Free helpful softwares and tools for developers!

Disclaimer: I made my research to post all of these softwares and tools. In fact I even contacted some of the creators of them. However, you should still read its licenses and be sure you are using them properly to prevent any future troubles. I’m not responsible of any problems with how you use any of these softwares.

As a new developer, there were many obstacles in my way to create a new an amazing game. One of that obstacles was the lack of money, so in this post I’ll be showing you some of the best softwares I’ve ever used in my developer career and I would’ve liked to know at the start of my journey.

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I will try to keep this post updated, if you have any more suggestions please comment below. I do not own the rights or created any of this softwares.

Graphic Design and UI

Probably the first path most developers take is GFX, so here are some softwares that were extremely helpful to me:

Photopea is an extremely helpful software pretty similar to Photoshop and it is completely free. You can save and open your works on PSD (wich is the format Photoshop uses). The only inconvenients I’ve found with this is that every time you save, it creates a new file and since it is web based, the bigger your project the laggier it becomes.

Paint.net is another excellent software used by many clothing designers. In my opinion, it is overrated, but it is helpful for the majority of people.

Gimp is very helpful and easy-to-learn for new artists. Is like an upgraded version of MS Paint.

Inkscape is one of the best alternatives if you want to create vectors (wich are mathematically calculed). Pretty useful for UI designers and artists.

Figma is another excellent option for UI designers. It is free for beginers and offers a lot of options and tools to create amazing and beatiful looking UI for your games.

Krita is a free and open source tool created by artists. It is mainly used to draw, but it might be also helpful ín other ways.

Vectr is a free graphics software used to create vector graphics easily and intuitively. It’s a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool

Game UI Database is a website where you can find inspiration for your UI designs. You can filter by type, style and many other filters.

There are plenty other softwares like Pxlr X, Pxlr E and MS Paint wich are pretty useful too, but this are the ones that I found more helpful


Programming

For programmers there are a lot of useful softwares too:

Visual Studio Code is one lf the most used code editors not only in Roblox, but everywhere. It will help you keep your code organized and speed up your workflow

Rojo is a tool designed to enable Roblox developers to use professional-grade software engineering tools. With Rojo, it’s possible to use industry-leading tools like Visual Studio Code and Git. Rojo is designed for power users who want to use the best tools available for building games, libraries, and plugins. Copied from Rojo’s github page

Roblox API Explorer is an extension for VSC made by @evaera . Well, its name is pretty self-explaining but it is very useful.


Modelling and building

Blender is the most known software for modelling in the market. Many professional studios use it. Helpful for renders and models.

Magica Voxel is also an excellent tool when creating voxels. Easy and with many options to create amazing 3D pixel art

cc0 textures is a website for PBR textures with a public license. There you can find a whole catalog to chose from and make your model look epic


SFX

BFXR is a software where you can find a whole library of sounds wich you can use or combine to create new ones. It is free and open source

Audacity, one of the best softwares for editing audio. It have a few tools that may be extremely helpful for you. Also free and open source

LMMS is free, open source and, with the appropiate hardware, you can create excellent and epic songs

zapsplat have thousands of free sound fx for your games! It is really helpful for all the walking/swiming/punching sounds.


Helpful forum lessons

This is a list of helpful topics that may be useful for everyone and might be difficult to find.

URL shorthers:
[Unofficial] ShortBlox: URL shorters for social media

How to recover your corrupted unions:
How to recover invisible / corrupt unions

Hidden keybinds:
List of undocumented Roblox game client menus and their keybinds

Datastore tutorial (begginers):
Datastore Tutorial for Beginners

How to format your Forum posts:
Developer Forum Formatting Guide

All the famous original and safe plugins:
Toolblox - The only safe toolbox

How to setup Rojo with VSC:
Setting up VSCode with ROJO

Custom fonts:
Custom Text Label Creator Plugin!

How to create skyboxes:
Creating new and fresh Skyboxes

Create a minimap for your game:
Minimap Render [RoRenderV2]

For more just scroll the #resources category


Some other softwares on the comments that may not be open source or free

(Also suggested by @GamersInternational)


Other helpful tools for everyone:

Olive is a free, open source video editor wich even with it current Alpha phase, it is already an excelent tool. Pretty siimilar to Premiere.

Roblox DevHub Search is an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox created by @sleitnick wich may make your life easier.

ShareX is a tool for your desktop that may make you want to uninstall Gyazo and many other similar apps lol. (Thanks to @Muoshoob for this recomendation). It is also free and open source.

OBS Studio may be also helpful for you if you have a Twitch channel or just want to record your screen for some reason. It is free and open source.

LibreOffice is a free and open source alternative for the Office Suite. Compatible with most files.

BTRoblox is another helpful extension that add a lot new functions to the website

FontSpace is a website with legitimate, and clearly licensed free fonts. You can use their font generator to create fonts that are easy to copy and paste into your website, social media profiles, and more.

Kenney is a guy who create amazing things and have a whole store of free assets. Go support him if you can. This is not an advertisment, but he is really cool (Thanks to @boatbomber on Twitter for this recomendation)

Vanilla is an amazing set of icons made by @Elttob . It improves the Studio experience in a huge way.

I hope you find this useful.


Thank you to everyone on the comments helping to make this topic bigger and helpful!
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For UI designing, you also have Adobe XD which comes with a free starter plan and Lunacy which is similar to Adobe XD.

For scripting, you also have Atom and some actually use Notepad++ :man_shrugging:

For sounds, there’s also GarageBand for iOS and Mac devices.

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You could also try sublime as a code editor

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Openshot and Kdenlive are both free and opensource video editors.

Roblox+ is a good Chrome extension.

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For VS Code, Roblox LSP is a great extension to get; intellisense for the entirety of Lua.

Selene is a wonderful linter, perfect for CI/CD pipelines and finding bugs in your code quickly.

Roblox-ts is great if you’re looking for a change, allows you to write code in TypeScript and have it transpile into Lua code for Roblox.

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These aren’t very advanced. If you want a free professional video editor then consider getting DaVinci Resolve. I use this all the time for editing YouTube content.

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The title literallly says “free”, that’s why he recommended those. If you find any open source softwares feel free to recommend them here :wink:

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It is free though but there is a Premium version available. That’s what I’m trying to say.

I guess I will have to do my research then before adding it to the list. Thanks!

This sure sounds helpful!
But is Krita considered as a Graphic Design and UI tool :thinking:

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Sure it is! I added it to the list

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Might want to add QuadSpinner Gaea to the list, super helpful with terrain.

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Although I didn’t use it, what makes Roblox DevHub Search - Chrome Web Store (google.com) better than just putting the search keyword and the link to the DevHub and searching it with Google or DuckDuckGo? Also, there’s already an search option in the hub. It’s on the right corner.

It allows you to search on the DevHub without needing to be on the actual DevHub website. Also makes the search better since it looks like the actual search engine of the DevHub is messed up:




this last one is the video ↑

Well, in my personal experience it is pretty helpful and I really like it. You can use it if you want…or not :man_shrugging:

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GFXComet is a great place for getting assets for GFX, logo design, and UI design.

Shotcut is probably the second-best FOSS video editor, after Kdenlive. Some prefer it because it’s a lot faster than Kdenlive.

Lua-minify, is an amazing Lua beautifier that actually works. There’s a Studio plugin for it.

Here’s a Scoop bucket for most of the popular Roblox development tools. What’s a Scoop bucket? A Scoop bucket basically adds a colleciton of programs to the Windows package manager “Scoop”. If you are using the Scoop Viewer, it provides a one-click install for all the top Roblox development tools such as Rojo, Roblox FPS Unlocker, roPresnece (a Roblox Discord Rich Presnece), and rbxlx-to-rojo.

AeroGameFramework is probably one of the most popular Roblox game frameworks out there.

Knit is another Roblox framework created by the same developer of AeroGameFramework, it was created in an attempt to solve the issues of AeroGameFramework. Knit is not that stable yet.

EasyNetwork is a great tool that advanced Roblox scripters should look into.

Here is a list of Roblox tools which you can use with Rojo, and benefits of using Rojo. I highly recommend that you read this if you are interested in offsite tooling like Rojo.

Studio Bridge is the only Rojo alternative still in development. Rojo is a lot better, but if you want something simpler or something written in JavaScript, Studio Bridge is probably your only option. For most people, I would recommend Rojo.

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Thank you so much for this recomendations! GFX comet isn’t free and that’s why I didn’t add it to the list, but I’m going to check out everything else. Ty!

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Yeah, but it has some nice free stuff.

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