Ulauncher – great application launcher for Linux

Last Updated on July 8, 2023

Ulauncher is a fast application launcher for Linux.

It has a minimal design, dependent on only a few resources, very fast, and works on virtually all Linux desktops. The software is written in Python, using GTK+.

The software is released under an open source license.

Features include:

  • Get instant search results as soon as you start typing.
  • Fuzzy search – helps you find the software you’re looking for. The program also remembers your previous choices.
  • Swift directory search.
  • Custom color themes – there are 4 themes built-in, and you can create your own.
  • Good range of extensions are available, and you can create your own. Ulauncher extensions are Python 2 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.
  • Shortcuts allow opening Web URLs in the default browser or executing custom scripts.
  • Auto-downloads missing extensions.
  • Fast directory browser. Type ~ or / to start. Press Alt+Enter to access an alt menu.
  • Shortcuts for web search and user scripts.
  • Wayland support.
  • Launch Google and Wikipedia searches.
  • Developer provides support for Debian, CentOS, Fedora, openSuSE, and Ubuntu.

Website: ulauncher.io
Support: Wiki, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Aleksandr Gornostal
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


Ulauncher is written in Python and Vue. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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