Ulauncher Is A Gorgeous And Super Fast Linux Application Launcher

Ulauncher Is Gorgeous And Super Fast Linux Application Launcher

Ulauncher is a lightweight application launcher for Linux. It consumes very few system resources and has ability to run on almost every desktop environment.

Application launchers are software whose main goal is to start and locate other computer programs. They provide a lightning fast way to access and launch apps, and also are especially useful for people who prefer keyboard navigation to mouse.

Ulauncher is a beautiful application launcher for Linux. Above all, it is open source and easily customizable. Ulauncher has a minimal design and dependent on only a few resources. In addition to, it is very fast, and works on virtually all Linux desktops. It is written in Python and uses GTK as a GUI toolkit.

Just press the default shortcut key ctrl + space to launch the Ulauncher and directly type the application name to launch it.

Ulauncher main window

In addition, Ulauncher can also send search queries to Google and Wikipedia. Moreover, there are plenty of extensions available for it which can be found on official website.

Main features

Ulauncher comes with very reasonable defaults, looks good and just works. It can be customized with many themes.

  • Fuzzy search: Type in an application name without worrying about spelling. Ulauncher will figure out what you meant. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you.
  • Custom color themes: Provides by default 4 themes built in. But if you need something different you can always create a custom color theme.
  • Shortcuts & extensions: Customizable shortcuts and extensions will improve your workflow.
  • Fast directory browser: Browse files and directories with ease. Type ~ or / to start. Press Alt + Enter to access an alt menu.

How to install Ulauncher

To install Ulauncher on Ubuntu or Linux Mint, you need to execute the commands shown bellow.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:agornostal/ulauncher
sudo apt update && sudo apt install ulauncher

Fedora and Debian users can download the RPM (Fedora) or DEB (Debian) package file directly from the website. With the package done downloading, you’ll be able to install it very easily.

On Fedora:

sudo dnf install packagename.rpm

On Debian:

sudo dpkg -i packagename.deb

Finally, launch the Ulauncher application.

Ulauncher in GNOME dash

Once started, Ulauncher will sit in your system tray by default. Just press Alt + Enter to launch it.

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