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GNOME Do in action (Classic interface shown)
Original author(s) David Siegel
Developer(s) GNOME Do Core Team
Stable release 0.95.3 (November 12, 2014 (2014-11-12))
Development status Active
Written in C# (Mono)
Operating system Linux
Platform GNOME
License GNU GPL

GNOME Do (often referred to as Do) is a popular, free application launcher for Linux originally created by David Siegel,[1] and currently maintained by Alex Launi. Like other application launchers, it allows searching for applications and files, but it also allows specifying actions to perform on search results. GNOME Do allows for quick finding of miscellaneous artifacts of GNOME environment (applications, Evolution and Pidgin contacts, Firefox bookmarks, Rhythmbox artists and albums, and so on) and execute the basic actions on them (launch, open, email, chat, play, etc.).[2]

While it is designed primarily for the GNOME desktop, it works in other desktop environments, such as KDE.

GNOME Do was inspired by Quicksilver for Mac OS X, and GNOME Launch Box.[3]


  • Docky 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


GNOME Do with the Docky interface

Docky is a theme for GNOME Do that behaves much like the Mac OS X dock.[4] Unlike GNOME Do's traditional interface, Docky can be set to one of three modes for hiding:

  • None - Docky is always visible.
  • Autohide - Docky is normally hidden, and appears when the mouse pointer reaches Docky's (unseen) edge at the lower/upper edge of the screen.
  • Intellihide - Docky hides if it overlaps any window in the active window group, but it can still be brought up with the mouse pointer as described above.

Standard Do functionality is still present within Docky, and the Do hot-key will still produce the expected behavior.

Docky 2[5][6][7][8] is a separate application from GNOME Do. Integration with GNOME Do is planned for Docky 2.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Lifehacker - Fast File and Program Launching with GNOME Do
  2. ^ Ubuntu 10.04 Add/Remove Applications description for GNOME Do
  3. ^
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  9. ^
  • Nathan Willis (January 11, 2008) Find the items you want with GNOME Do,
  • Daniel Pop-Silaghi (28 February 2009) GNOME Do: The King of Launchers, Softpedia Application of the month
  • Kevin Purdy (Feb 3, 2009) GNOME Do's Smart Dock Takes App Launching to Another Level, Lifehacker

External links

  • Official website
  • GNOME Do at Launchpad
  • White paper
  • GNOME Do – Launcher tool to search and launch applications files and more,
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