Excellent Utilities: Ulauncher – Sublime application launcher for Linux

Last Updated on May 4, 2023

Other Features

Ulauncher has good configurablity. You can change the hotkey, and alter the color theme. There’s the default Elementary Light, as well as Adwaita, Ubuntu, and Elementary Dark. And you can create your own themes too if none of these themes floats your boat.

By default, Ulauncher doesn’t launch at login, but you can change that behavior. There’s also the option to show frequent applications, and define blacklisted application directories.

Ulauncher - Preferences

There’s a few pre-defined shortcuts for Google searches, Stack Overflow, and Wikipedia. But you can also define your own shortcuts. Shortcuts allow opening Web URLs in the default browser or executing custom scripts.

Ulauncher - Add-Shortcut

There’s a good range of extensions available, and you can create your own. Ulauncher extensions are Python programs that run as separate processes along with the app. Extensions have the same capabilities as any other program – they can access your directories, make network requests, etc. They receive the same rights as a user that runs Ulauncher. There’s also auto-downloads for missing extensions.

Ulauncher - Extensions

Unfortunately only a few extensions support the beta release.

There’s also Wayland support.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

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