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Rofi is described as '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' and is a application launcher in the file management category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Rofi for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, BSD and Windows Explorer. The best alternative is Keypirinha, which is free. Other great apps like Rofi are Listary, Alfred, Station and Albert.

Rofi 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 Rofi.
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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
  2. Listary icon

    Listary

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    • Windows Explorer
    103 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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  3. Alfred icon

    Alfred

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    96 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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    Station

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Brave
    25 alternatives to Station 

    Station is the first open-source smart browser for busy people. A single place for all of your web applications.

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    Discontinued

    The project is not actively maintained anymore. Last version, 2.0.9, released in July 2021, can be still downloaded from GitHub

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  5. Albert icon

    Albert

    • Linux
    • Debian
    • Xfce
    40 alternatives to Albert 

    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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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAlbert can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  LightweightAlbert consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Settings view from version 0.9.3.


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    Ulauncher

    • Linux
    42 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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    Spotlight

    • Mac
    60 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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    Gnome Do

    79 alternatives to Gnome Do 

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

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGnome Do can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
      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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      dmenu

      71 alternatives to dmenu 

      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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      Direct Folders

      • Windows
      • Windows Explorer
      103 alternatives to Direct Folders 

      Access your folders from anywhere.

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      1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionDirect Folders can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
      2.  LightweightDirect Folders consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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