Free Software for Windows
links we have
listed herein refer only to most popular and properly working free
for MS Windows. All the software is
absolutely free for distribution, and has no limitations for use. More
free software for
MS Windows can be found on the desk of Frettt's
Freeware Archive and other repositories. Old (obsolete) versions of
the programs can be
downloaded from OldApps Archive.
and Office Suites
most powerful free
containing a wordprocessor, spreadsheet, database,
presentation, drawing editor, and math editor.
OpenOffice possesses most properties of such commercial suites
MS Office or WP Office, and accepts all formats known for the office
suites. Dictionaries for
almost all of the world languages, and many
additional plug-ins are available.
an open source project, started in 2010 as
a follower and further development of OpenOffice after as Sun
Microsystems, the owner of
OpenOffice, was purchased by Oracle Corporation. The legacy of
(dictionaries and plugins) can also be applied.
a fast, small, and featureful
wordprocessor possessing most properties of MS Word and WordPerfect.
AbiWord accepts all known
wordprocessor formats. Speelchecker dictionaries and
many additional plug-ins are available.
an award-winning open-source program for professional desktop
professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, ICC
color management and versatile PDF creation.
a kit of portable versions of the popular freeware, all
owning an integrated menu and working from any external
device (memory stick or portable hard drive)
without installation onto a hard disk. PortableApps includes office
applications, graphic editors, the internet tools, media players,
Graphic Image Manipulation Program. This is the most powerful open
source graphics editor,
possessing all the
properties of Adobe Photoshop. Tutorials "howto with GIMP", including
those of digital
photography, can be downloaded from the GIMP website.
an open source vector graphics editor, with capabilities
similar to Illustrator, Freehand, CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C
standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
a fast and small viewer/converter of graphical files.
another popular viewer/converter of graphical files.
Viewers and Tools
a fast, compact and powerful DjVu viewer with advanced printing options
and many features.
STDU Viewer view all most
popular document formats (DjVu, PDF, TIFF, XPS, FB2 etc.) by one
DjVu browsers and plugins can be found on desk of the resources DjVu
Libre, DjVu.org, and others.
Viewers and Tools
the most powerful viewer of PDF documents by Adobe Corp.
the incredible fast and small size PDF viewer that possesses all the
properties of Adobe Reader.
PDFTK Builder a free
graphical interface to the Windows version of PDFTK.
This software allows you to reorder, delete, duplicate, rotate pages,
making stamps, and password protecting in your PDF
document. PDFTK Builder needs PDFTK
to be installed.
a free kit of powerful PDF tools (split, merge, watermark,
convert, etc.) distributed in common with the complete PDFill PDF
Editor. PDFill requires Ghostscript
to be installed.
FormSwift PDF Editor
an online PDF editor allowing modification of PDF files in online. To
work with FormSwift, account registration is required.
PDF Reader & Tools
a lightweight free PDF reader, which can be added with (shareware)
eXPert PDF Editor letting you to modify PDF documents.
a converter to produce PDF files from within any Microsoft applications.
a PDF file creator, working as printer. CutePDF
Writer prints documents to a PDF file from any application. CutePDF Writer
requires to have Ghostscript
installed on your computer.
another PDF file creator that creates PDF files from any application.
Ghostscript is included into the PDF Creator distribution.
Easy PDF Creator
another PDF file creator working as printer (Ghostscript
Anti-Virus (editor's rating)
Tools (editor's rating)
an excellent and most active developing archive software which supports
32-bit and 64-bit versions of MS Windows.
as probable the most complete archiver utility. IZArc provides support
to almost all known archive formats and disc images.
an excellent and powerful archiver that provides support to all known
archive formats, and also disc images.
one of the most powerful archive utilites that supports more than two
archive and disc image
a very good archive software featured which
provides support to a wide variety of archive
a powerful archiver providing a complete support to most archive
formats and disc images.
a file splitter that lets you split your large files into a set of
smaller archive files.
the simplest and easy-in-use ZIP utility.
Extractor this program extracts files
from any type of more than twenty known archives.
Zip Self-Extractor this program creates
self-extracting ZIP files optionally with unbreakable encryption.
Zip Extractor it allows you to create
self-extracting ZIP archives that
are run as an executable EXE file.
KompoZer the follower of
NVU-Editor, which is the most powerful free WYSIWYG HTML
editor derived from Mozilla Composer.
a powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor.
another powerful WYSIWYG HTML editor.
another popular WYSIWYG HTML editor.
a powerful WYSIWYG generator of web pages, which uses
its own file format then converting the complete web page into HTML.
another powerful WYSIWYG generator of web pages, which uses
its own file format then converting it into HTML.
HTML Text Editor
a powerful HTML editor working in the source code (non-visual) mode.
a powerful HTML source code editor.
a graphics editor that is designed to let you create buttons for your
web site without requiring any graphic design experience.
Browsers and Tools
the most powerful, stable-in-work, and secure web browser by Google.
by Microsoft. Internet Explorer is included into each
distribution of MS Windows commencing in Win'95, while the newest
can be downloaded for upgrade.
the powerful web browser by Opera Software. The newest
extensions of Opera allow to own a web
server wthout creating a
domain name, file exchange among the internet users, etc.
the famous web browser by Netscape Corp. (now discontinued).
Netscape Gold contains a WYSIWYG HTML editor. It can be
found in Netscape
Browser Archive and Evolt
the award-winning powerful web browser by Mozilla Foundation, built on
basis of Netscape Browser. Firefox is a
part of Mozilla Project.
an e-mail and newsgroup client by Mozilla, with powerful, new junk mail
the all-in-one internet suite by Mozilla. SeaMonkey contains a web
browser, mail and newsgroup
client, WYSIWYG HTML editor, and IRC chat client.
a powerful, and extreely fast web browser by Maxtron Ltd.
SVG Viewer a plug-in by Adobe. The
plug-in integrates into your web browser to view documents in SVG
(Scalable Vector Graphics) format.
a standards-based electronic mail client. Another product,
Mercury File Transport System, is an internet mail server (accessed
from the same source).
another powerful e-mail client program.
a very popular and powerful FTP client and server.
a very lightweight, but powerful FTP client and server.
a powerful CD/DVD/BluRay burning free engine that provides almost
all the possibilities that of Nero.
a popular CD/DVD burning package, containing CD/DVD burning tool,
VideoDVD creating, and AudioCD ripping utilites.
Free another popular burning application with similar
creating, copying, and burning functions.
InfraRecorder another popular
burning application with similar creating, copying, and burning
an advanced application which enables you to use (emulate) file
images of your CD/DVD disks as if they were already burned to CD/DVD.
another free program which does emulate for virtual drives on your hard
a very nice drawing program that creates CD/DVD labels, covers, etc.
with the use of many original templates.
Calculator this powerful
program supports checking/computing of 12
most common hashing algorithms: MD2, MD4, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 (256, 384,
512), RIPEMD-160, PANAMA, TIGER, ADLER32, CRC32.
Burton's Online Barcode Generator
a powerful free online barcode generator. It makes
support of almost all possible bar code labels, with high quality
other free barcode generators
can be found in the internet.
Boot CD a bootable CD completed by a graphical interface to use a
powerful kit of the software
diagnostic and disk utilites contained in the CD.
an engine permitting you to create a bootable CD with software
diagnostic and disk utilites from your working Windows
system (not working under obsolete Windows 9.x/NT4/ME).
the powerful file manager for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 with the
interface like that of the famous Norton Commander. Complete support to
long file names, Unicode, archive
utilites, and many features are available.
the powerful file manager with a two-panel interface like that of
Norton Commander, and containing many features and tools. It is based
on DOS Navigator by
RIT Lab (1991-1999).
another popular (now discontinued) two-panel file manager like Norton
a fast and innovative file manager for Windows 2000/XP that provides
more features than the standard file explorer used in Windows.
another nice file manager, added by a few useful utilites (MD5 checksum
and more archive utilites).
a very lightweight explorer (file manager and FTP client), with
versions for DOS and Windows. Many useful utilites like a text editor,
graphic file converters, and file archivers are
the smallest BitTorrent client
with functionality of heavily featured clients, such as Azureus or
- BitTorrent a simplest
BitTorrent software, packed with many features.
- Vuze (form. Azureus)
a powerful Java based BitTorrent client, with support for I2P and Tor
anonymous communication protocols.
a powerful BitTorrent/HTTP/FTP client. Its
advanced features can accelerate your downloading speed up
to 5-10 times faster.
Links to TeX Software
pronounced as "tech", is a professional typesetting system created in
1977 by Donald
E. Knuth, the author of The
Art of Computer Programming. TeX provides a simple text-only
code describing a typesetted document with a high quality output file
(DeVice Independent) format, PostScript
In addition to PlainTeX,
the initially TeX macro-language by Donald E. Knuth, other TeX
modifications were created: LaTeX
the most popular extension of TeX by Leslie
Lamport that became a standard for professional typesetting
throughout the world, and AMS-TeX
created by Michael
D. Spivak at the American Mathematical Society for
highly complicate mathematical papers. Any TeX package contains
PlainTeX/LaTeX/AMS-TeX processors, a DVI-viewer, postscript fonts, and
or shareware TeX packages can be downloaded
Internet links given below. The links we have listed refer only to the
most popular working TeX packages operating under Windows, Macintosh,
OS/2, Linux/Unix and other platforms as indicated.
Additional TeX software can be obtained from the TeX Users Group or
the Compressive Tex Archive Network (CTAN). The principal CTAN hosts
are U.S. CTAN, Cambridge
CTAN (U.K.), Dante
CTAN (Germany), which contain links to other CTAN
mirrors throughout the world. For an express download use the FTP
link to Cambridge CTAN.
It should be noted that Windows, Macintosh, and OS/2 don't
contain TeX software, so it is required to install the
software separately. In contrast to it, any complete distribution
of Linux or other UNIX-like system has a complete TeX-system,
TeX-editor, postscript fonts and
viewers on board.
Windows, OS/2, DOS
TeX a professional TeX system by Basil Malyshev
$49 for a license), which includes a TeX package and a perfect
graphical shell (TeX-editor) with WYSIWYG mode.
free TeX package by Christian Schenk. MikTeX works in
command-line mode, so it requires one of the graphical shells
a perfect free TeX-editor, containing pictogram menus and many tools.
a cross-plaform free TeX-editor with pictogram menus and many tools.
a simple free TeX-editor with pictogram menus.
a simplest free TeX editor.
professional TeX-editor (shareware, $40 for a license) with
pictogram menus and many tools.
a free TeX system based on MikTeX (by Thomas Feuerstack). The system
contains MikTeX, Ghostscript, GSview, and TeXMaker (TeXnicCenter in
the early versions of ProTeXt) in one
self-installing file. All versions of ProTeXt are accessed from TUG Historic
another free TeX system, which is similar to proTeXt, while working
as a "portable application" (no installation required). The system
and SumatraPDF viewer. Once the downloaded archive extracted onto your
HDD or USB drive, the TeX
a popular (now obsolete) TeX package by Eberhard Mattes. It
command-line mode, so a graphical shell (TeX-editor) required. See the
DOS folder on CTAN. emTeX works under DOS, Windows and OS/2.
a free TeX system for Mac OS X.
a cross-platform free TeX system for Mac OS X, developed by Jonathan Kew
a popular free TeX shell for Mac OS X by Richard
a popular TeX system by Andrew Trevorrow (shareware, $30 for a license).
a popular TeX system by Thomas Kiffe (shareware, $35 for a
a cross-plaform free TeX-editor with pictogram menus and many tools.
OS X TeX Web Site read all about
TeX systems, editors/shells and
tools working under Mac OS X.
a professional TeX system for Linux/Unix by Thomas Esser. It works in
command-line mode, so a graphical shell
(TeX-editor) required. teTeX is a part of any complete distribution
a cross-platform free TeX system for Linux/Unix by Jonathan Kew, who
developed it for Macintosh. It so requires a graphical shell
a professional TeX-editor, containing pictogram menus and
a cross-plaform free TeX-editor with pictogram menus and many tools.
a cross-platform complete TeX system
on DVD which can be run without installation or be installed
on hard disk. TeX Live can be run on Linux/Unix, Macintosh,
and Windows systems (OS/2 unsupported). In addition to it,
TeX Live DVD contains also a collection of the other popular TeX
systems, graphical shells (TeX-editors), fonts, and viewers for all the
(Atari, Amiga, etc.)
viewing and printing
for the PostScript page
description language used by laser printers. Ghostscript is required to
view and print postcript files created by TeX.
a graphical shall for Ghostscript. It is available for Windows,
Macintosh, OS/2 and Linux/Unix. GSview for Macintosh is
accessed from another location: Mac GSview.
from wordprocessors to TeX format
a shareware converter from MS Word to LaTeX, by Chikrii
Softlab ($45 for a license).
a free converter for OpenOffice Writer, by Henrik Just.
a free converter for WordPerfect, by Jaroslav Fojtik.
Read on the TUG
pages: all about converters from
Word to TeX and converters from
Free Operating Systems
only open source free operating systems developed under the General
Public License or the other license agreements which are similar to
it. All the operating systems are absolutely free for copying,
distribution and development. Free software for
Windows is represented in a separate list that below. Software working
under Linux and other UNIX-like systems is completely included
into the listed Linux/UNIX distributions.
free open source operating system created in 1991 by Linus
Torvalds. The hearth of the system is Linux Kernel,
originally constructed by Torvalds, then surrounded by graphic
shells such as KDE and GNOME (now with also novell 3D window managers
Beryl and Compiz), and also many applications: office, programming,
multimedia, etc. Despite a thousand individuals
and many companies participate the project after 1991, Linux Kernel is
maintained by Torvalds till now.
Commencing the last 1990's Linux project is sponsored by bulky
corporations such as IBM, Sun
Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Novell, and others. Linux distribution,
in contrast to other operating systems on sale without applications,
provides as possible complete set of applications accessed to such
a kind of operating system. This is why once installed on computer,
Linux doesn't require additional software
in most cases (despite any additional program or update
can be installed). There are many distributions of Linux, generated
from the source code by different teams of developers. The distrbutions
differ by installation method and set of programs. We present
only a few main Linux distributions most popular
between corporate users and individuals.
the largest of Linux distributions started in 1993
Murdock. Debian distribution includes
almost all (a few thousands) applications developed for Linux.
Debian is available as stable, testing, and experimental
versions. Debian stable is highly reliable: once set
up on a computer it never require re-installation.
This is why Debian is most popular among the internet
a Debian based live Linux system on CD/DVD created and
maintained by Klaus
Knopper on the basis of Debian. Knoppix-Math
a related project (maintained in Japan)
is containing much additional science software, and
to scientists. Knoppix can work direct from CD/DVD or be
installed on hard disk.
"humanity to others" (an ancient African word)
a Debian based project started by Mark
Shuttleworth, and sponsored by his Canonical Ltd. Being
a perfect configured system in one live CD or DVD alloved to
install on hard disk, Ubuntu is fast-to-run. A large number
of additional software can be downloaded from Ubuntu repository.
has modifications different by user interface: Ubuntu (GNOME),
Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (Xfce) and Edubuntu (school-related
is formerly Mandrake Linux started by Gaλl Duval.
This is a French-made distribution of Linux. Mandriva Linux is
most eqipped by fresh versions of
drivers and multimedia software. Owing to the fact Mandriva is
much popular among individuals. After the company-owner
Mandriva Co. became bancrupted in 2011, this distribution of Linux is
now continued by a truly free community. It has two distribution: Mageia,
which is maintained, on volunteer basis, by the formerly employee of
Madrake/Madriva, and openMadriva, which is maintained by openMandriva association.
a German-made distribution of Linux (now sponsored
Novell, USA). High quality of the distribution and many features
oriented to both everyday and professional use get SUSE Linux
attractive to individuals.
a follower of the famous RedHat
Linux, sponsored by RedHat Inc. Being truly experimental
system, Fedora joined most fresh versions of Linux software
(a drawback is that the lack of support for multimedia).
a "Linux consisting of bricks", created in 1993 and maintained
till now by Patrick
Volkerding. The main advantage of such a construction is
that one can build Linux system by his own while installation,
doing choose for its system components. The complicate installation
process, oriented to experienced users (not recommended to
beginners), pays for system configuration satisfying any of bizzare
an unique Linux distribution created by Daniel
Gentoo Linux consists of just source codes, which
compiled to executable binary files while installation (the other
versions of Linux present pre-compiled executables). Gentoo is
good to experts (not recommended to beginners).
Damn Small Linux
a 50MB mini Linux distribution (based
on Debian), which can be run from a business card CD or be
installed on hard disk. It is run light enough to power even a
486DX with 16MB RAM. Despite that, this is a fully functional
system equipped by the lightweight versions of well-known
open source program shell running Windows applications on top of
Linux and Mac OS X. WineHQ is a completely
free alternative implementation of the Windows applications
consisting of 100% non-Microsoft source code.
FreeBSD and OpenBSD
advanced free open source operating systems derived from BSD,
the version of UNIX initially developed at the University of
California, Berkeley. FreeBSD
and OpenBSD are developed and maintained by teams of individuals, and
have a few derivatives such as PC-BSD,
and the others, including live CD/DVD systems.
an open source UNIX based operating system, initially based on the
source code of the Solaris Operating System and currently sponsored by
Sun Microsystems Inc. OpenSolaris is developed by a team of
individuals and has derivatives such as NexentaOS
including live CD systems.
an advanced free open source operating system providing a ground-up
implementation of a Windows compatible operating
system. ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both
applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems,
by using a complete
public interface. ReactOS is the most complete working model of a
MS Windows like operating system, consisting of 100% non-Microsoft
source code. Beta version of ReactOS is
announced on 2008 (see ReactOS