I'd like to use the recoll index as a search provider in gnome 3. That is, instead of opening recoll and entering my search terms, I'd like to hit super, get gnome overview, enter my search terms and get recoll results there.

This seems to be possible in Unity but I haven't found a way to do enable it in the vanilla gnome shell.

Any advice on how to enable that in gnome?

Many thanks!


Recoll provides a Gnome Shell Search Provide in its official downloads:

Gnome Shell Search Provider

This can be used with all recent Gnome Desktop versions to include Recoll search results in the Gnome Shell search, and replaces the Unity Scope for recent Ubuntu versions (18.04/bionic and newer).


Packages exist for Ubuntu (on the Recoll PPA), and Fedora (release 28 and above).


To install the PPA, follow these steps (also from Recoll's downloads page):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:recoll-backports/recoll-1.15-on
sudo apt update
sudo apt install recoll

Finally, install the GNOME shell search provider:

sudo apt install gssp-recoll

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