Best and Useful Ubuntu Software

Ubuntu, powered by Canonical Partners, is the most optimized and updated Linux distro out there. Both Ubuntu and Linux Mint are based on the Debian system. This Linux distros provide solid system stability and lots of software through software center.

But there are lots of applications you may not find in the distro’s repositories. So how do you install all those software? Here comes “Terminal”, which is used to install an application from outside of the software center.

Best and Useful Ubuntu Software

Now I am going to share with you a list of Useful Ubuntu Software, and how to install those through command line interface called “Terminal”

1. Install Java

Java is widely used in Ubuntu platform, which is used to run many applications. Run the following command to install java.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

2. Install Dropbox

You can install Dropbox cloud client from the Ubuntu repositories. So run the following command from the Terminal to install Dropbox in Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

After installation, open the Dropbox from the unity dash and follow the instruction to complete

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3. Install Google Drive

Google drive is not indexed by Ubuntu repositories. So if you prefer to use google drive, there are many ways to follow. You can use Insynchq, one of the powerful google drive clients for Ubuntu platform

4. Install Telegram

Telegram is highly secured messaging apps, which used to send any type of files, voice messaging, video call, and group messages. Telegram can be used on all the devices including Android, I phone, windows, and Linux platforms. It can synchronize all the message all through the devices. Telegram can be installed in all the Ubuntu-based Linux distro via PPA….

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install telegram

Remove Telegram

sudo apt-get remove telegram

5. Install Multimedia Player – VLC

To enjoy multimedia file on Linux, you can install VLC. This media player is the most commonly used media player on Windows, and Linux operating system. VLC can play all sort of media files without any problem. To install VLC, run the following command into Terminal…

sudo apt-get install vlc browser-plugin-vlc

6. Google Chrome

Though Firefox is the default web browser at Ubuntu, which is enough for performing all the web related task. But google chrome is the best web browser out there, which offer lots of add-ons to enhance productivity. So if you want to install google chrome, run the following command into Terminal…

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

On the other hand, if you want to install chromium web browser, which is open source, and comes built-in at Ubuntu repository, follows the command from the Terminal…

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

7. Install Gimp Image Editor

Previously, most of the Linux distros used to include Gimp Image Editor by default. But now it’s not included. This tool is very popular and used by many professional photographers for image composition and editing.

sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-data gimp-plugin-registry gimp-data-extras

8. Install Skype

Skype is one of the best messaging apps, which is used to make voice and video calling, but it’s not included in Ubuntu repositories. To install latest Skype package in Ubuntu, run the command from Terminal…

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu-precise_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb
sudo apt-get install -f

Here it’s important to notice the version number. So when installing Skype, version no must be checked and replaced with the above one.


You can install it by PPA

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb `lsb_release -cs` partner' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype.list""
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype

If you face any problem of missing theme components on a 64-bit laptop then run the following command into Terminal…

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386

9. Install the Unity Tweak Tool

By installing unity tweak tool, you can make a lot of customization on Ubuntu unity desktop. Run the following command to install Ubuntu tweak tool….

sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

10. My Weather Indicator

“My Weather Indicator” is used at the Ubuntu panel to show the weather forecast for the day, and the widget can also be used on the desktop. My Weather Indicator can be installed by adding following PPA and command….

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install my-weather-indicator

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11. Caffeine

This application is used to prevent the activation of the lock screen, screen saver or sleep mode. This tool is useful while enjoying movies or listening music etc.

sudo apt-get install caffeine

12. Variety

variety app

This tool is very handy to use desktop wallpapers. Once the app is being configured, the app menu indicator can be used to change the wallpaper without opening the app.

sudo apt-get install variety

13. Install GDebi GTK and Synaptic

Gnome software center is good, but if you don’t know the application name then that’s the problem. Here old synaptic package manager can help to understand the package name and installing process. Install by the following command…

sudo apt-get install synaptic

If you want to install any .deb files, a gnome-software center can help. But that doesn’t give much information about the package dependencies. So to get more information about the installation package, GDebi GTK can be used.

sudo apt-get install gdebi

14. Install Flash player

Flash player plugin is required to play videos and online games into a browser. If you use only Firefox web browser then flash player plugin install is a must. But in the case of google chrome, you need not have flash player. So to install flash player, run the following command….

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

If this doesn’t work then follow…

sudo apt-get install pepperflashplugin-nonfree
sudo update-pepperflashplugin-nonfree --install

15. Install Archive Packages

Run the following command from the terminal to install archive Packages in Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install 7zip unrar zip unzip

16. Install FTP Client – Filezilla

If you are a web developer then FileZilla is a must application for you to have it on Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install filezilla

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Final Thought

Here I have shared the list of Useful Ubuntu Software which will definitely improve and increase your Ubuntu experiences and productivity.

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skype is a malware, not an essential software


Very poor grammar. Try proof reading before submitting work that'she a compilation of others work.


You don't like what you see, turn off your station..


Nice list. I found some programs that I need to play with from this list. One note. Google is only supporting Chrome for 64 Bit environments. I had to install Chromium on my 32 bit machines. My Laptop is the only 64 bit machine I have and I was able to install Chrome itself there. Just a heads up.


Not important, but it should be skype.list not skpye.list


i got so many useful articles here. Thanks for sharing.