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Flashlight is described as 'gives you control over Spotlight. There are tons of options for customization so you can do things how you want to. Flashlight is designed to make enhancing Spotlight easy and enhance it's usefulness on macOS 10.9 and up' and is a application launcher in the development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Flashlight for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Windows Explorer and iPhone. The best alternative is Keypirinha, which is free. Other great apps like Flashlight are Listary, Alfred, Wox and ueli.

Flashlight 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 Flashlight.
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  1. Keypirinha icon

    Keypirinha

    • Windows
    151 alternatives to Keypirinha 

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

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    1.  LightweightKeypirinha consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableKeypirinha can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKeypirinha can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    smart search
    customizable interface
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    Listary

    • Windows
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    • Windows Explorer
    101 alternatives to Listary 

    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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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionListary can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    2.  PortableListary can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Alfred

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    95 alternatives to Alfred 

    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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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAlfred can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Full-Text SearchAlfred lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
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    Wox

    • Windows
    46 alternatives to Wox 

    Wox is a full-featured plugin-powered launcher that supports file and web searching.

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    Discontinued

    No stables releases since Feb 24, 2018.No pre-releases since May 25, 2020.2 years without any public development and 4 years without any releases is essentially discontinued, IMHO.

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    Wox is not a plugin, but a software that add a new search bar, while Flashlight enhances the native macOS Spotlight search

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    ueli

    • Mac
    • Windows
    71 alternatives to ueli 

    Developed with the Electron framework, ueli is the type of tool that adopts simplicity, leaving out any unnecessary options and configuration settings. It creates an icon in the system tray at startup, where it sits silently throughout its runtime, without disturbing you with...

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    1.  Portableueli can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/Extensionsueli can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Ulauncher

    • Linux
    41 alternatives to Ulauncher 
    • Ulauncher provides instant search results. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you.
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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsUlauncher can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Dark theme
    File browser
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    Cerebro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    39 alternatives to Cerebro 

    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 see results right in Cerebro, like google...

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    Fluent Search

    • Windows
    81 alternatives to Fluent Search 

    Fluent Search (beta) is a fast and easy-to-use search application that lets you search for running applications, browser tabs, bookmarks, files, and more. Unlike Windows Start Menu, Fluent Search focuses on continuing existing work, it let you jump easily between running...

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    Spotlight

    • Mac
    58 alternatives to Spotlight 

    Spotlight is the system-wide desktop search feature built into Apple's OS X operating system since version 10.4 (Tiger). Backed by an index of all items and files on the system, it's designed to allow the user to quickly locate a wide variety of items on the computer...

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsSpotlight can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    RecentX

    • Windows
    264 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  File TaggingRecentX can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    2.  Windows Explorer ExtensionRecentX can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    3.  PortableRecentX can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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