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Gnome-Do is a quicksilver-like application for Linux. By itself, it is only a simple application launcher, and seriously speaking, I find that there is nothing great about it on its own. However, if you make good use of the plugins in the repository, you will discover that there are tons of things that you can do with it. Some of them are really a great time-saver and are able to make your life easier.

So here it is, my recommendation of the 8 most useful plugins for Gnome-Do:

1. Locate files

Gnome-Do Locate File plugin

I am definitely not the type who likes to dig several levels down the filesystem to locate a particular file. That is where the ‘Locate file‘ plugin is useful. Load up Gnome-Do (by pressing “Win + Space” key), type the first few characters of the filename and it will fetch the required files for you, no matter how secluded it is.

2. Twitter

Gnome-DoTwitter plugin

Send your tweets from the Gnome-Do without having to open your Twitter client. A good and quick way to update your twitter without having too much distraction.


3. Rhythmbox

Gnome-Do Rhythmbox plugin

If you are like me, who enjoys playing music in the background while working, then this plugin is particularly useful. You can control your Rhythmbox to start playing your favorite track, pause, mute, unmute, volume up/down, change to next/previous track or to display current track info, all within the small Gnome-Do box.

4. Gnome Terminal

Gnome-Do Terminal plugin

Gnome Terminal is useful because it eliminates the need for you to launch the Terminal. Being someone who love the command line interface more than the GUI, I simply love this plugin that allows me to type and run in the command line from Gnome-Do. (I used to have a Terminal shortcut icon on my dock so that I can launch the Terminal quickly. Ever since, I installed this plugin, I have removed the shortcut icon from my dock as I have no longer any use of it)

5. Apturl

Gnome-Do AptUrl plugin

Rather than typing ‘sudo apt-get install package-name’ everytime you wanted to install a package, now you just need to type the package name and Gnome-do will do the installation for you. The only caveat: this works only if you know the full name of the package and spell it correctly.

6. Opensearch

Gnome-Do Opensearch plugin

Opensearch allows you to search from your desktop using a variety of search engines. From Google, Yahoo, eBay, CreativeCommon,, to Wikipedia, depending on what you want to find, you can easily get the information you want from Gnome-Do. I particularly like to use CreativeCommon to find photos for my blog.

7. Flickr

Gnome-Do Flickr

Quickly upload your photos to Flickr without accessing your Flickr account in the browser. You can choose to upload one photo or a bunch of photos from a particular folder. It works quietly in the background and does not provide any distraction.

8) Tomboy Notes

Gnome-Do Tomboy

Do you feel disoriented without your Tomboy notes? Well, I do. I use Tomboy notes to keep reference to articles that I have read online. That’s why I find this plugin particularly useful. It provides you with a quick and neat way to create a new note or to dig up material from your existing Tomboy notes. It is very handy when you have all the information at your fingertips.

(To install plugins, load up Gnome-Do by pressing ‘Win + Space’ keys. Click on the arrow at the top right hand corner and select ‘Preferences’. Go to the ‘Plugins’ tab and check the plugins you want.)

What are your favorite Gnome-Do plugins?

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  1. anyone
    July 9, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Is there a plugin for getting the weather quickly? That would be quite good, you could type 'weather' then tab and type 'London' and it would give you todays forecast and if you pressed enter it would take you to bbc weather or something.

    • Damien Oh
      July 9, 2009 at 9:55 pm

      There is a weather docklet plugin for Gnome-do that you can use.

      • anyone
        July 10, 2009 at 9:43 am

        Yeah, I don't want to use the dock though, I like the pop-up interface.

  2. Mike Phillips
    June 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Love this app and would be lost without it! Great article!

  3. Alex Launi
    August 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    My top 8 are

    1) Pastebin
    2) Twitter
    3) Tomboy
    4) GMail Contacts
    5) Google Calendar
    6) Files and Folders
    7) SSH
    8) Web Search

  4. Casper
    August 5, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Locate File, Flickr Uploader and RhytmBox look like something many Linux users would find very useful.