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This collection is maintained by the Free software replacement project team.

Apple's operating systems are malware, we urge all iOS users to switch to either a mobile device that supports Replicant or PureOS.

Here is a list of free iOS programs, some some of them can also run on Replicant and/or can exchange data with Replicant programs—along with the proprietary applications they replace.

We have long had Windows page which lists free replacements for popular Windows programs as a first step towards replacing Windows with GNU/Linux. Someone suggested making a similar page for iOS, but the two cases are quite different. Windows can be easily replaced with a free operating system on most PCs, but not iOS: there are ways to install Android on some iThings, but its free counterpart, Replicant, cannot be installed on any of them.

These reasons could be sufficient for us to avoid recommending any iOS apps altogether; however, we feel that it is valid and useful to list those few free programs which can also run on Replicant or can interoperate with programs on Replicant.

Free programs

Type Free program[1] Replacement for
3D computer graphics software AutoCAD
Accessibility Hpp-logo.png iOS VoiceOver[2]
Anonymous P2P
BitTorrent client
Desktop publishing
Diagramming software
Document viewer
Email client, news aggregator Microsoft Outlook
Multimedia communication Hpp-logo.png Jami


Apple FaceTime
Apple iMessage
Facebook Messenger
Google Hangouts
Microsoft Skype
Paltalk Video Chat App
Instant messaging client ChatSecure Apple Messages[2]
Yahoo! Messenger
Live USB
Media player VLC media player (VLC)
Office suite Microsoft Office Mobile
Online storage ownCloud (client only) Dropbox
Nextcloud (client)
Proxy server
Raster graphics editor
Text editor Vim Notes
Time management
Vector graphics editor
VPN client OpenVPN
Web browser[3] Onion Browser Apple Safari[2]
Google Chrome
  1. This is a selection of the more common free software applications available for Apple iOS, and is nothing like a comprehensive list. You may want to check the Runs-on/iOS category for more software. iOS-only programs may be listed here as well but has external links since the Directory only includes program entries for GNU systems. If you are technically minded, you may find it interesting to build these apps from source code rather than download them from the App Store.
  2. Included in the operating system.
  3. Mozilla branded programs such as Firefox and Thunderbird are not free software unless their names are changed. This is due to Mozilla's trademark policy that forbids selling copies of unmodified executables.

iOS-only free software

Onion Browser

Onion Browser is a web browser that anonymizes web traffic using the Tor network.

See also

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