Launchy Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Launchy for Linux and since it's discontinued a lot of people 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 100 alternatives to Launchy and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Launchy are CerebroApp (Free, Open Source), Ulauncher (Free, Open Source), Rofi (Free, Open Source) and Gnome Do (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 27, 2021

    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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    2. 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.
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    3. * 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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    4. 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.
    5. 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      The program seems to be no longer updated.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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      switching from windows to linux, GnomeDo makes very well the job!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago


    6. dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.
    7. Zazu is a new open source productivity app, that allows developers to be in the drivers seat. Unlike other solutions, there is no built-in integrations, so every plugin has the full scope of what Zazu has to offer.


      Repo archived by authors. No updates or releases, and no recent commits. Based on obsolete versions of underlying tools/platform.

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    8. Catapult allows you to easily launch apps, open files and do basic calculations with a keyboard-driven user interface. Custom plugins and themes can be loaded dynamically.
    9. 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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    10. Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as necessary for the similar app "Everything"). Searching can be done by name, date, size, location etc.
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