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I heard about this app today known as Albert which is an alternative to Spotlight for Linux. I watched a video on YouTube to see how to install the app but when I tried installing the app it said "can't find that package". I used the following command lines to install the app:-

sudo apt install software-properties-common

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

sudo apt update

sudo apt install albert

Also, I was wondering if it's any better to install such an app on my system and if yes, is there any better alternative for Albert?

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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.

  1. Remove Albert - only if you already tried installing Albert (First startup of Albert crashed on my system and broke the install)

killall albert

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

  1. 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

  1. Install Albert

sudo apt-get install albert

Note:

  • 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.

Resources:

https://albertlauncher.github.io/docs/installing/#importing-the-keyfile

https://www.reddit.com/r/elementaryos/comments/gi8edf/how_to_install_a_spotlight_like_search_launcher/fqd81te/


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: uname -a

  • It should give you something like e.g.: x86_64

  • Then download the matching .deb package, e.g.: fd_8.0.0_amd64.deb

  • Change to "Downloads" dir with: cd && cd Downloads

  • Install .deb package with: sudo dpkg -i fd_8.0.0_amd64.deb

Configuration of fd

  • Configure alias for fd to make it work properly: sudo nano ~/.bashrc

  • Move to the bottom of the file with the arrow key and paste:

# fd search alias used by ulauncher

alias fd=fdfind

  • 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.

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  • It worked but I didn't like it that much. But thank you very much :) – Aryan May 12 at 13:38
  • You're welcome ;) I updated my answer with instructions how to install albert since I finally made it work. You can check this out, if it suits you more. – kladderadatsch May 17 at 17:22
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I have checked the source you're referring to. There's no package for ubuntu 18.04 and up. It havn't been updated in 3 years. So you have to find other means to try Albert.

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  • Okay. Can you suggest any other such app? – Aryan May 12 at 12:02
  • I don't use it myself,, only synapse briefly. It's in the appcenter. – Storm May 12 at 12:09
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This should be the official page.

https://albertlauncher.github.io/


I found packages support up to xUbuntu 20.04, also can be gotten from repository.

https://software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=home:manuelschneid3r&package=albert

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It is found in the following page with introduction and setup guide.

Albert is a good Spotlight alternative for Linux April 26, 2019 - by John Been https://www.reallinuxuser.com/albert-is-a-good-spotlight-alternative-for-linux/

I miss Spotlight from Mac, too.

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