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<h2>Free Software for iOS</h2>

Here is a list of free iOS programs which can also run on
<a href="https://www.replicant.us/">Replicant</a> and/or
can exchange data with Replicant programs—along with the proprietary
applications they replace.  Using these programs is only
a small step toward freedom, and
<strong>we urge all iOS users to switch to
<a href="https://www.replicant.us/supported-devices.php">a mobile device that supports Replicant</a>
(or a free <a href="/distros/free-distros.html">GNU/Linux distribution</a>)
as soon as possible</strong>.

We have long had
<a href="/software/for-windows.html">a page which lists free replacements
for popular Windows programs</a>
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
<a href="/philosophy/android-and-users-freedom.html">Android</a>
on some iThings, but its free counterpart,
Replicant, cannot be installed on any of them.

These reasons (along with <a href="/proprietary/malware-apple.html">other
reasons listed on our page dedicated to Apple malware</a>)
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.

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      <th>Free program<a href="#f1"><sup>1</sup></a></th>
      <th>Replacement for</th>
      <th>Compatible Replicant program</th>
  <tr><td rowspan="2">Internet</td>
      <td><a href="#OnionBrowser">OnionBrowser</a></td>
      <td>Safari, Chrome</td>
      <td><a href="#OwnCloud">ownCloud</a></td>
      <td>Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive</td>
      <td><a href="#Signal">Signal</a></td>
      <td><a href="#VLC">VideoLan Client (VLC)</a></td>
      <td>Videos, Music</td>
      <td>VideoLan Client (VLC)</td>
  <tr><td>Office and Productivity</td>
      <td><a href="#Vim">Vim</a></td>
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    <li id="f1">
    This is a selection of Replicant-compatible
    free software applications available for iOS
    platform, and is nothing like a comprehensive list.
    You may want to check the <a
    Runs-on/iOS category</a> in our Free Software Directory
    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.

<dt id="OnionBrowser"><a href="https://mike.tig.as/onionbrowser/">OnionBrowser</a> <span
href="https://github.com/OnionBrowser/iOS-OnionBrowser">source code</a>)</span></dt>
  OnionBrowser is a free web browser which encrypts all web traffic through
  the Tor network.

  On Replicant, similar functionality is offered by
  <a href="https://f-droid.org/wiki/page/info.guardianproject.orfox">Orfox</a>,
  or by running
  <a href="https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=org.torproject.android">Orbot</a>
  along with a web browser with proxy support.

<dt id="OwnCloud"><a href="https://owncloud.com/products/mobileapps/">ownCloud</a> <span
href="https://github.com/owncloud/iOS/">source code</a>)</span></dt>
    ownCloud is a free file synchronization and sharing program. Both the
    client and the server are free, so it is possible to self-host a server
    on the users' own machine(s) without involving any third-parties.

    ownCloud is available on many platforms, including
    <a href="https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.owncloud.android">Replicant</a>.

    Note: While we have nothing against accessing your own server from your own
    mobile devices, we believe the term “cloud computing”
    <a href="https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#CloudComputing">should be avoided</a>.

<dt id="Signal"><a href="https://whispersystems.org/">Signal</a> <span
href="https://github.com/WhisperSystems/Signal-iOS">source code</a>)</span></dt>
    Signal is a messaging app for simple private communication with friends.

    Signal is also available on Replicant, although the fully free version is known as
    <a href="https://fdroid.eutopia.cz/">LibreSignal</a>.

    Note: Signal was previously removed from the iOS list because the Android version
    required Google Cloud Messaging, a proprietary component.
    Now there's an unofficial build of Signal called LibreSignal which does
    not use GCM on Android, <b>but it can only send text messages.</b>

<dt id="VLC"><a href="https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-ios.html">VideoLAN Client (VLC)</a></dt>
  VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable
  multimedia player for various audio and video formats
  (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, OGG, etc.) as well as
  DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also
  be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in
  IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

    An older version of VLC is also available for
    Replicant <a href="https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=org.videolan.vlc">on Replicant</a>. href="https://forum.f-droid.org/t/where-is-the-vlc-app/108/4">from
      the F-Droid Archive repository</a>, pending a successful build of the latest

<dt id="Vim"><a
  class="anchor-reference-id">[at the Wayback Machine, archived October 18, 2015] (<a
  href="https://github.com/applidium/Vim">source code</a>)</span></dt>
  Vim is a free extensible command-based text editor.

  On Replicant, a version of Vim optimized for touch screens called
  <a href="https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=net.momodalo.app.vimtouch">VimTouch</a>
  is available.

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