Open Source / Freeware Applications Thread, Share Them!


The Unarchiver:
Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many others

Your Mac comes with a bunch of great file compression programs accessable through the command line. Compress makes these programs available to you via an easy to use graphical user interface.

CD Burning program, does data, audio and video burns.

Colloquy is an advanced IRC, SILC & ICB client.

Cyberduck is an open source FTP and SFTP browser.

OS X and Windows:

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 converter, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

Blender is a free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems.

Got some?

Got a few…

dBpowerAMP is an awesome audio converter. Converting TO mp3 costs, but converting FROM mp3 and converting to and from anything else is freeware and really… who uses mp3 anymore? :P It’s also the best, fastest, most reliable cd ripper I’ve found yet.

If ya just gotta have yer mp3, try razorlame or all2lame.
Pick up the lame mp3 encoder to use with it here.

Irfanview is good for a media player. Plays lots of audio and video formats. Be sure to pick up the plugin pack for the extra codecs.

k-lite mega codec pack works with almost any video format. This one is for power users. You get more than one player to choose from with it, for all the picky people.…_Codec_Pack.htm

mp3tag is good for editing audio file tags. Doesn’t work as it should with my FLAC files, but if I cycle them through WMA lossless, tag them, then convert them to FLAC the tag sticks and I still have my lossless. :)

Audio recorder/editor Audacity. I recommend skipping the 1.2.6 stable and getting the 1.3.3 beta. It’s what I use and it rocks. :D

For compressing and decompressing, I use IzArk.

Infrarecorder is a good freeware cd burner that burns my concert cds gapless.

Gimp is good for photo editing. Not quite PhotoShop, but close enough for me. Check out the texturizer plugin. :D

Clamwin is a pretty good antivirus.

Spybot is something everyone connected to the internet should have. Takes care of spyware you’ve never heard of.

XChat is good for a freeware IRC chat client. Use it if you’ve been feeling guilty lately about not paying for that mIRC you have. :P

Mozilla Firefox web browser - Okay, everyone probably already knows this, but I’m saying it anyway. INTERNET EXPLORER IS FULL OF SECURITY HOLES! Honestly, some people still don’t know the only good thing about IE is that you can use it to download Firefox.

OpenOffice is a good free alternative to M$ Works. Has your database, spreadsheet, word processor, power-point stuff, calculator, all that. Opens MS Word files, WordPerfect, Starwriter, all the major formats, and saves as those too if you want.
For a smaller, lighter application that just does word processing, try Abiword.

If I remember any more, I’ll come back. Never, ever, EVER pay for a program before you look for a freeware alternative. The freeware usually works better, uses less memory and… lest we forget… is FREE!

Okay, a few more…

Miranda IM is a good all-in-one chat client. Handles Yahoo, AIM, MSN, IRC, some others I’ve never heard of. IRC is great… even has ban and kick popups if you’re a moderator.

Pidgin is also a good all-in-one chat client. Started in Linux and used to be called Gaim, but now it’s Pidgin and there’s a windows compiled version and it’s solid.

FileZilla is good for FTP, both for client and server.

Sumatra views those PDF files without waiting a few years for Adobe’s version of the reader to install.

For portable versions of Audacity, Clamwin, VLC media player, OpenOffice and a lot of other stuff, go get the Portable Apps suite. I have all my favorite apps on my flash drive. :D I’d recommend getting the base version and then just getting the applications you want to plug in.

Super Fdisk is good for partition editing. I particularly like the secure erase feature. When you delete a partition it doesn’t just wipe the headers on the partition like most disk partitioners do, it goes through the disk and deletes all the data completely.

GParted is also a good partition editor.

Great thread.

Foo?'s choice Win32 mp3 player:

im too daft to type the links, use google :)

internet video converter
alcohol 52%


multimedia viewer, browser and converter.

a transient storage area, or sandbox, write operations do not make it back to your hard disk.

digital image noise reduction

Pixel is a RGB, CMYK and HDR image editing, photo retouching, graphics manipulating and animation program for many operating systems

Video and Audio player, supports many operating systems.

internet video converter
Internet Video Converter is a frontend that provides a user interface (GUI) for several Open Source video conversion products

CD and DVD burning package.

alcohol 52%
create up to 31 virtual CD/DVD-ROM drives, allowing the user to play CDs & DVDs without the need for the original disc.

Thingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application that makes authoring and publishing your weblogs almost effortless.

mlon is a daft user too lazy to post helpful links and descriptions ;)

yup thats me.

glad you have the time though conner_bw, cheers… ;)

i should mention that for noiseware and alcohol are free community versions available, so no trails.

here’s a few more, including links…whoaa!

picturenaut - create/edit hdr images. hdrlabs

crazybump - create/edit normal/bump images. crazybump

aiso4all - asio 4 all. asio4all

siw - system information gtopala


I’ve just recently begun to enhance my favourite freeware page, enjoy :)

(expect stuff from this thread to show up there sooner or later, too :D)

VirtualBox: VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware.

Meaning you can run other OS like Linux on your windows pc or vice versa. It’s like VMWare workstation.

Google Earth: it’s getting more and more cool features. Fun to play with.

The free version only allows 6 virtual drives to be created. (though i thought driveletters can only go up to Z which is a maximum of 26… who would need 31 drives anyway?)…2__Free_Edition

Here is one application i like: A free midi to Scoresheet translator that you can at least print:

To use that alcohol 52% you will need an image of the cd you want to load to the virtual drive. DVDecripter is a good tool for ripping an image from most copyright protected CDs and DVDs.

While we’re talking about virtual drives, Daemon Tools is a good one for drive emulators.

And to answer your question, the only person insane enough to need 31 drives would be a hardcore gamer who likes a LOT of games enough to rip them and put the images in virtual drives.


found that here, which also looks good:

btw, does anyone know of a good enhanced freeware clipboard ? ever so often I want to paste some text from the clipboard and realize that I copied something else meanwhile. I need a clipboard which holds the last 10 entries, doesnot come with a 2mb installer and tries to install some spyware …

looza -


I’m having loads of fun with that heh… look at this tune in a spectogram: Heartcore :P

I also like:

Inkscape - Vector Graphics Package

7-Zip - Compression