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Awesome Software Patreons – Massive Collection of Resources

A curated list of awesome programmers and software projects you can support!

Help individual programmers or open source projects funding the development of your favorite software sponsoring them via Github, subscribing to their Patreon accounts or using other forms of sponsorship.

A tangible way to give back to the open source community!

Contents

Open Source Projects

Projects released with an open source license.

  • Akira, #2 – Linux application for UI and UX design.
  • Albert launcher – Keyboard launcher written in C++/Qt.
  • AngouriMath – Computer/symbolic algebra library for .NET.
  • Armory – 3D game engine for Blender.
  • bcachefs – Linux filesystem.
  • Blender – 3D creation suite.
  • Calibre – E-books manager.
  • Compiler Explorer – Online decompiler and compiler explorer.
  • Dekko Project – Ubuntu email client.
  • Deluge – BitTorrent client.
  • DIGImend – Improving Linux support for (non-Wacom) graphics tablets.
  • DokuWiki – Wiki application.
  • Duplicati – Backup client.
  • F-Droid, #2 – An installable catalogue of FOSS applications for the Android platform.
  • Flarum – Forum platform.
  • FreeCAD – Parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size.
  • Funkwhale – A free, federated and social music server.
  • Godot Engine – Complete 3D engine.
  • HaxeFlixel – Cross-platform 2D game engine.
  • Homebrew – Package manager for macOS.
  • Improved Initiative – D&D tabletop role-playing game combat tracker.
  • Invidious – An alternative web front-end to YouTube.
  • iTerm2 – macOS terminal replacement.
  • JHipster – Open Source application platform for creating Spring Boot + Angular/React/Vue projects in seconds.
  • Kismet, #2 – Kismet wireless tool.
  • Laigter – Automatic normal/specular/occlussion/parallax map generator for 2D game sprites.
  • Latte Dock – Replacement dock for Plasma desktops.
  • LibrePCB – Software to develop printed circuit boards.
  • Lollipop Cloud – Cheap, easy, self-hosted clouds for everyone.
  • Mastodon, #2 – Federated social network server.
  • Matrix, #2 – An open network for secure, decentralized communication.
  • MissKey – Federated microblogging platform.
  • MuseScore – Music notation software.
  • MyPaint – Painting and drawing program that works nicely with pressure-sensitive tablets, and its dynamic brush engine library.
  • NativeScript-Vue – Native mobile applications with NativeScript and Vue.
  • Neovim – Vim-fork focused on extensibility and usability.
  • OctoPrint – Web interface for 3D printers.
  • Olive – High quality video editing and compositing software.
  • Oni – Modal code editor.
  • Open Broadcaster Software, #2 – Video recording and live streaming software.
  • Open Source BIM Collective – Tools for building information modeling.
  • openage – Real time strategy game engine.
  • OpenFAAS – Serverless platform.
  • OpenShot – Video editor.
  • Paperwork – Personal document manager.
  • Perkeep – Personal storage system.
  • PHPStan – PHP static analyzer.
  • PHPUnit – PHPUnit and related projects.
  • PixelFed, #2, #3, #4 – Federated image sharing powered by the ActivityPub protocol.
  • Pixelorama – A free & open-source 2D sprite editor, made with the Godot Engine.
  • PlantUML – UML diagram creation software.
  • postActiv – Microblogging platform.
  • Project Lombok – Java editor plugin.
  • Reddit Enhancement Suite – Reddit browser extension.
  • Remmina – Remote desktop client.
  • Secure Scuttlebutt – A distributed and secure peer-to-peer protocol and social network.
  • ShareX Team – Screen capture and screen sharing tool.
  • Synfig – 2D animation software.
  • SysV init – System V init implementation.
  • Termux – Android terminal emulator.
  • The Lounge – Modern web IRC client.
  • Thirty Bees – Ecommerce software.
  • Tiled – A 2D game level editor.
  • Transmission – BitTorrent client.
  • V Programming Language, #2 – Statically typed compiled programming language similar to Go, influenced by Oberon, Rust, Swift.
  • VideoLAN – Maker of the VLC video player.
  • Vim-Go – Go plugin for VIM.
  • Webpack – JavaScript module bundler.
  • Wiki.js, #2, #3 – Wiki platform built with Node.js.
  • WireGuard – Next generation secure network tunnel.
  • Xfce – Desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems.
  • Zig – System programming language which prioritizes robustness, optimality, and clarity.
  • Kitbashery – 3D kitbashing solution & CC0 model library.

Libraries

Libraries and frameworks.

  • ApexCharts, #2 – JavaScript charts library.
  • Asset-Importer-Lib – Loads 40+ 3D file formats into one unified and clean data structure for game-developers.
  • Babel – JavaScript compiler.
  • Dear ImGui – Immediate Mode Graphical User interface for C++.
  • Hapi.js – Node.js framework.
  • HaxeUI – User interface toolkit.
  • Laravel – PHP framework.
  • LibGDX – Game development framework.
  • MicroG, #2 – A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google’s proprietary Android user space apps and libraries.
  • Moleculer – Progressive microservices framework for Node.js.
  • Musl libc – The Musl libc project.
  • OpenFL – Cross-platform application framework.
  • Phalcon – Web framework delivered as a C extension for PHP.
  • stdlib – Standard library for JavaScript and Node.js with an emphasis on scientific computing.
  • Tabulator – JavaScript library for building interactive tables.
  • Vapor, #2 – Server-side Swift framework.
  • Vue.js – Vue.js.
  • Yii framework – PHP framework.
  • Zappa – A server-less Python framework.

Operating Systems

Operating Systems and Linux distributions.

Games

Games and game-related projects.

People Doing Open Source Work

Developers contributing to multiple projects that ask to support their work.

  • Adam King – RLTrader, Tensortrade and other trading related projects.
  • Alexandre Prokoudine, #2 – GIMP contributor, editor of Libre Graphics World online magazine.
  • Alyssa Rosenzweig – FOSS graphics driver work (Panfrost) and contributions to several other projects.
  • Andrea Ferrero – Developer of PhotoFlow image editor, maintains various Appimage packages.
  • Andreas Kainz – LibreOffice designer.
  • Andreas Pardeike – Programming tutorials, games and mods.
  • Andrius Štikonas – KDE contributor, mainly KDE Partition Manager.
  • Attogram Project – Shared Media Tagger, Open Translation Engine, and many more projects.
  • Bailey Burnsed – FOSS Nerd developing open source games in Godot and Rust
  • Daniel Gultsch – Conversations Jabber client.
  • Daniël Klabbers – Contributor to Flarum and other PHP projects.
  • Dave Täht – Working on improving the Internet.
  • David Hewitt – ElementaryOS contributor, Torrential, Clipped.
  • Dimitri Fontaine – Various contributions to the PostgreSQL ecosystem (pgloader, pg_auto_failover), Emacs libraries (el-get), author.
  • Dominik Honnef, #2 – Working on tooling for the Go programming language.
  • Dragan Djuric – Creator of Uncomplicate, a family of Clojure libraries for AI, ML, and GPU high performance computing.
  • Drew DeVault, #2, #3 – sway, wlroots, sr.ht, scdoc, aerc, and more.
  • Duduf – Tools for animations and motion pictures production.
  • Eevee – Games, applications and articles.
  • Egoist – Various JavaScript libraries and tools.
  • Eric S. Raymond – Nethack, GPSd, author of “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”.
  • Ethan Lee – Contributions to FNA, SDL2 C# and other projects.
  • Fabio Zadrozny – Working on PyDev and related projects.
  • Felipe Lima – Various projects and libraries like OkReplay, AirMapView, AsymmetricGridView, GifImageView, Wombat.
  • Feross Aboukhadijeh – WebTorrent, StandardJS, and other JavaScript projects.
  • Franck Nijhof – Creates Home Assistant add-ons and helps out on the main project.
  • Gabriel Gonzalez – Dhall language, Nix and Haskell educational projects and Haskell libraries and tool.
  • Gilbert Pellegrom – Raneto, Vue.js libraries and more.
  • Jacky Alcine – Projects in the IndieWeb sphere, Koype and contributions to other open source projects.
  • James ‘Purpleidea’ – mgmt config, articles and more.
  • JeanHeyd Meneide – Creates C++ libraries and standards proposals.
  • Joey Hess – git-annex, keysafe, other Linux software.
  • Johann-S – Bootstrap JavaScript developer and various plugins and projects.
  • Jorge Bucaran – Hyperapp and many other JavaScript projects.
  • Jonathan Müller – Various C++ libraries, tools, articles.
  • Kevin Cozens – Contributor to projects such as GIMP, OpenSimulator, KiCad and TinyScheme.
  • Kévin Dunglas – API Platform, Vulcain, Mercure and Symfony contributions.
  • Khoa Pham – A multitude of libraries, applications and articles about iOS/Cocoa,
  • Kozec – Syncthing-GTK and SC-Controller.
  • Kurt Kremitzki, #2 – FreeCAD contributor and Debian packager.
  • Lars Moelleken – Various PHP libraries and OSS contributions.
  • Luke Dashjr – Author of the legendary bfgminer and other substantial contributions to Bitcoin.
  • Marc Jeanmougin – Inkscape contributor.
  • Matt Lewis – Angular-calendar and other angular components.
  • Matthieu Napoli – Bref, PHP-DI and other PHP libraries.
  • Max Bridgland – Various pentesting frameworks and tools.
  • Max Howell – Creator of Homebrew, maintainer of PromiseKit and a multitude of other project for Apple platforms.
  • Michal Čihař – Contributor to Weblate and phpMyAdmin.
  • Nate Graham – KDE contributor.
  • Nefarius Software Solutions – Windows drivers for the Sony DualShock controller and others.
  • Nick Sweeting – ArchiveBox and OSS contributions but also articles and documentation.
  • Nicolas Hafner – Various Common Lisp libraries.
  • Nils Maier – Download Them All! Firefox and Chrome extension.
  • Oleh Krehel – GNU Emacs plugins, maintainer of Ivy/Swiper/Counsel, Hydra, Avy, Lispy, and more.
  • Ondřej Surý – Debian packager.
  • Pablo Dobarro – Sculpting improvements for Blender.
  • Patrick Wardle – Owner of Objective-See, various macOS security tools and articles.
  • Pedro Piñera – Tuist and XcodeProj libraries, articles.
  • Pedro Carrasco – Various iOS libraries and projects.
  • Raph Levien – druid and other Rust projects.
  • Reini Urban – Maintaining and developing software such as cperl, parrot, a lot of perl5 modules, safeclib and libredwg.
  • Rekka Bellum & Devine Lu Linvega – Open source tools and games.
  • Rob Landley – Working on Toybox, mkroot and various other projects.
  • Ryan C. Gordon, #2 – Linux ports of games, game-related utilities.
  • Sanjay Madan, #2 – Mowglii apps, author of Itsycal and Snk.
  • Scarlett Moore – KDE contributor.
  • Scott Lahteine – Contributor to Marlin Firmware for 3D printers.
  • Sindre Sorhus – Countless open source projects.
  • skypjack – C++ libraries such as uvw and EnTT.
  • Stéphane Peter – AudioKit contributor, Makeself and other libraries and projects.
  • Steve Purcell – MELPA lisp package archive and other software tooling.
  • Steven Troughton-Smith – Various iOS/macOS software.
  • Tavmjong Bah – Working on Inkscape vector graphics editor.
  • Thomas M. Edwards – Gaming related projects.
  • Tim Oliver – Multitude of iOS libraries and various contribution to the iOS ecosystem.
  • Timothée Giet – GCompris contributor.
  • Tobias Koppers – Founder and maintainer of Webpack.
  • Yorik van Havre, #2 – FreeCAD contributor.
  • Øyvind Kolås, #2 – Lead developer of babl & GEGL libraries used in the graphics editor GIMP.

Other kinds of content

Articles, videos, podcasts, etc…

Articles and Tutorials

Videos

Podcasts

Open Source Art

Developers creating art projects and contributing to art-related open source tools and libraries.

  • Morevna Project – Various contributions to open source animation tools and animated shorts sources released under CC.
  • ZeMarmot, #2, #3 – 2D animation film project to be released under CC. GIMP contributions from Jehan Pagès, art and direction by Aryeom Han.

Hardware related

Hardware-related projects and makers.

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