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    dmenu Alternatives

    dmenu is described as 'dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently' and is a Application Launcher in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to dmenu for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Windows Explorer and Xfce. The best alternative is Keypirinha, which is free. Other great apps like dmenu are Listary (Freemium), Alfred (Freemium), Albert (Free, Open Source) and Rofi (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 24, 2021

    1. Keypirinha is a fast launcher for keyboard ninjas on Windows. Features: * Quickly find and launch plethora of items like applications, files, bookmarks, URLs, sessions (PuTTY, WinSCP, FileZilla), registry keys, ...
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    2. Listary is a revolutionary search utility for Windows that makes finding your files and launching applications blazing fast, for casual and power users alike!.
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    3. Alfred is a productivity application for macOS, which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords and text expansion. Search your Mac and the web, and control your Mac using custom actions with the Powerpack.
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    4. Access everything with virtually zero effort. Run applications, open files or their paths, open bookmarks in your browser, search the web, calculate things and a lot more. See wiki for more information.
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    5. Rofi started as clone of simpleswitcher, written by Sean Pringle a popup window switcher roughly based on superswitcher. Simpleswitcher laid the foundations and therefor Sean Pringle deserves most of the credit for this tool.
      Rofi vs dmenu opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Rofi is a great alternative to dmenu.
      it's more exstensible and more powerful, yet light
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      It's just like UI component to show filterable list without much other logic, it's possible to simply create launcher with custom behavior.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    6. 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.
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    7. * Ulauncher provides instant search results. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you. * You can type in an application name without worrying about spelling. Ulauncher will figure out what you meant.
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      Ulauncher vs dmenu opinions
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      lucas59356 Its like keypirinha but for linux, very nice to use and have nice modules to extend.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    8. A multi purpose launcher and more advanced and customizable freeware windows run replacement and more. Executor is available also as a portable app and can be integrated in LiberKey.
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    9. GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items.

      GNOME Do is inspired by Quicksilver & GNOME Launch Box .


      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.95.3, released on November 2014, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.

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    10. FARR also lets you quickly run web searches, send email, manipulate files, control on-screen windows, and much more.
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