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.

Use Super-r to display RunLens.



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


RunLens is beeing developed and tested on Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot”. Most likely it doesn’t work with earlier version.

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.


For bug reports or feature requests please use the bugtracker at Launchapd

The project page at Launchpad offers some other services, too.


You can use RunLens under the conditions of GPL v3 or later.

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


RunLens is available from the PPA(“Personal Package Archive”) ppa:diesch/testing for Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot”. If you add this PPA to your software sources Ubuntu’s Update manager will automatically install newer versions of RunLens when they are available.

If you don’t know how to do this see this explanation.

If you rather want to download the files manually here there are:

File Size Modified MD5
runlens-0.02.tar.gz 23.2 KByte 2011-12-10 16:20 f9a454e66114e089cdfc975c0f58a42a
runlens_0.02_all.deb 19.7 KByte 2011-12-10 16:20 4a2cd20a02c782b8528ca12271187533

After you installed RunLens will be started automatically when you next log in.

Source code

The source code is available from the Bazaar repository at Lauchpad