Favorite Lesser-Known Apps?

This thread to revive @Zer0Cool original one

I find it very interesting to discover “these gems that one wouldnt find unless they knew to look for it.”

What are yours ?

Can you provide install command and screenshot ?


font-manager to one clic manage fonts ! :wink:

sudo pacman -S font-manager


meld: Compare files, directories and working copies


Well, I just this morning searched for how to apply transparency to gnome terminal, and I found that it had no setting for that, but someone had already forked gnome-terminal and made a gnome-terminal-transparency package. So that would be my contribution to this thread. Hey, it was new to me, OK!? :slight_smile:


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Qutebrowser is a keyboard-focused browser with a minimal GUI.



Pacman can’t install AUR packages. :wink:

FYI, Fedora’s GNOME Terminal has transparency as well so there’s two options. It’s in the repos as gnome-terminal-fedora.



if you want a great list …


This is my personal one, it searches official repos and AUR, displays infos using fzf and, then installs/removes using pacman/yay. Similar to PacUI or ToolBox. Put together with good help from the community here.


I’m a newbie for around 4 months now, and 'just love customizing.
Autokey is quite useful to make custom symbols, phrases to paste using Clipboard.

Just Like I used Alt+. to insert ◉
Though I still have issues for pasting Japanese Characters. but, oh well, I’ll get it working sometime sooner or later.

yay -S autokey

Additional Note I have for myself before:
Previous Error: No UI
Troubleshoot Method: $ autokey-qt5 -l
Fix: $ sudo pacman -S python-qscintilla-qt5

I also take my Unicode Symbols from here.


Dang it, I just assumed it was in the standard repositories :slight_smile:



Totally useless, that’s why it’s essential : bucklespring keyboard sound


fuzzy-pkg-finder looks interesting, and it’s just a shell script. The image reminds me of cli version of openSUSE’s YaST (rpm) or Synaptic Package Manager (apt). I know pacman can do all this, but I can never seem to get the right options. Is it -Q or -S, and then what :slight_smile:

On the command line, I currently use pkgfile to quickly find the package name.

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I was unaware of pkgfile tbh. This is very interesting, thanks you!

orphan-manager : (Use with caution!) removes orphan packages.

hblock : edits your hosts file to block ads throughout the system.

sshuttle : single command SSH tunneling (A.K.A poor man’s VPN)

edex-ui : a movie-inspired “hacky looking”, “show-off only” terminal. Works well with co-workers.

blockify : This lies in a gray area. It mutes spotify advertisements. Doesn’t block them, just mutes.


whois does what it says !

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howdy : face recognition for Linux
(heard of, but not tested in my case, if somebody used it, you’re welcome to tell !)

QMPlay2. I use it as my favourite media player rather than the most known mpv.

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Not achieved to unlock automatically at login (at boot or after a lock) but it works into the session each time the admin password is required (yay, pacman -Syu, launch of gufw, …)
A bit slow compared to facial recognition from my phone and sometimes hit and miss, but it works.

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asciinema to record & embed terminal behaviour -> Favorite Lesser-Known Open-Source Resources?

sudo pacman -S asciinema


asciinema rec

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