Ulauncher Application Launcher for Linux

Ulauncher is a free and open source application launcher for Linux. It comes with custom color themes, shortcuts and extensions and fuzzy search feature. You don’t need the correct spelling to search in launcher and it remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you. You can extend its features with extensions and improve productivity with customizable shortcuts and easily browse files and directories.

Ulauncher Application Launcher

Download Ulauncher

Install Ulauncher on Ubuntu Linux

Download Ulauncher in the .deb file format from the above download link and save it on your Downloads folder. Open terminal app (ctrl+alt+t) and run below command to install it.

sudo apt install ./Downloads/ulauncher*.deb


sudo apt install ./Downloads/ulauncher_5.13.0_all.deb

Here “ulauncher_5.13.0_all.deb” is the downloaded file name.

Install Ulauncher via PPA

In terminal app run below commands one by one to install the latest version of Ulauncher on your Ubuntu system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:agornostal/ulauncher
sudo apt update
sudo apt install ulauncher

How to use Ulauncher

Open the Ulauncher from the show applications menu and after that press Ctrl + Space to get the application launcher.

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Fix Ulauncher in Wayland system [Ubuntu 21.04 & later]

Ulauncher in Wayland does not receive hotkey events when triggered from some windows. To fix this issue follow the below steps.

Close Ulauncher and in terminal run below command.

sudo apt install wmctrl

Open Ulauncher from the applications menu and go to Preferences option. Here you need to set hotkey to something you’ll never use.

Ulauncher ne hotkey

After that open Settings -> Keyboard Shortcuts ->Custom Shortcuts -> and click the + button

In the name field type ulauncher
In Command ulauncher-toggle

Ulauncher shortcut


Then click Set shortcut and press the shortcut key combination.

Ulauncher Application

Ulauncher Application

That’s all. Now press the new short key to launch the Ulauncher app search window anywhere.

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