What are some alternative launchers that can be used to launch programs in Ubuntu's default Unity desktop?
Docky is a great app, you can install it with:
sudo apt-get install docky
GNOME Pie is another great one that can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install gnome-pie
(Launch with CTRL + ALT + A - this hot key is customizable.)
Cairo-Dock is also good, and can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock
Plank is another good one that can be installed with:
sudo apt-get install plank
One that I use and like is Albert.
It's very similar to OS X's Spotlight Search, especially in how it looks, but I've found it to be invaluable if you're a keyboard-heavy power user.
You have to install it via a PPA (not in the official repos yet):
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/albert sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install albert
On the first launch you will have to set the hotkey to launch Albert, but that's fairly easy:
I've set it to
Here are some more ways to launch and organize applications:
sudo apt-get install gnome-do gnome-do-plugins
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:the-duck/launcher sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install duck-launcher
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:asukhovatkin/unity-launcher-folders sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unity-launcher-folders
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install slingscold
You also have dockbarx. You can install it with:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install dockbarx
More info here.
Gnome-Do works with the keyboard as Unity. Press Super + Space and then you type the name of the program you want to run. Don't know about the project status and haven't used it since 2009. Hope this can help.
lxqt-runner is an option:
sudo apt install lxqt-runner
Cairo Dock has launchers too.
To install it click below
I use Compiz with Cairo dock so I use it in fall back mode. It adds a session for cairo only environment if you don't want to use Unity
My recent favorite: the very very lightweight
sudo apt install dmenu
Improve that tool with
dmenu-extended to be able to find files and directories from dmenu, too. Very useful.
sudo apt install suckless-tools xfonts-terminus git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:MarkHedleyJones/dmenu-extended.git cd dmenu-extended sudo python setup.py install