The Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

While the Lifehacker US team is stuffing itself with Thanksgiving turkey, we can all be thankful for high-quality free software. Here's a roundup of our favourite free apps.

The Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

  1. Dropbox

    Category: Online storage and syncing

    See also: The Cleverest Ways To Use Dropbox That You're Not Using, The Cheapskate's Guide To Getting Free Dropbox Space, Max Out Your Dropbox Referrals With Google AdWords For Free and more Dropbox coverage.

  2. Google Chrome

    Category: Browser

    See also: The Power User's Guide To Google Chrome, How To Really Browse Without Leaving A Trace, Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox Or Chrome? and more Chrome coverage.

  3. Firefox

    Category: Browser

    See also: Why I've Switched From Chrome To Firefox 4, Top 10 Must-Have Browser Extensions and more Firefox coverage.

  4. Evernote

    Category: Note taking

    See also: Clever Uses for Evernote and more Evernote coverage.

  5. Notepad++

    Category: Text editors

    See also: Five Best Text Editors, AutoSave Adds Reassurance To Notepad++ Editing and How To Get More Plus Out Of Notepad++.

  6. Skype

    Category: VoIP

    See also: our full Skype coverage.

  7. VLC (Video Lan Client)

    Category: Media Player

    See also: Master Your Digital Media With VLC, Set A Video As Your Wallpaper With VLC and more VLC coverage.

  8. Gmail

    Category: Email

    See also: Master The New Gmail With These Tips, Shortcuts And Add-Ons, The Easy Way To Set Up Google Services On iOS, Fix Gmail's Newest Annoyances With These Userstyles And Userscripts and more Gmail coverage

  9. 7-zip

    Category: File Compression

  10. TeamViewer

    Category: Remote Desktop

    See also: TeamViewer Arrives on Android for Small-Screen Remote Control and Tech Support and How Do I Troubleshoot My Parents' PC Remotely?.

  11. uTorrent

    Category: BitTorrent Client

    See also: uTorrent 3.0 Alpha Adds Web Interface Support For iPad, Android, How To Boost Your BitTorrent Speed and Privacy and more uTorrent coverage.

  12. Google Maps

    Category: Maps

    See also: Our complete Google Maps coverage.

  13. Google Reader

    Category: RSS Newsreader

    See also: Our complete Google Reader coverage.

  14. HandBrake

    Category: DVD Ripping

    See also: Calculate The Perfect HandBrake Video Encoding Settings For Your Device and How To Rip DVDs With Handbrake.

  15. CCleaner

    Category: Utilities

    See also: Run CCleaner On A Schedule To Keep Your PC Crap-Free and more CCleaner coverage.

  16. GIMP

    Category: Image Editing

    See also: Tweak GIMP To Be More Like Photoshop, Cartoonify Photos With The GIMP and more GIMP coverage.

  17. Wordpress

    Category: Blogging

    See also: The Beginner's Guide To Tricking Out Your WordPress Blog and more Wordpress coverage.

  18. FileZilla

    Category: FTP Client

    See also: Hive Five Winner for Best FTP Client: FileZilla, FTP File Transfer Across Platforms with Filezilla 3.0 and Build a Home FTP Server with FileZilla.

  19. ImgBurn

    Category: DVD Ripping

    See also: Turn Your PC into a DVD Ripping Monster.

  20. VirtualBox

    Category: Virtualisation

    See also: The Beginner's Guide To Creating Virtual Machines With VirtualBox, How To Run Mac OS X In VirtualBox On Windows and more VirtualBox coverage.

  21. KeePass

    Category: Password Manager

    See also: Eight Best KeePass Plug-Ins to Master Your Passwords.

  22. Launchy

    Category: Utilities

    See also: Integrate Everything Search Tool And Launchy and more Launchy coverage.

  23. Paint.NET

    Category: Image Editing

    See also: Pinta Brings Paint.NET's Just-Enough Image Editing To Every Computer.

  24. Rainmeter

    Category: Desktop Customisation

    See also: How To Create An Attractive, Customised Desktop HUD With Rainmeter.

  25. Revo Uninstaller

    Category: Utilities

    See also: Clean Windows Systems On The Go With Revo Uninstaller Portable and The Best App Uninstaller For Windows.

  26. Simplenote

    Category: Note Taking

    See also: The Holy Grail Of Ubiquitous Plain-Text Capture, Simplenote Offers Synchronised Notes On iPhones For Free and mNote Syncs Your Simplenote Notes With Android Phones.

  27. Winamp

    Category: Media Player

    See also: more Winamp coverage.

  28. XBMC

    Category: Media Centre

    See also: Build A Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Centre On The Cheap, Turbo Charge Your New XBMC Installation, Transform Your Classic Xbox Into A Killer Media Centre, Turn Your XBMC Media centre Into A Video Game Console, The Ultimate Start To Finish Guide To Your XBMC Media Center, and more XBMC coverage.

  29. CyanogenMod

    Category: Android Custom Firmware

    See also: How To Choose The Right Android ROM For You and more CyanogenMod coverage.

  30. Eclipse

    Category: Software Development

  31. Google Calendar

    Category: Calendar

    See also: Our full Google Calendar coverage.

  32. Inkscape

    Category: Image Editing

  33. LastPass

    Category: Password Manager

    See also: The Intermediate Guide To Mastering Passwords With LastPass, How To Automatically Fill In Repetitive Web Forms and more LastPass coverage.

  34. Linux

    Category: Operating System

    See also: Our complete Linux coverage.

  35. Open Office

    Category: Office Suite

    See also: A First Look At OpenOffice.org 3.0, OpenOffice.org 3.2 Improves Startup Times, Office 2007 Compatibility, OpenOffice.org 3.1 Has Smoother Drawing And Usability Tweaks, Install And Switch To LibreOffice In Ubuntu and more OpenOffice coverage

  36. Opera

    Category: Browsers

    See also: Opera 11 Alpha Brings Chrome-Like Extensions To The Fast Browser, Top 10 Must-Have Browser Extensions and more Opera coverage

  37. Picasa

    Category: Photo Manager

    See also: How To Upload And Share Photos On Flickr, Picasa Or Facebook, Picasa 3.5 Organises Your Photos With Facial Recognition, Picasa Offers Virtually Unlimited Photo Storage, Brings Google+ Tagging and more Picasa coverage.

  38. PuTTY

    Category: SSH Client

    See also: Put PuTTY In The Tray With PuTTY Tray, Add Tabs To PuTTY With PuTTY Connection Manager and KiTTY Adds Session Saving, Portability And More To PuTTY.

  39. SoundHound

    Category: Music Identification

    See also: SoundHound Is A Near Total Music App Replacement For iPhone and Shazam Vs SoundHound: Battle Of The Mobile Song ID Services.

  40. Thunderbird

    Category: Email

    See also: How To Sync Your Desktop Email Client (Outlook Or Thunderbird) Across Multiple Computers and more Thunderbird coverage.

  41. Twitter

    Category: Social networks

    See also: Six Ways You Should Be Using Twitter (That Don't Involve Breakfast), Navigate The New Twitter Like A Pro With Keyboard Shortcuts, Five Best Twitter Clients, How to Deal With Facebook, Twitter And Google+ Annoyances and more Twitter coverage.

  42. Wunderlist

    Category: To-Do List

    See also: Wunderlist Is A Free To-Do App That Synchronises Across Your Machines, The Best To-Do App For Windows, The Best To-Do App For Mac OS X, The Best To-Do App For Android and The Best To-Do App For Linux.

  43. TrueCrypt

    Category: Encryption

    See also: How To Add A Second Layer Of Encryption To Dropbox.

  44. AutoHotkey

    Category: Utilities

    See also: Turn Any Action Into A Keyboard Shortcut and The Best Time-Saving AutoHotkey Tricks You Should Be Using.

  45. Instapaper

    Category: Bookmarking Tool

    See also: more Instapaper coverage

  46. Quicksilver

    Category: Utilities

    See also: Top 10 Quicksilver Plug-Ins

  47. Pidgin

    Category: Instant Messaging

    See also: Ten Must-Have Plug-ins to Power Up Pidgin and Use Dropbox To Sync Your Pidgin Profile Across Multiple PCs


Comments

    Don't forget "Inkscape" which is an excellent free alternative to CorelDraw
    http://inkscape.org/index.php?lang=en

    Don't forget Nyan Cat Progress Bar!
    http://www.instantelevatormusic.com/nyan-cat-progress-bar

      I'm going to assume that this is a joke, ... because quite frankly,.. it is one!

    You left out Prey - surely one of the better security apps out there?

    over the years i have tried rainmeter 3 times, and each time i have failed to even begin to understand how to set it up...i hate it now because it makes me feel like a computard

    Dont forget Adium. Way better than pidgen

    Not sure if these are considered more donationware than freeware, but great to have:
    TagScanner - fix tags within MP3s
    http://http://www.xdlab.ru/

    PicPick - great screen capture tool
    http://www.picpick.org/

    Everything - the way windows searching should be Fast, Very Very Fast
    http://www.voidtools.com/

    SuperCopier - customisable and reliable copy tool
    http://supercopier.sfxteam.org/

    Keepass - great place to secure all the passwords you need to remember
    http://keepass.info/

    VLC may be the big favourite for some but definitely prefer Media Player Classic (Home Theatre Edition) x64. Add to this the K-Lite Community Codec pack (though not sure that can be considered an "App" but I am still thankful for it being free) and you are set.

      Oh and "Steam".. sure.. the content you get through Steam isn't free most of the time but the digital content delivery "app" is wonderful.

        Not to mention the abillity to add non steam games so you can chat while in those games and also take/upload screenshots to Steam Cloud!

    Can't believe you don't have readitlater on there, I assume it integrates with your instapaper although I use flipboard instead.

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