Difference between Application Software and System Software

Today we’ll talk about the difference between Application Software and System Software with the help of examples.

System Software:

System software is general purpose software which is used to operate computer hardware. It provides platform to run application software. For example operating systems like windows, linux.

Application Software:

Application software is specific purpose software which is used by user for performing specific task. For example computer games, office, chrome.


Now we’ll talk about some basic difference between Application software and system software:


S.No.System SoftwareApplication Software
1.System software is used for operating computer hardware.Application software is used by user to perform specific task.
2.System softwares are installed on the computer when operating system is installed.Application softwares are installed according to user’s requirements.
3.In general, the user does not interact with system software because it works in the background.In general, the user interacts with application sofwares.
4.System software can run independently. It provides platform for running application software.Application software can’t run independently. They can’t run without the presence of system software.
5.Some examples of system softwares are compiler, assembler, debugger, driver, etc.Some examples of application softwares are word processor, web browser, media player, etc.


Please comment if you have any difference which I couldn’t specify.