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Ulauncher – An Application Launcher for Linux Desktops

Ulauncher for Ubuntu
Written by Martins D. Okoi

ULauncher is an application launcher for Linux written in Python with GTK as a GUI toolkit.

It has a minimal design, dependent on a few resources, lightning fast, and will work on virtually all Linux desktops.

Reminiscent of Apple’s spotlight search via, cmd + Space use Ctrl + Space to open the app.

Features of ULauncher for Linux

Following are the notable features of ULauncher:

1. Launch Apps Instantly

Get instant search results as soon as you start typing as ULauncher can remember your previous app options and will auto-select them for you.

Launch Apps Instantly

Launch Apps Instantly

2. Smart App Searches

Type in the name of an app and ULauncher will overlook your spelling errors to figure out what you want.

Search for Apps

Search for Apps

3. Swift Directory Search

Search to open files and directories just as you do apps.

Search Files Quickly

Search Files Quickly

4. Google and Wikipedia Integration

You can install two plugins, for Google and Wikipedia respectively to perform web searches right from your desktop. Write ‘g’ or ‘w’ followed by a search/keyword to activate a Google or Wikipedia search respectively.

Google Search from Ulauncher

Google Search from Ulauncher

Watch the video below to see ULauncher in action:

Install Ulauncher in Ubuntu

Currently, Ulauncher only works with the latest stable releases of Debian-based Linux distributions.

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

If you don’t want to use the PPA download, then you can download .deb package here. Make sure to install the package python-levenshtein.

Currently Ulauncher builds for all popular Linux distributions are under development. If you don’t want to wait, then you can build from source as shown.

$ git clone
$ cd Ulauncher
$ ./install_deps
$ ./run

Are you a Ulauncher user? How does it compare to other Linux app launchers? Drop your feedback in the comments section.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.