jedit.org/index.php?page=download
  3. Kate Download: http://kate-editor.org/get-it/
  4. leafpad Downlaod: http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/
  5. NEdit Download: http://www.nedit.org/
  6. Scribes Download: http://scribes.sourceforge.net/download.html
  7. tpad Download: http://tclpad.sourceforge.net/download.shtml

3. Microsoft Internet Explorer

Internet surfing is the most widely used task one perform using a computer. Windows ships their OS with Internet Explorer or IExplorer as Browser. Before Saying anything about IExplorer, one quotation that is too hilarious, commonly shared as - "IExplorer is the best browser available, to download another browser”. You will rarely find anyone using IExplorer even on Windows platform (I Fear, if Bill Gates himself is using another browser for his personal computing). The alternative to Ms IExplorer is Firefox.

Firefox is highly customisable, according to users' need. Firefox Supports a number of plugins and when it comes to security, IExplorer is a way far behind Firefox.

Certain other alternatives are Epiphany, Konqueror, Opera, etc.

  1. Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/#download-fx
  2. Epiphany: https://live.gnome.org/Epiphany/Downloads
  3. Konqueror: http://www.konqueror.org/download/
  4. Opera: http://www.opera.com/download/guide/?os=linux

Most of them are available for Windows too and some of them are even available for Mobile Devices.

4. Windows AOL

Windows AOL Instant Messenger, commonly called as AIM, is the Instant Messenger, provided by Windows. Some of the alternatives of AIM are.

  1. Instantbird: http://instantbird.com
  2. Kopete: http://kopete.kde.org/releases.php
  3. Pidgin: http://pidgin.im
  4. PSI: http://psi-im.org/download/

5. Adobe Photoshop

Why should one use a program that is too high on processor as well as money and when the Foss alternative of the software is low on processor and provides you with more tools and is very easy to use. Gimp is a very nice alternative of Adobe Photoshop.

Gimp is written in C and GTK+ and Photoshop in C++ which makes photoshop a nice tool but it's constraint is being close source program that cost too much on cost and processor load. Gimp comes packed with almost all the distros. Another alternatives is CinePaint.

  1. Gimp Download: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
  2. CinePaint Downlaod: http://www.cinepaint.org/

Gimp too can be installed on Windows.

6. Ms Paint

Ms Paint is another tool that however comes bundled with the Windows box. Why don't you try yourself the alternative of this program and tell us which one you liked the most?

  1. KolourPaint Download: http://kolourpaint.sourceforge.net/download.html
  2. Pencil Download: http://www.pencil-animation.org/index.php?id=Download
  3. Pinta Download: http://www.pinta-project.com/download.ashx
  4. Tuxpaint Download: http://www.tuxpaint.org/download/

7. Nero Burning ROM

Nero provide tools for burning optical disk. There lies many strong reason to find an alternative software of Nero. Firstly Nero is not supported in Linux followed by Nero makes the Drive and Disk to freeze, it is closed source and it costs too high on purse. Brasero is a very nice alternative to Nero.

Brasero is free, open source tool, the output of which is very reliable. Other alternatives of Nero are:

  1. Brasero Download: http://projects.gnome.org/brasero/#download
  2. GnomeBaker: Download http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnomebaker/files/
  3. Graveman! Download: http://graveman.tuxfamily.org/telecharger.php?l=e
  4. K3b Download: http://www.k3b.org/
  5. X-CD-Roast Download: http://www.xcdroast.org/#download

8. Microsoft Windows Media Center

A PC entertainment system that comes with Windows 7 and later, however it is not available for Windows prior to Windows7. It requires high-end graphics card for full functionality and results in Windows freezing oftenly. Why don't you try the alternative of this, without any constraints and walls and tell us your experience.

Alternatives of Microsoft Windows Media Center are:

  1. Freevo Download: http://freevo.sourceforge.net/download/freevo.php
  2. LinuxMCE Download: http://www.linuxmce.com/index.php/download
  3. Moovida Download: http://www.moovida.com/thank-you/
  4. MythTV Download: http://www.mythtv.org/download
  5. XBMC Media Center Download: http://xbmc.org/download/

9. Windows Media PLayer

Windows Media Player is shipped with the Windows, but the same look and feel for years, frequent resulting into BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death), bugs and poor codec support are the backdraws of Windows Media Player. VLC is a very pleasing alternative for Windows media player and all other media player for all the platform.

VLC gets frequent updates, resulting in less bugs, plenty of codecs support and a sneak look.

Other Alternatives of Windows Media Player are:

  1. VLC Player Download: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/#download
  2. KPlayer Download: http://kplayer.sourceforge.net/#downloads
  3. Mplayer Download: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html
  4. Xine Download: http://www.xine-project.org/releases

There are certain fancy media players that can run from terminal, giving you a Geeky feeling viz., CMUS.

10. Windows Movie Maker

Many of the newbie believes that Linux is a too Geeky thing and perhaps there is no support for high quality videos editing. So they appraise Linux Environment for their Geeky productivity environment but when it comes to video editing, they sees towards either Windows or Mac. Cinlerra is much advanced alternative of Windows Movie Maker.

Alternative of Movie Maker are:

  1. Cinelerra Download: http://cinelerra.org/getting_cinelerra.php
  2. Kdenlive Download: http://kdenlive.org/downloading-and-installing-kdenlive
  3. LiVES Download: http://lives.sourceforge.net/index.php?do=downloads
  4. Open Movie Editor Download: http://www.openmovieeditor.org/download.html
  5. OpenShot Download: http://www.openshot.org/download/
  6. PiTiVi Download: http://www.pitivi.org/?go=download
  7. VideoLAN Movie Creator Download: http://trac.videolan.org/vlmc/wiki/Downloads

11. Partition Magic

Partition Magic is a tool for creating or repartitioning a mass storage device or block. Ok, if you don't know about the alternative of this closed source software then give a look at these alternatives, you surely will love the power provided to you with these Foss software's.

  1. GParted Download: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
  2. Palimpsest Download: http://library.gnome.org/users/palimpsest
  3. Partimage Download: http://www.partimage.org/Download
  4. QtParted Download: http://qtparted.sourceforge.net/download.en.html

12. utorrent

A general user come across torrent download most oftenly, when in a closed source, utorrent could be a good option but certainly there exist a better plan. Try Transmission or qBittorent.

  1. qBittorrent Download: http://qbittorrent.sourceforge.net/download.php
  2. Transmission Download: http://www.transmissionbt.com/download/

13. Adobe Acrobat Reader

To view Portable Document file, a Windows user must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in their system. Well if you have used the above, you might be aware that adobe for no reason prompts you to download and install updates every second day, and you have the same software from the first day you installed to the day you installed 100th update.

Moreover it provides you with the feature only to view the portable file. Just move your sight from proprietary software to Foss and give a try to the below mentioned packages. At least one of them comes with almost every Linux distribution pre-built and installed.

  1. Evince Download: https://live.gnome.org/Evince/Downloads
  2. okular Download: http://okular.kde.org/download.php
  3. Xpdf Download: http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/download.html

This is the power and popularity of Linux that a FOSS Project has several Alternative Foss Project. So our competition is not with other platform but within the same platform, giving choice of use without any bottleneck. This healthy competition is a sign of good future for Foss World but certainly a threatening to other platforms.

Last modified: Friday, 12 June 2015, 2:37 PM