kupfer (!)

kupfer, a convenient command and access tool


Kupfer is an interface for quick and convenient access to applications and their documents.

The most typical use is to find a specific application and launch it. We have tried to make Kupfer easy to extend with plugins so that this quick-access paradigm can be extended to many more objects than just applications.

We hope that using Kupfer feels both very fun and different.

Latest version


Source tarball: kupfer-v208.tar.xz (624 K)

Release notes: NEWS for Kupfer v208


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Get Kupfer from your distribution

Ubuntu and Debian
Kupfer is available in the repository under the package name kupfer, you can install it with your package manager.
Ubuntu PPA
More up to date versions of Kupfer are available in Kupfer's PPA.
Arch Linux
Kupfer is available in the community repositories (AUR)

Installation from Source

The installation from source is simple and uses waf; install Kupfer with the following procedure:

./waf configure
sudo ./waf install


Kupfer requires Python 2.6 or later, and Python modules gtk, dbus, and xdg. Intltool is required to build the package from source. The module python-keybinder is strongly recommended. See the README for more detailed information.


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