Xstarter Alternatives

    Xstarter is described as 'xstarter - Terminal-based application launcher for Unix-like systems' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Xstarter for Windows, Linux, Mac, KDE and Xfce. The best alternative is Keypirinha, which is free. Other great apps like Xstarter are Albert (Free, Open Source), Rofi (Free, Open Source), dmenu (Free, Open Source) and LaunchBar (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Apr 14, 2021

    1. Keypirinha is a fast launcher for keyboard ninjas on Windows. Features: * Quickly find and launch plethora of items like applications, files, bookmarks, URLs, sessions (PuTTY, WinSCP, FileZilla), registry keys, ...
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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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      • 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.
    3. dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.
    4. LaunchBar is a smart and powerful, keyboard driven productivity utility that lets you access and control every aspect of your digital life. Whatever you want to get done on your Mac – with LaunchBar it’s only a few keystrokes away.
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    5. Raycast lets you control your tools with a few keystrokes. It’s designed to keep you focused. Use the built-in extensions to connect with common tools and join the developer program to get early access to our API.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu? The Handy Start Menu, a small utility will make your computation much easier and more productive. This utility will help you to get rid of the inconveniences of the standard menu.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.98, released in June 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    6. Portable Start Menu is a simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Blaze is an application launcher that distinguishes from amongst the others by being able to automate recurrent tasks performed in the file-system or even any application on Microsoft Windows.

      Discontinued

      The latest version of Blaze (0.5.6.10 beta) has been released in April 2010.

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    7. j4-dmenu-desktop is a replacement for i3-dmenu-desktop. It's purpose is to find .desktop files and offer you a menu to start an application using dmenu. Since r2.7 j4-dmenu-desktop doesn't require i3wm anymore and should work just fine on about any desktop environment.
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