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Synapse Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Synapse 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 50 alternatives to Synapse and 14 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Synapse are Ulauncher, Cerebro, Gnome Do and dmenu.

Synapse 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 Synapse.
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  1. 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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    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.
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    Cerebro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    40 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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    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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      Krunner

      • Linux
      • BSD
      72 alternatives to Krunner 

      KRunner is the launcher built into the Plasma desktop.

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      Application Finder

      • Linux
      • Xfce
      34 alternatives to Application Finder 

      The Application Finder is a program to find and launch installed applications on your system, and quickly execute commands.

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    • Mutate

      55 alternatives to Mutate 

      Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred for Ubuntu.

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      Discontinued

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

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      Gnome-Pie

      16 alternatives to Gnome-Pie 

      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. By activating one of its slices, applications may be launched, key presses may be simulated or files...

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      Slingscold

      6 alternatives to Slingscold 

      Slingscold is a lightweight app launcher for GNU/Linux, written in Vala and utilizing GTK+ and Cairo.

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