10 Best Websites to Find Free, Alternative and Open Source Software

In our day to day life we use many windows software applications that makes our life easier. These applications perform tasks that if done manually can lead us to a lot of inconvenience. But not all windows applications are free to use, they may provide demo or trial versions that falls behind our expectations.

The best way to overcome this situation is to use free alternatives to paid applications. Here is a list of few websites that can help you find and download such free applications at one place.


You can get new and recently updated software. It also provides software tracking which tells usage data of current software. You can create a free account with this site to see members using new applications.


Provides list of all portable applications well categorized. But there is no category showing the recent updates or most downloaded applications.

OS Living

Contains list of Open Source applications for several categories and many operating systems with user reviews.


It provides Open Source applications as alternative to the popular paid software. Each application is rated by users that helps in deciding its helpfulness.


Contains alternatives to paid applications for every operating system. It provides well defined search to get the exact application you need. Added user reviews and ratings add up convenience.


Consists of most recent software releases for windows. It is well categorized and provides detailed information about the application you are about to download. It also provides older versions of the application to be downloaded.


Provides old versions for most resent and popular applications. This site is useful if you are facing trouble with the recent software version.


It is a vast collection of newly updated and released applications for all operating systems. It provides free as well as trial version software each with full review, screenshots and ratings.


Collection of all open source applications and projects, consists of user reviews and download source code for applications.


It is among one of the most popular sites giving latest information, reviews and software download for various categories and operating systems.

All the websites above are good enough to keep you updated with the latest freeware releases but for convenience in downloading Windows applications I will prefer FileHippo, Softpedia and Softonic. FileHippo can also be used to find old versions of the software easily.

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jaganmangat - July 29, 2010

filehippo is nice…….!!!

James Wu - August 9, 2010

Nice list. Osalt and OSLiving are my favourites for casual browsing. Sourceforge is where I go for the bleeding edge.

OSLiving - August 9, 2010

Many thanks for mentioning osliving.com, I appreciate the support. Alternative To is very cool.

    OSLiving - August 9, 2010

    Forgot to mention one other thing. I really like your floating ajax social bookmark bar. Can I ask whether you’re using a WP plugin for that, and if so which one? Thanks.


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