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This list of GNU packages lists notable software packages developed for or maintained by the Free Software Foundation as part of the GNU project, a Unix-like computer operating system composed entirely of free software. Many of these software packages are used together with the Linux kernel to build complete computer operating systems.


Base system

Name Description Provides Version 1 Date 1
Bash GNU's UNIX compatible shell bash 4.1.2

 (January 18, 2010; 58 day(s) ago (2010-01-18))[1]

coreutils Base commands fileutils: chgrp, chown, chmod, cp, dd, df, dir, du, ln, ls, mkdir, mkfifo, mknod, mv, rm etc.

textutils: cat, cksum, head, tail, md5sum, nl, od, pr, tsort, join, wc, tac, paste etc.
shellutils: basename, chroot, date, dirname, echo, env, groups, hostname, nice, nohup, printf, sleep etc.


 (January 13, 2010; 2 month(s) ago (2010-01-13))[2]

cpio archiving program cpio 2.6 20-12-2004
diffutils contains utilies to compare files diff, cmp, diff3, sdiff 2.8.1 06-4-2002
findutils contains search utilities find, locate, xargs 4.2.28 05-8-2006
finger user information n/a 1.37 28-10-1992
fontutils font management utilities n/a 0.7 02-4-2002
grep search for strings in files grep 2.5.1a 19-11-2004
groff document processing system (groff) groff 1.20.1

 (January 9, 2009; 13 month(s) ago (2009-01-09))

GRUB 2 GRand Unified Bootloader grub 1.98

 (March 6, 2010; 11 day(s) ago (2010-03-06))

gzip compression program (gzip) gzip 1.3.12 13-4-2007
hurd 3 a microkernel-based set of servers that perform the same function as a UNIX kernel n/a 0.3 12-6-1997
inetutils useful utils for networking ftp, telnet, rsh, rlogin, tftp 1.4.2 23-12-2002
plotutils useful utils for plotting to different devices graph, libplot, libplotter 2.5 07-05-2006
readline useful library for reading command lines readline 6.1

 (January 1, 2010; 2 month(s) ago (2010-01-01))[3]

09-12-2005, 16-3-2006
screen a terminal multiplexer screen 4.0.3

 (August 8, 2008; 18 month(s) ago (2008-08-08))

tar Archiver able to creates and handles file archives in various formats tar 1.23

 (March 10, 2010; 7 day(s) ago (2010-03-10))

texinfo documentation system for producing online and printed manuals n/a 4.13a

 (September 22, 2008; 17 month(s) ago (2008-09-22))

time program to determine the duration of execution of a particular command time 1.7 11-7-1996


  1. Stable versions. Note that some distros (e.g. Gentoo) use some development versions in case the stable versions are a bit old.
  2. Note that GRUB does not have a stable version, since the program itself is unstable, although many distros use it as default.
  3. Note that HURD is under active development. Because of that, there is no 'stable' version. The Hurd is distributed through version control systems.


  1. GNU build system ─ contains autoconf and automake
  2. Gnulib ─ portability library designed for use with the GNU build system
  3. GNU Binutils ─ contains the GNU assembler (as) and the GNU linker (ld)
  4. GNU make ─ the Make program for GNU
  5. GNU Compiler Collection ─ optimizing compiler for many programming languages, including C, C++, Fortran, Ada, and Java.
  6. GNU Debugger ─ an advanced debugger (gdb)
  7. GNU C Library (glibc) ─ POSIX compliant C library
  8. GNU pth ─ software threads for POSIX-compatible operating systems.
  9. GNU libtool ─ Shared library support
  10. GNU libmicrohttpd ─ embeddable HTTP server
  11. GNU m4 ─ macro processor
  12. GNU Gettext ─ internationalization library
  13. GNU lightning - just-in-time compilation that generating machine language
  14. DotGNU ─ replacement for Microsoft .NET
  15. GNU Classpath ─ libraries for Java
  16. GNU bisonparser generator intended to replace yacc
  17. GNU Guile ─ embeddable Scheme interpreter
  18. BFD ─ object file library
  19. GNU MDK ─ a development kit for programming in MIX
  20. GNU indent ─ a program to indent C and C++ source code.
  21. GNU FriBidi ─ a library that implements Unicode's Bidirectional Algorithm
  22. MIT/GNU Scheme ─ interpreter, compiler and library for the Scheme programming language developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  23. SmartEiffel ─ the GNU Eiffel compiler
  24. GNU SmalltalkANSI Smalltalk-98 implementation (interpreter and class library).
  25. CLISPANSI Common Lisp implementation (compiler, debugger, and interpreter)
  26. GNU Common Lisp ─ an implementation of Common Lisp
  27. Gawk - GNU awk implementation

Graphical desktop

  1. Dia ─ a vector graphics program for creating diagrams
  2. GIMP ─ the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a bitmap image editor that rivals Photoshop
  3. GTK+ ─ the GIMP Toolkit, contains the GTK+, GDK, and GLib set of libraries (used by the GIMP and GNOME)
  4. GNOME ─ the GNU Network Object Model Environment, the official GNU Desktop
  5. GNUstep ─ implementation of the OpenStep libraries and development tools for graphical applications

Applications and utilities

  1. Bazaar ─ distributed revision control system
  2. GNU arch ─ a distributed revision control system
  3. Gnash ─ player and browser plugin for the Adobe Flash file format
  4. GNU Alexandria ─ package of the GNU system that makes use of GNU Bayonne to provide a means to deliver access to electronic content and services for the blind over the public telephone network
  5. GNU Anubis ─ outgoing mail processor that sits between the MUA (Mail User Agent) and the MTA (Mail Transport Agent)
  6. GNU Aspell ─ spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell
  7. GNU Accounting Utils ─ set of utilities providing statistics on users and processes (last, ac, accton, lastcomm, sa, dump-utmp, dump-acct)
  8. GnuCash ─ the GNU financial accounting application
  9. GNU Emacs ─ the Emacs editor of the GNU operating system
  10. GNUmed ─ the medical practice management software
  11. Gnumeric ─ the GNU spreadsheet program
  12. GNU libextractor ─ metadata extraction library and tool
  13. GNU LilyPond ─ music typesetting application
  14. GNU mailman ─ a computer software application from the GNU project for managing electronic mailing lists
  15. GNU Parted ─ Partitioning program
  16. pexec ─ parallel execution of shell commands (on a single host or on multiple hosts involving SSH)
  17. GNU Privacy GuardPGP encryption replacement
  18. GNU wget ─ advanced file retrieval from networks and the Internet
  19. GNUnet ─ decentralized, peer-to-peer communication network designed to be resistant to censorship
  20. GNU Robots ─ game for computer programmers
  21. GnuTLSTLS replacement protocol
  22. GNU Typist ─ Universal (multi-lingual) typing tutor
  23. GnuzillaInternet suite
  24. GNU Ferret ─ Free Entity Relationship and Reverse Engineering Tool. SQL database designer
  25. Ocrad ─ GNU Optical Character Recognition

Scientific software

  1. GNU Octave ─ a program for numerical computations similar to MATLAB
  2. GSL ─ the GNU Scientific Library
  3. GMParbitrary precision numerical calculation programming library
  4. PSPP ─ A statistical program that rivals SPSS
  5. GNU R - a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics


  1. GNU Miscfiles ─ several data files including standard airport, country, and language codes
  2. GNU Chess
  3. GNU Go
  4. GnowSys ─ a kernel for semantic computing (a distributed agent oriented knowledge base.)
  5. Gnucap ─ the GNU Circuit Analysis Package
  6. Gnu Panorama ─ 3D Framework, ray tracing
  7. Gnu Sovix ─ PHP-based website revision system
  8. Gnu Maverik ─ Virtual Reality microkernel
  9. Gnu Jump ─ Game where the goal is to climb a tower jumping the platforms trying not to fall down
  10. 3DLDF ─ graphics package
  11. GNU Backgammon


  1. ^ Ramey, Chet (2010-01-03). "Bash-4.1 available for FTP". info-gnu mailing list. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  2. ^ Meyering, Jim (2010-01-13). "[coreutils-announce] coreutils-8.4 released [stable]". coreutils-announce mailing list. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  3. ^ Ramey, Chet (2010-01-03). "Readline-6.1 available for FTP". info-gnu mailing list. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

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