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Gnome Launch Box is a an application launcher. It's very influenced by Quicksilver for Mac OSX.

Launch Box is the result of a Hackathon at Imendio.

It's available in Universe repositories, since Hoary. Install it by searching for "Launch Box" in Synaptic or by running:

sudo apt-get install gnome-launch-box

Keyboard binding

  • Open the Configuration Editor under Applications > System Tools.

  • Go to /apps/metacity/global_keybindings.

  • Change the value of a run_command to a key combination.

  • Go to /apps/metacity/keybinding_commands.

  • Change the value of command_X (the one you haven choosen before) to gnome-launch-box.


  • You can start it up with the defined keyboard shortcut, or by pressing Alt+F2 and typing gnome-launch-box

  • You are not supposed to click on anything.
  • Just type and it will automatically search through your evolution contacts, programs and firefox bookmarks.
  • Select one and press enter.
  • With ESC you can exit.


  • Gnome Launch Box disappears after starting an application.
  • Starting it up again brings it back (it's using the same PID)!

Credits: Forum Thread


GnomeLaunchBox (last edited 2011-05-16 18:57:57 by jorge)