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Application related [http://freeopensourcesoftware.org Free Open Source Software] is user-facing, software that does something useful under the operation of a human being.  The following applications are all FOSS, in most cases the result of many years of wide user involvement and continuing improvement:
Good [http://freeopensourcesoftware.org FOSS] applications -- user-facing software that does something useful under the operation of a human being -- are collected below.   
== Accessibility ==
== Accessibility ==

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Good FOSS applications -- user-facing software that does something useful under the operation of a human being -- are collected below.



  • Orca - screen reader and voice access.
  • Vinix - Ubuntu optimized for visually impaired users.


  • GnuCash - personal financial management.
  • SQL-Ledger - first professional and now leading FOSS accounting app for businesses.


Association / Non-Profit Management

  • CiviCRM - first and now standard FOSS app for association management, events, campaigns.


  • AIPS - Astronomical Image Processing System.
  • INDI - distributed control protocol for astronomical instrumentation.
  • XmTel - telescope control software.

Audio Editing

  • Jack - audio connection.
  • Ardour - digital audio workstation.



Business Intelligence

  • Pentaho - one of the first FOSS BI systems.

CD/DVD Creation

Church Management

  • ChurchDB - management of families, integration with Google Maps.


  • Asterisk - first and now standard Voice over IP (VoIP) management system.
  • Ekiga - conferencing support.

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

  • BRL-CAD - solid modeling, interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing.
  • LibreCAD - standard open source CAD app, works with BRL-CAD.

Also see 3D modelling app "Blender" in Graphics section.

Crowd Sourcing

  • Ushahidi - dispersed information collection and mapping.

Customer Relationship Management

  • OpenCRX - with ticketing and issue management.
  • vtiger - standard FOSS fork of original SugarCRM software.


  • GNOME - most widely used Linux user interface, underlying Ubuntu.
  • KDE - second most widely used Linux user interface.

Desktop Publishing

  • SCRIBUS - standard FOSS app for magazines, bulletins, handouts, posters.

Development Environments

  • Code::Blocks - Cross platform C, C++ and Fortran IDE, extensible, and configurable.
  • Eclipse - standard FOSS integrated development environment (IDE), foundation supported by almost every major tech company, based in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Lazarus - Delphi compatible cross-platform IDE with components ready for reuse, and a form designer to easily create complex GUI's and apps.
  • MonoDevelop - Cross-platform support for quick development and porting of Microsoft C# and other .NET applications for Linux, Windows and Mac OS.
  • Qt - Cross-platform application and UI framework for C++ and QML.
  • SharpDevelop - Open source IDE for C#, VB.NET and Boo projects on Microsoft's .NET platform.

Disaster Management


  • Tickets CAD - dispatch management and tracking system.

Document Management

  • Alfresco - one of the first and most widely used doc management systems, several commercial open source components but makes the list because they converted back to the GPL License.
  • Nuxeo - standard FOSS doc management system from Europe, all FOSS components, scales from small to very large organizations..

Ebook Readers


  • oscommerce - one of the first FOSS e-commerce systems.


  • Moodle - one of the first and now most widely used FOSS education apps.
  • VUE - unique capabilites, extraordinary visual mapping tool to help organize digital resources.

Email & Calendar

  • Evolution - widely deployed world wide by Novell in late 1990's, the standard enterprise level client.

Email Marketing

  • OpenEMM - emails and campaigns with automated opt-out compliance.

Emergency Services


  • Code-Aster - Civil and Structural Engineering finite element analysis and numeric simulation in structural mechanics.


  • Adempiere - one of the very first FOSS ERP solutions.
  • OpenERP - one of the most widely used.
  • opentaps - one of the most widely used.

File Compression

  • 7-zip - support for gzip, zip, related formats.

Flight Simulator




  • Cenon - vector graphics.
  • DIA - first FOSS template tool, occasionally useful, now superseded by LibreOffice Draw, Gimp, Inkscape, and others.
  • Gimp - standard FOSS bitmap editing application, extraordinarily powerful.
  • Krita - painting and sketching.
  • Inkscape - standard FOSS vector graphics application.
  • Diagram Designer - Simple vector graphics editor for creating flowcharts, UML class diagrams, illustrations and slide shows.


  • Graphite - scalable real-time graphing.

Groupware (email, contacts, calendar, notes, tasks )

Health / Medical / Dental

  • GnuMED - electronic medical records.
  • OpenEHR - electronic health records.
  • OpenTox - interoperable predictive toxicology framework.
  • OSCAR - electronic medical records.
  • VistA - electronic medical records.

Human Resources (HR)

  • OrangeHRM - first FOSS HR management software.

Instant Messaging

  • Pidgin - standard FOSS app for IM, can connect to all major networks.

Inventory Management

ISP Management

  • Freeside - billing, CRM, trouble ticketing, network monitoring and provisioning for ISPs, VoIP providers and other industries.

Issue Tracking

  • Trac - standard (basic) FOSS issue tracking app, simple interface, customizable reports.

(See "Bug Tracking" software on "System Software" page for more sophisticated systems.)

Label Printing

Library Software


Mind Mapping


  • Modelio - UML, BPMN, Java, XMI, HTML, Jython modeling environment.
  • UMLet - text-based UML modeling.


  • Hugin - panorama photo stitcher.


Office Suite

Password Managers

  • EveryPass - a HTML5 based password manager that allows cross domain password management on modern, web enabled devices.
  • KeePass - open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and mobile devices.

PDF Viewers / Editors / Writers


  • Hugin - panoramic photo stitcher togetherer.

Point of Sale


  • Sozi - zooming presentation editor and player.

Printing 3D

Project Management

  • Planner - simple interface, Gantt charts, resource allocation, cost roll-ups, HTML export, best basic tool.
  • ProjectLibre - update of original OpenProj app, Gantt charts, resources, costing, read /write compatible with MS Project, best sophisticated tool.
  • RedMine - web-based collaboration support for project teams.

Real Estate

Reporting / Charts / Graphs

  • D3.js - JavaScript data driven documents.

Resource Management


  • Kazam - screen recording for screencasts.

Search Engine

Social Networking

Sound Editing

Survey Software

Terminal Emulation

  • PuTTY - Telnet, SSH, xterm emulator.

Timesheet & Time Tracking


  • Lyx - LaTeX based beautiful typesetting editor.
  • TeXmacs - LaTeX based beautiful typesetting editor.

Video Capture

Video Players

Video Conferencing

Video Editing

  • Avidemux - good video conversion, rotation tools.

Virtual Desktop Clients

Virtual Private Network

Virtual World / Simulator


  • OpenCV - computer vision libraries.

Voice Calling

Voice Recognition

Website Analytics

Web Browser

  • Firefox - standard FOSS app until Chrome took more user share, traces lineage as a descendent of the first widespread browser Netscape.
  • Chrome - Google supported browser, very fast, portal to bring users into other (non-FOSS) Google services.

Web Conferencing

  • DimDim - one of the first FOSS conferencing apps.
  • WebHuddle - one of the first FOSS conferencing apps.

Website Content Management Systems (CMS)

  • Drupal - most widely used FOSS content management system for complex sites, many themes and plugins.
  • Joomla - second most widely used FOSS content management system.

Website Development

  • Amaya - original browser supported by creator of web, Tim Berners-Lee, with his vision of always being able to both view and edit any page in the same app.
  • WordPress - standard and most widely used FOSS website software, large set of templates, support for blogging, discussions, forums.


  • MediaWiki - original and same software that runs Wikipedia.