Recommended applications

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This page is intended to list applications recommended for use in a graphical (X) environment. See Recommended tools for commandline tools.

This is intended as a "best of kind" list. Use eix or browse to find all applications available on Gentoo.

Desktop environment

  • Enlightenment — an eye-candy, compositing and stacking window manager that is released under the permissive BSD License.
  • FVWM-Crystal — an easy to use, powerful and pretty desktop environment for Linux or other Unix-like operating systems.
  • GNOME — a feature-rich desktop environment provided by the GNOME project.
  • KDE — a free software community, producing a wide range of applications including the popular Plasma desktop environment.
  • Lumina — a lightweight desktop environment, free of D-Bus and *kit, designed to have as few system dependencies and requirements as possible.
  • LXDE
  • LXQt — a lightweight desktop environment based on the Qt toolkit.
  • MATE — a fork of the GNOME 2 desktop environment that is available on Gentoo.
  • Xfce — a lightweight desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems.

Window managers

Taskbars / Panels

Cross-toolkit themes

Desktop utilities

Clipboard managers

File managers

Application launchers

  • x11-misc/rofi – A window switcher, run dialog and dmenu replacement
  • x11-misc/dmenu – A generic, highly customisable, and efficient menu for the X Window System

Optical disk burners

Terminal emulators


Chat clients

  • WebRTC[1][2] – implemented in Firefox
  • net-im/qtox Qt5-based Tox client
  • Pidgin — an easy to use and free chat client that supports AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, XMPP, and more chat networks all at once.
  • net-im/psi – Qt Jabber client
  • HexChat — a graphical IRC client based on XChat.
  • net-irc/quassel – Qt IRC client supporting a remote daemon

Email clients


Web browsers



Image viewers


  • Darktable — a photography workflow application and RAW developer.
  • media-gfx/digikam – powerful, feature-rich KDE digital photo management application
  • media-gfx/hugin – graphical user interface for the creation & processing of panoramic images
  • media-gfx/luminance-hdr – graphical user interface for high dynamic range image composition and processing
  • media-gfx/gimp - GNU Image Manipulation Program



  • Blender — free and open-source 3D computer graphics software


Document readers

  • app-text/apvlv – Alf's PDF Viewer Like Vim
  • app-text/coolreader – E-book reader with a Qt interface
  • app-text/evince – Simple document viewer for GNOME
  • Foliate — a free and open-source eBook reader that supports EPUB, Mobipocket, Kindle, FictionBook, and comic book archive formats. – E-book reader with highlight and note-taking abilities and multiple themes (including gruvbox and sepia and solarized)
  • app-text/fbreader – E-book reader supporting many formats
  • app-text/kchmviewer – Qt CHM viewer
  • app-text/llpp – a graphical PDF viewer which aims to superficially resemble less(1)
  • MuPDF — a free and open-source software framework written in C that implements a PDF, XPS, and EPUB parsing and rendering engine.
  • app-text/qpdfview – light-weight tabbed PDF viewer with a Qt5 interface
  • Zathura — a free, plugin-based document viewer.
  • kde-apps/okular – KDE universal document viewer

Document management


Note taking

Office suites


Diff/Merge tools






Network Management

File Sharing

  • Nfs-utils — a file system protocol that allows client machines to access network attached filesystems (called exports) from a host system.
  • Samba — a re-implementation of the SMB/CIFS networking protocol, a Microsoft Windows alternative to Network File System (NFS).

See also

  • Games — a landing page for many of the games (especially open source variants) available in Gentoo's main ebuild repository.
  • Qt Desktop applications — a list of recommendations for a light-weight, non-KDE, Qt-only desktop environment