How to install Cerebro Search on Ubuntu 17.04 and Below


I recently came across a simple but yet powerful search app called – Cerebro Search. Cerebro is an open-source search platform or better described as a local search engine for Linux distros. It’s a system-wide desktop search app similar to iOS spotlight search app. Before we proceed on how to install Cerebro on Ubuntu, lets take a quick look at its features.

Cerebro Key Features

  • The integrated plugin manager allows you to always find and use what you want with ease
  • You can interact with everything searched for like open a file in its default program or reveal in finder, copy contact details to clipboard, as well as see google suggestions
  • It is free and open-source

Cerebro 0.3.0 Changelog

This recent release comes with a lot of small changes and improvements. It’s mostly about simplifying core logic, reducing count of dependencies as well as application size


  • All core plugins extracted to own packages, so any plugin could be installed and uninstalled separately
  • Added “open at login” option to settings
  • Added version for Windows 32 bit
  • Set focus back to the previous application: before if you set focus in some input in application and show/hide Cerebro – focus won’t be restored in this input


  • Improved plugins development flow: check out create-cerebro-plugin to start building plugins without any configuration
  • Main UI components extracted to cerebro-ui package
  • Migrated to webpack 2. It reduces size of final JS bundles
  • Added js bundles minification. It reduces size of final JS bundles even more

How to install Cerebro Search on Ubuntu 17.04

sudo apt install gdebi    wget    sudo gdebi cerebro_0.3.0_amd64.deb

How to uninstall Cerebro

sudo apt remove cerebro

How to use Cerebro

  • After installation, press “ctrl + spacebar” to launch Cerebro or search for cerebro in dash
  • next type what you are looking for like example “linux hint”. As seen, this looks like the Google search feature

  • you can also search the local directory by entering the path you want to search

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