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Spotlight Alternatives for Linux

Spotlight is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Station, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Spotlight and 13 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Spotlight are Albert, Ulauncher, DocFetcher and Cerebro.

Spotlight alternatives are mainly Application Launchers but may also be File Search Utilities or Clipboard Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Spotlight.
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Spotlight is the system-wide desktop search feature built into Apple's OS X operating system since version 10.4 (Tiger).

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

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    From the GitHub repository: “This project is not actively maintained.”

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  2. 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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    Most users think Albert is a great alternative to Spotlight.


    • Ulauncher provides instant search results. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you.
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    It's a great alternative for Linux users

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  3. DocFetcher is a portable German/English open source desktop search application. It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer. - You can think of it as Google for your local document repository.

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  4. 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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    Most users think Cerebro is a great alternative to Spotlight.


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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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    Krunner

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    KRunner is the launcher built into the Plasma desktop.

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    Quite comfortable to use if you install KDE's Plasma.

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    Catapult Launcher

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

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    Zazu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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.

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

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    Unleash.so

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Unleash.so 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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