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|a 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.
|Type||Free program||Replacement for|
|3D computer graphics software|
|Email client, news aggregator||Microsoft Outlook|
|Multimedia communication||Linphone, Riot.im||Apple iMessage|
|Instant messaging client||Telegram||ICQ|
|Media player||VLC media player (VLC)|
|Office suite||Microsoft Office Mobile|
|Online storage||ownCloud (client only)||Dropbox|
|Raster graphics editor|
|Vector graphics editor|
|Web browser||OnionBrowser||Apple Safari|
- 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. 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.
- Included in the operating system.
- Why not recommend Mozilla branded software like Firefox, Firefox Focus, Firefox for Android (Fennec), Firefox for iOS, Firefox Focus, SeaMonkey, and Thunderbird? As explained in our Free Software Definition, all four freedoms must be available on both a commercial and non-commercial basis. Mozilla's trademark policy serves to limit Freedom 2 to gratis distribution only, making the software nonfree. Debian has permission to redistribute modified copies of these software with the original branding, but that is an exception for Debian, and anyway it is a different issue.
- Synced https://www.gnu.org/software/for-ios.html and
- Added K-9 Mail
- Added Riot.im
- Added uGet
- Added Mozilla Firefox Focus to "Replacement for"
- Added MuPDF
- Added XGimp Image Editor
- Removed LibreSignal (abandonware) - https://github.com/LibreSignal/LibreSignal/blob/master/README.md
- Replaced VimTouch (abandonware, and removed from F-Droid: https://f-droid.org/wiki/page/net.momodalo.app.vimtouch -> https://f-droid.org/packages/net.momodalo.app.vimtouch/) with Markor
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