Monday, July 16, 2012

[HOW TO] Install Synapse (file launcher) in Xubuntu

Update 07/01/2015   Synapse is no longer officially maintained (it's not even available on Ubuntu repositories since version 14.04) so its stability is not assured.

Synapse is a semantic 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.
Synapse running on Xubuntu 12.04 Synapse launching Firefox
Synapse running on Xubuntu 12.04. Start typing the name of the application you want to run and Synapse will try to auto-complete and will launch it when you hit return.


Open a terminal window and run:

sudo apt-get install synapse -y


Synapse can be accessed via Applications Menu > Accessories > Synapse or typing the following command: synapse.

Synapse runs on the background and can be activated using the keyboard combination Ctrl+Space. This combination and other settings (like add to startup) and be altered accessing the preferences dialog:


Synapse in Launchpad


  1. Does Synapse still work with Xubuntu? On my machine, it crashes every time.

    1. Hi Beni, it seems that Synapse were very buggy and therefore was removed from the official repositories and is no longer officially maintained.
      I looked for alternatives and found kupfer and seems great, soon I'll write about it.