The 10 Most Downloaded Open Source Apps Of All Time!

The 10 Most Downloaded Open Source Apps Of All Time!

Everyone loves open source software. After all… its free! Many times I’ve heard the question, “what is the most popular open source application of all time?” So, I decided to find out.

So, I used metrics gathered from to compile this list. I think the results show some interesting things about computer users the world over. Here they are along with the total number of downloads for each one. NOTE: this list does not include open source projects outside of SourceForge. Enjoy.

1. eMule520,970,337 downloads: The most popular open source download of all time is a peer-to-peer file sharing client. What does this tell you?

2. Vuze (formerly Azureus) 489,705,154 downloads: The second most popular open source download of all time is a Java-based BitTorrent client. Wow!

3. Ares Galaxy217,874,303 downloads: The third most popular open source download of all time is also a peer-to-peer file sharing client. Hmmm… I’m starting to see a pattern here.

4. 7-Zip86,568,760 downloads: Good ol’ 7-zip has been archiving files since 2000 and continues to be high on the list.

5. FileZilla78,252,037 downloads: The world’s most common FTP client rounds out the top 5.

6. GIMP for Windows (with GTK+)69,140,671 downloads: This free image editor (and alternative to Adobe Photoshop) is number six on the list. This is a little bit surprising actually.

7. Audacity67,176,645 downloads: The iconic cross-platform digital audio recorder and editor comes in at number 7 on the all-time top 10 list.

8. PortableApps63,566,590 downloads: the number 8 spot on the list is held by an application that allows you to take other open source applications with you, and run them off a USB flash drive. I guess that makes sense.

9. DC++57,183,915 downloads: Yet another peer-to-peer file sharing client makes it into the top 10. I can’t decide if this is alarming or amusing?

10. Smart package of Microsoft core fonts55,374,584 downloads: I’m surprised to see this one in the top 10. This ingenious little app allows Linux-based systems to utilize Microsoft’s core fonts. This is a cool little application, and evidently, it is much more popular than I had imagined.

So, to recap… four out of the top ten are file sharing applications, one is specifically for Linux, two are cross-platform, and the rest are Windows only. I think this is a great metaphor for the world’s base of computer users.

You gotta love that… and you gotta love open source. 😉

About the Author

avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.