I'm using Budgie Desktop currently, and I really enjoy it. It's got good battery life, customizability, stability and speed, but there's just one thing that bothers me; it doesn't have a real app switcher. Pressing Alt + Tab will switch apps, but no dialog appears, and it doesn't allow me to select an app I want to see; it just calls them all to front, on at a time.

Because of this, I've been looking for some third party app switcher that'll show a dialog and let me select the app to switch to instead of just pulling everything to the front. Right now, I'm using skippy-xd, which is an exposé-style switcher. It's OK, but I'd prefer the linear method that Unity and GNOME use.

Googling has turned up nothing. I think I'm just not doing it correctly.

Are there any standalone app/task switchers (besides skippy-xd) available for Ubuntu or Linux in general?

  • +1 for letting us know Budgie exists and may address battery life questions many AU users have posted. Nov 11 '16 at 13:49
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    +1 for asking the question. I too was looking for it
    – Anwar
    Nov 11 '16 at 13:51
  • I voted for this question because I was also annoyed by the default app switcher in Budgie, but it seems to have been just upgraded (27/07/2017) because it does now have a window listing the running applications. Much better!
    – vmalep
    Jul 27 '17 at 11:59

Please note that the Alt+Tab behaviour is built into budgie-wm itself. I intend to add graphical switching in Budgie 11, which is currently in active development.

Budgie 12 will see deeper window management changes as we reduce our dependency on GNOME.

  • I managed to disable Budgie's Alt Tab using dconf editor. Fossfreedom told me that there is progress being made, but I'd like something in the meantime, if a solution exists. Nov 11 '16 at 15:44
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    I'm speaking as the author of Budgie itself. The only progress to be made in the meantime is by me. :) Nov 11 '16 at 15:46
  • From this message and your profile, I gathered that :p. I was just pointing out that I do know Budgie will eventually get a better app switcher. Nov 11 '16 at 15:49
  • Ah my bad :) Never know who knows who :P Budgie 11 will represent the single largest release we've ever done.. and 12 could be even bigger still. Derpy Alt+TAB is one of my pet hates fwiw, and I'll add it to the sinbin list later: github.com/budgie-desktop/info/blob/master/NEXT_NOTES.md Nov 11 '16 at 15:52
  • do you have an ETA on Budgie 11? so far I'm loving the desktop UI, the only sore spot is the alt+tab functionality.
    – Eddie
    May 18 '17 at 0:42

I strongly recommends rofi. It can be used as a window swticher and application runner. Realy neat.

  • This is exactly what I am looking for for a long time. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
    – sgon00
    Jun 12 '20 at 14:00

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