A comprehensive guide: 21 must-have application for Ubuntu (issue 2020)

What are the best applications for Ubuntu? This is a question that is often asked of me, but instead of answering individually, I decided to write a list of the best programs in Ubuntu, so everyone can read it!

So, below is a list of the best Ubuntu software. This list includes offers for the user absolutely any level, and for green rookie, yesterday installed my first Ubuntu and hardened guru, realized the strength and power of Linux.

Feel free to share your favorite applications for Linux in the comments section under the article.

Well, read on to find excellent software for Linux.

21 is the best app for Ubuntu

To make the list more interesting, I decided NOT to include applications which come with Ubuntu by default.

This means that the well-known programs, such as Mozilla Firefox, LibreOffice and Thunderbird ARE listed below. Why think about what you already have?

I also tried to select applications for Linux that are available directly from the Ubuntu archive (although as you will see, there are a few exceptions) to reduce the need for third-party PPA and external repositories.

1. Mail client Geary

Like most Gmail users, I tend to read, write and send email in the browser. It’s simple, fast and most cross-platform. But the mail client Geary, shown above, is so good that it almost convinced me to switch to the desktop application.

Geary is a full — featured IMAP email client that lets you configure send and receive email from popular providers web mail including Gmail, Yahoo!Mail and Outlook using the wizard-based interface.

Once everything is synchronized, you will find that Geary offers a clean, modern look with good integration with the desktop GNOME Shell, the same one that uses Ubuntu.

He has a powerful (and fast) functions search e-mail, a comprehensive editor for writing emails and many other sophisticated features such as streaming e-mails.

You can very easy to install Geary in Ubuntu, just keep in mind that some functions will vary depending on which Linux distribution you are using.

Install Geary from Ubuntu Software

If you want to use the latest version of Geary, you need to install the app from Flathub (also see our installation guide Flatpak if you need it).

2. Music player-Lollypop

Lollypop is a versatile music player and Manager GTK for Linux and a fantastic alternative to Rhythmbox is the standard music application for Ubuntu.

The player seamlessly integrates with the desktop the GNOME shell and has all the necessary functions such as adding music, watching music, playing music, creating playlists and the like.

Lollypop also offers a party mode; knows how to lyrics, album art and artist BIOS from online sources; and it can “scribblerati” tracks on sites such as Last.FM and ListenBrainz.

Although traditional applications for playing music, such as Lollypop, may seem old-fashioned in the era of streaming music services such as Spotify and Amazon Prime Music, they are not just not obsolete, but, as shown by this app, don’t even look outdated!

To use the latest version, you will need to add the official PPA Lollypop or install the app with Flathub. In addition, you can install Lollypop in Ubuntu from Ubuntu Software store:

Install Lollypop from the Ubuntu Software

3. Google Chrome

No list of the best applications for Linux is not complete without mentioning the world’s most popular web browser Google Chrome.

You all probably know all you need (or, in some cases, all that you want) to know about Chrome, it is enough to mention that it is well maintained, has many functions and runs on desktop Linux as well as on Macs and windose!

You can log into your Google account to sync bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and even apps between Linux and other devices where you use Chrome, for example, Windows device.

Therefore, if you are a fan of Google, an avid Android user or just a person who likes how Chrome works, you can easily install it on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and related distributions.

Go to the official page of Chrome, to 64-bit Ubuntu installer and then double click it once it is downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions and install.

Open the website Google Chrome

4. Image editor The GIMP

If you are looking for a viable alternative to Photoshop, you don’t need to look further than GIMP.

GIMP is not the only (valuable fur) weird name, but also a powerful image editor open source, which is freely available for Linux, Windows and macOS.

Despite the fact that the app is missing some of the greatest successes in Adobe, it more than lives up to its fabulous competitor, which is absolutely amazing, if you remember that this is a completely free software.

So no matter whether you want to correct any shortcomings at the next Salvaje, navigacine “the Eiffel tower” or to create a monumental multi-layered masterpiece, to publish it in internetic, GIMP can both.

You can install GIMP in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other similar Linux distributions repositories.

Download GIMP

5. Video editor Kdenlive

Need to trim a video before uploading it to YouTube? Try Kdenlive. Want to work on multi-videopodcast with smooth transitions and cool effects? Try Kdenlive.

Why? Because Kdenlive is definitely the best software for video editing with open source Linux distributions, Ubuntu and the like.

This non-linear video editor offers a solid balance of basic and advanced video editing functions, including the so-called keys, which, like, do not digestible translation into Russian, rotoscoping, edit, keyframes, cool transitions and a useful export profiles.

Install Kdenlive from the Ubuntu Software

6. Telegram Desktop

If you use the popular messaging app Telegram on your smartphone, procenite official desktop application that is called the Telegram Desktop.

A cross-platform client boasts a convenient layout, encrypted chat rooms and improved privacy. All messages that you send, read and receive also perfectly syncs with your mobile phone.

I should note that the subscription to use Telegram, you will need a mobile number (valid). But after his confirmation, you will be able to continue. Download it directly from Snap Store:

Telegram Desktop in the store a Snap

7. ePub reader Foliate

There are a number of desktop applications for reading electronic books that run on Linux, but the Foliate is undoubtedly the most comprehensive of all.

Foliate on the basis of the GTK boasts a clean, sophisticated and streamlined UI; provides the user with a set of parameters, such as font size and spacing, page layout, and supports text notes, dictionary lookup, bookmarks and keeps track of reading progress.

Foliate is available in both Flathub and Snap Store, or you can download an installation package for the latest version of the Foliate directly from the GitHub page:

Release Foliate on GitHub

8. Caffeine

Caffeine is a small app with one purpose: to prevent the screen lock (or turn on the screensaver if you use one).

Why you might need such a thing? If you’ve ever tried to watch a video and you have included the lock screen, you know why. I use caffeine in all situations where the unexpected inclusion of a saver or screen dimming can prevent.

Real software is a stimulant, Caffeine works as a small applet in the notification area, which you can enable to keep your computer in active state (and turn it off when you don’t mind if it take a NAP!)

Install Caffeine from the Ubuntu Software

9. Terminal emulator Tilix

Ubuntu comes with a decent terminal emulator by default. But if you are looking for something more advanced, pochakaite terminal emulator Tilix.

Tilix allows you to split multiple terminal sessions inside a single merged window (or one, if you want) both horizontally and vertically. The app also supports custom headers, custom links and custom backgrounds.

Completes the set of functions Tilix rearrangement using drag and drop, support for permanent layouts (for example, each time opens the same tools CLI in the same position) and notifications (useful for completing the task).

To install Tilix from the Ubuntu Software

10. Office Suite OnlyOffice

OnlyOffice is a free, opencarry and regularly updated set of productive applications for Windows, macOS and Linux.

By and large OnlyOffice is a free, high-performance alternative to Microsoft Office, open source, able to work with files created in Microsoft Office.

His only drawback is that the application uses its own instrumentation, that is not merged with your other applications. But it’s the functionality, not form, that matters, and OnlyOffice provides it in containers.

Desktop version of OnlyOffice in Snap Store

11. Etcher

Etcher is a free utility for burning images to a USB drive with open source code for Windows, macOS and Linux. I already included it in its list of best apps of Electron, but could not resist and added this plugin and here, as he is just that damn good at his job.

If you regularly try new Linux distributions, you will understand how important it is to have a reliable tool for flashing, and Etcher is just what the doctor ordered.

Just start the app, select a valid file .iso or .img, select the disk to write the image, and all! A bootable USB or SD card ready for a super short time.

Etcher is available for download from the web site of the project in 64-bit and 32-bit format .appimage.

Download page Etcher

12. Twitter client Cawbird

If Twitter is your social network, register Cawbird, the sequel to the excellent (but no longer manufactured) Twitter client Corebird.

Cawbird combines traditional work Twitter (that is, reverse chronological stream of recent tweets, not the ranking algorithm of popularity) in the magnificent GTK-interface.

Likes, fave, retweets, replies, notifications for mentions, you can subscribe or unsubscribe from a particular account and, of course, section with personal messages. All present in Cawbird.

Under the wing of this bird you will also find several innovative features, including the possibility of extension text phrases and emoticons; auto-save the tweets in the editor window; and (very compassionate) ability to zamutit or add to blacklist certain accounts, tags, topics, and keywords.

Download Cawbird in Snap Store

13. The VLC media player

Universal VLC media player needs no introduction. Like Firefox and LibreOffice, it is one of the most popular programs cross-platform and open source software.

VLC will play virtually any format that you add video, audio, or something in between! In addition to DVD playback, VLC can access shared resources DLNA and online streams and even transcode videos from one format to another.

Therefore, despite the abundance of available video players Linux (Celluloid – my personal favorite), I recommend VLC for all due to its wide support and the huge range of functions and reliable nature.

To install VLC from the Ubuntu Software

14. GNOME Tweaks

GNOME Tweaks — it’s a Swiss army knife for the modern desktop Ubuntu. It has sliders, and toggle switches which control a variety of behaviors and settings. Tweaks are so useful that I even included it in the list of things that need to be used right after installing Ubuntu.

If you want to change the GTK theme in Ubuntu to change the icon set to customize the font of the desktop to show the battery percentage in the top bar to move the window buttons to the opposite side…

Whatever the problem is not standing in front of you before looking for other ways to do it, first check GNOME Tweaks, most likely he will cope.

To install the GNOME Tweaks from the Ubuntu Software

15. RSS client Feeds

RSS feeds is a convenient way to stay up to date with the latest news, messages, and podcasts from your favorite sites.

But to start using RSS feeds you need a RSS client. I like Feeds (previously known as GNOME Feeds). It is well made GTK RSS Reader for Linux with the bomber design.

Admittedly, it has no cloud integration (so you can’t sync read items using the RSS service such as Feedly or The Old Reader), but the app makes it easy to import and export lists of channels.

And it has a button “read-only” and “mark all as read” option to save articles for offline reading; and the mode of built-in reader, which is ideal to view posts from your favorite news sites – hmm, like this one.

Feeds on Flathub

16. Steam

Want to start playing on Linux? Then you will need a Steam Valve. It is a de facto platform for distribution of games for Windows, macOS and Linux.

I’ve lost count of the number of native games for Linux, which boasts of Steam, but we are talking about many thousands, from indie hits and favorites retro to top categories AAA blockbusters, such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and DiRT 4 different editions of Warhammer.

And even better is that when you buy a game on Steam, you can get access to her versions for any platform – so if you already have a neat library of games for Windows, you can automatically play it on Linux machines!

To install Steam in Ubuntu, simply download the official installer package from the Steam website:

Download the Steam installer (64-bit)

17. ULauncher

We have already noted Ulauncher with an asterisk and were assigned the highest rating in our list of the best launcher applications for Ubuntu and Linux Mint, partly because of its broad feature set and great-looking user interface.

Ulauncher is a string performance, run ctrl + space and inspired by Alfred for macOS and similar tools for semantic search, which came later.

The app allows you to run applications in your system using only the keyboard … but with extensions, Ulauncher can do much more than launch applications.

Adding extensions Ulauncher allows to expand the opportunities available from the launcher, for example, to look up definitions in the dictionary; find and copy Emoji to clipboard; run a search on the Internet and much more.

СкачатьUlauncher for Ubuntu (64-bit)

18. The code editor VSCode

For Linux there are many code editors, among which Gedit, Atom, Sublime Text or even Notepad ++, but the best code editor is Visual Studio Code.

VScode (despite the fact that it is made by Microsoft) is a free, powerful code editor, available for Linux, and MacOS and Windows.

It has built-in support for various languages, including TypeScript, JavaScript, and Node.js. It also has a smart auto-complete feature and can be expanded and adapted to specific workflows using plug-ins.

You can set VSCode in Ubuntu as app Snap:

Visual Studio Code in Snap Store

19. Flameshot

If you want to take screenshots in Ubuntu or Linux Mint and want to provide them with comments, text, calls, arrows and other icons, you’ll appreciate Flameshot.

Is snap tastic app has many functions (too many to mention each), but they are all very easy to understand. Simply select the screen region you want to capture, add some markup, highlight or hide some confidential data, then press the Enter key to take the picture.

If you are a fan of the Shutter (an application to create and edit screenshots of GTK that is no longer working correctly in newer versions of Ubuntu), Flameshot on the line, as the best replacement.

To install from the Ubuntu Software Flameshot

20. Neofetch

Looking for a quirky way to learn more about your system? For example, a window Manager, GTK theme, desktop environment, what kernel version are you using? You can view the set menu to determine the answer to each question, and you can just install Neofetch and get all the information in one place.

Although it is not a GUI interface (i.e. you won’t find the launcher like icons), but it’s very easy to use: just run the command neofetch!

You can even customize Neofetch the snapshot of the screen at the moment when you run it, which makes it ideal for those moments when you want to show off your attractive desktop finished!

To install from the Ubuntu Software Neofetch

21. Shortwave

Shortwave is a GTK application for Internet radio that allows you to easily find and listen to Internet radio – heck, it may even burn them!

With simple and intuitive user interface, the unique orientation of the Shortwave makes it finely tuned alternative to media players more utility and you’ll be tight integration with the desktop GNOME Shell (including support for media control).

And the icing on the cake is the built — in support for Google Chromecast, if you want to send your favorite radio stations from your Linux system running on a large TV screen.

The most highly recommend it.

Shortwave on Flathub

But wait! There’s something else!

As I said in the beginning, this list could be 101 application is longer than it is, but given that you probably don’t want to spend the whole day scrolls article, I was limited to demonstration only 21 applications – self-imposed limitations.

However, there are several other apps that I want to mention at least in passing.

First, Linux free available stack known cross-platform programs such as Blender, Spotify, Skype, Slack, Audacity and VirtualBox, as well as some less well-known Pro-tools like Lightworks (video editor) and Waveform Free (digital audio station).

As for the GUI, Peek – gorgeous animated GIF screen desktop Linux created using GTK; Olive – new promising video editor; Drowing is a kind of alternative to Microsoft Paint for Linux.

If you are a user of Android smartphone, then use Scrpy (a great tool that allows you to mirror your Android phone to a Linux desktop to communicate and manage), as well as KDE Connect or GSconnect.

I intentionally did not list a lot of tools based on the CLI above, but there are a few that I just can’t keep silent: ncdu (disk utility); rainbowstream (CLI client for Twitter), cmus (music player) and alternative htop (performance monitoring system).

To learn more about the applications, read the lists of the best music software Linux best software to run applications. And check out my selection of the best applications of Electron, most of which can be run on Windows, MacOS or Linux.


Source: omgubuntu.ru

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