10 Best Ubuntu Application Launchers For Quick Launch


Not everyone is well versed in Ubuntu because the user interface is quite different from Mac OS and Windows. Ubuntu interface makes it difficult to launch any new application, particularly for new Linux users. You need to be a computer geek to launch new programs, luckily there are some unity launchers available that simplify your tasks up to a great extent. Just a few commands to install these launchers and then you’re free to install any other apps via these launchers.

10 Great Ubuntu Application Launchers For A Fast Launch

Although there are various Linux / Ubuntu launchers application. I have compiled the list of best ones only. The link to download them have also been given, so go ahead and experience the easiness.

1. Docky

Have you ever tried Mac OS Doc, well, Docky is quite similar to that in terms of looks and some features as well. Lots of customization and style features is what makes Docky a perfect Ubuntu application launcher. You can make docks according to topics and place them anywhere on the screen. It is a full fledged dock application, which is quite easy to install also. Some of the cool features of Docky include 3D dock mode, Panel Mode, Weather Docklet, Clock Docklet, Icon Zooming and various background themes (matte theme, Hud theme, Smoke theme, Air theme and Glass theme). Even if you’ll get stuck at any point you can make use of Dock Manager Helper.

How To Install Docky Ubuntu Application Launcher

To install Docky, all you need is a simple command that is:

 sudo apt-get install docky

Here is the link to download Docky, and some more Docky related commands as well.

2. Gnome Pie

The application launcher for Linux does multiple tasks. It’s animated circular launcher called ‘pie’ looks quite decent. Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate between different slices. Gnome Pie has a very simple page with drag and drops feature that lets you create as many pie and slices as possible, that is why I called it a Multi-Tasker application launcher for Ubuntu.

How To Install Gnome Pie On Ubuntu

The installation process is quite easy, just a command away:-

sudo apt-get install gnome-pie

In order to use Gnome Pie, you will have to activate it using a hotkey.
The default Gnome Pie has options (also called slices) for the main menu, media application, utilities, and directories.

3. Albert

You might have used a spotlight in Mac, well Albert looks similar to that and I would say many of the features have been copied from a spotlight. Albert is quite adjustable and customizable launcher for Ubuntu. Albert is suitable for those individuals who prefer keyboard operations and console. Unlike Gnome Pie, Albert does not come with any permanent unique hotkey but I would suggest activating a hotkey on the first launch itself.

How to install Albert Ubuntu application launcher

In order to install Albert just execute the following commands in the given order:-

1.sudo apt-add-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/albert

2.sudo apt-get update

3.sudo apt-get install albert

Note: you must customize some of the settings as the default settings might not deliver the desired results for you.

4. ClassicMenu Indicator

It is more an application indicator rather than and Ubuntu application launcher. Its application in decatur looks quite similar to an inverted Windows start button or inverted Windows start task bar. ClassicMenu indicator lets you browse and search for a program in a simple way hierarchal manner, and this is what makes it cool.

How To Install ClassicMenu Indicator

Just 3 commands to execute in the given order and it will be on your system within minutes.

1.sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
2.sudo apt-get update
3.sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

5. Plank

Another Ubuntu application launcher similar to Docky. Here also you can create, edit and modify Docklet. Plank also lets you change it looks. Plank shows pinned and currently running apps icon, drag drop items to rearrange etc.

How To Install Plank Ubuntu Application Launcher

A simple terminal command is enough to install on Ubuntu:-

sudo apt-get install plank

Click here to download Plank Ubuntu Application Launcher

6. Zazu

Again, here Zazu is good for geeks who love using keyboards and console. Similar to Albert and Spotlight in Mac OS. But Zazu has more functionality, like calculation options, fetching different websites, perform searches and dispatching applications as well. You can even make your own plugins and customize Zazu according to your choice.

How To Install Zazu Ubuntu Application Launcher

Just download the .deb file from the Zazu website and open up in Ubuntu software center. (Just the way you do in Windows)

Click Here To Download  Zazu Ubuntu Application Launcher

7. DocbarX

Do you miss the windows start menu and taskbar, and want that type of feature in Ubuntu then go ahead and install DocbarX. Like gadgets and widgets, here you can insert plugins to bring more flexibility in working. Like the volume setting plugins, time-lag plugin, battery monitor plugin etc. You can check the complete plugin lists in DocbarX Preferences (Option in the interface)

How To Install DocbarX Ubuntu Application Launcher

Three commands to be executed in the given order will install DocbarX Ubuntu launcher for you.

  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install dockbarx

Click Here To Download DocbarX Ubuntu Application Launcher

8. Synapse

Synapse is a semantic launcher written in a programming language called Vala. Well, I won’t recommend you to install Synapse, try out the above mentioned Ubuntu launchers first. Actually, very few people recommended about this as an application launcher, so it’s been put in the last number.

9. Lunchy

Another application launcher in the race is Launchy, a freeware open-source keystroke launcher for Windows, Mac OS and Linux as well. Download and use it only after you’ve failed using the above-listed launchers.

10. Kupfer

Claimed to be the fastest application launcher for Ubuntu, Kupfer has a simple interface from where you can quickly access any application. You can find Kupfer in the Ubuntu repository under the name tag of Kupfer. Go ahead and read the Kupfer user guide here.

So, guys, this was an incredible list of best Ubuntu application launcher software that will make your tasks much easier. Hope you liked the post, so do share this in your network and let others discover the best Ubuntu dash alternatives for Ubuntu.

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