The Software Directory
On the Web since January 2003
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Shareware, freeware, public domain, high tech, you name it.
Tons of stuff at every link.
We aim for completeness, listing every major software directory.
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General Software , Internet
Software, Operating Systems,
Other Platforms, User Groups, Commercial Vendors,
Macromedia, Swish Zone.
Macromedia, Swish Zone.
- General Software (Free, Share, or
Well thought-out free software site. Main categories: Audio, Business,
Development Tools (Web, editors, libraries), Education, Games, Graphics,
Home/Hobby, Internet, Shell & Desktop Enhancements, Utilities.
Free Downloads of Windows Software. Over 10,000 titles, arranged in
categories: Audio, Business, Communications, Desktop, Development, Education,
Games, Graphic Apps, Home, Network, Security, Servers, System Utilities, Web
Shareware software downloads for Windows arranged in categories including
audio, graphics, multimedia,internet, utilities and web authoring.
Provides free services to Open Source developers:
free distribution (users can sell their products in its library for free),
management center (a place for Open Source developers to manage their software
projects), and other features such as forums, free code snippets, etc.
- Channel 1 File Library...
One of the few BBS's with web access. 100 Gigabytes of free software in
return for your email address (seems a fair trade). Caveat: Search engine
slow, limit your search to one file area at a time. Categories: New Files
("The most active upload directory in existence, updated daily"), Winsock FTP
Collection, Multi-Platform (public domain and shareware etexts, zines, images,
music, sounds, fonts, etc.), Windows, DOS (Channel 1 BBS Shareware
collection), Intranet, OS/2, Top 20 Downloads,
software: audio/video, business, children's games, desktop applications,
graphics, hobby, PDA, video games.
- Software Downloads by
Shareware downloads site organized and categorized by
over 1500 keywords.
Directory of learning resources on the web.
Premier freeware and shareware, in two separate categories.
- Pass the
Great shareware and freeware downloads. Screensavers,
free games, internet tools etc. Also sites offering desktop wallpaper, desktop
themes, internet freebies, MP3 music, etc.
Freewwwtools is the result of commercially unbiased researches about
freeware selection. Started in 1998, it is listed among Dmoz's 120 Freeware
- Leithauser Research...
Download shareware, mostly computer security, file protection and business
88x31 Buttons of some of the shareware sites
listed below, maintained at 5star.
- Top Quality
Very well organized source of freeware.
C|Net's search engine for software for many platforms: Windows
(3.1/98/NT/DOS), OS2, PC-Games, Unix, Novell-Netware, Amiga, Atari.
The Yahoo software directory. Over sixty categories of software.
search engine for PC software under many categories: Business, Development
Tools, Education, Games, Home & Personal, Internet, Kids, Multimedia &
Design, and Utilities.
- File Mine...
organized very large shareware site for PC, Mac, Amiga, Unix, Atari.
Categories: Games, Home/Education, Internet/Intranet, Multimedia/Design,
Programs/Utilities, Commercial Demos. Offerings rated 1-5 in each of ease of
use, interface, documentation, and performance. Permits batch downloading
site, over 200,000 free programs, downloads, and shareware. Channels:
Business, Demo City, Desktop, Developer, Entertainment, Games, Home &
School, Homework Heaven, Internet, Kids Zone, whatsnew, Utilties.
Merged with ZDNet. RIP, sob.
software site, 140 GB. Contents: Amiga, Etext, Games, Internet, Mac,
Multimedia, Network, NIR, OS2, PC, Programming, Science, Security,
Text-processing, Unix, Vendor links, WWW.
- Shareware Junkies...
The Internet's oldest Shareware Review Site, Reviews of DOS, Macintosh,
OS/2 and Windows Software. 700+ Pages.
One-stop site for shareware, freeware and beta versions. Updated daily,
links to the software publishers' download sites.
hundred of the most popular Win95/98/NT shareware applications. Offers
newsletter notifying subscribers of latest applications and updates.
Australian-authored shareware. Over 1400 applications in 100 categories.
Large collection of links, categorized under "A
Thousand Downloads" (Software stockpiles/warehouses/boxcars, Beyond BIG,
General Software Distributors/Manufacturers, Windows98 Software, Windows/NT
Software, Wins 3x Software, Mac Software, MSDos Software, GAMES, FREEWARE,
Program Homepages, Desktop Themes), SKreen Savers Directory, Desktop Themes,
and Ping's hard-to-find downloads.
- Cool Tool of the Day...
500 archived reviews of cool Internet shareware products.
Design tools, free graphics, tutorials, etc.
- The Slaughterhouse...
"The newest grade A software cooked-up and served to you fresh daily."
Internet: Communications, Dial-up, HTML editors, Readers,
Plug-ins, News/Stocks, Telnet/Finger/FTP, Time logs, VRML, Web.
Windows: Anti-Virus, Audio, Compression, Cursors/Icons/Screen
Savers, Disk, File, Graphics, Microsoft Updates, Business, Programming,
Security, Video, Win98, Word Processing.
Action/Arcade, Fighting, Simulations, Sports, Strategy/War.
- The Shareware Author's Index...
Searchable database of shareware authors, for finding shareware on the web
Tibbett's lovingly tweaked collection of tweaked files. Categories: All In
One, Appearance, Backup&Recover, Benchmark, BIOS, Diagnostic, Drives,
Input Devices, Memory, Networking, Processor, Registry, Video.
- The Software Site...
Games. "The Softsite is now a Windows Gamers Paradise! We have changed our
format to concentrate on providing the BEST site on the Internet for Windows
- Open Window...
Education and utility shareware and freeware by Dick Bryant.
- Walnut Creek CDROM...
gigabytes of freeware, shareware, etc.
- PC World
PC World's extensive software library with the latest
shareware and commercial files. Categories: Antivirus, Business/Office,
Desktop Utilities, Entertainment, Essential Shareware, Games, Graphics, Help
Files/FAQs, Internet, Sound/Audio, Programming, System Utilities, Video
Zone. Hottest shareware downloads, latest shareware reviews, free shareware
- Flywheel Software...
Shareware and Freeware: screensavers, utilities, board games, FAQs.
- Info Service...
range of software: web browsers, communication, viewers, mail clients,
file/archie/finger, audio apps, gophers, HTML editors, news readers,
terminal/telnet apps, utility, games, software/systems, FTP sites, Gopher
sites, Macintosh, Amiga, Unix, antivirus, drivers, patches & more, Windows
NT, Windows 95.
Bar code shareware and demoware for many platforms: DOS, Windows,
OS/2, Mac, Unix. Also truetype fonts, label printing, OCR software, printer
of Shareware Professionals, a shareware consortium.
remarkable, dare I say unique, assortment of software, tips, etc. etc. from
- La Coleccion...
Software from Walnut Creek, organized into 51 categories.
- T & P SC...
screen savers and web graphics by Anthony Beaudion.
- Happy Puppy...
Games Site on the Internet"
- Rocket Download...
Mission: "To provide the highest quality programming content available in
the software industry." Categories: Chat & IM, Games, Graphics, Health,
Home, MP3, Screen Savers, Sports, Travel, Utilities.
Over 500 shareware games.
Links to hardware and software sites. (Formerly
Peter's Power Links.)
Systems. Screensavers, games, other odds and ends.
The Software Directory Directory. "So complete it even
- Internet Software
- 5 Star...
Huge variety of Internet software for Win95/8. Categories: Antivirus,
Archie Clients, Audio, Browsers: WWW/Offline/Add-Ons/SearchBots, Chat-IRC,
Compression, Dial & Connect, Download Managers, EMail:
Anti-Spam/Checkers/Clients, FTP Clients, HTML: Accessories/Color
Pickers/Editors/Validators, Image: Animators/Editors/Mappers/Viewers, Internet
Tools, Log Analyzers, News: Usenet Readers/Online Services, Parental Control,
Applications: Telnet/Security/Streaming, Web Promotion Tools.
Consummate Winsock Applications List"
Directory Of Gratis Software. Authoring & Web Design, Graphics software,
Clipart, Animation, WebTools, Windows, Music, Games, Education, Business &
Finance, Health, News, Special Recipes, Free Web Developer Software. 28
- Email Software.com...
Software for a wide range of email functions. Categories: Email servers,
email clients, email utilities, robots, fax gateways, pager gateways, email
Internet telephony software. Wide selection of trialware
and freeware for Cross-platform, Windows, Macintosh, Unix/Linux, and OS/2.
Caveat: limited product intercommunication except for those compliant with a
standard such as H.323.
- Operating Systems
The home page for
Linus Torvalds' amazingly popular freeware Unix.
for the Intel x86. Emphasis on performance.
for a number of architectures. Emphasis on platform-independence.
Catalog of operating system projects. Very
- Scientific Software
- Haifa Math
Remarkably comprehensive directory of mathematical
software sources maintained at the Haifa Department of Mathematics.
(HPCC = High Performance Computing and Communications)
Under development by the Center for Research in Parallel Computation
Includes pointers to
of NHSE's stuff.
- Netlib... Grandaddy of
numerical analysis software sites. Also see HotGAMS (next entry, below).
- Vendors of Repository
Tools and Information Services... and links to many other
scientific computing resources including most of those listed here.
Available Mathematical Software: an on-line cross-index of mathematical and
statistical software in use at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST). Hot as in HotJava. Nearly 10,000 problem-solving modules
from some 100 software packages are indexed, including a large subset of the
netlib (see preceding entry) collection.
Benchmark information and software. "BenchWeb is a starting point for
finding information about computer system performance benchmarks, benchmark
results, and benchmark code. The site is maintained at the University of
Tennessee Computer Science Department by Innovative Computing Labs."
Grid Generation Software Catalog, Collection of
annotated links maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers Waterways
- HPC Netlib
high performance branch of Netlib. Provides cataloging, evaluation, and
distribution of high performance math software, assistance obtaining and
installing software, and communication between software authors and user
Tools Library. Similar resources to PHC Netlib (above).
Archive sponsored by the NCSA Enabling
Technologies Team for Parallel Computing. Software for linear algebra, PDE's,
graph and mesh partitioning. Parallel programming environments, languages, and
NSF National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure. Yet
more distributed and parallel processing tools and environments.
- Windows Software
(Internet software for Windows is listed under Internet
A programmer's delight. Large and well-organized source of Windows 98/NT
freeware. Categories: Windows 98/95/NT Free software (Desktop Enhancements,
Games, Graphics Applications, HTML Applications, Internet Tools, Multimedia,
Organize/Plan/Produce, Text Editors, Utilities), Programming/Libraries/Drivers
(Setup File Creators, Drivers, Libraries, Visual Basic runtime files), Win 3.x
Free Software Directory (Applications, Games, Internet Tools, Utilities).
latest 32-bit software." Categories: START! (compression, file mgmt,
antivirus), Business (Financial, Mail, PIM, etc.), Games, Internet (IP/TCP,
HTML, IRC, Java, News, etc.), Utilities (Editors, Programming, drivers, WinCE,
etc.), NT (Admin, BackOffice, Drivers, etc.).
- No Nags...
(as opposed to shareware). "A collection of Windows software that has no nags,
no time limits, no disabled features or any other tricks... NONAGS only lists
freeware and the very few shareware programs that meet these criteria."
Comprehensive and well-organized source of 11,000 Shareware and freeware
downloads. Categories: Business, Email Tools, Games, Information Management,
Multimedia and Graphics, Network and Internet, Palm Pilot, Shell and Desktop,
Utilities, Web Authoring.
Software (click on Software in the navigator menu on the left) and much
else to do with Windows 2K, Windows 98, and Windows 95. Categories:
Anti-Virus, Business, CAD, Calendar, Clocks, Compression, DataBase, Desktop,
Disk, Utilities, Editors, Educational, E-Mail, File, Utilities, Financial,
Fonts, Food, Games, Graphics, HTML, Icons, Imaging, Internet, Installation,
Miscellaneous, Multi-Media, Music, Networking, News, PIM, Programming,
Science, Screen, Saver, Security, Sound, Sports, Telecommunications, Themes,
harvested files from the farm." Windows software. Categories: Authoring &
Programming, Internet & Networking, Utilities, Productivity &
Management, Multimedia & Graphics, System Updates.
- Key Windows Freeware...
Comprehensive collection of freeware for Windows 95/98/NT. Categories:
Anti-Virus, Audio, Backup, Browsers, Cookies, Disk, Email, File, File
transfer, Games, Graphics, HTML, Info, IRC, Net Phone, Net Utility, News,
Organisers Registry, Security, Shell, System, Text, Zip/Unzip.
- Windows 95 Applications
Large collection of shareware and freeware for Windows 95.
Every program documented with a substantial paragraph.
About a hundred freeware links, organized under the following categories:
Freeware Discussion, Hard Disk Utilities, Programs, Internet, HTML, Chats,
Shareware, E-Mail Update, Freeware Links
- Software Center...
Over a hundred software and freeware applications for Windows, maintained
by Drazen (Doda) Dodig.
- Delta PC...
- Macintosh Software
(Internet software for Macintosh is listed under
Mac freeware and shareware from Switzerland.
- UMich Mac
University of Michigan Mac Archives
- ZDNet Mac...
The Ziff-Davis Macintosh page.
- Other Platforms
- Freshmeat... Linux
software. Very comprehensive archive. Click on "appindex" for categories, viz:
Administration, Anti-Spam, Backup, CD Writing, Communication, Compression
Utilities, Documentation, Drivers, Editors, Emulators, Encryption, FTP
Clients, File Managers, Filesystems, Financial, Firewall and Security, Games,
Graphics, IRC, Log Analyzers, MP3, Mini Distributions, Mirroring, Modem
gettys, Monitoring, Networking, News, Packaging, Scientific Applications,
Shells, Sound, System, Text Utilities, Viewers, Web Browsers, eMail.
- Dave Central...
Outstanding collection of Internet related software for Linux.
- OS2 World.Com...
place to go for everything OS/2 related.
- Amiga Web
Former monster list of all Amiga links. Now retired
but still the place to go to find the rest of the world's Amiga links.
- Visual Basic...
Visual Basic Web Directory. "This site is my attempt to compile the
definitive Visual Basic directory." Includes the larger well-known sites plus
hundreds of lesser-known ones.
- User Groups
- General: Association of Personal
Computer User Groups...
- Amiga: Arizona... | Saskatoon...
- Linux: Austria... | Switzerland... | Washington DC...
- Macintosh: Arizona... | Amherst...
- Next: Berlin...
- OS/2: Central
Ohio... | Mid-Atlantic...
- Sun: Japan...
- TeX: UK...
- Commercial Vendors
- These are directories of vendors, as opposed to directories of the
products of a single vendor. These directories are best suited to browsing;
for more specific searches use a search engine or follow one of the links
below to a directory that is either organized by category or includes a search
capability, or both as with Yahoo.
- Capterra - The Enterprise Software
Online, interactive directory of enterprise software
solutions catering for ERP, CRM, eBusiness, and industry-specific software.
Tony's Pick of the Crop!
- Business Software
Directory - The Software Network...
Comprehensive directory of
business software and enterprise software solutions.
descriptions, feature comparison, price comparisons. Categories: Calculate
& Analyze (Income Taxes, Personal Finance, ... ) Communicate &
Collaborate (Fax, Remote Computer Use, ...) Create & Design (Draw &
Paint, Home Building, ...) Enhance Computer (Antivirus, Voice Recognition,
...) Learn & Research (Early Learning, Languages, ...) Organize, Plan
& Track (Contacts, Family Tree, Legal, ...) Play & Enjoy (Games,
Cooking, Gardening, ...) Write, Compose & Edit (Office Suites, Labels,
Humongous (22,000 developers, 110,000 titles) online database of
commercial software information. Search by developer name, software title, and
The Yahoo software directory. Organized by category and can
- Software Methods and
Directory of several hundred software development methods
and tools from more than a hundred software vendors. Discussion group,
one-stop-shopping developer's toolstore, consulting services, etc.
Software section of WebShopper. Categories: Business, graphics, utilities,
- The Software Directory...
BBR Information Services' directory. The place for software
available through Australian distributors. 22,000 software and 11,000 hardware
product listings from 600 international publishers.
of business software, including vendor information, hardware/software
requirements, screenshots, pricing, and links to the vendor web site.
Categories: Communications, Human Resources, Knowledge Management, Product
Development, Supporting Operations, Finance/Accounting, Human Resources,
Infrastructure, Operations, Sales/Marketing, System Development.
engine for commercial software products. Search can specify platform, language
(natural), keywords, title, and/or vendor.
Games, business software, graphics, online media tools, etc.
The Configuration Management Yellow Pages
- Nerdly Interest
"News for nerds.
Stuff that matters." Where the informed nerd goes to stay that way.
Email newsletter. "Highlights the best software, themes, too-good-to-miss
sites, fonts, technology news, tips, and reviews of the best products
available on the market." 3-4 issues/month.
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