Great Free Software

The following is a categorised list of the free/open source software I use.

Many of these programs are the best you can get - even when compared to commercial alternatives. If you like any of them, don't forget to support them and if you can donate to the project.


SQLDeveloper Oracle SQL Client
SQLTools++ Oracle SQL Client
Statement Tracer for Oracle Monitor/trace SQL executed by an application
Tora Toad like database tool


AutoHotKey Create custom keyboard macros & shortcut keys
ClipX Clipboard Manager/History
DexPot Virtual desktops
FileMenuTools Explorer Extension - Right-Click Menu Shortcuts
Find and Run Robot Application Launcher
Launchy Application Launcher
RocketDock Mac OSX-like application launcher taskbar
TaskSwitchXP Alt-Tab Task Switcher Replacement for XP
VistaSwitcher Alt-Tab Task Switcher Replacement for Vista/7


Aptana Studio A fantastic web development IDE with Ruby on Rails support
AstroGrep Free/Open Source Portable GREP GUI
BareTail Windows Tail GUI (monitor log file changes)
JDeveloper Oracle's Java Development IDE
Joomla Open Source Content Management System
Large Text File Viewer File Viewer supports very large files
NetBeans IDE Java IDE (also supports Ruby on Rails)
NotePad++ Text Editor
Notepad2 Basic Text Editor / Notepad Replacement
PSPad Text Editor
SlikSVN Windows SVN client
TortoiseGit Windows Git GUI
TortoiseSVN SVN GUI client for Windows
WinMerge File and Directory Comparison


FastStone Capture Flexible Screenshot Capture Tool
Inkscape Vector based (SVG) graphics editor similar to Illustrator
Paint.NET Photo/Image Editor (supports layers)
PhotoFiltre Photo/Image Editor
PicPick Screen capture, Color Picker, and other Tools in One


DropBox Online Storage and File Management
FileZilla FTP Client
Firefox Web Browser
Iron Web Browser (Google Chrome alternative)
Opera Web Browser
Pidgin Instant Messenging Client
PuTTY CM PuTTY Connection Manager
PuTTY Tray SSH Client
SuperPutty Tabbed PuTTY sessions
Thunderbird Email Client
uTorrent Bittorrent Client
WinSCP FTP/SCP client


Audacity Audio Editor
DVDFlick DVD Authoring Software
DVDShrink Rip DVDs to other formats
Handbrake Multimedia Converter (including for portable devices)
Media JukeBox MP3 Player/Music Management Software
VirtualDub Video capture and processing
VLC Multimedia (video/audio) Player


FreeOCR OCR tool - works on scanned input, images and PDF documents
Foxit PDF Reader
GNUCash Accounting and financial management software
OpenOffice Office Suite
PDF Creator Virtual PDF Printer
WorkRave Reminds you to take regular breaks

Operating Systems

CentOS Open Source Enterprise Linux
Xubuntu Lightweight version of Ubuntu using Xfce


Evernote Take notes and synchronise them online and with mobile devices
FreeMind Mind Mapping Tool
GeeTeeDee GeeTeeDee Todo List Manager
The Guide Outliner (store hierarchical/tree based notes)
Wunderlist Todo list manager that can synchronise online and to mobile devices
XMind Excellent Mind Mapping Software - Eclipse Based


avast! Antivirus
AVG Free Antivirus
ClamWin Antivirus
KeePass Password Manager
PeerGuardian Privacy/P2P IP Blocker
TrueCrypt Disk Encryption


FileZilla Server FTP Server for Windows
FreeSSHd Simple, free SSH server for Windows
WAMP Windows Apache-MySQL-PHP Server
XAMPP Portable Apache-MySQL-PHP-Perl Devlopment Server


Autoruns Startup Manager
7-zip File Compression
CCleaner System & Windows Registry cleaner
CPU-Z CPU/Motherboard/RAM/Graphics Card Identification Tool
Defraggler Disk Defragmentation Tool
Disktective Disk space reporting tool
Git for Windows Git for Windows including Git Bash
ImgBurn Burns and Creates ISO Images
InfraRecorder CD/DVD Burning Software
JKDefrag Disk Defragmentation Tool
PhotoRec (TestDisk) Recovers data from unreadable disks (CDs, HDD, USB, Memory Cards etc)
Process Explorer Task Manager
Recuva Recovers deleted files
ReNamer Flexible File/Folder Batch Renaming Tool
TeraCopy Speeds up file copying/moving in Windows
TweakUI Tweaks Windows System Settings
UnxUtils Native Windows binaries of Unix command line tools
WinCDEmu Mounts ISO, CUE, BIN, RAW, IMG images as virtual CD/DVD drives


VirtualBox Free virtualization software from Sun
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