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


  • 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: 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.

  • It worked but I didn't like it that much. But thank you very much :)
    – abz
    Commented May 12, 2020 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. Commented May 17, 2020 at 17:22

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.

  • Okay. Can you suggest any other such app?
    – abz
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 12:02
  • I don't use it myself,, only synapse briefly. It's in the appcenter.
    – Storm
    Commented May 12, 2020 at 12:09

This should be the official page.


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


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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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