Download Development - Best Software & Apps

  • WinRAR

    5.50

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    The king of compressed files

    8
    14034 votes
    • PROS: Excellent compression ratio, Supports the major formats, Integrated with antivirus, Excellent compression ratio, Supports the major formats
    • CONS: Interface could be improved, RAR5 files can only be read by WinRAR5
  • TeamViewer

    13.0.6447

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Windows Phone
    iPhone

    Simple, fast and secure desktop sharing for free

    7
    3629 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Support for chat, voice and video, Record sessions, Transfer files, Free, Available for Mac, Android, iOS and Windows Phone as well
    • CONS: Free version has limitations, Your friends or relatives have to learn to use it on their end too!
  • Instagram

    varies-by-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Web Apps

    Popular photo-based social network

    9
    1374 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Share to various social networks, Impressive photo editor, Tag friends in images, Geotagging support, Capture and share video
    • CONS: Requires sign-up
  • DirectX

    End-User Runtime Web Installer 9.29.1974

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Play Your Games The Right Way

    7
    7713 votes
    • PROS: Does its work in the background, Variety of versions
    • CONS: Can be slower for some games, Overlapping versions can cause problems
  • Hotspot Shield

    7.9.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Safely access blocked and restricted sites

    7
    8386 votes
    • PROS: Secure connection, Unrestricted US sites, Easy installation, Good streaming, Unlimited data transfer
    • CONS: Intrusive advertising, Slow surfing
  • Hamachi

    2.2.0.303

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Create a safe private network between computers

    7
    29187 votes
    • PROS: Secure virtual network, Encrypted communications, Perfect for network games
    • CONS: None that we can think of!
  • Psiphon

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Free Access for All Internet Users

    9
    876 votes
    • PROS: Provides unlimited use to the entire internet, Easy to install and use, The identity of users is masked and protected
    • CONS: Using the programme could lead to legal issues, Using the programme could lead to legal issues
  • Nox APP Player

    6.0.5.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Nox APP Player brings Android apps to your desktop for free

    8
    1556 votes
    • PROS: Simple interface makes this app easy to use, Intuitive keyboard mapping for app and game controls, Support for multiple control devices, Stable and reliable
    • CONS: Sluggish installation process
  • Dev-C++

    beta 9.2 (4.9.9.2) 5.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Community Created Design Studio

    7
    3063 votes
    • Microsoft Visual Basic

      Express Edition Express Edition 2010

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      New version of the well-known programming environment

      7
      4447 votes
      • PROS: Magnificent form editor, It includes a SQL engine, Intellicode suggestions, High quality support
      • CONS: Less powerful than the normal version
    • Tor Browser

      7.0.10

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Protect your privacy when you're surfing

      7
      2084 votes
      • PROS: Easy to switch to anonymous mode, Installation takes you clearly step by step, Easy to use and lightweight
      • CONS: Can't guarantee anonymity, Connections may take a while sometimes
    • OpenGL

      4.6

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Free Solid Graphics Engine for Everyone to Use

      6
      2847 votes
      • PROS: Very widely supported, Very fast, Somewhat easy to learn
      • CONS: Fairly basic
    • Connectify Hotspot

      2018.2.2.38986

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Share your internet connection with anyone!

      7
      1778 votes
      • PROS: Easy to set up, WPA2 Encryption, Automatic device detection, Manage shared folders
      • CONS: Must have a compatible wireless card
    • Free WiFi Hotspot

      3.6.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Free Tool to Make Your Laptop a WiFi Hotspot

      8
      398 votes
      • PROS: Free – zero trials or limitations, Available for both Windows and Mac
      • CONS: Connection stability could be an issue at times, Not a practical WiFi-extending solution
    • Android SDK

      3.0.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Develop mobile applications for Google's Android platform for free

      7
      2710 votes
      • PROS: Comprehensive development kit, Skinnable emulator, Free
      • CONS: Can be tricky to operate for beginners
    • XAMPP Windows

      7.2.3

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Upload your work locally for free with this superb tool

      7
      1552 votes
      • PROS: All-in-one app, Free, Good online community
      • CONS: Not for beginners, Help is just ok
    • My WIFI Router

      3.0.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Turn Your Computer into a Wireless Hotspot For Free

      7
      1643 votes
      • PROS: Whitelist/blacklist, Other useful options, Easy to use
      • CONS: Weak security
    • Tunngle

      5.8.7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A new era of VPN solutions for gamers?

      6
      493 votes
      • PROS: Chat function, Very easy to use
      • CONS: Can't create networks - you must join an existing one, Interface can be hard to see, Installation a little complicated
    • MySQL

      Alpha 6.0.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Take Your Database Open Source with MySQL

      6
      772 votes
      • PROS: Free open source databases., Massively flexible and multi-platform., Used by some of the largest sites out there.
      • CONS: Heavily dependent on add-ons
    • MATLAB

      Varies with device

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Free App for Maths Lovers

      8
      139 votes
      • PROS: The ability to share files on Cloud, A huge amount of storage available
      • CONS: Only works with Android, A few bugs in the system
    Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
    #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
    15.50140347.6Windows, Android
    27.9.083867.4Windows
    3End-User Runtime Web Installer 9.29.197477136.9Windows
    42.2.0.303291876.6Windows
    5Express Edition Express Edition 201044476.5Windows