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Software Development


Spyder is a powerful interactive Open Source development environment for the Python language with advanced editing, interactive testing, debugging, and introspection features.

sudo apt-get install spyder


Eric is a full featured IDE and Python and Ruby editor, written in Python. It is based on the cross-platform Qt Gui toolkit, integrating the highly flexible Scintilla editor control. It is a quick and dirty editor as well as a professional project management tool (integrating many advanced Python features). Eric4 includes the integration of a downloadable plug-in system.

sudo apt-get install eric

Kompozer Web Development Editor

Kompozer is a Gecko-based web authoring system that combines web page editing with web file management in a WYSIWYG manner. It supports XML, CSS, and JavaScript in an XUL architecture.

sudo apt-get install kompozer

Quanta Plus (Web IDE)

Quanta Plus is an integrated development environment integrated with the KDE desktop. It allows webpage development, database design, and XML design and scripting, for example, using multiple development tools. The latest stable version is 3.5, however, and integrates with the KDE 3.5 environment (Ubuntu Hardy Heron). You should therefore use Ubuntu Hardy Heron with this product. (There is also a commercial version (Quanta Gold), also oriented towards KDE 3).

sudo apt-get install quanta kompare kxsldbg cervisia

Netbeans IDE

Netbeans is a free open-source integrated development environment used to create applications using Ajax, Ruby, pHp, Groovy, Java, Javascript, C++, and other scripting tools.

sudo apt-get install netbeans

BlueFish Web Development Editor

BlueFish is a GTK-based (Gnome-oriented) editor to write websites, scripts and programming code. It supports perl, Python, pHp, CSS, XML, Java, Javascript, C, SQL, and other formats.

sudo apt-get install bluefish

Gobby (Multi-user development)

Gobby is a free, multi-platform open source collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat. Install:

sudo apt-get install gobby

Eclipse IDE

Eclipse is a free open-source cross-platform integrated development environment with plugin support for a large set of programming languages, e.g. Java, C/C++, Python, PHP.

sudo apt-get install eclipse

Qt Creator

Qt Creator is a lightweight, cross-platform integrated development environment (IDE) for the Qt application framework.

sudo apt-get install qtcreator

Game Engines

  • See this section for a list of open-source game engine development environments.

Search Engines


Sphinx Search is an open source full text search server. See their documentation for usage details. Install:

sudo apt-get install sphinxsearch
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