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      1 Stuff that rocks
      2 ================
      3 Software on this page should have ideas similar to the suckless
      4 [philosophy](//suckless.org/philosophy/). The software must be FOSS licensed.
      5 
      6 Libraries
      7 ---------
      8 This section is for small, usable development libraries, which can be used for
      9 writing software that sucks less. These should preferably be under the MIT/X
     10 consortium or BSD licenses, WTFPL, or public domain, or alternatively LGPL,
     11 because it makes them legally compatible with other suckless projects.
     12 
     13 ### Libc Implementations
     14 
     15 * [musl](https://musl.libc.org/) - standard C library that attempts to be even smaller than uClibc.
     16   See also: [embedded libc comparison](https://www.etalabs.net/compare_libcs.html)
     17 * [uClibc](https://uclibc.org/) - strives to be a minimalist C library suitable for embedded computing.
     18 
     19 ### Compilers
     20 
     21 * [cproc](https://git.sr.ht/~mcf/cproc) - frontend for C11 for QBE.
     22 * [lacc](https://github.com/larmel/lacc) - A simple, self-hosting C compiler.
     23 * [qbe](https://c9x.me/compile/) - compiler backend targetting ARM and x86-64.
     24 * [scc](https://www.simple-cc.org/) - Simple C Compiler.
     25 * [tcc](https://bellard.org/tcc/) - Tiny C Compiler [git repo](https://repo.or.cz/w/tinycc.git)
     26 
     27 ### Compression
     28 
     29 * [liblzf](http://oldhome.schmorp.de/marc/liblzf.html) - very fast, legally unencumbered compression library.
     30 * [libz](https://sortix.org/libz/) - ABI and API compatible zlib fork with focus on correctness, proper portability, auditability, simplification and opportunities to optimize ([zlib license](https://zlib.net/zlib_license.html)).
     31 * [Lzip](http://lzip.nongnu.org) - Properly designed data compressor outperforming gzip and bzip2 (GPLv2+).
     32 * [miniz](https://github.com/richgel999/miniz) - single C-file reimplementation of zlib (MIT License).
     33 * [xz embedded](https://tukaani.org/xz/embedded.html) - lightweight decompressor for the xz LZMA compressor (public domain).
     34 * [zlib](https://zlib.net/) - the "standard" compression/decompression library, quite small, used in many applications ([zlib license](https://zlib.net/zlib_license.html)).
     35 
     36 ### GUI
     37 
     38 * [Nuklear](https://github.com/Immediate-Mode-UI/Nuklear) - A single-header ANSI C immediate mode cross-platform GUI library.
     39 
     40 ### Cryptography
     41 
     42 * [LibreSSL](https://www.libressl.org/) - LibreSSL is a version of the TLS/crypto stack forked from OpenSSL in 2014.
     43 
     44 ### Miscellaneous
     45 
     46 * [baresip](https://github.com/alfredh/baresip) - barebone SIP stack (BSD licence).
     47 * [ccv](http://libccv.org/) - C-based/Cached/Core Computer Vision Library, A Modern Computer Vision Library.
     48 * [libev](http://software.schmorp.de/pkg/libev.html) - high performance event-loop modelled after libevent but much smaller (dual licensed under 2-clause BSD and GPL).
     49 * [mandoc](http://mandoc.bsd.lv/) - The mandoc UNIX manpage compiler toolset.
     50 * [pjsip](http://www.pjsip.org/) - open-source SIP stack (GPL).
     51 * [raycastlib](https://gitlab.com/drummyfish/raycastlib) - Single-header public domain C raycasting renderer with no dependencies, using only integer math.
     52 * [sdhcp](https://git.2f30.org/sdhcp/) - IPv4 DHCP client.
     53 * [TinyGL](https://github.com/C-Chads/tinygl) - free software-only subset of OpenGL 1.1 implemented in C
     54 * [small3dlib](https://gitlab.com/drummyfish/small3dlib) - Single-header public domain C software 3D renderer with no dependencies, using only integer math.
     55 * [termbox](https://github.com/termbox/termbox) - simple ncurses-like library for creating TUIs.
     56 
     57 ### Distros
     58 
     59 * [morpheus](https://morpheus.2f30.org/) - A statically linked musl-based Linux distro. Unmaintained currently.
     60 * [oasis](https://github.com/oasislinux/oasis) - A statically linked small Linux system.
     61 * [sxmo](https://sxmo.org/): simple X Mobile, Sxmo is a minimalist environment
     62   for Linux mobile devices, such as the pinephone.
     63 
     64 
     65 Programs
     66 --------
     67 
     68 Some programs work well with dwm. Some general rule of thumb for judging if a
     69 program is usable are:
     70 
     71 * The program will accept any window size.
     72 * The program consists of a single window (there are no nested windows, such as in Xpdf).
     73 
     74 This covers most console-based programs and programs from
     75 [plan9port](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/).
     76 
     77 ### Audio Players
     78 
     79 * [C\* Music Player](https://cmus.github.io/) - aka cmus, an ncurses music player that can be controlled with a UNIX socket.
     80 * [moc](https://moc.daper.net/) - console audio player for Linux/UNIX.
     81 * [mpd](https://www.musicpd.org/) - A client/server based music player with console and graphical front-ends.
     82 * [mpg123](http://www.mpg123.de/) - A console MPG player which doesn't use auto\*hell or extra libraries.
     83 * [mpg321](http://mpg321.sourceforge.net) - A command-line MP3 player.
     84 * [mus](https://sr.ht/~q3cpma/mus/) - Modular daemon/client CLI player consuming a plaintext album directory queue
     85 * [vorbis-tools](https://www.xiph.org/) (Ogg/FLAC) - Command-line tools to play Ogg and FLAC files.
     86 
     87 ### BitTorrent clients
     88 
     89 * [btpd](https://github.com/btpd/btpd) - The BitTorrent Protocol Daemon.
     90 
     91 ### Feed aggregators / newsreaders
     92 
     93 * [sfeed](https://codemadness.org/sfeed.html) - RSS and Atom parser, CLI programs and [sfeed_curses UI](https://codemadness.org/sfeed_curses.html).
     94 * [snownews](https://github.com/kouya/snownews/) - Text mode RSS newsreader for Linux and Unix.
     95 * [zs](http://r-36.net/scm/zs/) - Zeitungsschau RSS to email converter.
     96 
     97 ### File managers
     98 
     99 * [lf](https://github.com/gokcehan/lf) - ranger-like file manager written in Go (WIP but usable).
    100 * [mc](https://midnight-commander.org/) - Midnight Commander is a free cross-platform orthodox file manager.
    101 * [nnn](https://github.com/jarun/nnn) - Nnn's Not Noice, a fork of noice with more features.
    102 * [noice](https://git.2f30.org/noice/) - Small and portable file browser.
    103 * [ranger](https://ranger.github.io/) - ranger is a file manager with vi key bindings written in python but with an interface that rocks.
    104 * [rover](https://lecram.github.io/p/rover/) - Simple file browser for the terminal.
    105 * [sfm](https://github.com/afify/sfm/) - sfm is a simple file manager for unix-like systems.
    106 
    107 ### Git
    108 
    109 * [stagit](https://git.codemadness.org/stagit/) - static git page generator (HTML).
    110 * [stagit-gopher](https://git.codemadness.org/stagit-gopher/) - static git page generator for gopher (geomyidae .gph pages).
    111 
    112 ### Gopher clients
    113 
    114 * [Lynx](https://lynx.invisible-island.net/) - text-mode web browser, supports the Gopher protocol.
    115 * [sacc](gopher://bitreich.org/1/releases/sacc) - terminal gopher client by [quinq](//suckless.org/people/quinq/).
    116 
    117 ### IRC clients
    118 
    119 * [catgirl](https://git.causal.agency/catgirl) - is a TLS-only terminal IRC client.
    120 * [hii](https://github.com/nmeum/hii) - A file-based IRC client, inspired by ii, with a focus on easing [frontend development](https://github.com/nmeum/insomnia)
    121 * [ii](//tools.suckless.org/ii/) - A FIFO based IRC client which is part of the suckless.org project.
    122 * [irc.c from mpu](https://c9x.me/irc/) - A minimal curses IRC client.
    123 * [Irc](https://swtch.com/irc/) - IRC client for ACME.
    124 * [ircrc](http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sources/contrib/fgb/rc/ircrc) - An rc-based IRC client similar to ircc. Needs minor modification to run on UNIX.
    125 * [irssi](https://irssi.org/) - Text-mode IRC client.
    126 * [jj](https://github.com/aaronNGi/jj) - A rework of ii that offloads all the IRC protocol parsing to an awk script, permitting triggers.
    127 * [kirc](https://github.com/mcpcpc/kirc) - A tiny IRC client written in POSIX C99.
    128 * [quIRC](https://github.com/ec429/quIRC) - a lightweight console IRC client.
    129 * [sic](//tools.suckless.org/sic/) - Another suckless.org IRC client. Similar to ircc.
    130 
    131 ### Image viewers
    132 
    133 * [feh](https://feh.finalrewind.org/) - A highly customizable image viewer that can also set a desktop background image.
    134 * [imv](https://github.com/exec64/imv) - Simple X11/Wayland Image Viewer. Depends on SDL2 and FreeImage.
    135 * [jpg/gif/bmp/png](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/) - Simple programs from Plan 9 to display images in no-frills windows. Included with [plan9port](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/).
    136 * [lel](https://git.codemadness.org/lel/file/README.html) - Farbfeld image viewer.
    137 * [meh](https://www.johnhawthorn.com/meh/) - image viewer using raw XLib, libjpeg, libpng and libgif.
    138 * [page](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/man/man1/page.html) - Plan 9's image/document viewer program. Included with [plan9port](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/).
    139 * [qiv](https://spiegl.de/qiv/) - Quick Image Viewer.
    140 * [sxiv](https://github.com/muennich/sxiv) - Simple (or small or suckless) X Image Viewer. Depends on xlib and imlib2. Unmaintained currently.
    141 * [nsxiv](https://github.com/nsxiv/nsxiv) - Neo Simple X Image Viewer, a fork of now unmaintained sxiv. Depends on xlib and imlib2.
    142 * [xli](http://web.aanet.com.au/gwg/xli.html)
    143 * [xwallpaper](https://github.com/stoeckmann/xwallpaper) - Minimalistic wallpaper utility
    144 * [xzgv](http://sourceforge.net/projects/xzgv/)
    145 
    146 ### Instant-Messaging clients
    147 
    148 * [bitlbee](https://www.bitlbee.org/main.php/news.r.html) - A program to translate IM protocols to IRC.
    149 * [CenterIM](https://www.centerim.org/index.php/Main_Page) - A centericq fork.
    150 * [irssi-xmpp](http://cybione.org/~irssi-xmpp/) - An irssi plugin to connect to the Jabber network.
    151 * [mcabber](http://mcabber.com/) - A console jabber client.
    152 * [profanity](https://profanity-im.github.io/) - A console XMPP client written in C. OMEMO/GPG/OTR supported.
    153 * [ysm](http://ysmv7.sourceforge.net/) - A console-based ICQ client.
    154 
    155 ### Mail clients
    156 
    157 * [aerc](https://git.sr.ht/~sircmpwn/aerc) - email client for your terminal.
    158 * [fdm](https://github.com/nicm/fdm) - fetch and deliver mail.
    159 * [heirloom-mailx](http://heirloom.sourceforge.net/mailx.html) - A mail client based on the original Berkeley Mail 8.1 with many new features.
    160 * [isync](http://isync.sourceforge.net/) - MDA that can work better for IMAP, also known as mbsync.
    161 * [mblaze](https://github.com/chneukirchen/mblaze) - UNIX utilities to deal with Maildir.
    162 * [mmh](http://marmaro.de/prog/mmh/) - Meillo's mail handler (mmh), a fork of nmh.
    163 * [mpop](https://marlam.de/mpop/) - a POP3 mail client. It is much [faster and simpler than fetchmail](https://marlam.de/mpop/documentation).
    164 * [mutt](http://www.mutt.org/) - A ncurses mail client for fetching, reading and sending email.
    165 * [nmh](http://www.nongnu.org/nmh/) - Message Handling System.
    166 * [plan9port/Mail](https://9fans.github.io/usr/local/plan9/mail/) - A mail client for acme. Included with [plan9port](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/).
    167 * [s-nail](https://www.sdaoden.eu/code.html) - An improved heirloom-mailx.
    168 
    169 ### Media players
    170 
    171 * [ffplay](https://www.ffmpeg.org/ffplay.html) - FFplay is a very simple and portable media player. It came with ffmpeg which depends on mplayer.
    172 * [mplayer](http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/news.html)
    173 * [mpv](https://mpv.io/) - a free, open-source and cross-platform media player.
    174 
    175 ### Notifications
    176 * [herbe](https://github.com/dudik/herbe) - Daemon-less notifications without D-Bus. Minimal, lightweight & written in C. You can use [tiramisu](https://github.com/Sweets/tiramisu) to call herbe.
    177 * [tiramisu](https://github.com/Sweets/tiramisu) - Tiramisu is a notification daemon based on dunst that outputs notifications to STDOUT in order to allow the user to process notifications any way they prefer, like in your dwm statusbar for example.
    178 
    179 ### Password managers
    180 
    181 * [oathtool](https://www.nongnu.org/oath-toolkit/oathtool.1.html) - Open AuTHentication (OATH) one-time password tool.
    182 * [pinentry-dmenu](https://github.com/ritze/pinentry-dmenu) - pinentry-dmenu is a pinentry program with the charm of dmenu. It is a nice interface to [pass](https://www.passwordstore.org/)
    183 * [pass](https://www.passwordstore.org/) - "The standard UNIX password manager".
    184 * [spm](https://notabug.org/kl3/spm/) - Simple password manager (actively maintained fork of nmeum's tpm).
    185 * [tpm](https://github.com/nmeum/tpm/) - Tiny password manager.
    186 
    187 ### PDF viewers
    188 
    189 * [mupdf](https://mupdf.com/) - a lightweight PDF viewer written in C. It supports PDF, XPS, EPUB, XHTML, CBZ, PNG, JPEG, GIF and TIFF.
    190 * [zathura](https://pwmt.org/projects/zathura/) - an extensible document viewer/shell which can support CBZ, DJVU, PS, EPUB (with mupdf) and PDF (with mupdf or poppler).
    191 
    192 ### Shells
    193 
    194 * [dash](http://gondor.apana.org.au/~herbert/dash/) - DASH is a POSIX-compliant implementation of /bin/sh that aims to be as small as possible.
    195 * [mksh](https://www.mirbsd.org/mksh.htm) - MirBSD Korn Shell, an actively developed free implementation of the Korn Shell programming language
    196   and a successor to the Public Domain Korn Shell (pdksh).
    197 * [oksh](https://github.com/ibara/oksh) - Portable OpenBSD ksh.
    198 
    199 ### Text editors
    200 
    201 * [acme](http://acme.cat-v.org) - Rob Pike's framing text editor for Plan 9. Included in [plan9port](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/).
    202 * [ed](https://9fans.github.io/plan9port/man/man1/ed.html) - [ED IS THE STANDARD TEXT EDITOR!](https://www.gnu.org/fun/jokes/ed-msg.html)
    203 * [ired](http://www.radare.org/r/) - A minimalist hexadecimal editor and bindiffer for p9, w32 and \*nix.
    204 * [mg](https://homepage.boetes.org/software/mg/) - A portable version of mg maintained by the OpenBSD team.
    205 * [mle](https://github.com/adsr/mle) - A small, flexible console text editor.
    206 * [nano](https://www.nano-editor.org/) - A pico clone - this is small simple code and easy to use.
    207 * [nvi](https://sites.google.com/a/bostic.com/keithbostic/vi) - A small, multiple file vi-alike.
    208 * [micro](https://micro-editor.github.io/) - A terminal text editor, written in go with common key bindings like ctrl-c to copy and ctrl-v to paste.
    209 * [sam](http://sam.cat-v.org/) - An editor by Rob Pike with inspiration from ed.
    210 * [sim](https://sim.ssnf.xyz/) - The sim text editor. Based on vim and sam.
    211 * [traditional vi](http://ex-vi.sourceforge.net/) - A fixed version of the original vi.
    212 * [vim](https://www.vim.org) (With the GUI, use `:set go+=c` to kill popup dialogs). It can be compiled to be as minimal as possible (see vim-tiny in Debian repos).
    213 * [vis](https://github.com/martanne/vis) - A modern, legacy free, simple yet efficient vim-like editor.
    214 * [wily](http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~oz/wily/) - An acme clone for POSIX.
    215 
    216 ### Text processing
    217 
    218 * [json2tsv](https://codemadness.org/json2tsv.html) - a JSON to TAB-Separated Value (TSV) converter and stand-alone JSON parser code.
    219 
    220 ### Utilities / miscellaneous
    221 
    222 * [abduco](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/abduco/) - session {at,de}tach support.
    223 * [dvtm](http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/) - dynamic virtual terminal manager.
    224 * [entr](http://entrproject.org/) - Run arbitrary commands when files change.
    225 * [mrandr](https://gitlab.com/mhdy/mrandr) - Simple and lightweight monitor (display) profile manager written in POSIX shell.
    226 * [mtm](https://github.com/deadpixi/mtm) - Micro Terminal Multiplexer.
    227 * [nq](https://github.com/chneukirchen/nq) - UNIX command line queue utility.
    228 * [pv](https://www.ivarch.com/programs/pv.shtml) - tool for monitoring the progress of data through a pipeline.
    229 * [snore](https://github.com/clamiax/snore) - Sleep with feedback.
    230 * [yt-dlp](https://github.com/yt-dlp/yt-dlp) - youtube-dl fork, download videos from youtube.com or other video platforms.
    231 * [zbar](http://zbar.sourceforge.net/) - software suite for reading bar codes from various sources, such as video streams, image files.
    232 
    233 ### Web browsers
    234 
    235 * [Abaco](http://lab-fgb.com/abaco/) - A graphical web browser for Plan 9 that supports most of HTML 4.01.
    236 * [Dillo](https://www.dillo.org/) - Blazingly fast graphical browser with basic CSS support.
    237 * [edbrowse](http://edbrowse.org/) - ed-alike webbrowser. Unfortunately it is not the standard web browser.
    238 * [ELinks](http://elinks.or.cz/) -  Feature-rich fork of Links, but without the graphical mode.
    239 * [Links](http://links.twibright.com/) - A text-based browser that also has a simple graphical mode.
    240 * [Lynx](http://lynx.invisible-island.net/) - text-mode web browser, supports the Gopher protocol.
    241 * [netsurf](http://www.netsurf-browser.org/) - Very fast graphical browser with custom engine that has near-perfect CSS support.
    242 * [surf](//surf.suckless.org/) - WebKit2 browser that can be embedded into other applications and uses dmenu as the address bar.
    243 * [Tridactyl](https://github.com/cmcaine/tridactyl) - A WebExtension that tries to make Firefox Vim like. Unlike many similar extensions it works with firefox 57+.
    244 * [uzbl](https://www.uzbl.org/) - Web interface tools which adhere to the UNIX philosophy.
    245 * [Vimperator](http://vimperator.org/) - An extension to make Firefox keyboard friendly and Vim-like. (Doesn't work with Firefox 57+).
    246 * [w3m](http://w3m.sourceforge.net/) - Text-based browser which can view images in the terminal (X11 hack).
    247 
    248 ### X11
    249 
    250 * [9menu](https://github.com/arnoldrobbins/9menu/) - A menu program based on the Blit-style menus so prevalent in Plan 9.
    251 * [dmenu](//tools.suckless.org/dmenu/) - dmenu is a dynamic menu for X.
    252 * [ffcast](https://github.com/lolilolicon/FFcast) - Simple screencasting.
    253 * [grabc](http://www.muquit.com/muquit/software/grabc/grabc.html) - Grab the color of some pixel in X11.
    254 * [keynav](http://www.semicomplete.com/projects/keynav/) - A new way for keyboard selection.
    255 * [wmutils](https://github.com/wmutils/core) - A set of utilities for managing windows. Can be used on their own or to augment a WM itself. Support for tiling present.
    256 * [xbanish](https://github.com/jcs/xbanish) - Hide the cursor while typing.
    257 * [xclip](https://github.com/astrand/xclip) - A tool for controlling the X11 clipboard.
    258 * [xdotool](http://www.semicomplete.com/projects/xdotool/) - A tool for scripting X11 actions.
    259 * [xzoom](http://r-36.net/scm/xzoom/) - A simple zoom application.
    260 
    261 Daemons
    262 -------
    263 This section is dedicated to daemons that are related to the UNIX philosophy.
    264 
    265 ### Web Servers
    266 
    267 * [darkhttpd](https://unix4lyfe.org/darkhttpd/) - Darkhttpd is a simple, fast HTTP 1.1 web server for static content.
    268 * [merecat](https://github.com/troglobit/merecat/) - thttpd with vhost support.
    269 * [mini\_httpd](http://acme.com/software/mini_httpd/) - By the thttpd developers.  Even smaller subset of thttpd with support for .htpasswd, CGI, dirlisting, HTTP errors and SSL, nothing more or less than that.
    270 * [OpenBSD httpd/relayd](https://bsd.plumbing/) - Designed to combat the feature creep of modern webservers. Boasts concise configuration, with sane defaults.
    271 * [quark](//tools.suckless.org/quark/) - suckless simple static web server.
    272 * [thttpd](http://acme.com/software/thttpd/) - Outperforms many bigger httpds. Old, still works very well!
    273 
    274 ### Gopher servers
    275 
    276 * [geomyidae](http://r-36.net/scm/geomyidae/) - small gopher-daemon written by [20h](//suckless.org/people/20h/).
    277 
    278 ### Misc daemons
    279 
    280 * [scron](https://git.2f30.org/scron/) - simple crond.