How To

Ulauncher Linux Desktop Application Launcher

Ulauncher is a simple desktop application for Linux that allows users to launch installed applications and open file directories using a fast and convenient user interface. Ulauncher is written in Python and uses GTK as a GUI toolkit. Before we proceed on how to install Ulauncher on Ubuntu, lets take a quick look at its features.

install Ulauncher

Ulauncher Features

  • Instant app launcher – App provides you with instant search results. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you
  • Fuzzy search – This feature allows you to type in an application name without worrying about wrong spelling. Furthermore, it will automatically figure out what you were trying to search for
  • Fast directory browser – You can open your files and directories faster with the fuzzy search engine
  • Shortcuts & Extensions – Improves your workflow with customizable shortcuts and extensions. Create a shortcut for web search or your scripts or install a 3rd party extension.

See app in action

Ulauncher 3.2.0 Changelog

  • Improved portability of configs. Now shortcut icon paths saved with ~ if the file is in user home
  • Fixed app crash on switching app indicator on/off
  • Improved portability of configs. Now shortcut icon paths saved with ~ if the file is in user home
  • Fixed app crash on switching app indicator on/off
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Planned v3 Release

  • Plugin API.
    • Developers will be able to create plugins that run along with the app and may extend Setting.
  • Plugin website.
    • Developers will be able to publish their plugins.
    • Users will be able to search and install plugins.
    • User ratings and comments will be available.

How to install Ulauncher on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

Using PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:agornostal/ulauncher

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ulauncher

Using the DEB Package

sudo apt-get install gdebi

wget https://launchpad.net/~agornostal/+archive/ubuntu/ulauncher/+files/ulauncher_1.0.0_all.deb

sudo gdebi ulauncher_1.0.0_all.deb

Install from Source package

sudo apt-get install git

git clone https://github.com/Ulauncher/Ulauncher.git

cd Ulauncher

./install_deps

./run

./run will copy icon files to ~/.local/share/icons/ and .desktop file to ~/.local/share/applications/. Then it will run the app.

After you run ./run once, you can find and start ulauncher from your OS launcher like Ubuntu Dash, etc.

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