Top 100 Most Useful Software Which You Will Not Believe To Be Free: Here I am going to share with you the list of most useful software and computer programs which you would not expect to be free but they are. You may have heard about some of these software or even them but you may have never realized how easy they make our life without asking for anything in return. Each one of these Windows and Mac programs fulfills one or more of your daily needs. So without of more delay let’s get to the list of most useful software and websites.

Top 100 Most Useful Software Which You Will Not Believe To Be Free

  1. Gimp: Digital design; Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist GIMP is best the image editor for you. – https://www.gimp.org/
  2. OpenSCAD: 3D Model scripting software; OpenSCAD is software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. – http://www.openscad.org/
  3. Malwarebytes: Malware protection – https://www.malwarebytes.com/
  4. Open Toonz: Animation Editing Software; the software used by Studio Ghibli to make most of their movies. It’s absolutely free. – https://opentoonz.github.io/e/
  5. Open Broadcaster Software: Video Recording & Streaming Software; Can be used to record or stream with many features. OBS is by far the best streaming software on the market. It’s light program which means it doesn’t take much space and works fast. – https://obsproject.com/
  6. Google Maps: Navigation App; Of course you know about this one but have you thought how much it makes our life easier without costing anything at all. – https://www.google.com/maps
  7. Blender: 3D modeling software; The only 3d software that can hold a candle to the Autodesk and Zbrush giants. It’s open source. – https://www.blender.org/
  8. VLC: Video player; With solid video support it can play almost anything and features a bunch of tools as well. It’s completely free and has no ads. (Fun fact- Its developer declined millions of dollars to ads on this app) – https://www.videolan.org/index.html
  9. The Windows Snipping Tool: Screen capture tool; Instead of capturing a whole screen on Windows instead capture specific area without any external app. – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027213/windows-open-snipping-tool-and-take-a-screenshot
  10. Space Engine: Space exploration simulator; SpaceEngine is a realistic virtual Universe you can explore on your computer. SpaceEngine is a free software.- http://spaceengine.org/
  11. Wikipedia: The Online encyclopedia – https://www.wikipedia.org/
  12. MuseScore: Music notation software; Create, play and print beautiful sheet music completely free and without any limitations – https://musescore.org/en
  13. Audacity: Audio editing software; it has features such as spectral analysis tools that make it a powerful tool for scientific problems in fields like acoustics and vibrations. – https://www.audacityteam.org/
  14. Handbrake: video converter; Long gone are the days of rendering straight to mp4 and the hassles that entailed. – https://handbrake.fr/
  15. Zotero: Reference manager; Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. — https://www.zotero.org/
  16. Desmos.com: Online Calculator; Graph functions, plot data, evaluate equations, explore transformations, and much more – for free! – https://www.desmos.com/
  17. Calibre: EBook manager; Best ebook manager ever existed. It’s able to auto download metadata from Amazon, Google Books, and some other services; it handles conversion between epub/mobi really well, sending books to an e-reader, has its own ebook viewer, multiplatform, etc. – https://calibre-ebook.com/download
  18. Google Drive: Fan of spreadsheets! Then you would love this free online storage and manager of documents, where you can access all of them no matter where you are. – https://www.google.co.in/drive/
  19. Notepad++: Text Editor; Has syntax highlighting, all kinds of nifty search and formatting functions, tabbed documents, scripting, plug-ins. –  https://notepad-plus-plus.org/
  20. stud.io: Lego simulator; Build things with LEGOs online simply and freely. –  https://studio.bricklink.com/v2/build/studio.page
  21. Search Everything: Instant file search software for Windows – https://www.voidtools.com/
  22. LaTeX: Document software; there’s quite a learning curve but it can make wonderfully-formatted papers, posters, and presentations – https://www.latex-project.org/
  23. Archives: Archives the internet; Contains music, movies, books, software, games, and webpages – http://archive.org/
  24. Linux: Various Linux based OS’s, web servers, compilers; Very few people realize that Linux is basically THE biggest free human-made thing there is. No matter if you have an iPhone, windows, a damn blackberry, you are using Linux daily, it basically runs the internet – https://www.linux.org/
  25. Discord: Chat and Communication software; Best chatting platform for gamers and basically for anyone – https://discordapp.com/
  26. Krita: Digital designing software; Krita is an amazing drawing program. Functions great and has a huge assortment of tools, and even animation capabilities. – https://krita.org/en/
  27. R: Statistics software; “R” is a software that is meant to be used for statistical computations. The language is very easy to get the hang of. – https://www.r-project.org/
  28. pfSense: Firewall software; Secure your network using this free firewall software – https://www.pfsense.org/
  29. FreeNAS: File server software; To share data over the network – http://www.freenas.org/
  30. qBittorrent: A torrent client that’s simple to use and not loaded with ads – https://www.qbittorrent.org/
  31. Draw.io: Online diagram software – https://www.draw.io/
  32. Paint.NET: Image design; If you need a good Adobe Photoshop Pro and Gimp alternative then Paint.Net is the best option for you. It’s free and easy to use. – https://www.getpaint.net/
  33. Draftsight: Free CAD – https://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/
  34. 7Zip: File archiving better than WinRAR; Every file format, it supports every compression format including ones you don’t know exist. If you can find a format it doesn’t support the author will add it. – http://www.7-zip.org/
  35. Plex: Media storage access – https://www.plex.tv/
  36. Libre Office: Document editing suite – https://www.libreoffice.org/
  37. KeePass: Password manager – https://keepass.info/
  38. DaVinci Resolve: Video color correcting and editing – https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
  39. HitFilm Express: Another great easy to use and intuitive video editor with a decent feature set. It’s free (but you can also download paid packs to get more effects and functions. like DLC for software. but the free version is really good and you won’t feel the need to buy them) – https://fxhome.com/express
  40. Inkscape: A professional vector graphics editor – https://inkscape.org/en/
  41. Google’s Apps: Google’s document suite (Docs, Sheets, Gmail, etc) – https://www.google.com/
  42. Duolingo: Language learning — https://www.duolingo.com/
  43. Darktable: Photo workflow; An open source photography workflow application and raw developer. – https://www.darktable.org/
  44. Mopidy: Music player daemon; Mopidy is an extensible music server – https://www.mopidy.com/
  45. Doom shareware: A classic game – a 3.5” floppy disk
  46. Recuva: Restores deleted files – https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva
  47. Python: A programming language for quickly writing scripts – https://www.python.org/
  48. foobar2000: Freeware audio player – https://www.foobar2000.org/
  49. Robin Hood: Stock trading app – https://www.robinhood.com/
  50. F.lux: Day/Night cycle on monitor color/brightness – https://justgetflux.com/
  51. Fusion 360: Free 3D CAD/CAM design software – https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators
  52. Steam: Platform for game distribution – http://store.steampowered.com/
  53. Trello: Project Manager; It makes managing projects across multiple departments too easy. Everyone always knows what stage a project is at, even if it’s not on their board. – https://trello.com/
  54. Shazam: App that tells you what song is playing – https://www.shazam.com/
  55. Audio Router: Sound routing – https://github.com/audiorouterdev/audio-route
  56. Arduino: Open-source electronics platform (software is free) – https://www.arduino.cc/
  57. LMMS: Music studio – https://lmms.io
  58. Kodi: Entertainment center software – https://kodi.tv/
  59. QGIS: Good open source eGIS platform. Their newer stuff is fairly confusing for someone just about to enter into the workforce, but 2.18 is awesome. https://qgis.org/
  60. Godot: It may have a little ways to go but Godot is really coming into its own. Free and open source game engine with a pretty big community backing at this point. – https://godotengine.org/
  61. Git: Version control system – https://git-scm.com/
  62. REAPER: Audio workstation – https://www.reaper.fm/
  63. Greenshot: Print screen tool – http://getgreenshot.org/
  64. Irfanview: Image viewer, editor, organizer, and converter – http://www.irfanview.com/
  65. TeamViewer: Remote desktop software – https://www.teamviewer.us/
  66. Firefox: Web browser – https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
  67. Wireshark: Open source packet analyze – https://www.wireshark.org/
  68. Disk Fan: Visually see how much space is being used on a volume – http://www.diskspacefan.com/
  69. Beyond Compare: Compare two files/directories: whole tree’s and directories – https://www.scootersoftware.com/
  70. VNCServer/Viewer: Remote desktop software – https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/download/vnc/
  71. Ubuntu: A Linux OS – https://www.ubuntu.com/
  72. WinDirStat: Need to clean up your hard drive? It’s perfect to find the big files, wherever they are. Graphical disk usage analyzer – https://windirstat.net/ (Didn’t receive updates since a couple of years)
  73. WizTree: It is a much faster alternative to WinDirStat which still receives frequent updates – WizTree
  74. Oracle VirtualBox: Open-source hypervisor – https://www.virtualbox.org/
  75. PuTTy: An all in one protocol terminal – https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html
  76. Visual Studio Code: Code editor – https://code.visualstudio.com/
  77. VStudio: Visual Studio Code is another free Microsoft IDE made for web development. It’s the greatest text-editing IDE (for languages like JavaScript) that I’ve ever used. – Free IDE and Developer Tools | Visual Studio Community
  78. fxSolver:  great for solving math and engineering problems quickly. Lots of ready-made formulas to calculate, edit and plot. – https://www.fxsolver.com/
  79. Cymath: nice step-by-step solutions. Math-centric. – https://www.cymath.com/
  80. Mathway: cool math solver and chemistry solver. Plotting similar to Desmos. – https://www.mathway.com/
  81. Youtube.dl: powerful command line tool for downloading Youtube content, lets you do things like download playlists and annotations. Worth reading the documentation. – https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/
  82. uBlock Origin:  ad blocker; has empirically better CPU and memory usage. Its default blocklists are better and you can more easily add new filter lists (the “Filters List” tab in its settings). – Safari version and uBlock Origin – Chrome Version
  83. Intellij IDEA community edition: I used to do Java work with eclipse, and the maven plugin would just bork the entire workspace. I did the idea trial and couldn’t go back. – IntelliJ IDEA: The Java IDE for Professional Developers by JetBrains
  84. Lichess: If you play chess at any level, this is the only website to play on. Free membership, no ads, free stockfish analysis, and a great community. – www.lichess.org
  85. Cakewalk: digital audio workstation; is a fully functioning DAW that until recently was sold for a lot of £€$. I’ve used it for years and dropped a lot of cash on upgrades but now you can get it for free. – https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk
  86. Rainmeter: can let you completely customize your desktop. Audio visualizers, custom icons, clocks, basically anything you can think of is out there. – https://www.rainmeter.net/
  87. Ardour: Cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. – https://ardour.org/
  88. Sharex: ShareX is a free and open source screen capture tool that is lightweight and has after-capture task management. Screen capture, file sharing, and productivity tool. – https://getsharex.com/
  89. Atom: more coding – https://atom.io/
  90. Unity: One of the best video game engine – https://unity3d.com/
  91. Retropie: RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi, ODroid C1/C2, or PC into a retro-gaming machine. – https://retropie.org.uk/
  92. KeepingYouAwake: keeps your MAC from sleeping with a neat icon in the menu bar. – https://github.com/newmarcel/KeepingYouAwake
  93. Clippy: clipboard and snippet manager – https://github.com/Clipy/Clipy
  94. MIDI Monitor: Monitors MIDI input/output- https://snoize.com/
  95. KeyCastr: keystroke visualizer – https://github.com/keycastr/keycastr
  96. The True Size: Adjust for Mercator projection; To show globe earth on a flat map – https://thetruesize.com/
  97. AppCleaner: Drag in unwanted application and it will remove all the junk/hidden files that you’d otherwise miss. – https://freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/
  98. Integrity: Free website link checker for Mac. – http://peacockmedia.software/mac/integrity/free.html
  99. Boostnote: Note-taking app made for programmers. – https://boostnote.io/
  100. FontForge: Free, open-source font editor. – http://fontforge.github.io/en-US/downloads/

I hope you liked my list of Top 100 Most Useful Software If you have any comments or want to share a software whose developers have been kind enough to make it free but didn’t get the attention they deserve, then share and we will add them to our list!

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