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10 Popular Windows Apps That Are Also Available on Linux

Install Windows Apps- on Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Looking back, 2018 has been a good year for the Linux community. Many applications that were only available on Windows and/or Mac are available on the Linux platform with little to no hassle. Hats off to Snap and Flatpak technologies which have helped bring many “restricted” apps to Linux users.

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Today, we bring you a list of famous Windows applications that you don’t need to find alternatives for because they are already available on Linux.

1. Skype

Arguably the world’s most loved VoIP application, Skype provides excellent video and voice call quality coupled with other features like the option to make local and international calls, landline calls, instant messaging, emojis, etc.

$ sudo snap install skype --classic

2. Spotify

Spotify is the most popular music streaming platform and for a long time, Linux users needed to use scripts and techy hacks to set up the app on their machines, Thanks to snap tech, installing and using Spotify is as easy as clicking a button.

$ sudo snap install spotify

3. Minecraft

Minecraft is a game that has proven to be awesome irrespective of the year. What’s cooler about it is the fact that it is consistently maintained. If you don’t know Mincraft, it is an adventure game that allows you to use building blocks to create virtually anything you can craft in an infinite and unbounded virtual world.

$ sudo snap install minecraft

4. JetBrains Dev Suite

JetBrains is well-known for its premium suite of development IDEs and their most popular app titles are available for use on Linux without any hassle.

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Install IDEA Community – Java IDE
$ sudo snap install intellij-idea-community --classic
Install PyCharm EDU – Python IDE
$ sudo snap install pycharm-educational --classic
Install PhpStorm – PHP IDE
$ sudo snap install phpstorm --classic
Install WebStorm – JavaScript IDE
$ sudo snap install webstorm --classic
Install RubyMine – Ruby and Rails IDE
$ sudo snap install rubymine --classic

5. PowerShell

PowerShell is a platform for managing PC automation and configurations and it offers a command-line shell with relevant scripting languages. If you thought that it was available on only Windows then think again.

$ sudo snap install powershell --classic

6. Ghost

Ghost is a modern desktop app that enables users to manage multiple Ghost blogs, magazines, online publications, etc. in a distraction-free environment.

$ sudo snap install ghost-desktop

7. MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench is a GUI app for designing and managing databases with integrated SQL functionalities.

Download MySQL Workbench

8. Adobe App Suite via PlayOnLinux

You might have missed the article we published on PlayOnLinux so here is another chance to check it out.

PlayOnLinux is basically an improved implementation of wine that allows users to install Adobe’s creative cloud apps more easily. Mind you, the trial and subscription limits still apply.

How to Use PlayOnLinux

9. Slack

Reportedly the most used team communication software among developers and project managers, Slack offers workspaces with various document and messages management functionalities that everybody can’t seem to get enough of.

$ sudo snap install slack --classic

10. Blender

Blender is among the most popular application for 3D creation. It is free, open-source, and has support for the entirety of the 3D pipeline.

$ sudo snap install blender --classic

That’s it! We know the ultimate list goes on but we can only list so much. Did we omit any applications you think should have made it to the list? Add your suggestions in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.