The 100 Best Free Software for Students

Welcome to the internet’s biggest list of free software for students , here you’ll find every single program you may need to get through school.

No matter what you study as you’ll see a lot of these programs will be extremely useful for anything school related, they’ll save you tons of times with assignments and when using a computer to improve your performance to get a better grade.

The best part is: as long as you remain a student the entire list is for free!

I’ve compiled this list having in mind all concentrations and areas of studies.  There’s a software useful for pretty much every student out there so you can share it with your buddies and bookmark it. Use the table of contents and check out the details of the section you are interested in.

Note Taking



1. OneNote OS: Mac, Windows
The best note taking software used by students. You can attach pictures, videos, audio files. You can use either a pen or a keyboard to get your notes down. Compatible with phone devices too.
Download  How To Use: Video  Website 
2. LibreOffice OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
A free and open source alternative to Microsoft Office for documents, presentations and spreadsheets.
Download  How To Use: Video  Website
3. Open Office OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
The original replacement for Microsoft Office. The software has now two different versions. Regardless this is the original and still a useful Office Replacement. Includes: A word processor, a spreadsheet, presentation app, drawing app, formula editor and a database management application.
Download  How To Use: Video  Website
4. AbiWord OS: Windows , Linux
If you all need is a word processor, AbiWord is a great replacement to Microsoft Word.
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Read Cube For Reading


5. Adobe Reader OS: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android 
Not much to say here. If for some reason you don’t have it in your computer , it’s time to download it. This is going to be your default reader application in school
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6. ReadCube OS: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android 
You can also view PDF files with it but unlike Adobe, you can annotate , organize and interact with your document in many different and useful ways. Ex: easily export citations, quickly look up the author’s details for other publishing,etc. An excellent tool for going over a document. take notes on it and fully study the subject. 
Download How To Use: Video  Website
7. Skim OS: Mac
This a Mac PDF Viewer where you can also annotate and have a lot of features such as: highlighting, snapshots, crops of your document, exporting your notes to a different file and more. Great for any scientific & research paper you may come across.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
8. WinDjview OS: Windows
There will be a few files, documents that will only come .djvu format and unfortunately good ol’ Adobe or Microsoft Word won’t even be able to get a preview. While there many djvu readers out there they can all be troublesome and painstaking to make them work without hiccups or errors. I found this one the more reliable. For Mac, you can use DjvuLibre.
Download How To Use: Video  Website

Writing Papers

Research Paper Latex

9. Latex OS: Mac, Windows
You ever wondered how come some academic papers you see online or your teacher has handed in look extremely neat and nice despite having complex graphics, writing and equations. They are probably using Latex and you should too. Getting acquianted with it will boost your chances to get extra credit for every class that needs you to hand in reports or research paper. Learn more how to use it from the Latex Project Website.
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10. Jabref  OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Jabref will let you edit your references in Latex format, which by the way, you should give it a try instead of a old school Microsoft office word docs whenever you have to hand in a paper. They look more neat  specially with numerical data and might get you a higher grade!
Download How To Use: Video  Website
11. Lyx OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Once you know what Latex is and the power it has over your research papers (their looks&quality), you can browse around many different word editors that includes Latex. Lyx is one of them with the advantage of being more user friendly for those not quite verse with Latex formatting while being capable of outputting the most complex & sophisticated  equations or diagrams or styles that your paper may need to have. Think about this app whenever you need to hand your thesis or a final paper.
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12. Darkroom OS: Windows
This is another simple software that will let you just write text without any distractions. This time the background is black. your text is white and it’s full screen. Again I would definitely use this whenever I need to get as much words done as possible or take notes from a class without having any distractions whatsoever.
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13. Scribus OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Lastly if you are the ultimate writer or need to publish something for a class project in a professional or ready to sell format: brochures, posters, newspapers or books. This is as far as I am aware the only free available software for that . It supports pretty much all formats of text and images plus it’s available in many platforms. A must have if you write a lot.
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Zotero Software Students

14. Zotero OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, Web
We all know how painful and annoying dealing with citations can be especially after taking days just to finish a paper. This app will organize all the sources you used and give you an easier time when dealing with citation by storing your sources, downloading citations directly from other databases plus you can use the web app to easily collect your sources too. 
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MindNode MindMaps Software Students

15. Vue OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
If you have a subject or a project to difficult to visualize, understand or grasp this is where a mindmap comes in handy. While there are many web based apps for mindmaps, Tufts University has created a nice program you can install on your desktop for you to create, visualize and share your mind-maps.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
16. MindNode OS: Mac
For Mac Users, this is a cleaner , more visually appealing, more simple to use mindmap software which has all the features the above options do including the ability to export your work to any device. 
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Visio Free Software Students

17. Visio OS: Windows
Previously only accessible to those students and professionals with a lot of cash.There is a free Version of Visio for you to create diagrams and flowcharts today.
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18. Lucid Chart OS: Web
The best web based alternative to Microsoft Visio especially if you are not using a Windows machine, you can create any type of diagram with it as well. You can get a free account and start using with no limits on usage time.
  How To Use: Video  Website

Study Groups

Slack Software Students

19. Slack OS: Windows, Mac, iOs, Android
This is a software designed to make organization within a group easy and better. You can chat with other members, manage files, search message history of your members, have video/chat voice within members and cloud storage as well.
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20. BaseCamp OS: Mac, Windows, Web, iOS, Android
Another tool to organize a group project, create to-do lists and many more tools for collaboration within your team. Student version is Free.
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21. Medley OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS
This is a reference & resource management software. It will allow you to organize and save your PDF files, share you contributions on research papers with colleagues and interact with them as well. Everything is backed up with their service and you can access your work from different computers.
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22. EtherPad OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a free open source software that will allow your group members to all edit the same text document on real time, each would have a different text color so you can differentiate who’s writing what. Plus there’s also a chatting feature for your members to communicate.
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23. TeamViewer OS: Mac, Windows, Linux, Mobile, Web, ChromeOS
When you have a group that can’t meet for a project, you can always use teamviewer to share your computer screen, share files, online meetings and remote control each other’s computer if there’s any member that needs a demonstration or needs a specific lesson to understand that involves computer usage.
Download How To Use: Video  Website


Prezi Presentation

24. Prezi OS: Web
If you are a student you can get the free version of Prezi. This is a different way to create presentations since you’ll be able to include more diagrams and new ways to present videos/photos/text, etc. No installation required this is a web based app.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
25. Slideshow Maker OS: Windows
This is part of IceCream Apps bundle, you also get an slideshow maker where you can attach pictures, videos, music and of course great looking text with innovative transitions.
Download How To Use: Video  Website

Screen Recorder

26. Screen Recorder OS:Windows, Mac
Guess what you also get a screen recorder from Icrecream apps and it’s free. You can pretty much record whatever is on your display be it videos, text, animations, skype sessions, webinars, etc, for you to review later.
Download How To Use: Video  Website


anki software flashcards

27. Anki OS: Mac, Windows, Web, iOS, Android
Anki is the best software for flashcards you’ll come across. The design isn’t the best but the method behind it’s superb. In summary, it implements spaced learning which means it will only show you the cards you are having the most hard time remembering. This is a no brainer, a must download to ace any test some memorization or a degree that requires a lot of memorization. 
Download How To Use: Video  Website


File Management & Computer Tools 


28. PDFCreator OS: Windows
As the name suggests, make PDF Files from your word documents. Useful when you want to hand in a paper as neatly as possible.
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29. PanDoc OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
A more complete alternative for a document coverter.  It will allow you to convert from markdown, reStructuredText, textile, HTML, DocBook, LaTeX, MediaWiki markup, TWiki markup, OPML, Emacs Org-Mode, Txt2Tags, Microsoft Word docx, LibreOffice ODT, EPUB, or Haddock markup to pretty much any other file format including PDF files for printing and be ready to hand in. The installation is quite tricky but the video below should help.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
30. PDF Split & Merge
OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
As the name suggests, you can merge or split a PDF file with it. It’s simple, fast and not any more features other than that. You can use it to break down a pdf book into chapters or sections for you to print or simply organize and read with your computer or put together a presentation/research paper you’ve been working on.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
31. ClipX OS: Windows
How many times have you lost text or data from using cut/paste several times consecutively?Yeah we all do. But with ClipX you get to save every “Clip” you have done so you won’t lose any data or text from using cut/paste carelessly or too fast.
Download How To Use: Video  Website


32. Snipping Tool OS: Windows
There will come a few times when you find something really useful and you can’t really save it on your computer. Perhaps a snippet of a book you can’t access, a part of a research paper you can’t save or anything else that may be useful for your classes that doesn’t have a way to save it for later. This tool will let you take screenshots of online websites and be able to give you a full screenshot of that site too.
33. Stuffit Expander OS: Mac, Windows
I know it can be a pain to have winZip and winRAR installed just to deal with your professor’s compressed files or any useful file you come across. Expand it is the easiest software to use and without costing you anything. You have to have at least one app to expand all the compressed files you come across.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
34. 7zip OS: Linux, Windows
If you need more than just uncompress your teacher’s or friend’s files for a class, this one can also compress any heavy files you may want to send to others or save to your computer. Unlike winRar and other compressors this one is completely free.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
35. WinDirStat OS: Windows
This is a great utility to save you some time when you are trying to clean out your computer from all the junk you’ve accumulated during the semester: useful docs, pdfs, games, music and more. If you are running out of capacity it will tell you exactly what’s taking all of your disk space without having to spend hours looking for such files. Mac users can use derlien
Download How To Use: Video  Website
36. Duplicate Finder  OS: Linux, Windows
How many times have you saved the same doc file with “untitled” or the same title: “homework” “due tomorrow”. Stop wasting time looking for all of these files and see which ones to print or which one to use for your class. As the name suggests this software will let you find all duplicate files so you can finally named them properly or delete them if you no longer need them.
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37. USB Reminder OS: Windows

Yes, it will help you remember to remove your USB Driver from the library or any other computer you are using. I can’t count how many USB Drives I would have now If I had used this app. You can choose different modes to remind you to take it out: silent mode, alarm mode or a countdown mode.

Download How To Use: Article 
38. IceCream Apps OS: Mac, Windows
IceCream Apps offer you with many more extremely useful software for your studies than the ones just mentioned. It includes a pdf converter, eBook reader and a PDF document spliter too. These are great alternatives to any software mentioned above with better overall presentation ,interface and design. Just go to their site all the tutorials & links are there.
Download How To Use: Website
39. CloneZilla OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This list wouldn’t be complete without a backing up software. Your computer may malfunction, get stolen, stop working or who knows? You don’t want to lose all of the files you have saved up to now from your pass and current classes right? While there are many backing up programs out there, this one is available in pretty much any operating system or platform. 
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Task Management & Organization


40. ToDoist OS: Mac, Windows, Web
ToDoist is the more popular task management software among students, unlike others this one has a cleaner and more simple interface. It has tons of features that other data management software may not have have and it’s all free.
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41. Trello OS: Web , iOS, Android
Another popular project management software. This one is based on the web, no need to download. Includes a Free & Paid Version.
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42. TreeSheet OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a data organizer only. If you don’t like dealing with spreadsheets but love how they can keep everything neatly and properly structured. TreeSheet will give you all the features from spreadsheets without being one. You can use it for brainstorming, as a calendar, for to-do-lists, brainstorming,organizing your ideas,project management and anything that requires a structure.
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43. TheGuide OS:Windows
Have you seen those help contents that most software have? Have neatly organized the topics and pages are for you to access and get any info? TheGuide is a software that will let you organize your subject or notes the same way in a tree-like structure with nodes.
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44. SeoNotes OS: Windows
My favorite organization & note taking app. This is just like “TheGuide”: you can save your notes in a tree like pattern with nodes/subpages in it. I find this one more colorful , has more features to make your tree view look better(icons,figures)and the editing area is very similar to  word-pad or word. In fact you can save your notes into .doc or .html files too.
Download How To Use: Website
45. ZimWiki  OS: Windows, Linux
You guessed right. This is a wiki software but this time it’s yours. You can create your own wiki of information for your particular major, a research paper or an exam. I use it several times when the topic I need to study is far too broad to fit in a single document. ZimWiki lets me organize everything in neat sections and pages which helps tremendously into gathering more information and understanding the subject better. After all that’s one of the reasons why WikiPedia is so popular right?
Download How To Use: Video  Website



46. KeePass OS: Mac, Windows

This software will allow you to manage all of your passwords with a single password. Save your time and stop trying to remember or checking your email over and over for a forgotten password. 

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47. Password Safe OS: Mac, Windows
 Another useful tool for those with a hundred of accounts all over the web. This is a software that will keep your username/passwords within a secure,encrypted and ultra-locked list which you can only access with a master password that you know.
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Time Management


51. Cold Turkey OS: Mac, Windows
No this is not a food app. This is for you to stop procrastinating by checking your favorite websites every five seconds while you are trying to finish an essay. Cold turkey will block every site that’s stopping from finishing that assignment before it’s too late to go to bed.
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52. Rachota OS: Mac, Windows
This is not just a free timer you can download from google. Rachota will let you create different tasks, time them and display them in diagram form. It will give you a report and analysis of how you spend your time with hints on how to improve next time.
Download How To Use: Website
53. AutoHotKey              OS: Windows 
This is somewhat a bit complicated to master but if you follow the tutorials carefully you’ll learn it fast. With this one you can make key shortcuts of what you want to do with your PC and save tons of time without going to menus and looking for specific files,etc. However, I personally found the macros useful to replace any keys that stopped working in the middle of writing an important paper when I didn’t have the time nor the money to buy another one right away. 
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54. Redshift OS: Linux, Windows
A very useful and well designed app that will adjust your screen’s display settings according to where the sun is. Once installed, when you start using your computer during the morning it will slowly adapt the display to adjust itself (automatically) according to the time of the day or the position of the sun. This will both make using your computer easy on your eyes and help you sleep better at night as well. Installation is not easy on windows and has limitations.
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55. f.lux OS: Windows, OSX
A great alternative to RedShift, although not as sophisticated, it will adapt your display depending on the time of the day to be both safe for your eyes and allow you to sleep. During the night your screen will adapt according to your indoor lights and during the day it will look just like the Sun
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Email and Browsers

thunderbird email feature

56. Thunderbird OS: Mac, Windows
Although, it has a lot of different features than just for email. Thunderbird’s email management feature is far more useful for students who just can’t seem to get used to their school’s  given email address or have multiple addresses to manage. Download this app and see for yourself all the things you can do to make email management easier and faster. A great alternative to Microsoft Outlook.
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57. Firefox or Chrome  OS: Mac, Windows
Internet explorer can be a pain to use sometimes. If you can’t deal with your system’s default browser, your choice will come down to Fire Fox or Google Chrome. I recommend using Firefox for those with limited computing power and Google Chrome for those dealing with google apps & have more computer resources to deal with the power it requires.
Download: FireFox  Chrome
58. Tor Browser OS: Mac, Windows
Useful if you want to browse the internet and keep all of your personal data safe: your location, your history, your activities. It will also enable you to access sites that have blocked or banned you for whatever reason. You can use it from your flash drive and run it from any computer.


59. Spotify OS: Mac, Windows
It’s very unlikely you are not aware of spotify yet. For those who’ve been frozen in a cave, you get access to pretty much all the music you want. There’s a free version (with adds) but the premium one isn’t that expensive. 
Download How To Use: Video  Website

Photos & Images

Inkscape free software student


60. Inkscape OS: Mac, Windows

You don’t have to settle for Microsoft paint if you aren’t an avid Photoshop editor. This is a great alternative to good ol’ paint, a lot more features without going too complicated with Photoshop.

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61. OS: Mac, Windows

Another great alternative to Photoshop if you don’t want to apply the most complex special effects. This one has a better usability than other alternatives.

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62. Gimp OS: Mac, Windows
More than just a regular editor and the closest you’ll get to PhotoShop. This is more ideal for students looking forward being professionals with image editing.
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63. OS: Web
This is more of a diagram creator rather than a editor. You can make flowcharts, org charts, network diagrams or any type of drawing representation you may need for a class. There’s no download, this is an online software.
Website How To Use: Video 
64. Jet Screenshot OS: Mac, Windows
You ever come across something interesting for your projects, research or simply landed good content? Take a quick screenshot of it with this app and get a link you can later use to send it to your friends or just yourself.
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65. Google Photo OS: Web
This is google’s free photo management software. It’s available for pretty much all devices online. The cool thing is you have unlimited storage for your photos and images, you can store videos too. Surprisingly it recognizes the content of your photos, so if you end up with several and are looking for a particular one, try and type an object or something that was taken with the Photo.
Website How To Use: Video 
66. Google Nik OS: Mac, Windows
For the advanced photographers and students dealing with image editing classes. You should be aware that Google has made their desktop plugins “Google’s Nik Collection” free. These features will allow you to do even more advanced editing with Photoshop, Light Room or Apple aperture. It’s not easy to use at all but the fact that it’s free, it should already be downloaded to your PC as we speak.
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67. Irfanview  OS: Windows
The most simple, popular and fast image viewer. It supports a lot of different formats and much user friendly for beginners. Don’t settle for Windows viewer or Apple’s default , try this one.
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Video Editing

OpenShot Interface Software Students

68. OpenShot OS: Mac, Windows
A non linear video editor which is free with tons of features for the soon to be professionals out there. A great place to start rather than using Windows Movie Maker. It’s able to handle a lot of different formats for audio, video and images. Despite being free it still has the usual effects of most video editors: copy,paste,fade,animate,rotate,slow it down,trim or cut,etc.
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69. Kdenlive OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is another free open source video editor. It has all the effects you would expect from a video editor plus the ability to support most video formats and import your final work to different devices as well.
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70. Lightworks OS: Mac, Windows
One of the most powerful video editors out there.Surprisingly it is free for students and has actually been used to develop several films you know of:  Pulp Fiction, King’s Speech, Hugo, Heat and more. 
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Audio & Music Composition

Audio Editor Ardour

71. Audacity OS: Mac, Windows
If you are a student in the media department dealing with audio, a music major or simply interested in audio editing, this is the best free alternative you have today. You can do all the usual stuff as with other editors: record, convert, edit,etc.
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72. Ardour OS: Mac, Windows
Ardour is one of the only free Audio Editing software aimed for professionals. Useful if you are a student in music production or have an interest in mixing, recording and creating your very own tracks. However it may take some time learning how to use it and you’ll have a more difficult time if you aren’t a music major.
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73. MuseCore OS: Mac, Windows
Music majors or musicians low on cash can create compose and share their work in musical notation with MuseCore . It will offer you the full functionality of a paid Musical notation editor minus the extra useless features for free.

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74. MediaInfo OS: Mac, Windows
If all you need is a way to get all the technical data from a video or audio file you’ve come across perhaps for references for a research paper or simply to pick the best ones for editing later, Media Info will display ALL the relevant technical data and relevant data you may need.
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75. FreeRip OS: Mac, Windows
This short list can’t be complete without a free converter. You can export all of your old CDs, favorite tracks in it to MP3 from either book CDs or your favorite collection.
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Media Player & BroadCasting

Open Broadcasting Software (2)

76. VLC Media Player OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
Don’t be stuck with Windows Media Player or QuickTime. VLC is a free great and better alternative to play any video from disk , your PC or to stream it online. The interface is more user friendly plus it supports nearly every video format out there. 
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77. Open Broadcasting Software OS: Mac, Windows
Free open source software if you ever need to record a video from a lecture or need to stream a live video for a group project. 
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78. XviD OS: Linux, Windows
If you ever encounter a video for your projects & assignments that you can’t play (history references, engineering demonstrations or tutorials, etc) or you can’t manage to get your textbook’s CDs video files to play. XviD may help you watch it as it supports a wide variety of formats, if not all of them.
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Virtual Clone Drive


79. Virtual Clone Drive OS: Windows
Have you found yourself using the DVD-CD Reader from your computer over and over? If you have any class that requires you to go over the TextBook’s CD or DVD for reviewing , homework or anything else. You can always copy the entire content into an “image file” and save it on your computer so you never have to waste time with the CD or DVD Reader. Alternatively if your computer doesn’t have a CD/DVD Reader this can be a good way to get it working on yours.

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 Web Design

NVU Free Software Students

80. NVUE OS: Mac, Windows
If you ever need to put up a website online for any project, group study or research purposes. NVUE will let you create your very own without you having to know anything about programming or web design. This is a visual editor where you just drag and drop elements & figures to whatever you want your site to look like.
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3D Design & Animation

Blender Software Students

81. AutoDesk OS: Mac, Windows
 If you are a student dealing with 3D modeling and design, there is quite a lot of high quality free software available for you. Check AutoCad’s website for what you can use. Depending on your school’s affiliation to AutoDesk you may be able to get even more free software for your studies without having to pay thousands of dollars. There are tons of tutorials if you look through google or youtube on how to learn each of them.
Download How To Use:Website
82. Blender OS: Mac, Windows
The only open source and entirely free 3D Creation suite. You can do pretty much anything related to 3D work: modeling, animation, simulation, rendering,rigging, motion tracking, video editing and game development.  If you are a student dealing with animation this is a must have, 3D Designers such as architects and engineers might want to give it a try too.
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83. Scratch OS: Web
This is a web based software where you can use to create animations, games, simulations, visualizations for your projects. experiments, presentations which could be for a math or science project or any class that might benefit from a visual presentation. Just think of making an animated story for your presentation in history class. That would definitely get you an A! The best part is there’s no need for any programming experience, anyone can use it.
Website How To Use: Video  
84. Pencil2D OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is an easy animation and drawing software for hand-drawn animation. It is aimed for all artists no matter their level or expertise. It’s free , simple and a great way to get started if you have to animate an idea you may have.
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SageMath Open Source Free Software Students

85. SageMath OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
SageMath is a collection of free open source software rolled into one. If you are math student or in love with mathematics, this app will give you tools for algebra, probability, numerical analysis, calculus, graphic representations (it includes the R software) and more.
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86. Octave OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
This is a great alternative to good ol’ Matlab if you are a student in the STEM field, you can do the same level of programming, numerical computations, equation solving methods as you would with MatLab.
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87. Microsoft Math OS: Mac, Windows
This is an add-on for Microsoft OneNote to make dealing with anything math related easy. You can plot in 2D, 3D, present equations properly, solve some equations and overall express your mathematical part of your paper neatly.
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Data & Statistics

88. R OS: Mac, Windows, Linux
The best free statistical software there is. If you have any data or graph to work with, especially during statistics class or any other class that requires you to rely on graphical interpretation, R will provide you with everything you need.
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89. Notepad++ OS: Mac, Windows
This is a free source code editor that will support pretty much any language you come across in school. It’s simple, faster, less power demanding and more user friendly than other free choices out there.
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90. Zeal OS: Mac, Windows
Stop wasting time and being dependent on internet connections to check how your code is going or what to do next. This app will allow you to check the most popular documentation out there for your projects & programming languages. 
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91. SoapUI OS: Mac, Windows
REST and SOAP Testing Tool
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92. Visual Studio OS: Mac, Windows
Yes, Visual Studio has a free version for students: Visual Studio Community. You can o develop apps for the web, android, iOS, windows devices, access to several programming languages and more. The entire programming package coming from Windows for Free.
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93. Virtual Box OS: Mac, Windows, Linux

Although VMWare is a paid software, the company offers many freeapps & tools you may find useful  for virtualization.  Virtual Box on the other hand gives you a full virtualization software for free.

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94. Jet Brains OS: Mac, Windows
JetBrains has an amazing range of programming IDEs and tools: IntelliJ IDEA for Java; CLion for C/C++; RubyMine for Ruby and Rails; DataGrip for databases and SQL code; PhpStorm for Web & PHP; PyCharm for Python & Django; WebStorm for JavaScript and so on. As long as you are a student they are all free. You can find tons of tutorials for each programming language and tools right on their site as well as you tube.
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GNU CASH Free Software Students

95. GNU Cash OS: Mac, Windows
The best accounting and money management software there is. It’s Free and easy to use. It will allow you to see where your money is going and how much income you have to spare. Everything money related will be tracked by its software. As a student on a budget you should always have such information well organized and within quick reach.
Download How To Use: Video  Website

Antivirus & Security

Avira Antivirus

96. ZoneAlarm OS: Mac, Windows
ZoneAlarm is a commercial antivirus software. However it has a pretty cool free firewall you can use to protect your personal data and prevent hackers from accessing your computer.
Download How To Use: Video 


97. Malware Bytes OS: Mac, Windows
The Free version of Malware Bytes will keep your computer safe from malware and spyware It will automatically remove any worms,Trojans,bots,spyware hidden within your system.
Download How To Use: Video  Website
98. Avira OS: Mac, Windows
A free antivirus to protect you from virus, adware, Trojans and all the junk that web browsing for your studies will bring to your poor computer. Unlike the antiviruses you are most aware of, this one will not bother your work and will automatically update and run in the background
Download How To Use: Video  Website
99. Panda USB Vaccine OS: Mac, Windows
Leaving all technical jargon aside, this software will keep your computer & flash drives free from malware. 
Download  How To Use: Video  Website
100. Eraser  OS: Mac, Windows
If you ever put sensitive data or data you wish known to completely erase from this world without hackers not even being able to recover (your credit card, your diary, etc). You can use Eraser, it will overwrite your data several times to make sure it’s unrecoverable by abyone. It’s supported in all versions of Windows.
Download How To Use: Video  Website


18 thoughts on “The 100 Best Free Software for Students

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  • August 26, 2017 at 12:52 am

    So I tried to “unlock” the content by sharing it on G+ but it’s still locked. Thanks! 🙁

    • August 26, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      I fixed it. Thank you so much for letting me know. I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

      • August 27, 2017 at 12:11 am

        Thanks for following up. Still locked for me. Do I have to share again to access?

        • August 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm

          Nope. Still can’t get in.

          • August 27, 2017 at 10:38 pm

            i can unlock it from other computers, clear your cookies or cache that must be the problem if not use facebook or twitter. If that doesnt work, I’ll send you the entire list to your email. Let me know. But it does work as you can see some ppl have shared it with google plus already.

          • November 5, 2017 at 5:33 am

            Nope. Locked & stays locked, G+ & Facebook.

  • August 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Looks like ReadCube is only a free 30-day trial

    • August 26, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      Weird. I made sure they were all free. The only thing that’s missing from this list is a compatibility check from number 55 to 100 I believe. It’s probably free if you used older versions or was free before for students.

  • August 31, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Thanks! But it is still locked after sharing.

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  • November 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Liked on G+…. still locked. Followed your comments in thread but to no avail.

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  • January 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I shared on google and still cannot access the 100 sites you provide.

  • March 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    it misses Workflowy, Simplenote, Google Drive, Google Photos,, Telegram and Avast

  • April 11, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I want to say that the antivirus perfectly protects the computer. Personally, I have been using antivirus software for a long time. I like that I can download the antivirus absolutely free of charge, here

  • August 21, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Computer science student come here and start learning programming FREE

  • October 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

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