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I really like that synapse application launcher, but there seems to be no way of installing it in ubuntu 14.04. Any ideas why? Or does anyone know how I could get it?

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A bug has been filed on launchpad about that.

It seems, though, that the program's testing PPA now supports 14.04: Synapse Bleeding edge


EDIT:

To install from the PPA above, do the following in a terminal - [Ctrl+Alt+t]

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:synapse-core/testing

(press Enter-key when prompted to continue)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install synapse

Synapse should now be installed.

NOTE: It is not recommended that you use a bleeding edge version of a software application as they may (and often do) contain game breaking bugs. My advice is that you keep checking Ubuntu's software repository and revert to a stable version as soon as one is made available.

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  • thanks for the info. I just simply dont know how to install an application from that source.
    – Elysium
    Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 22:48
  • @Elysium: added install instructions.
    – migdsb
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 4:24
  • thanks Miguel. I marked it as an answer. I also agree with the comment below...."install" is missing from the last line.
    – Elysium
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 10:14
  • @Elysium, absolutely. Apologies for the mistake.
    – migdsb
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 18:18
  • Just in case anyone else is reading this and curious about the new one's functionality: I just installed it like miguel detailed it above and am happy to report: it's working as the "old" Synapse did in 13.10. Wohoo. :)
    – henry
    Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 13:55
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Synapse was removed of Debian since was seriously bugged and blocked the removal of Vala, this also affects new Ubuntu installation since Ubuntu imports from Debian.

You can use a PPA or compiling from sources but you wont have Ubuntu support to solve any bug encountered.

The changelog of the package confirms this.

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  • Is there a good alternative to synapse?
    – Mendhak
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 13:16
  • @Shah I don't know, I don't use the software, I just check the reasons why was it removed from the repositories.
    – Braiam
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 13:22
  • @Shah Not AFAIK, however as stated by other users in this thread the PPA for 64 bit seems to work without problems.
    – henry
    Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 10:35
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I've been looking for Synapse too, since I installed Ubuntu 14.04, and just found these links:

For 32-bit PC:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/i386/synapse/0.2.10-2ubuntu3
Look for "synapse_0.2.10-2ubuntu3_i386.deb (473.5 KiB)" under Downloadable files.

For 64-bit PC:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/amd64/synapse/0.2.10-2ubuntu3
Look for "synapse_0.2.10-2ubuntu3_amd64.deb (475.9 KiB)" under Downloadable files.

Attention! I still haven't tested them, for I'm at work right now. As soon as I get home, in the evening, I'll test it, then I come back here to say if it works or not. In the meantime, if anyone tests it, please, let us know if it works, OK?

I hope this works. I really miss Synapse. Unity Dash sucks! :)

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  • I tested Synapse for 64-bit and it works just fine...
    – lilicus
    Commented Apr 20, 2014 at 8:51
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    As I promised, here I am again, with my feedback. I've tested the 64-bit version and it works! I recommend it. I hope this this piece of information is helpful. Cheers, guys. :)
    – brunces
    Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 18:06
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An alternative to Synapse which is available in the Software Center is called Launchy. It's not quite as nice as Synapse but does the trick and doesn't seem to break anything.

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Gnome-do will do.

sudo apt-get install gnome-do
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  • This is great..
    – vim
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 3:15
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You need to use the Bleeding Edge PPA:

ppa:synapse-core/testing

It contains Synapse for Ubuntu 14.04.

(Original answer not mine. I found it here: How to add ppa repositories?). It works!

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I have found several users having problems with the bleeding edge version of synapse. Sometimes it doesn't run. I have included a .deb file to share which is version 0.2.10, I have not had any issues with this version on several machines. Link below to download.

http://xellink.com/2015/01/31/lubuntu-guide-synapse-application-launcher/

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Synapse is no longer officially maintained; so in my eyes there is not much sense in trying to somehow get it up and running on your system. You might be better of using alternatives, like "launchy" or "kupfer".

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