Application Launchers

Synapse – semantic launcher written in Vala

Synapse is a semantic graphical launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine, a service that logs activity.

With a quick keyboard shortcut, users can launch an application or take action on a certain file, depending on the plugins installed.

The software is released under an open source license.

Features include:

  • Light and fast.
  • Browse recent items.
  • Actions.
  • Audio – allows you to play/enqueue music files.
  • Applications – searches your desktop files.
  • Audio – allows you to play/enqueue music files in Banshee.
  • Places.
  • Documents.
  • Images.
  • Video.
  • Contacts.
  • Internet – search with DuckDuckGo.
  • Gnome session – log out, shut down, restart.
  • Hybrid search – complete Zeitgeist results by searching for similar files.
  • Rhythmbox – play/enqueue music files in Rhythmbox.
  • UPower – suspend & hibernate your computer.
  • Zeitgeist – search anything logged by Zeitgeist.
  • Plugin support. Examples include Banshee, Rhythmbox, Devhelp, Dictionary, Log out/Shut Down/Suspend, and quick Terminal commands.

Support: Git
Developer: Michal Hruby, Alberto Aldegheri, Tom Beckmann, Rico Tzschichholz
License: GNU GPL v2, GNU GPL v3, GNU LGPL v2.1


Synapse is written in Vala. Learn Vala with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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