I also couldn't make Albert work and also learned that it doesn't have nearly as much features as on macOS.
I finally figured out how to make Albert work.
- Remove Albert - only if you already tried installing Albert (First startup of Albert crashed on my system and broke the install)
sudo apt-get remove albert
sudo rm -rf /usr/bin/albert
sudo rm -rf /usr/share/albert
sudo rm -rf /home/YOUR_USERNAME/.cache/albert
sudo rm -rf /home/YOUR_USERNAME/.config/albert
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:manuelschneid3r.list
sudo apt-key del E192A257
sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get update
- Download key and add repository
curl https://build.opensuse.org/projects/home:manuelschneid3r/public_key | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/manuelschneid3r/xUbuntu_18.04/ /' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/home:manuelschneid3r.list"
sudo apt-get update
- Install Albert
sudo apt-get install albert
You manually have to activate Alberts features in the settings (like file search)
For troubeshooting I recommend starting albert first time from terminal by just typing "albert". Then you can see potential error messages.
Best alternative from my point of view is uLauncher combined with the extension "File Search" using fd.
Installation Steps for uLauncher
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:agornostal/ulauncher
sudo apt update && sudo apt install ulauncher
Installations Steps for File Search
Download & Installation of fd
Go to https://github.com/sharkdp/fd/releases and download the appropriate package for your system. If you're unsure which package to choose, paste the following in the terminal:
It should give you something like e.g.:
Then download the matching .deb package, e.g.:
Change to "Downloads" dir with:
cd && cd Downloads
Install .deb package with:
sudo dpkg -i fd_8.0.0_amd64.deb
Configuration of fd
# fd search alias used by ulauncher
- Save and exit file with Keys "CTRL+X" then "Y" then "Enter"
Download & Installation of "File Search" uLauncher Extension
- Then execute uLauncher from installed apps.
- Click the settings button on the right of the small search window.
- Navigate to extensions tab and click "Add extension".
- Paste following link: https://github.com/brpaz/ulauncher-file-search
Usage of File Search with uLauncher
Now you can type in uLauncher "fd SEARCHPHRASE" to find dirs/files or "ff SEARCHPHRASE" for files only. For apps you can directly start typing the name without any keyword.