Free And Open Source Software

This is a list of free and open-source software packages for the use of all computer users from areas such as Personal Use, Pictures, Business, File-Sharing, Graphics, Audio/Video, Security & Anti-Virus all are computer software licensed under free software licenses and open-source licenses. For more information about the philosophical background for open-source software, see free software movement and Open Source Initiative.  Where possible please make donations to help keep this movement alive.

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Club Usage Free And Open Software


ScratchScratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.

Notepad++ Notepad++ is a text editor and source code editor for use with Microsoft Windows. Unlike Microsoft Notepad, the built-in Windows text editor, it supports tabbed editing, which allows working with multiple open files in a single window.  Download latest version.

TextEdit – Your Mac comes with a text editor: TextEdit. You’ll find it in the Applications folder. This app allows you to write in two ways: in RTF (rich text format), which allows you to apply standard formatting, and even add images to files, and plain text.

Sublime Text – Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.

PythonPython is a widely used high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than possible in languages such as C++ or Java.

Zoom – Zoom Video Communications is an American remote conferencing service. It provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.

Chromebook HTML extension – Professional text editing for Chrome and Chrome OS
Caret is a graphical text editor modeled on Sublime Text, running completely offline (no Internet connection required) and capable of opening and saving files anywhere on your hard drive. The goal of Caret is to provide a missing portion of the Chrome OS developer story: serious programmer tooling without needing to install a second OS and learn Vim.

Python Online Editor for Chromebook – is a free IDE (integrated development environment) that allows users to write their own programs and code in dozens of different languages

HTML Editor for Apple Users (Brackets for Mac)

HTML Editor for Chromebook Users

HTML Editor for Windows Users

Coding For Kids Games

CodeMonkey Educational Coding Game
Lightbot  Programming Puzzle Game
Kodable Basic Coding Through Fun & Simple Exercises
RoboZZle Introduce Programming Ideas To Kids
Cargo-Bot Developed Using Codea an iPad App For Creating Games.

Best Free Software For Personal Use

Apache OpenOffice Replaces Microsoft Office
Firefox Replaces Internet Explorer
Google Chrome Replaces Internet Explorer
Thunderbird Replaces Microsoft Outlook or Eudora
Mozilla Lightning Calendar Replaces Microsoft Calendar

Best Free Business Software

GanttPV Replaces Microsoft Project
FreeMind Mind mapping is a key process in many businesses
VirtualBox Unique but essential (for some)
Notepad++ Replaces Microsoft Windows Notepad
FileZilla Replaces WinFTP
Cloudwards For sending large file and much more..

Best Free Coding Websites

Visual Programming Language

HTML Hypertext Markup Language For Creating Web Pages

CSS Cascading Style Sheets

PythonInterpreted High-Level Programming Language Lets you run and write code in any browser, on any device.

JavaScript High-Level, Interpreted Programming Language

YouTube Learning Environment for all areas

Gift Ideas – Programmable with Scratch

  • Makey Makey
  • Micro:bit
  • Lego Mindstorms EV3
  • Lego Boost
  • Lego Education WeDo 2.0
  • Go Direct Force & Acceleration
  • Finch Robot 2.0
  • GoPiGo
  • Hummingbird Robot

Coding Toys

10 best coding toys – Great Gifts for your Kids

Best Free Accounting Software

GnuCash Replaces Microsoft Money or Quicken

Best Free Graphics Software

GIMP Replaces Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro
Dia Replaces Microsoft Visio

Best Free Audio/Video Software

VLC Media Player Is a fast and powerful multimedia player that supports various audio and video formats
Audacity  recording your own podcast

Best Free Security & Anti-Virus Software

HealthMonitor  enables you to keep an eye on the health of your computer

Windows O/S Windows Defender

Mac O/S XProtect

More can be found at: List of commercial open-source applications and services click here.

Best Free Apps – Click here

Educational Aids

NV Access – Portable screen reader for Microsoft Windows.

ICT Tools and Open Educational Resources – Click here