See How To Switch Between Lists of Pinned Apps on Your Unity Launcher


Frankly speaking, we use a lot of applications on an average day and what in particular we are doing determines how much they may vary. We bet many Linux users function the same way, and over and over again, we have seen people either make their Unity launcher too small or fill it with folders in a bid to place all the apps they will be using on the bar.

This makes the Unity Launcher look cluttered and messy – not to mention the apps that don’t have icons that are pleasing to the eyes. But all that ends today.

Introducing ‘Launcher List Indicator’ for Ubuntu’s Unity Desktop


Launcher-list-indicator was developed by Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy as a solution that introduces the concept of profiles for Unity launcher.

The app lets you to not just set up different lists of pinned apps on the Unity launcher but to also switch between them – sort of like “workspaces” execept that it is for apps that show on the launcher.

Take for example, you may create a launcher profile filled with all the necessary developer tools that you use when working on your CompSci project and another profile with all the tools and apps you use for image editing, and yet another full of traditional apps like a web browser, music player and social networking apps for when you are chilling.

The indicator app effeciently lets you create a user, task orientated desktop just by changing which apps are displayed on the launcher.

Using Launcher List Indicator

As at now, you will need to manually run Launcher List Indicator because it is not yet available as a neat, installable package. But not to worry, we’re here to guide you through.

First off, go ahead and download the latest version of Launcher List Indicator from GitHub.

Extract the contents when it has finished downloading and you’ll get a new folder called ‘launcher-list-indicator-master’ like so:


Next up, open a terminal and enter this directory, e.g.:

cd Downloads/launcher-list-indicator-master

Run the app by entering:

./launcher-list-indicator &

And that’s it; it should launch instantly!

Now, save your existing launcher layout before you do anything else by clicking on the Launcher List Indicator and selecting ‘Save current’.


It will ask you to name it. What you do with this naming power is left to you – just remember that the name you give it will appear in the panel.


Now you can add new apps, unpin apps, and generally rearrange apps to your taste. Just don’t forget to save your launchers before editing them.

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Martins Okoi
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