Alternatives to LaunchBar for all platforms with any license

  • Launchy icon

    Launchy

    Launchy is a free Windows and Linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010. The program works anyway and can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Listary icon

    Listary

    Listary is an excellent enhancement utility for list controls used everywhere: Windows Explorer, Task Manager, Registry Editor, and innumerable third-party applications. It searches folders, files or anything else as-you-type....

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

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  • Alfred icon

    Alfred

    Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

    Freemium Mac

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  • Synapse icon

    Synapse

    Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Quicksilver icon

    Quicksilver

    Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Quicksilver learns your habits, making your everyday chores simple and efficient. An introduction...

    Open Source Mac

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  • Keypirinha icon

    Keypirinha

    A lightning fast and flexible keystroke launcher for Windows. No installation required (portable). Extensible with Python3 plugins.

    Free Windows

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  • Lacona icon

    Lacona

    Lacona is a docker app for Mac OSX that accepts natural language commands. Call up Lacona with a keyboard shortcut and type whatever you want to do. It gives intelligent suggestions as you type and then follows your orders.

    Freemium Mac GitHub

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    kupfer

    Kupfer is a command tool heavily inspired by Quicksilver; you do not use it to search your files, you use it to summon an application or document quickly by typing the first parts of its name. Kupfer is written using Python and has a...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued No longer updated. Last version, v208, released on June 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • dmenu icon

    dmenu

    dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Freeter icon

    Freeter

    When you work on projects, you have to do lots of repetitive actions, such as launch editing tools, open project files, navigate to a task manager and so on. Such actions take just a small slice of your time and efforts. But when you...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    RecentX

    RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.

    Commercial Windows

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    FCorp My Suite

    My Suite is a lightweight Windows application whose purpose is to help you create a user-defined list with programs that can be run with minimum effort. It comes in handy for all users who got tired of having their desktop crowded...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Flashlight icon

    Flashlight

    The missing plugin system for Spotlight. Flashlight is an app that supercharges OS X's built-in search. Check the weather, search the web, send an iMessage, find an emoji — all by typing in the search box. With more than 70...

    Open Source Mac

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  • FSL Launcher icon

    FSL Launcher

    Tired of dozens of icons on your desktop? Try this simple, yet powerful & intuitive launcher to organize your shortcuts. Some features: Shortcuts management for applications, documents, url links, folder paths and more... ...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.4.4, released in 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Quick Search Box

    Google Quick Search Box is an open source search box that allows you to search data on your computer and across the web. This app is very experimental, but through it you will be able to see many of the areas we are exploring:...

    Open Source Mac

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    Namely

    Namely is possibly the fastest way to open applications. And unlike some other launchers, it doesn't require any learning. You simply activate it using your preferred keyboard shortcut, start typing part of an application's...

    Free Mac

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  • Wise HotKey icon

    Wise HotKey

    Launch applications and system tools, Control Panel items, folders on your computer, and website addresses using simple key combinations.

    Free Windows

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  • Phlo icon

    Phlo

    Phlo is the quickest way to search your favorite websites. Phlo can be summoned with a global hotkey and in a few keystrokes it lets you jump right to the search results of anything that you need to lookup on any site. Key...

    Freemium Mac iPhone iPad

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  • Conjure icon

    Conjure

    Conjure is the fastest, smartest launcher for Android. Use it to open apps, make calls, toggle wifi, adjust volume, and much more. Search results are prioritized according to use so your favorite apps and contacts are always a...

    Commercial Android Android Tablet

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    Promptu

    Say goodbye to repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like hunting through your programs, folders, files, and bookmarks for the ones you need. Promptu lets you associate meaningful names with programs, folders, files, bookmarks, etc, and...

    Free Windows

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  • Quad drawer icon

    Quad drawer

    Description Quad Drawer, your apps, quicker! How much time do you spend searching your apps on your device? A lot for sure! Now, Quad, the app drawer solves your problem. Quad Drawer is the quickest way to launch apps. It’s a...

    Commercial Android

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  • 8start launcher icon

    8start launcher

    8start Launcher is a combination of innovative Application Launcher, countdown and Tree Notes/Shortcuts/Favorites. Launcher Features - Organize shortcuts into groups and categories - Accessed by system tray, hotkey and middle...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version, 3.0, was released on 4th June 2011. It is still downloadable from FreewareFiles.com
  • Middleclick icon

    Middleclick

    Welcome to MiddleClick. The next generation application launcher from CodeLogic Software. MiddleClick displays a dashboard of your desktop and web applications whenever you press the scroll wheel on your mouse. Style, speed and...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Yal icon

    Yal

    Access your files, programs, browser bookmarks, search engines and windows with a few key presses.

    Open Source Windows

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  • aLaunch icon

    aLaunch

    aLaunch is an application launcher of the types to access from menubar.

    Free Mac iPhone

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  • Hain

    Hain is an ALT + SPACE launcher for Windows that looks and works similar to Alfred. FEATURES Searching Executable files us very fast with Fuzzy Matching Plugins in Pure JavaScript

    Open Source Windows GitHub

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  • Overflow icon

    Overflow

    Overflow is an application designed to quickly launch applications, open documents, or access folders while reducing the number of items needed in your Dock. Anything you want can be added to the Overflow interface, making it...

    Commercial Mac

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    CerebroApp

    Cerebro is an open source and free electron-based productivity software alternative to Alfred and Spotlight. It is focused on speed and good UI and UX. In most cases you don't even need to open another application, because you can...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • NuKit icon

    NuKit

    NuKit is a bundle of lightweight everyday tools to increase productivity and save time. Launcher and Shortcuts provide instant access to applications, files, URLs, Search Engines, System Actions, Scripts, and Dictionary. Window...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Butler icon

    Butler

    Butler's purpose is to make it easier for you to perform different — potentially recurring — tasks. Butler lets you arrange these tasks in its fully customizable configuration. There, you can assign one or more triggers to a task....

    Commercial Mac

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    Typhoeus Hotkeys

    Typhoeus Hotkeys is an application that runs in your taskbar at all times, you can create "Hotkeys" which you can use in seconds by using your keyboard. Each hotkey is linked to a file, program or website and when activated...

    Free Windows

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    Scherlokk

    Scherlokk is a lightning fast file search utility build for precise and reliable search of every file which meets the search criteria. Music, pictures, bookmarks, documents, etc can be found quickly and easily. Search can be made on...

    Commercial Mac

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LaunchBar Comments

Too few likes

Positive Comment by arievanboxel
about LaunchBar Dec 2012

I do not know why this application hasn't more likes. I have tried all alike, but in the end Launchbar is really the best solution.
Start an action by keeping the keys pressed a little longer (no Return needed), grab text and finder items by just keeping your trigger pressed. And much more.
Browse the manual, be amazed and save yourself a lot of time.

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since quicksilver isn't in development anymore launchbar ha ...

Comment by Paul Bailey
about LaunchBar Jun 2011

since quicksilver isn't in development anymore launchbar has become its replacement.

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