Smart and intuitive application finder, complete with theme and customization support.
- Blazingly fast realtime application finding
- Inline application argument launching using tab
- Begin by typing an application name, hit TAB_KEY to lock it in, begin typing arguments to that application (ie. "mail" TAB_KEY "firstname.lastname@example.org" ENTER_KEY).
- Customizable UI and theme using CSS
- Intuitive Web/Desktop Integration
- Just type what you're looking for, the application will determine whether or not an application should be launched or if the context requires an online web search.
- Direct command invocation
- Utilize terminal commands directly by typing the executable name (ie. "gedit" ENTER_KEY).
- Supports tab autocomplete for local application and filenames
- Supports CONTROL_KEY + ENTER_KEY for domain name completion (ie. google => www.google.com, google.com => www.google.com, www.google => www.google.com).
Application settings can be controlled using xfconf-query.
- /file-extension - defaults to ".desktop", controls the filenames to use for parsing.
- /web-search - defaults to "https://www.google.com/#safe=on&q=%s", controls the url format to use when applying a web search, %s is replaced by the query to be used.
- /theme = defaults to "default", controls the CSS file to use for the application (Default location is: ~/.config/xfce4/finder/default.css).
- /application-directories - defaults to /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications, specifies the directories in which to look for application files with matching /file-extension.
List all available settings:
xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -l
List a setting:
xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -p /web-search
Change a setting:
xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -p /web-search -s https://www.bing.com?q=%s
Set array values:
xfconf-query -c xfce4-finder -p /application-directories -s /usr/share/applications -s /usr/local/share/applications
The above sets the application-directories array property which is used by xfce4-finder to location application files to /usr/share/applications and /usr/local/share/applications. You may need to update this setting if your applications directory is not included by default.
This application is available under the Arch Linux AUR repository as a PKGBUILD. To install using yaourt, use the following command:
To build the application you will need to have the following dependencies installed.
- Glib 2.0
- Gio 2.0
- Gtkmm 3.0
On Arch Linux:
sudo pacman -S glib2 gtkmm garcon xfconf libxfce4util libxfce4ui automake autoconf xfce4-dev-tools
Building the application:
cd xfce4-finder/ ./autogen.sh make make install
Open xfce4-keyboard-settings and bind a key combination to use for the xfce4-finder such as META_KEY + SPACE_KEY or ALT_KEY + SPACE_KEY and invoke /usr/bin/xfce4-finder.
Once the application is displayed, begin typing. Execute commands with either the ENTER_KEY or by mouse clicking a selection in the autocomplete list.
xfce4-finder 1.0 Usage: xfce4-finder [OPTION...] Help Options: -h, --help Show help options -v, --verbose Show verbose text
Feel free add feature requests or report issues: Features/Issues.
The application won't run resulting the error: Error: Could not open directory /home/USER/.local/share/applications
- Update the application-directories setting using the Set array values example listed under Customizable Settings.
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xfce4-finder is released under the MIT License.