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What lenses are available for Unity?

If the lens has (a) scope(s) remember to add them to your answer as well.

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    Wouldn't it be feasible if this post along with the post for quicklists under an EXTENSION page on the Unity website?
    – Mysterio
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 6:44

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Rotten Tomatoes Scope

Allows users to search for review articles of movies, directly from the Unity Dash. The information is gathered from the Rotten Tomatoes website.

Rotten Tomatoes Lens


 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa
 sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y install unity-lens-utilities unity-scope-rottentomatoes

Source: Softpedia


Google Play Lens

You can use this lens to search for apps on Google Play.

To install follow these steps:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:abhshk-btra/rotatingcanvas
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install googleplaylens
  • Is there raring support? It seems to be failing on apt-get update in Ubuntu 13.04
    – victorhqc
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 16:38

Radio lens for Ubuntu 12.10

Station listings are fetched from the radio.de group of websites thus making over 7,000 radio channels accessible from the lens. When opened the lens offers up a selection of station recommendations, including streams from locations near to you.
The search bar and filter options should let you narrow down available choices quickly, though be warned that the genre list provided is huge.
Clicking on a station result opens the stream directly in Rhythmbox.

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Installation Ubuntu 12.10
The lens isn’t included by default but can be easily installed from the Ubuntu Software Center in 12.10.


Skype lens

Search your contacts and start a conversation. It Needs Skype4Py

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pedro-joao/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-lens-skype
  • Is this available in 12.04?
    – Dustin
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 17:34


UUdeLens searches the wiki of the German Ubuntu forum ubuntuusers.de. It is currently only available in German.

screenshot of UUdeLens

See the UUdeLens webpage for how to download and install it.


RuneScape Wikia Lens

This lens searches the RuneScape Wikia webpage. For those who actually still play the game, this tool may turn out to be very useful for quick searching while playing the game--especially if the new Wikia search feature is bugging you!

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To install it, add the PPA and install the lens:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ryanmichaelmcclure/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-lens-runescapewikia

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