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 CerebroApp (Free, Open Source), Ulauncher (Free, Open Source), Gnome Do (Free, Open Source) and Krunner (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 5, 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. 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      The program seems to be no longer updated.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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      Most users think Gnome Do is a great alternative to Synapse.
      Synapse, Kupfer, and Gnome Do are the three leaders in this category.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

    5. KRunner is the launcher built into the Plasma desktop.

    6. dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.
    7. 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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    8. Slingscold is a lightweight app launcher for GNU/Linux, written in Vala and utilizing GTK+ and Cairo. Slingscold es un ligero lanzador de aplicaciones al estilo launchpad de Mac OS X.
    9. Application launcher with bash-like completion.
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    10. 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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