Synapse: a GNOME Do-style application launcher but much faster

Synapse is an application in the style Gnome-do o Copper. Besides the impressive speed to which it runs, it should be noted that this program, unlike Gnome-Do is developed in language ValaTherefore does not need the bookstores Mono. In addition, it has the particularity that all searches performs them using Zeitgeist.

The application already has several themes to change its appearance. The one you see below is the "mini" theme, but there are several more available.

The plugins that Synapse currently has:

  • Applications - find files on your computer
  • Banshee - allows to play / glue music files in Banshee
  • Commands - run any command (Ex: "sudo apt-get update")
  • Devhelp - find documentation using Devhelp
  • Dictionary - find word definitions
  • Directory search - allows you to open commonly used directories
  • Gnome session - logout, shutdown, restart
  • Hybrid search - complete search results provided by Zeitgeist
  • Rhythmbox - allows to play / glue music files in Rhythmbox
  • UPower - suspend and hibernate your computer
  • Zeitgeist - search for anything found by Zeitgeist


You just need to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: synapse-core / ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade # this step is only necessary in Ubuntu Lucid
sudo apt-get install synapse

Synapse will be available at Applications> Accessories. To launch it, press CTRL + space bar.

Note: to modify Synapse settings, click on the little circle that appears at the top right of the Synapse window. To make this screen appear, you must first press the key combination that launches it (CTRL + space bar is the one that comes by default).

Source: WebUpd8 & Ubunlog & Ubuntu Life

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  2.   Fdgf said

    It catches my attention, I think I'm going to try it tomorrow 🙂

  3.   Focojano said

    Ha ha yeah, he answers me faster than Gnome do.
    Is awesome.

    I loved that separating the categories and their skins are stylish.
    Very good application.

  4.   Focojano said


    Better than Gnome do ?.
    Will it be possible?

    We will have to try, right now I will.

    Thanks for the post.

  5.   Focojano said

    It just doesn't learn from searches like Gnome-do does.
    But they are details that will surely improve in future updates.

  6.   Hom118 said

    How do I get it to read the documents of a different partition than the main one

  7.   Let's use Linux said

    That is a good question. The truth is that I don't know ... but I imagine that it is not Synapse that needs to be configured but Zeitgeist. Let us know if you discover how to solve this problem.
    Cheers! Paul.