Zazu, a minimalist and multiplatform application launcher for those who love to use the keyboard
If you prefer to use the keyboard to navigate through most of the applications and services on your system, this application launcher may come to you like a finger ring. It does not matter if you use Windows, Linux or MacOS, you can install it on any of the operating systems and start writing searches and operations.
Zazu is designed primarily to attract advanced users, hackers, creators or enthusiasts who like to get their hands on new and interesting things. It is a simple application that will not replace your default launcher or launcher menu, but adds a new layer of options to your system within the reach of a couple of buttons on your keyboard.
All you need to do to use it is to install the package that corresponds to your system from your downloads website. Once installed use the keyboard shortcut ALT + SPACE BAR to bring Zazu to the front and start typing anything. By default Zazu can do several things, but there is also a library of additional plugins to which anyone can collaborate.
Although there are several applications similar to Zazu, this tool has the advantage of being open source and multiplatform, meaning that anyone can extend and improve it and create additional plugins to add more functions to the launcher. At the moment it is quite basic, but you can search several engines including: Google, Amazon, GitHub, Giphy and NPM.
Zazu is also able to do simple math operations and the result will be copied to the clipboard once you press Enter. You also have a file finder, and you can perform some operations like blocking the computer or restarting it directly from the launcher. Zazu also has a plugin that saves a history with the last things copied to the clipboard.
If you want to change your appearance a little you can install some of the themes available so far. To install plugins you must add the line of code that appears in the GitHub page of the plugin to the hidden file that appears in C: \ Users \ TuUsuario called “.zazurc.json”.