Albert – A Fast, Lightweight and Flexible Application Launcher for Linux
A while ago, we have written about Ulauncher which is used to launch application quickly. Today we came up with similar kind of utility called Albert which is doing the same job and have some additional unique features which is not there in ulauncher.
Albert is a quick launcher for Linux inspired by Alfred (Mac). Access everything with zero effort. It’s capable to launch applications, open files and its paths, open bookmarks in your browser, perform web searches, do mathematical calculations and lot more. It is written in C++ and based on the Qt framework.
Albert has a plugin based architecture, which allows the user to modify or extend the functionality of the application. There are several extensions that get shipped together with the main albert core.
The main feature of launcher application is querying and launching the particular application and albert doing the job natively, just input your query and forget about spilling mistakes because it will automatically recognize the input query and list-out the application based on that.
How to install Albert in Linux
At this point of time albert is not included in any of the major Linux distributions official repository, so we have to look for third party repository or source install.
$ yaourt -S albert or $ packer -S albert
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install albert
For Fedora users, add following copr repository and use DNF Package Manager to install Albert.
$ sudo dnf copr enable rabiny/albert $ sudo dnf install albert
$ wget -qO - https://repo.adminlounge.org/archive.key \ | sudo apt-key add - $ sudo echo "deb http://repo.adminlounge.org/ jessie main" \ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/adminlounge.list $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install albert
How to Use Albert
After you’ve successfully installed Albert launcher, launch it from system main menu.
It’s not a error message, actually it’s asking us to set hotkey for Albert launcher to open easily by next time. Just hit
Ok, and it will open the Albert settings window.
Launch a application : To launch any application, just type the application name and hit enter. It will lookup an “AppIndex” entry where the application paths set in $XDG_DATA_HOME and $XDG_DATA_DIRS environment variables. Directory locations are (~/.local/share/applications, /usr/local/share/applications, /usr/share/applications & Desktop specific location like /usr/share/gnome/applications or /usr/share/ubuntu/applications, etc.)
File searching : To search a file, just type the file name which you want, and it will display list of files with the name and its location. File search happening through “File extension” which will lookup a “Fileindex” and its contains the files path.
Web Search : To search something on Google directly, input your query (i’m going to search 2daygeek) in the launcher followed by google or gg (shortcut) then press
Enter button, this will open a new tab on browser which contains google serach results for “2daygeek”.
MPRIS Extension : MPRIS (Media Player Remote Interfacing Specification) extension allows you to control MPRIS-capable media players like Rhythmbox or VLC. It currently supports play, pause, next, previous and stop. Make sure media player should be running to perform the actions.