Best Linux Application Launchers 2019 [ Updated ]

best linux application launchers

We have written number of posts in Linux themes or Linux desktop environment and today we thought to write something about some of the best Linux application launchers. Sometime, It’s pretty much boring to use same desktop launchers.

Best Linux Application Launchers

1. Gnome Pie

It is the strange and unique app launcher for Linux. It has pie shaped GUI. From Gnome-Pie 0.7.1, there is initial support for Wayland too.

Install Gnome Pie In Ubuntu

Run the following command to install Gnome Pie in Ubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-pie

Download Gnome Pie


2. Synapse

Synapse is a semantic launcher. It is written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files. It is powered by open source Zeitgeist engine.

Download Synapse

3. Ulauncher

Ulauncher is a  neat and beautiful application launcher. You can even customize the shortcuts or install third party extensions. 

Download Ulauncher

4. Dmenu

Probably one of the simplest and lightweight Linux desktop launcher available in the internet. It doesn’t run in the background and doesn’t use much more RAM.

Download Dmenu

5. Docky

Docky turns your Linux to OS X like environment. Docky is a Mac-like application dock/launcher for Linux. It  sits at the edges of your desktop screen.

Download Docky

6. Kupfer

Kupfer is an easy to use launcher. Kupfer is a keyboard-focused interface and very configurable. Kupfer is available in a repo for Ubuntu operating system.

Download Kupfer

7. Launchy

Launchy is a free and cross-platform launcher. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes.

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Download Launchy

8. Lighthouse

It says a simple scriptable popup dialog to run on X. Lighthouse is easy to use, simple and customizable application launchers for Linux.

Download Lighthouse

9. DockBarX

DockBarX is a lightweight Linux launcher. It works as a stand-alone dock and  is a fork of dockbar made by Aleksey Shaferov. 

Download DockBarX

10. Mutate

Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred (OS X app) for Linux.

Download Mutate