• Good application launcher for Linux?


    Hi everybody!

    I’m looking for a good application launcher. I’m actually using Gnome as DE and I’m not much a fan of the “Show application” view. In fact, I hate it. I want something more lightweight.

    What I’m looking for is a kind of search box. You activate a shortcut and the search box come up and you type what you looking for, let’s say calc, and it search for calc, and it show you the calculator application in a list with everything that match calc, an than you click on it and a calculator appear in your face.

    In fact, I like the search box in the “Show application” view. I hate how information are presented. This screen remind me of being on my phone and I hate that so much! lol I don’t want the “You’re using your phone” feeling anymore.

    All suggestion are welcome! Thank you! :)

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  • @iSpeakVeryWell
    Hi!
    maybe you want something like synapse?
    I use i3-wm and i use dmenu, it’s light simple, the best for my needs
    For both of them choose a keyboard shortcut and will do what you need.

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  • I was thinking of KDE. I personally don’t care for it that much, but it sounds like what you might be looking for. It provides a more traditional desktop interface and has some addon that provides an “Activities” overview, only simplified as a search bar.

    Hope this helps!

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  • For Gnome you can change the behavior of the menu with extensions like this:
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    https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/608/gnomenu/

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  • Hi guys! Thank you for your good suggestion! I tried them all!

    What was closest to what I’m looking for was synapse. I just wasn’t satisfied with the accuracy of the search result it provided. Otherwise, I would have kept it.

    I already tried KDE in the past days and I didn’t liked it at all.

    gno-menu was cool though. I prefer to have a launcher than a menu, but it’s very neat! It’s a good product. The search feature is only limited to application name in the menu and I find it’s not enough to my liking.

    Beyond the fact that I hate the phonish style of application viewer of gnome, I really like the search feature behaviour of this screen. It’s a wide search that is very accurate in my opinion. I would like to have that same search result but in a launcher instead of in a view.

    What I hate about gnome application viewer:
    What I hate

    What I like-ish about gnome application viewer:
    What I like ish

    I’m sooo picky! 0_o

    Thanks for the suggestion, it’s very appreciated!

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  • @iSpeakVeryWell said in Good application launcher for Linux?:

    I already tried KDE in the past days and I didn’t liked it at all.

    Same here! But at least there’s options and the freedom to choose!

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  • Your right! This is what it make Linux so wonderful! :slight_smile:

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  • @iSpeakVeryWell There may be more apps like synapse, you can try to look here https://alternativeto.net/software/synapse-launcher/?platform=linux

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  • Nice! I LOVE alternaveto.net! I have found it so helpful!

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  • @Keegan i usually make use of it to know for alternatives, the next step is to look if the packages exist in arch/AUR/Antergos repositories, then you can test them :p

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  • @fernandomaroto said in Good application launcher for Linux?:

    the next step is to look if the packages exist in arch/AUR/Antergos repositories, then you can test them

    True. But sometimes just knowing of a package allows you to find an alternative to it in the AUR or Arch Repo.

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  • @fernandomaroto said in Good application launcher for Linux?:

    @iSpeakVeryWell There may be more apps like synapse, you can try to look here https://alternativeto.net/software/synapse-launcher/?platform=linux

    Good call! I use “alternative to” a lot too! I’ll check it, thank you! :slight_smile:

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  • @iSpeakVeryWell said in Good application launcher for Linux?:

    I use “alternative to” a lot too!

    I didn’t realize how popular it is!

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  • I have exactly what you want. In Gnome. Rather than synapse, I use Albert (AUR). With the “Arc” skin, it integrates perfectly with the Arc theme.

    I have exactly what you want. Whit that, I mean: when I press the Super key, Albert appears and has focus. Few letters, <enter>, and off we go. Albert is also very good at indexing your files.

    How to go about it:

    1. Install Albert (obviously)
    2. Have Albert autostart: copy its desktop file from /usr/share/applications into your ~/.config/autostart directory (cp /usr/share/applications/albert.desktop ~/.config/autostart/)
    3. Set Albert to use the hotkey Alt+F1. Albert will ask the first time it is run.
    4. Install a little tool, ksuperkey, that allows you to redirect the <super> key
    5. open dconf Editor to disable the <super> key and the Alt+F1 key for gnome desktop.
      a) Set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu to an empty string: [’’]
      b) Set org.gnome.mutter overlay-key to an empty string
    6. I have ksuperkey automatically loaded along with albert. For this, edit your newly copied ~/.config/autostart/albert.desktop file, and after “Exec=”, replace “albert” by “sh -c ‘ksuperkey && albert’”

    Log out and log in. Pressing <super> should now launch Albert rather than opening the Activities overview. You can still get to the activities overview using <win+s> (and of course via the activities button if you leave that in place).

    You could substitute synapse or another launcher, of course.

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