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RunLens - an alternative to the application lens on Ubuntu's Unity desktop

Project Description

What is RunLens?

RunLens is an alternative for the application lens that is used in Ubuntu’s Unity desktop to start applications.

RunLens doesn’t show “Apps available for Download” and “Most Frequently used” sections. Instead it only lists installed applications sorted by relevancy to the search query.

In addition to the program’s name and icon it shows a short description for every application.

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RunLens ist available at


RunLens is Alpha software. It works for me but I expect it to have quite some bugs. Use it at your own risk.

If you find a bug in RunLens please report it at the bugtracker at Launchpad so that I can fix it. Thank you.


RunLens is developed and tested on Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot”

RunLens needs the following packages from the software sources:

  • python-gmenu
  • python-gobject
  • python-whoosh

If you install the .deb package this packages will be automatically installed if needed.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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