Hi there;
This is a quick list of programs and other stuff that is very usable for game programming which is offered up free of charge and free of royalties.
If you know a tool or other thing that is handy for game programmers, please don't hesitate to add it to this list. Nothing it hosted here, we only link to stuff.
Please note that some programs may be marked as 'Strong Copyleft'. This means that the license of that tool or product may require you to make the game you create free or to copy the license of the product you chose. The GPL is the most famous example of that. So I really recommend to check the licenses before using the stuff I link to.

Charts by Hits


This list is ordered by the most hits. An item needs at least 10 hits to be listed here.

EntryHitsReviewer's RatingUser rating
1Seashore (for MacOS X)3708Not yet implemented8.4 (5)
23D Export2814Not yet implemented5.8 (5)
3OGRE 3D2052Not yet implemented8 (2)
4Eclipse1853Not yet implemented7.2222222222222 (9)
5NullSoft Install System1819Not yet implemented2.75 (4)
6XVI32 - Freeware Hex Editor1788Not yet implemented7.5 (6)
7Art of Illusion1657Not yet implemented3.3333333333333 (6)
8Graphics Gale1586Not yet implemented4 (5)
9Sound Image1520Not yet implemented9.25 (4)
10QuArK - The Quake Army Knife1357Not yet implemented3 (3)
11Inno Setup1252Not yet implemented6.4444444444444 (9)
12Pinta1175Not yet implemented3 (2)
13The Wood Workshop1168Not yet implemented6 (4)
14Psionic1147Not yet implemented6.5 (4)
15Frinika1146Not yet implemented5.6 (5)
16Godot1050Not yet implemented8 (1)
17Kristal Audio Engine1004Not yet implemented6.25 (4)
18LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio993Not yet implemented4.6 (5)
19Fami Tracker992Not yet implemented8.4 (5)
20K-3D979Not yet implemented8 (4)
21iConvert Icons Online940Not yet implemented6 (2)
22Maplet931Not yet implemented5.7 (10)
23Audacity925Not yet implemented7.3333333333333 (12)
24http://textures.forrest.cz/872Not yet implemented5.4 (5)
25Tile Studio844Not yet implemented7.6666666666667 (3)
26GLBasic836Not yet implemented7.5454545454545 (11)
27opengameart.org830Not yet implemented6.75 (4)
28Reiner`s Tilesets827Not yet implemented6.25 (8)
29Geany815Not yet implemented9 (1)
30Absolute Background Texture Archive806Not yet implemented7.5714285714286 (14)
31Color Pic801Not yet implemented6.6666666666667 (3)
32WinVorbis & Vorbix801Not yet implemented2.75 (4)
33Metasequoia794Not yet implemented5.25 (4)
34DAME789Not yet implemented6.5 (2)
35Mappy761Not yet implemented6.6666666666667 (3)
36LithUnwrap751Not yet implemented5.6666666666667 (3)
37Wings 3D747Not yet implemented9 (4)
38Avi4Bmp729Not yet implemented4.1666666666667 (6)
39Free Sprites721Not yet implemented6 (6)
40Indezine715Not yet implemented5.2 (5)
41TextureWobbler715Not yet implemented5 (2)
42UPX: Ultimate Packer for eXecutables711Not yet implemented3.8 (10)
43Iceberg (for MAC)696Not yet implemented4.875 (8)
44Anim8or694Not yet implemented6.375 (8)
45Soliton691Not yet implemented6.3333333333333 (3)
46Design WorkShop - Lite678Not yet implemented5 (4)
47Clker - The online royalty free public domain clip art678Not yet implemented7.5 (8)
48MiniB3D (for Blitzmax)669Not yet implemented6.5 (4)
49Absolute Sound Effects Archive664Not yet implemented6.3 (10)
50ModPlug Tracker662Not yet implemented6 (5)
51Bitmap Font Builder655Not yet implemented4.6666666666667 (6)
52Dr. Petter`s SFXR651Not yet implemented6.2 (5)
53Anvil Studio631Not yet implemented7 (5)
54Nihilore623Not yet implemented8 (1)
55FontText618Not yet implemented7 (4)
56PacHD Free Sound Effects601Not yet implemented4.6666666666667 (6)
57Free Media Goo593Not yet implemented5.4 (10)
58FreeBASIC572Not yet implemented8 (1)
59Framework Assistant (for BlitzMax)565Not yet implemented6.5714285714286 (7)
60FREE!ship565Not yet implemented8.5 (6)
61DeleD563Not yet implemented6 (7)
62Ozzed.net563Not yet implemented6 (5)
63JCR6556Not yet implemented6.1428571428571 (7)
64Trout546Not yet implemented7.6 (5)
65PACDV Free Sound Effects540Not yet implemented7.1428571428571 (7)
66Epocu - Gaming Crowdspeaking Platform537Not yet implemented10 (1)
67Euphoria534Not yet implemented9 (1)
68InCompeTech - Royalty Free Music520Not yet implemented7.9375 (16)
69DevIL507Not yet implemented7.1666666666667 (6)
70Lost & Taken504Not yet implemented7.6 (5)
71Love2D500Not yet implemented8 (1)
72Tokamak496Not yet implemented6.5 (2)
73ZPaint495Not yet implemented5.25 (4)
74Image After494Not yet implemented7.4 (5)
75Exchange 3D482Not yet implemented4.4 (5)
76IRRLICHT477Not yet implemented6 (8)
77Ultimate Paint473Not yet implemented2.5 (4)
78Genesis 3D469Not yet implemented5 (3)
79Free Media465Not yet implemented5.8888888888889 (9)
80Absolute Font Archive461Not yet implemented6.6 (5)
81HME - Height Map editor457Not yet implemented8.3333333333333 (3)
82DHD Multimedia Gallery453Not yet implemented5.2 (5)
83Maoi453Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (3)
84www.freesfx.co.uk453Not yet implemented1 (1)
85RottBott Studios449Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (3)
86Brucey`s Modules449Not yet implemented8 (1)
87TextureMate448Not yet implemented7 (1)
88WP Clip Art447Not yet implemented7 (1)
89Sound Jay445Not yet implemented7 (2)
90Bitmap Font Writer441Not yet implemented4.6 (5)
91TerraGen´┐Ż437Not yet implemented5.6666666666667 (3)
92Now3D435Not yet implemented4.5 (4)
93Image After431Not yet implemented4.6666666666667 (3)
94The Persistence of Vision Raytracer428Not yet implemented2.4 (5)
95Blender425Not yet implemented6.2857142857143 (7)
96The GIMP424Not yet implemented5.8333333333333 (6)
97C-Unit DirectX Tutorials417Not yet implemented5.2 (5)
98Acid Fonts416Not yet implemented2.6666666666667 (3)
99Morgue File415Not yet implemented5 (7)
100Stock.xchng414Not yet implemented5.75 (4)
101SlimShady Lightmapper for B3D414Not yet implemented5.7142857142857 (7)
102www.icsharpcode.net414Not yet implemented10 (2)
103Da Font414Not yet implemented7.6666666666667 (6)
104Paint.NET411Not yet implemented6.6666666666667 (3)
105Open Clip Art408Not yet implemented9.25 (4)
1061001 Free Fonts403Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (3)
107Games Factory Pack402Not yet implemented4.25 (4)
108Lua402Not yet implemented8.3 (10)
109Mayang401Not yet implemented4.125 (8)
110PhotoPlus401Not yet implemented6.5 (4)
111Easy BMP - Cross Platform BMP library400Not yet implemented2.8 (5)
112Open Dynemic Engine398Not yet implemented4.75 (4)
113Copyright-Free Photo Archive: Public Domain Photos and Images391Not yet implemented4.5 (8)
114jEdit388Not yet implemented7.125 (8)
115Find Sounds379Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
116GIF Splitter378Not yet implemented7.1666666666667 (6)
117Sourceforge375Not yet implemented7.8333333333333 (6)
118Paint Studio373Not yet implemented3.8333333333333 (6)
119RPG Toolkit372Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
120Notepad++371Not yet implemented6 (4)
121InfranView364Not yet implemented5.3333333333333 (3)
122Juicy Fonts358Not yet implemented3 (3)
123Formati353Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
124Absolute Cross346Not yet implemented4.3333333333333 (6)
125Python342Not yet implemented7 (1)
126Morduun Big List341Not yet implemented5.5 (4)
127DeleD Designer327Not yet implemented10 (1)
128Ico2O290Not yet implemented8 (1)
129Free Music Archive281Not yet implemented7.75 (4)
130Game Jolt277Not yet implemented8.25 (4)
131BlitzBasic 246Not yet implemented9 (2)
132GJ PIM220Not yet implemented10 (1)
133Mark Sparling 70 day challenge218Not yet implemented9 (1)
134Go210Not yet implemented7 (2)
135Cool Text - Logo Creator186Not yet implemented8.6666666666667 (3)
136Kelvin Shadewing169Not yet implemented7 (1)
137Image Magick162Not yet implemented9 (1)
138SoX161Not yet implemented8.5 (2)
139itch.io107Not yet implemented8.5 (2)
140Pixel Art Studio82Not yet implemented7 (1)
141Heks58Not yet implemented9 (1)
142Kitty51Not yet implemented8 (1)