17 Best open source softwares to replace your expensive applications

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What’s your opinion about open source softwares ?

Majority of us uses most expensive applications – from operating systems to other tools – to do our everyday tasks in PC. But we always forget there are best free software replacements are available for this paid softwares.

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What is open source software ? :

” Open source software (OSS) refers to software that is developed, tested, or improved through public collaboration and distributed with the idea that the must be shared with others, ensuring an open future collaboration.”

Or simple we can absolutely free full version softwares or freely downloadable software.

Along with free availability open source softwares are well-known to give you freedom while using the program. An open source program is defined as an application whose code is readily available for anyone who wants it. This gives people the freedom to use it, to share it, to modify it for their own needs, and to study it. This also makes programs arguably more secure because, since anyone can study the code, people can report issues they find so that the developers can fix them rather than have those issues go undiscovered.

Now you think do these open source softwares are capable of replacing commercial softwares ? Because they are free, do they perform well?

A lot of cases, the answer is yes. In fact, in some cases, open source tools offers features or performance benefits that surpass their commercial counterparts.

You think that’s wrong :

Then check it yourself. Today we are going to list some best open source softwares that can replace your expensive applications. Install them and find out how they can outperform your existing paid softwares.

Best open source softwares to replace your expensive applications

1. Audacity

CategoryAudio Editor

Audacity is a free open source digital audio editor and recording computer software application. Key features includes recording audio from multiple sources,post-processing of all types of audio, including podcasts by adding effects such as normalization, trimming, and fading in and out.

Replaces : Apple LogicPro ($199.99), FL Studio Producer Edition ($199)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

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2. Amarok

CategoryAudio/Music Tools

Their are many open source softwares for music playback and Amarok is one of them which combines music discovery features with an attractive, easy-to-use audio player. Key features include integration with multiple Web audio services, dynamic playlists, bookmarks, scripting, context view and more.

Replaces : iTunes

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux


Category : CAD

BRL-CAD is a powerful open source cross-platform solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, geometry libraries for application developers, and more than 30 years of active development.

Replaces : AutoCAD ($4,195 and up)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

4. Gimp


Gimp makes it easy to edit photos and other images—just like you would with Photoshop. Suitable for professionals, it includes features like layers, gradients, photo enhancement, color manipulation, digital retouching, and much more.

Replaces : Photoshop ($19.99 per user per month)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

5. Inkscape


A vector drawing program, Inkscape offers professional-quality features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) for graphic designers. The site now also features an open clip art gallery that you can use in your drawings.

Replaces : Illustrator ($19.99 per user per month), CorelDraw($429)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

6. Dia


Dia creates diagrams—for flowcharts, org charts, and more. It doesn’t have as many options for art work and styles of boxes as Visio, but it’s good enough for most casual users.

Replaces : Visio Professional($589.99)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

7. OpenOffice

Category : Office Productivity

Apache OpenOffice includes Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (graphics), Math (mathematic equations) and Base (database). It can open, edit and export to Microsoft file formats, and it features a very intuitive interface.

Replaces : Microsoft Office ($71.88 per user per year and up)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

8. LibreOffice

Category : Office Productivity

Forked from OpenOffice, LibreOffice offers the same types of software as its predecessor with some additional features and extensions. There’s a helpfulchart on its website that compares it with Microsoft Office.

Replaces : Microsoft Office ($71.88 per user per year and up)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

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9. PDFCreator

Category : PDF Tools

With this tool, you can create a PDF file from any application that can print. It also includes digital signature and encryption capabilities, but it lacks some of Acrobat’s form creating capabilities.

Replaces : Adobe Acrobat ($381.65)

Supported OSWindows

10. Blender

Category : 3D Graphics Tools

3D animation software can be prohibitively expensive for amateurs and home users, but Blender is completely free and has been used to create full-length animated films. It boasts photorealistic rendering, fast modeling, realistic materials, fast rigging, sculpting, an animation toolset, full compositor and more.

Replaces : AutoDesk Maya ($3,675)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

11. Cinelerra

Category : Video Editing Tools

This video editor describes itself as “useful and fast” but acknowledges that it doesn’t have quite as many features as modern professional tools. There’s a community-based fork with very similar functionality and community support at Cinelerra.org.

Replaces : Adobe Premiere Pro ($19.99 per user per month), Avid Media Composer

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

12. Avidemux

Category : Video Editing Tools

Avidemux can handle many simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks, but isn’t as full-featured as some other video editors. It does have some automation, scripting and batch processing capabilities.

ReplacesAdobe Premiere Pro ($19.99 per user per month), Avid Media Composer

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

13. Bluefish

Category : Web Site Creation Tools

While it’s not quite as user-friendly as its commercial competitors or the other open-source options listed here, Bluefish offers a very fast WYSIWYG HTML editor that doesn’t use a lot of system resources. Aimed at coders more than designers, it also includes support for a number of other programming languages.

Replaces : Adobe Dreamweaver ($19.99 per user per month)

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

14. KeePass

Category : Security Tools

KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

Replaces : RoboForm, LastPass

Supported OSWindows, OS X and Linux

15. ClamWin

Category : Antivirus

ClamWin Free Antivirus is used by more than 600,000 users worldwide on a daily basis. It comes with an easy installer and open source code. You may download and use it absolutely free of charge. It features: High detection rates for viruses and spyware;
Scanning Scheduler;Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database;Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.

Replaces : Kaspersky Anti-Virus, McAfee AntiVirus Plus

Supported OSWindows

16. 7-zip

Category : Compression Tools

While WinZip offers a fancier interface and more menu options, 7-zip lets you create 7z files with a higher compression rate, which means it creates smaller files. 7-zip also reads and writes WinZip files, as well as a number of other popular compression formats.

Replaces : WinZip

Supported OS : Windows, OS X and Linux

17. Psiphon

Psiphon is an Open Source VPN project for Windows and Android. For me its excellent, and surely I will prefer it over other free VPN services. Psiphon is a circumvention tool from Psiphon Inc. that utilizes VPN, SSH and HTTP Proxy technology to provide you with uncensored access to Internet content.

Replaces : Popular paid VPN clients

Supported OS : Windows and Android

That’s it for now…we are updating the list.

If you know some other open source softwares that can replace commercial apps let us know in comments. And also don’t forget to rate this post.

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    JM Se 10 months

    Softether VPN

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    Peter S 10 months

    Take a look at darktable… Replaces Lightroom and is significantly better in my opinion

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    HeavyStorm 10 months

    Mixed two items there, Blender and the video editor. Also, Blender replaces more than Maya, 3D Max as well

    Most stuff in this list is cool, but only a few are comparable to their closed source counterparts. It’s a shame, but funded, commercial projects have a better shot of working right now. (take Libre Calc, for instance: lacks a number of features that excel has, and has way worse usability)

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    Santosh 10 months

    Kdenlive for video editing

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    LouisL. 9 months

    I guess, you forgot OnlyOffice in the Office Productivity category. Recently they’ve opened the source code of the desktop office suite, and now it’s absolutely free. Has some pros and cons in comparison with LO, but modern UI is definitely a big advantage