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dmenu Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to dmenu for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Albert, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to dmenu and 18 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to dmenu are Ulauncher, Rofi, Gnome Do and Mutate.

dmenu alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be File Search Utilities or Web Search Engines. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of dmenu.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

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

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  1. 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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    • Ulauncher provides instant search results. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you.
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    Its like keypirinha but for linux, very nice to use and have nice modules to extend.

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    Rofi

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Rofi is a great alternative to dmenu.

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

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    it's more exstensible and more powerful, yet light

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    Gnome Do

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items.

    Discontinued

    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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  4. Mutate

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred for Ubuntu.

    Discontinued

    The last commit to the GitHub repo was on November 5th, 2015.

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    Application Finder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    The Application Finder is a program to find and launch installed applications on your system, and quickly execute commands.

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    Gnome-Pie

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Gnome-Pie is a circular application launcher for Linux. It is made of several pies, each consisting of multiple slices. The user presses a key stroke which opens the desired pie.

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  7. j4-dmenu-desktop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    j4-dmenu-desktop is a replacement for i3-dmenu-desktop. It's purpose is to find .desktop files and offer you a menu to start an application using dmenu. Since r2.7 j4-dmenu-desktop doesn't require i3wm anymore and should work just fine on about any desktop environment.

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    Consider dmenu as also loading desktop files, so you can find your applications easily. j4-dmenu-desktop is the best alternative to dmenu.

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    Gnome Completion-Run Utility

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Application launcher with bash-like completion.

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    grun

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    gRun is a GTK based Run dialog that closely resembles the Windows Run dialog, just like xexec. It has a intelligent history mechanism and a dual level fork() mechanism for launching the application in its own process.

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