Freelance Linux jobs for world-class engineers

At Toptal, you’ll work on freelance Linux jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a former Software Developer, you gain the opportunity to design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.

Hiring Linux Developers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Grow your career by working with top companies

Grow your career by working with top companies

At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.

Never worry about payments

Never worry about payments

At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.

Design your own lifestyle

Design your own lifestyle

No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.

Speak at conferences and attend events

Speak at conferences and attend events

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal Linux community:

Bryan Zimmerman

Washington, DC, United States

Expert modern C/C++ development of object-oriented, highly concurrent, low latency, cross-platform software in the areas of big data, ph... Read More

Lawrence Zhou

New York, NY, United States

Lawrence is a software developer and quantitative analyst with over 12 years of experience in software development and quantitative mode... Read More

Colin Wetherbee

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Colin has over 20 years of experience building software applications and leading engineering teams for businesses of all sizes. He has e... Read More

Richard Kolkovich

Denver, CO, United States

Richard has run the gamut from technical support to co-founder. Over his career, Richard has accumulated both a deep level of technical ... Read More

Necati Demir, PhD

Summit, NJ, United States

Necati holds a PhD in machine learning and has 13 years of experience in private industry, including team management. He has worked on v... Read More

Simanas Venčkauskas

Kaunas, Kaunas County, Lithuania

Simanas is a passionate developer, entrepreneur, and business analyst who excels at utilizing latest artificial intelligence techniques ... Read More

Douglas Spencer

Sioux Falls, SD, United States

Douglas is an experienced consultant focused on DevOps, site reliability engineering, Kubernetes, Istio, Jenkins CI/CD, Linux, cloud, an... Read More

Chris Bainbridge

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Chris is a senior Linux engineer with a PhD in machine learning. He specializes in software and system development, automation, and DevO... Read More

Mihai Plesa

London, United Kingdom

Mihai is a general IT specialist with 10+ years of experience, keen on having a meaningful impact at and outside of the workplace. He's ... Read More

See 3 typical Linux jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite Linux developers for their mission-critical jobs.

Senior Software Developer
Linux, Java, C++, C#

We are a technology solutions provider building tools that revolutionize the web domain industry. We are looking to hire an engineer with over 10 years of experience to design, build, and implement a low-latency algorithmic solution. The ideal hire will bring their experience to bear on the solution, improving scalability and efficiencies while designing continuous tests to optimize performance.

Senior Linux Developer
Linux, Ubuntu, Python, C, C++

We are an experienced technology consultancy in the aviation industry. We are hiring an expert level Linux developer to set up a server virtualization platform, and patch and update the wireless driver to enable 5G channels. The ideal hire will be fluent in Ubuntu, C language programming, and Python scripting, along with the mind of a systems architect.

DevOps Engineer
Linux, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes

We are an enterprise blockchain company specializing in collaborative supply chain management. We are looking to hire a DevOps engineer to build, maintain, and scale production of a blockchain-based architecture for our clients. The ideal hire will own the whole process, while collaborating with our teams across product, support, and engineering to plan and deploy product releases.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.

Trusted by:
HP Enterprises worked with Toptal to add freelance developers to their team in Israel.
Airbnb trusted Toptal to help hire programmers to support their Berlin office.
Zendesk trusted Toptal contractors to develop their key software applications.
Thumbtack hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.
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NetApp hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.

Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but if you join the Toptal Speakers Network, we'll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Publish technical papers alongside Linux developers on the Toptal Engineering Blog.

The Toptal Engineering Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the tech industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Engineering Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of Linux developers.

Why do top Linux experts join Toptal?

Fady S. Ghatas

Software Developer
Cairo, Egypt

Fady has over half a decade of experience in web development. He has built quality websites in PHP, Node.js, and Python. He's also acknowledged as a security researcher by Microsoft, Apple, AT&T, and Red Hat for ferreting out vulnerabilities, and he is currently pursuing a master's degree in computer engineering.

Toptal has the best customers, always covers your back, and has the highest hiring rate I've ever seen with no hassles at all.

Zenel Rrushi

Software Developer
Tirana, Albania

Zenel started his developing journey in 2015 where he began by getting the most of various technologies like SQL Server, PHP, Linux, jQuery, HTML, and CSS. During his career, he’s also worked and managed teams of all sizes and is an accomplished back-end engineer.

I've found some really interesting and challenging projects working with Toptal, as well as great teams and plenty of learning. Every project I've worked on has presented me with new challenges, new programming paradigms, or new management tools. This is something you just cannot get on any other platform.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.

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