Quick Search Box Alternatives for Linux

    Quick Search Box is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is CerebroApp, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Quick Search Box and eight of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Quick Search Box are Ulauncher (Free, Open Source), Gnome Do (Free, Open Source), Krunner (Free, Open Source) and dmenu (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 16, 2021

    1. 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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    2. * 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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    3. 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      The program seems to be no longer updated.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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    4. KRunner is the launcher built into the Plasma desktop.
    5. dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.

    6. ChaseApp brings all the scattered pieces of data from your cloud and computer right to you. You can search across your workspace, launch web pages and take quick actions from one search bar, such as: RSVP events, start AWS instances and more.
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    7. Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred for Ubuntu. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips.


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

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    8. Launch Box is generally an application launcher. It's very influenced by Quicksilver for Mac OSX. Remember that this is only a first release so don't get your hopes up too much. Launch Box is written for the GNOME 2.10 platform and depends on GTK+ 2.


      This app seems to be totaly discontinuited. The official page on Gnome project points to an inexistant git repo. In Debian archives, last known version is 0.2-1.1:

      Activity at FTP link dates back to 2009:

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