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101 Free Software for Students in 2002


Why check out this list?

Sure, if you need a software for a specific purpose you can just google it right?

But then you’ll have to go through the painstaking task of narrowing down those which are:

  • Free. As in completely never pay for an upgrade or extra features 100% FREE.
  • Privacy Complaint. Software that does NOT use your data for other purposes.
  • SECURE. All links given here go right into the official site’s download section which are free of viruses and malicious malware.

It took an insane amount of work to download, test and select each of these software. So I’d appreciate it if you could ALSO share the link to this site instead of the infographic that way students can get more information and the correct download links

Lastly,

You’ll also find out software you never even though existed! Did you know there’s a program that can block all TIME-WASTING websites? 

95% of the software here is open source the remaining ones will either require you to a student email or will not require you to upgrade to a paid version for you to get ALL the features you need. 

 

You are not supposed to download EVERY software here. Just look through the list and install the ones you think will be useful. You  can  also refer back to this list when you think you need a software. All descriptions, tutorials and SECURE download links are down below

 

Note Taking

OneNote

1. OneNote OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
This is one of the many note taking software which allows you to organize all your notes in a hierarchial order sort of like a textbook. You can save pictures, videos, audio files in every blank page. Note can be taken either through a computer or a tablet that has. stylus. Notes are also synchronized across all devices. It’s not open source but it’s always been free for everyone. Certain features can be unlocked through a MS Office subscription but those are rarely if ever needed.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 

2. Obsidian OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Similar to One Note however it’s more customizable. You can change the interface your liking and add plugins to customize to your liking. Notes are also synchronized across all devices. The software is completely free. Not open source but there’s no need to pay for a premium version.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website

 

3.  Joplin OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Similar to Obsidian and One Note with a bit more of “technical” formatting available: you can choose to type in a markdown or a WYSWYG (what you see what you get) editor. Unlike Obsidian and OneNote. You can sync it with Dropbox, one drive, nextcloud or any cloud service of your choice. It’s free and open-source.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website

4.  Simple Note OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

A much simpler note-taking app.  It only allows simple formatting kind of like you would on MS Word. There are no advanced features.   They can’t be organized into hierarchies either. but with no ability to organise notes in a hierarchy. However, notes can be tagged, searched and synched to the cloud across all devices. Great for temporary and quick note-taking. 

Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website

Office Suites

5. Free Office OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
Probably the best alternative for those switching out of Office. Some do so because they can’t afford it or because MS Office does not allow for installation outside the main drive. Free Office has the most similar interface to MS Office with all its features. Perfect choice for newbies.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Documentation: Website 

6. Libre Office OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
It has some problems with cross compatibility. In other words, using libre office docs on MS Office software may not work out sometimes. Thus if you’re writing a document to send it to a professor or.a friend. It may be wise not to use this one. It’s all free and open source. 
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Documentation: Website 

7. OnlyOffice OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android
Likewise OnlyOffice supports most office programs including a word, sheet and a slide editor. It has the advantage of being more compatible with Microsoft Office however it lacks some of the features of Microsoft Office.  There’s a enterprise and development edition on the official website which you don’t really need unless you’re a company. 
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 

8. Abi Word OS: Windows , Linux
A free and simple text-editing program like Microsoft Word. If you don’t need spreadsheets, presentation editor or any of the other Office suite programs, just download AbiWord, save storage, RAM and money. 
Download  How To Use: Video  Website

Reading

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9. FoxIT Reader OS: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android 
PDF reader and editor.  Easier to set up, use and edit than Adobe PDF reader. It also supports DJVU files.
Download How To Use: Youtube  Documentation: Website

10. Sumatra PDF OS:Windows, Android 
The fastest PDF document reader but it’s just a reader. Some PDF cannot be opened but that’s rare. Updates are still underway.
Download How To Use: Video Documentation: Website

 

11. DjVuLibre OS: Windows, Mac
You don’t really need a PDF viewer and Editor for Mac. Macs have their own built-in PDF software which is called Preview. However, it can’t read Djvu files. Download this install it and you’ll be able to read all  pdf and djvu files.
Download How To Use: Video  Documentation: Website

Papers & Writing

12. Lyx OS: Mac, Windows, Linux 
If you know what Latex is and the amazing things it can do for your papers,  you’re going to need a document word processor that is based on LaTex. Lyx is something I used to get started, the advtange here is that it’s very user friendly yet capable of outputting complex formats , diagrams, styles and equations.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 
 

13. Scribus OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
This is a desktop publishing software which is what magazine editors and textbook editors use. You can use it to make brochures, posters, newspapers and books. There’s microsoft publisher too but that isn’t free unless you have a MS office subscription or a student email. 
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 
 

14. Scrivener OS: Mac, Windows, iOS
It is the go-to-app if you’re writing a novel, journal or screen play. It has a management system which you cana use to sort of organize your writing into chapters, sections and so on. 
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 
 

15. DarkRoom OS: Windows
A very simple software for distraction free writing. It only supports text with no interfaces and no bells an whistles. It’s full screen with a black background and white text. Definitely useful when you are on a deadline and you need to focus as much as possible. FocusWriter is another alternative.  Mac Users can use OnlySwitch in the time management section, it will get rid of all the icons docks and menus so you can have a blank canvas to write.
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Citations

Zotero Software Students

16. Zotero OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, Web
Zotero will organize all of your sources and make it super easy to make correct citations. It stores your sources, download citations from databases. The web app can also gather your sources and make citations.  Alternatives are Jabref, Mendeley, CitaVid,EndNote.
Download How To Use: Video Website


MindNode MindMaps Software Students

17. VUE OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Developed by Tufts university. This software can be used to draw maps, diagrams, flow-charts for ideas, project management andd brainstorming.
Download  How To Use: Website 

18. Compedium OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
This is also a mindmap software which can be used for any type of brainstorming graph. It’s mostly used by the social science as well as the management of ideas and arguments. 
Download  How To Use: Youtube 

19. Diagrams.net OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
This is a much simpler mindmap software which is only available through the web. No installation required. Diagrams can be saved in the cloud or your computer.
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Group Study


20. TeamSpeak OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
The problem with Discord is that most people use it for all sorts of things thus there is sort of a distraction problem while you’re interacting with peers. This is another good option though you can always use Zoom instead. The advantage of TeamSpeak though is the high connection quality (less lag, better audio quality).
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21. EtherPad OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Alternative app to Google Docs. All members to edit the same document in real time. Each one will have different text colors so you can differentiate who’s writing what. Plus there’s also a chatting feature.
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

22. ShareX OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Take a screenshot then instantly share with just one click. You can also share images, text and audio files through QR Codes, uploading to the web or by generating a URL.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  
 

Organization

23. Strln TreeSheet OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
TreeSheet allows you to place text and images into cells which you can then resize and move around to your liking. You can use it for brainstorming, to make a to-do-list , to draft a possible format for a publication, etc. Basically anything that requires a custom structure.
Download How To Use: Video  Website

24. Zim Wiki OS:Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
This is sort of like a Wikipedia within your computer. You can write separate pages and then organize them into a tree-like or hierarchial structure. You can use it to simulate what a possible documentation will look like or just to keep notes neatly organized.
Download How To Use: Website

FlashCards

25. Anki OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Web)
The most popular flashcard software. It uses the well-proven spaced reptition system to enhance memorization. A must have for med students.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 

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26. Google Lens OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Web
This is an image recognition app which you can use to “look it up” on google. Say you “lens” a flower, then the app will return similar images which will have a description. You can also use it for text or character,etc.
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

Time Management

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27. Google Calendar OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Web
Literally a calendar where you can type in events and reminders. It’s a great way to schedule your time during a day or during specific days.
Download How To Use: Youtube 

28. Cold Turkey OS: Mac, Windows
This will stop procastination by blocking every site you decide to input in it with a time limit you can set.
Download How To Use: Video  Website

29. Self Control OS: Mac, iOS
The OSX version of Cold Turkey.
Download How To Use: Website

30. TinyTask OS: Windows
You can record tasks to have them repeated. Say you want to record every mousemovement and keyboard input when you look for specific items on Amazon. You can use this app to do so. 
Download  How To Use: Youtube

31. SoftMurmur OS: Mac, Windows (web), iOS, Android
This is just an app with relaxing and monotone sounds such as wave, forest, air, bird sounds and so on. Useful for relaxation, concentration and sleep.
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32. Focus To Do OS: OSX, Windows, iOS, Android
A timer based on the pomodoro technique. It’s supposed to be set on 25 min of study time with 5 min breaks in between but you can customize it to lower or increase the timings.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

Health

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33. Redshift OS: OSX, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux
Unlike Window’s or OSX NightMode, Redshift will adjust the outgoing blue light according to the sun’s position that is according by the hour so that by night time ~6pm, all blue light will be blocked helping you sleep better at night and making using the computer easier on the eyes.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

34. F.flux OS: OSX, Windows, iOS, Android
A great alternative to RedShift. Works exactly the same. There is an additional option for “preset mode”: work, sleep, movies,etc.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

35. TimeOut OS: OSX, iOS
It is important you look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds (20/20) rules to reduce eye strains when working with a computer. You can also move around every 20 minutes to avoid back problems.
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Finances

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36. GNU Cash OS: Mac, Windows
This program helps you keep track of your expenses. How much money you can expect to have if adjustments are made, etc. Basically an accounting or book keeping software.
Download How To Use: Video  Website

Math

SageMath Open Source Free Software Students

37. Desmos OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Web)
This is a web-based app which includes a graphing calculator, a scientific calculator, an equation solver, a matrix calculator and a geometry tool which you can use to draw figures.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 
 

38. MS Math Solver OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Web)
This is free for everyone with a Microsoft Account. You can sovle equations through it. You can either type the equations or scan them. You can also graph equations. The cool thing about the equation solver is that you get a step by step solution.
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

39. SciDavis OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Web)
This is a very cool software you can use along with Excel or if you have any data in a two colum format. Once you input your data you can visualize patterns and make data analysis.
Download  How To Use: Youtube 
 

 

40. SpeedCrunch OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Web)
Another calculator. However this time you can choose to input parameters through a console by typing them out. This is a nice starting point for newbies who might later might move on to MatLab or Python or Sage where pretty much everything needs to be typed for a solution. You are not required to type equations you can also just use an interface.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 
 

 

41. Grapher OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Web)
This built-in software is available in all macbooks. If you’ve got an old version of OSX you may need to look it up in the app store. Regarless it is free and an awesome tool even for research. You can graph 3D dimensional graphs through equations too.
   How To Use: Youtube  Website 
 

Storage

42. One Drive OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
You can get 5GB of free storage with One Drive. If you have a student email, you can probably get MS Office too which means you get an extra 1TB (1000GB) of storage.
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43. Amazon Prime OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
No MS Office? No problem. If you have an Amazon Account you can get 5GB of free video or photo storage. If you are a Prime member, you get unlimited full resolution photo storage. This is super useful if you are a photographer or you’d like to keep all photo data as most other cloud storage service will compress image data thus you will lose information in the process.
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44. Google Drive OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
No MS Office? No Amazon Account? No Amazon Prime? No problem. Google gives you 15GB of free storage and unlimited photo storage. Note that photos here will be compressed so although you will be able to save and look at picture whenever you want if you are a photo editor you will lose photo data and will be unable to perform some corrections. 
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Media Player

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45. MPV OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
The most complete video player. It includes all codecs in the old CCCP and KCP packages. If you use MPV over any other media player, you’ll save the hassle of installing codecs and worrying whether or not a format can be played out.
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

46. Daum Potplayer OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Potplayer has a much more intuitive UI. It’s not as sophisticated as MPV but it will probably have everything you’ll ever need. MPV is slightly more powerful if you want support for some obscure formats or rely on custom codec packs.
Download  How To Use: Youtube  Website 

Music

47. Foobar2k OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
The most popular audio player. You can customize the interface to your liking. You can also customize the theme and everything in the way it looks. There’s also a volume normalization which will adjust volume to a consistent level . You can also normalize volume across all audio files selected or all audio files in a folder. You can install more plugins (all free) to add more functions.
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

 

Security & Privacy

 

48. Windows Defender OS: Windows
Started as an anti-malware but as of 2022 it is a full blown antivitus. It’s free because it comes with a windows license just be sure to keep it on. If you are careful when browsing online and don’t download anything suspicious. You will never catch a virus and defender is all you’ll ever need.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

49. Kaspberry OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Hands down the best FREE antivirus you can download. I’ve personally been using it for 10 years and I yet have to catch a virus. Not only that there’s no ads, no pop-ups and no-privacy violations (they won’t collect your browsing data).  Again you don’t need to pay for any of the “updated” versions. Install this and windows defender and you’ll be fine.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

50. BitDefender OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Works just like Kaspberry. Complete, non-intrusive, ad-free and privacy-driven antivirus. Do not use Avira, Avast and all the others. Either use this one or Kasbperry. All other antiviruses seem to have at least one disadvantage (ads, data-stealing, heavy ,etc).
Download  How To Use: Youtube

51. AdBlock OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Antiviruses aren’t usually good at removing ads and preventing you from browsing malicious websites. This is why it’s important you ALSO have an adblocker on. This is the most-well known AdBlock plugin and works in every browser you know of.
Download  How To Install: Youtube

52. Brave OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
Although you can get free WiFi at school, on your workplace and even on the street. They often require you to accept a root certificate. This means that if you accept it, everything you type will be visible to the system administrator. This may not be the best alternative or something the average student will be aware of but the point of making on the list is that so you learn about your right to privacy and then consider using it or not. It also block ads.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

Data Management

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53. WindirStat OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
This software will scan throuh the entire computer and tell you where most of your storage is going and which are files are the culprit for taking up sace.  Man users can install Derlien.
Download  How To Use : Youtube
 

54. DupeGuru OS: Mac, Windows, Linux(Through Web)
This simply finds duplicate files on your drive which you may have created or downloaded by mistake thus removing them and free-ing up space.
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

55. CloneZilla OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a disk-imaging and cloning software. That means you can use it to make back-ups of your computer, USB drives or external drives. I recommend you use this before you try to free up space as you may delete crucial files for your computer to run.
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

56. PeaZip OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a disk-imaging and cloning software. That means you can use it to make back-ups of your computer, USB drives or external drives. I recommend you use this before you try to free up space as you may delete crucial files for your computer to run.
Download  How To Install: Youtube
 

File Conversion

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57. PDF Tk OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
It’s a little dificult to use since you have to rely on a command line however it’s complete free and it does everything you can think of regarding pdf file manipulation. Use the tutorial linked below to get started. If it’s too hard PDF SAM is a good free alternative, there’s a paid version but there’s no point in buying it.  The reason I did not place PDF SAM here is because I don’t want to encourage people buying anything although there is nothing to buy from PDF SAM it’s just that I don’t like their website having a “purchase” tab. 
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

58. PanDoc OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a swiss army tool for the conversion of document formats. You can for example convert doc files to pdf files or doc files to publishing software files and so on.
Download  How To Use : Youtube Website
 

59. Ffmepg OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This software will take video files and convert them to other formats , extract audio and saved them into a separate files or make them a GIF file so you can share it on a messaging group. You can also take JPEG (image files) and make them into a video or a GIF file and much much more.
Download  How To Use : Youtube  Website
 

60. Handbrake OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Handbrake is a swiss army tool for the conversion of video files from any format to any other format. It’s totally free and open source, it can take a while dpeending on what computer you have though. There’s no reason to pay for software if you have this, all software will be slow becaue there’s a lot of data to manipulate.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website
 

61. Shutter OS: Mac OSX
It’s not limited to mp4 to mp3 conversion. It can actually be used for pretty much any multimedia file. I just wasn’t able to find an open free source program dedicated to “mp4” to mp3 conversion.
Download  How To Use: Website
 

Remote Access

62. Team Viewer OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
It will allow you to remote access your own computer through the web. Any user who needs to access a computer must have the address and a given password or the person on the other side of the screen must give access to the user manually. Thus it can be used for someone to help you with troubleshooting as well. . 
Download  How To Use: Youtube
 

Live Streaming

63. Open Broadcast Software OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is what your favorite streamers use to broadcast their streams. It has a steep learning curve but it has everything you need to start your own stream.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

Image Viewer

64. Irfanview OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is an image viewer. The reason for it being in the list is because both OSX and Windows OSX default image viewer isn’t very useful and not very pretty plus they don’t support all image formats.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

65. Honey View OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
The problem with Irfanview is that it doesn’t scale well with operating systems outside of Windows including mobile devices. HoneyView has a better time dealing with this becase it has a better interface. It has better support for comics and manga.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

Other Tools

66. CopyClip OS: Mac OSX
How many times have you lost text or data from using cut/paste several times consecutively?Yeah we all do. Copyclip will save every “Clip” so you don’t lose any copied or cut data or text. Note that Windows has this feature built-in and can be accessed through WIN+V. There are Windows alternatives like Ditto. and ClipX if you’d like something a little more complex.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website
 

67. AutoHotKey OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Handbrake is a swiss army tool for the conversion of video files from any format to any other format. It’s totally free and open source, it can take a while dpeending on what computer you have though. There’s no reason to pay for software if you have this, all software will be slow becaue there’s a lot of data to manipulate.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

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68. Inkscape OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is the alternative to Adobe Illustrator. Although it doesn’t have nearly all the features of Adobe Illustrator. Most graphic designers getting started should find it useful.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website
 

69. Paint.NET OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is like PhotoShop without all the fancy features most people don’t use when editing photos and images. It has the interface of Paint with the functionality of PhotoShop. Don’t get it wrong it’s not a MS Paint replacement it actually does much more than that. Another perk is that it’s a lot faster.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website
 

70. GIMP OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
GIMP is a little more advanced than Paint.NET and it’s the closesst thing you’re going to get to PhotoShop with a a free open source software. Thus it may be suitable if you have to move on to PhotoShop later.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website
 

71. Pencil 2D OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

This is the kind of software you’d use to get started for 2D animation design. Pencil 2D, through a tablet or through the mouse, gives you the tools to make amazing drawings then

refine them and color them to create awesome colorful frames that will be later put up together to make a 2D animation.

Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

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72. FireAlpaca OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Has more features than Pencil 2D but it’s still user friendly and doesn’t have a steep learning curve. Thus it’s also a great starting point for newbies. Unlike, Krita it is more lightweight so it will run a lot better on systems lacking in RAM.
Download  How To Use: Youtube   Website

73. Krita OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Krita isn’t any different from GIMP and Inkscape and can also be said to be a PhotoShop alternative. Just like Alpaca and Pencil 2D, it’s mostly used for digital painting and animation.
Download  How To Use: Youtube   Website

74. SynFig OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a image editing software that’s mostly devoted to 2D Animation thus it has a lot more features and a different interface than Krita and Alpaca. There’s a lack of tutorials and documentations so the learning curve can be a pain.
Download  How To Use: Youtube   Website

Video Editing

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75. Kden Live OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
First choice for advanced and serious video editing. This can be said to be a adobe premiere replacement. It has all of the advanced effects, features and functions like keyframing for animations.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

76. OpenShot OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

Open shot is a Kdenlive replacement. You can use it whenever suddenly Kdenlive stops working due to updates. Unlike, Kdenlive is has a more appealing user interface. Although it may not have the same functionality and advanced features of Kdenlive, it’s pretty close so casual editor looking for a more professional edition than what a WMM editor will find it useful.

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77. ShotCut OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
If you’re just getting started and you just want to split/merge clips and applying simple titles and effects then you just need something like Windows Movie Maker which is what ShotCut is all about.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

Audio Production

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78. MuseCore OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Although this is a free software it still offers all the features paid musical notation software has. It doesn’t really lack the features you find on other Musical Notation software so there’s not much to say. **Linux** users can use flat.io as a web-based alternative.

Download How To Use: Youtube Website

79. LMMS OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

This is basically a free version of FL Studio without the bells and whistles. Great synthetizers area available there like ZynAddSubFX so you will see no need to go after paid DAWs. Plugins. and more features are also available.

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80. Audacity OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is another DAW software. Unlike LMMS it is more suitable for electronic music with advanced MIDI implementation. 

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81. Ardour OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Audacity is more suited for MIDI production although you can develop audio with it, there are better alternatives for it and one of these is Ardour. Surely there are far better DAWs out there but they all require either a subscription or a very high one-time payment.
Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

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3D Graphics And Animation

82. Blender OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
The only open source and entirely free 3D Creation suite. You can do pretty much anything related to 3D work: modeling, animation, simulation, rendering,rigging, motion tracking, video editing and game development.  The software however is mostly designed for 3D animation and it’s the best 3D animation software you can find.

Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

83. Unreal Engine OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

You’ve probably already come across those super highly detailed video game demos uploaded on youtube. The most famous one is Zelda’s Unreal Engine demo. It is highly sophisticated and probably not something you want to start with but it’s always there as a free option as long as you don’t use it for commercial purposes.

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84. Unity OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is the most popular game engine used on several of the titles you know of and play. It is particularly popular for iOS and Android games. You get free access however if you make a commercial game title, you will have to pay fees.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

85. OPEN 3D Engine OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is an open source totally free engine for game development, video production, animation, architecture and engineering modeling. Unlike Unity or Unreal Engine, you don’t need to pay a fee if you make money off whatever you design or make with it.

Download  How To Use: Youtube Website

CAD Design

86. AutoDesk OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

If you have a valid email address and are currently enrolled at an institution you can use most AutoCAD products including but not limited to Revit, AutoCAD 3D and Maya.

Download  How To Use: Youtube

87. Sketch up 2017 OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Sketch up has been commercialized now and you have to pay for a license. However, everyone is still using it for free and it’s not something illegal. It’s something the company itself approves of: using the 2017 version. You can draw pretty much whatver 3D model you need to. It’s a lot simpler than AutoCAD but it should still be useful even for your thesis.
Download  How To Use: Youtube

88. FreeCAD OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

This is nowhere near the same level of AutoCAD but it has the necessary basic functionalities to serve its purpose as a great introduction to CAD design and also as a last resort software for the presentation of 3D models if an AutoCAD subscription isn’t available.

Download  How To Use: Youtube

89. TinkerCAD OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
It carries the same concept as FreeCAD that is a CAD program with limited functionality. The advantage of TinkerCAD is the fact that it’s available on the web.

Download  How To Use: Youtube

90. ArcGIS OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

The best open source alternative to ArcGIS. You can map , model and graph terrains as you would with ARCGis.

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Math

SageMath Open Source Free Software Students

91. SageMath OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
SageMath is a Matlab replacement that unlike Matlab is open source and thus it tries to gather functions and resources from all free mathematical code and sources. The developer designed mostly for pure mathematics and theoretical applications however it can be used for all other purposes too.
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92. Octave OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

This is like a MatLab replacement. You’d need to know a bit of the programming language used in C++ or Matlab to use it. Once you do, it opens a whole new world of possibilities for simulation, graphs and any math-related calculation. Octave however lacks a few features MatLab has but unlike MatLab is completely free. 

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93. GNU Plot OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

This is an advanced 2D or 3D plotter. You have to use a command line to input the instructions and to point or set the data to be used in the plot.

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Programming

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94. Atom OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

This is a very fast and straight to the point code editor. It’s the perfect choice for beginners. It doesn’t have extra bells and whistles but just enough features and functions for you to get started with programming or something you can used as an advanced programmer for a faster workflow without much need for libraries.

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95. Vim OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

Vim is one of the most popular code editors, if not the most popular, because you can customize the interface to your liking so that not only are you more comfortable with how the program works but also to maximize producitivity. 

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96. Visual Studio Code OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Visual Code is more of a complete all around IDE that’s also very configurable. This is something you’d use, in my opinion, once you’re quite far into programming to the point that interfaces and customized work environments don’t really improve your workflow but easy acess to LSPs support will.
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97. X Code OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a must have if you’re developing apps and software for iOS devices. No other IDE gets close because this is coming straight from the source.

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98. Virtual Box OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
There are tons of virtual machine softwares to choose from but only two of these are mainstream and FREE. Virtual Box made it here simply because it doesnt have. a paid version. It works equally just as well as VMWare.

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99. Android Studio OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
If you’re developing apps for Android MOBILE devices you’re not going to get a better IDE than Android Studio. All the features you need to export and test a mobile app are there.

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100. Eclipse OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Eclipse is an IDE more suited for Java applications be it android devices, iOS devices or PC devices. I will not use over it over Android Studio for android devices though. Eclipse is more versatile but a lot more  RAM hungry (may be low on commodity machines).

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Data Science

101. Anaconda OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Both R and Python are the two pillars you need for Data Science. Anaconda issoftware package management system for both R and python which includes features, tools and plugins to make data science easier and more accesible. 

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Physical Sciences

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102. Ubuntu Science OS: Mac Linux
A repository of all sorts of downloadable programs and packages for all physical sciences.

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103. PHet Simulations OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
The University of Colorado has simulations on pretty much every introductory physics, chemistry, earth science, biology and math topic. It’s not something you’ll be required to user but it’s definitely handy to either teach other students or get a sense yourself of the concepts you are exposed to in these subjects.

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