Must Have Application in Ubuntu

As an Ubuntu Advocate every person whom i recommend ubuntu as best and free operating system for their system, they always ask me one simple question what are the basic things i need to install on my Ubuntu system, so in this blog post i will try to suggest few application that every user must have on there system.

As i said these are basic application according to me, its on you which application you want to install in your system.

First Thing

After installation of latest operating system, we also need to update for the newest patch and fix for system. open the terminal and enter following command.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y


vi is default installed in most of linux distro, vim is improved version and most popular text editor.

sudo apt-get install vim vim-common -y

Enable Workspace.

The first “Feature” that attracted me to Ubuntu was the multiple workspaces thing, I know, it’s kind of silly but workspaces are still very important to me.
in Ubuntu 13.04 the workspace is disabled, but you can enable by going System settings>appearance (Behaviour tab) Tick on enable workspace.


Already Explain Every Think about Everpad Here.


Every User require basic image editing software and Gimp is One of The Best Image Editing software more info on gimp read my previous post.

sudo apt-get install gimp gimp-data gimp-plugin-registry gimp-data-extras

Ubuntu Restricted Extra

This will enable your system to play popular file formats like mp3, avi videos etc.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras -y

Link Here direct download from software center.


Medibuntu is a packaging project dedicated to distributing software that cannot be included in Ubuntu for various reasons, related to geographical  variations in legislation regarding intellectual property, security and other issues, some examples of packages included in Medibuntu we find libdvdcss package from VideoLAN, FFMpeg codecs not supported in multiverse, and the external binary codecs package (commonly known as w32codecs) used by MPlayer and xine.

sudo wget –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get –quiet update && sudo apt-get –yes –quiet –allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get –quiet update

To play encrypted DVDs, install libdvdcss2

sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2 -y && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./

Compiz Config Settings Manager (CCSM)

CCSM still has some interesting tweaks for example zoom effect and more, that will discuss more about in my next post.

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins -y

Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide. Using Ubuntu Tweak you can install all needed applications with a simple click, you can change the window buttons from Left to right or clean unwanted cache and old archive files in one click (using Janitor) and much more.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak -y

Google Chrome Stable

Most of time i use firefox as default browser in Ubuntu, but the second choice for me is chrome.

sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable -y

CPU/Memory Indicator Applet

Useful CPU/Memory load indicator applet that will reside in your top panel.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator- multiload -y

Installing Archive Management Application

Archive management application will help up you to open most of archive type files.

sudo apt-get install unace unrar zip unzip p7zip-full p7zip-rar sharutils rar uudeview mpack arj cabextract file-roller -y

Y PPA Manager

I always use repository command to manage PPA but Y ppa manager is one of the best GUI base application with will help you to add, remove or purge & search PPAs in all launchpad ppa’s in separate list file more info can be found on Launchpad.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager -y


“Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows. Wine is free software under constant development. Other platforms may benefit as well.”

sudo apt-get install wine winetricks -y

VLC Player

Free and opensource cross platform multimedia application that can play almost any multimedia file.

sudo apt-get install vlc -y

Java 7

Well there is two options available for Java for common users they can install Openjdk it’s open source java version, i don’t know why but there are some issue for development android apps and complicated Java app in Openjdk, for Android app development you need to install oracle JDK.

To install OpenJDK use following command.

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk -y

And the following command for Oracle JDK

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer -y


Only one and the best ftp client.

sudo apt-get install filezilla


If you like to install and use multiple OS on single system, virtualbox is the best free and opensource application.

sudo -vecho “deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add  –

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2 -y

Openshot Video Editor

For Linux users Openshot is widely used free and opensource video editor.

sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc -y