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12 Ubuntu Apps You Need To Give A Try Right Away

There are hundreds of interesting and useful applications in Ubuntu Software Center. There’s a big array of useful tools and utilities. Here are a bunch of top rated must have apps.

Welcome again, Ubuntu fans! Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution in the world today, being used by beginners to experts. If you’re following my blog then you must remember my old posts regarding Ubuntu:

  1. How-to Install Ubuntu 16.04 with Windows 10 (Dual-boot)
  2. Things to Do After Installing Ubuntu
  3. 25+ Must Have Apps for Ubuntu

This post is in continuity of the same and here I list 20 Apps that you must give a try on Ubuntu Linux. So here we go:

Google Chrome – along with apps

Chrome on Ubuntu
Chrome on Ubuntu

While many users already use Google Chrome and prefer it over Mozilla Firefox and Chromium on Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, you should give Chrome a try on Ubuntu due to various features it comes with including features for developers and some proprietary plugins intalled. Additionally, the Google Chrome apps are a great way to extend your browser’s power. Apps like Google Hangouts and Pixlr Touch Up are some such example.

Get Google Chrome


I mentioned digiKam in an earlier post and here yet again it gets featured. It’s an advanced digital photo management application written in C++ using KDE platform. The photos are organized in albums which can be sorted chronologically, by folder layout or by custom collections.

digiKam has been awarded the TUX 2005, 2008, and 2010 Readers’ Choice Award in the category Favorite Digital Photo Management Tool. DigiKam supports more than 300 RAW formats and comes with many professional organization features.

Get digiKam


darktable is an alternative to Adobe Lightroom (or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, if you’ll) for photographers. It is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

Get darktable


Skype for Linux
Skype for Linux

Love video calling from PC? Well, nothing can beat Skype – still the most popular software. And yes, Microsoft does make Skype for Linux (both Ubuntu and Fedora). If you want to use Skype on Ubuntu then look no further and download it!

Skype for Linux

uGet Download Manager

uGet is a multi-platform download manager app for Linux, BSD, Android and Windows. Features include Batch Downloads, Queued Downloads, Multi-Connection, Pause/Resume, Clipboard Monitor and more. You can also set speed limits. It’s available in around 30 languages.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plushuang-tw/uget-stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install uget

You can also install it via Ubuntu Software Center if you’ve ‘Universe Repository’ enabled.

Deluge BitTorrent Client

Deluge is the best BitTorrent Client for Ubuntu with much more features than the default ‘Transmission’. It has got most of the features of uTorrent for Windows. If you use torrents a lot and need an advanced software, you must have Deluge.

To get the latest release of Deluge you can add Deluge PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install deluge

Unity Tweak Tool

Unity Tweak Tool
Unity Tweak Tool

If you want to modify the design and theme of Ubuntu desktop, you need this one. You can use this app to activate new themes, change fonts, change icon theme, alter hot corners, modify security, search and more. To install it run in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Also, here’s the complete guide on how to customize Ubuntu Linux.


If you love maths then this app if for you. SpeedCrunch is a high speed high precision advanced calculator with features including use of variable, use of functions, result history and syntax highlighting. You can get SpeedCrunch from Ubuntu Software Center.

Get SpeedCrunch


Atom Editor is one awesome piece of program for those who love to code and commit. Yes, GitHub’s own code editor, Atom is free and has got all the best features you need, plugins, themes, easy to use interface and no crap. Above all, it doesn’t require any subscriptions.

Get Atom


A great app for enjoying the sky, Stellarium is for the space enthusiasts. It renders 3D photo-realistic view of the sky in real time. With default star catalog of 600 thousand stars and downloadable catalog of 210 million stars, the app gives shows constellations, artistic illustrations and real time positions of planets and satellites.

Get Stellarium


7zip is compression/uncompression tool. Available for other platforms like Windows also (on which it’s quite popular), 7zip is available as a command line tool for Unix as p7zip. You can install it via Ubuntu Software Center. It supports packing/unpacking of 7z, ZIP, GZIP, TAR etc and (only) unpacking of DEB, DMG, FAT, ISO, MBR and RPM etc.

Get 7zip


Clementine is the most popular music player. It focuses on a fast and easy to use interface for listing, searching and playing your music. You can search and play your local collection, stream internet radio, transcode music into MP3, FLAC or AAC, download missing album covers, edit tags on MP3 and OGG files etc.

Download the latest version by adding PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:me-davidsansome/clementine
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install clementine
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