Our platform itself is entirely open source, and it’s built upon a strong foundation of Free & Open Source software (like GNU/Linux). Plus, we actively collaborate within the ecosystem to improve it for everyone.

Get free and paid apps on AppCenter, the open, pay-what-you-can app store for indie developers. Each app has been reviewed and curated by elementary to ensure a native, privacy-respecting, and secure experience.

Stay productive and focused with Multitasking View, Picture-in-Picture, Do Not Disturb, and more. Or keep work out of sight when watching videos or playing games.

Multitasking View

Workspaces help organize your work by task. Keep work and play separate, but just one swipe or tap away.

Picture-in-Picture

Whether you’re watching a movie, game, or terminal process, Picture-in-Picture helps keep tabs on one thing while working on another.

Do Not Disturb

Tune everything else out to stay focused on your work, or keep notifications at bay while watching a movie. Do Not Disturb stops notifications in their tracks.

Apps You Need, Without Ones You Don’t.

elementary OS comes with a carefully considered set of apps that cater to everyday needs so you can spend more time using your computer and less time cleaning up bloatware.

Screen Time & Limits

Set per-user time limits for weekdays, weekends, or both.

Internet Use

Manage allowed websites. Rules affect all apps for the chosen user, even if they use a different web browser.

Manage Apps

Choose just which apps are safe for you or your child to access. Plus, optionally allow access with your password.

Secure & Privacy-respecting

When source code is available to audit, anyone—a security researcher, a concerned user, or an OEM shipping the OS on their hardware—can verify that the software is secure and not collecting or leaking personal information.

Built for Developers

Whether your app could benefit from a new system feature or API or you’re curious as to how an existing feature or design pattern was built, you have complete access to our source code. Copy it, learn from it, remix it, modify it, and redistribute it.

User Friendly. And Keyboard Friendly.

elementary OS is designed to be easy to understand and pick up as a new user. But that doesn’t mean it’s dumbed down; powerful, customizable keyboard shortcuts ensure you’ll stay productive whether it’s your first day or your thousandth.

Privacy-respecting. Through and through.

Your data always belongs to you, and only you. We don’t make advertising deals or collect sensitive personal data. We’re funded directly by our users paying what they want for elementary OS and apps on AppCenter. And that’s how it should be.

Tattle-Tale

elementary OS helps you keep tabs on what apps are up to. When an app is using your microphone, we display an indicator to let you know. When an app is using a lot of energy, we tell you in your power indicator.

Permissions

When an app wants access to your data or devices, it has to ask up front. We review all AppCenter apps to ensure they’re properly using permissions—and you can always revoke them yourself in System Settings.

Housekeeping

elementary OS automatically keeps your temporary and trashed files tidied up. Not only does this keep your device’s storage free, it can help ensure your private data doesn’t come back to haunt you.

What’s New:

The biggest update to the platform yet with multi-touch, dark style, app sandboxing, and an all-new installer. OS 6 empowers you to be in control and express yourself, continues to innovate with new features, and is both easier to get and more inclusive than ever.

Read the complete release notes