How To Install Synapse 0.2.99 On Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS And Elementary OS

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Synapse is a launcher written in Vala that enables the users to easily launch their favorite apps or open the needed files. Among others, it searches for desktop files, allows the users to play or set to queue tracks in Banshee and Rhytmbox, it has support for commands (as a virtual terminal) and enables the users to easily suspend or hibernate the computer.

The latest version available is Synapse 0.2.99, which is still under development.

how to install Synapse 0.2.99 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 14 Nadia, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Isis and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna.

In this article I will show you how to install Synapse 0.2.99 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 14 Nadia, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Isis and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna.

Because it is available via PPA, installing Synapse 0.2.99 on the listed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS and Elementary OS systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the synapse package. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:synapse-core/testing
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install synapse

Optional, to remove synapse, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove synapse

Or, you can also disable the Synapse PPA, remove synapse and downgrade all the packages that got updated via the ppa, to their versions from the official repositories, via ppa-purge:

$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:synapse-core/testing

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One comment on “How To Install Synapse 0.2.99 On Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS And Elementary OS
  1. TJ says:

    Very useful post, clearly written – thanks. Synapse is one of the handiest utilities I know, especially that drop-down list that the Vergilio skin displays as I type. It’s available in Software Manager again now (just noticed it) but thanks to this I’ve had Synapose in good use in the meantime. I’ll keep this procedure on hand for the next time Mint comes out without Synapse in the repository and leaves me in Synapse withdrawal. My fingers kept hitting that Ctrl-Space hotkey and – no little “now what do you want?” popup box. Nothing. It wasn’t pretty. 🙂

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