Cardapio Ubuntu Classic Menu Style Launcher For Ubuntu & Debian

Cardapio is a Ubuntu & Debian main menu launcher which can be used with the Unity Launcher . Other than looking like a horizontal classic menu, it also provides search functionality for files and folders like the Unity Dash., provided Tracker application is installed. Cardapio can be a good  alternative to Unity Launcher features as it is more convenient to use. It can also be used as an applet and works with docking applications like Avant Windows Navigator and Docky.

To use Cardapio with the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu and Debian, enter the below commands in a  Terminal Window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-team/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cardapio
 To install in other Linux distributions:
$ bzr clone lp:cardapio
$ cd cardapio
$ sudo make install
$ cd ..
$ sudo rm -rf cardapio

After that, download Cardapio from the download link at the end of this post, extract the tr.gz file and drag Cardapio file to the Unity Launcher.

cardapio File

If you wish to enable file and folder searching capability, then install Tracker from the following command.

sudo apt-get install tracker

You can also place the extracted file under ~/.local/share/applications/ so that Cardapio does not disappear from the Unity Launcher after the system reboots. For more information, check out the below video.


  • Instructions for installing Cardapio with Docky:

1. Install Cardapio  (see instructions at the beginning of the post or use the download link at the bottom of this post)

2. Then install cardapio-docky package frm the following command:

sudo apt-get install cardapio-docky

3. Now restart Docky and go to it’s Settings / Helpers tab. Find Cardapio there and activate it.

From now on, clicking the anchor icon should show / hide Cardapio’s window near the dock. Give it a try: click Docky’s anchor icon and see what happens!

Note: To avoid overlapping of Docky’s anchor icon’s tooltip with Cardapio, you might want to run this from terminal:
gconftool -t string -s /apps/docky-2/Docky/Items/DockyItem/HoverText ”

The tooltip won’t be there anymore.


  • Instruction for AWN Avant Window Navigator

1. Install the ‘cardapio-awn’ package (sudo apt-get install cardapio-awn).
2. Restart AWN (right click on it’s empty space and choose ‘Close’).

You should now be able to turn on Cardapio’s applet in AWN settings. If you don’t know how to do it:

3. Go to AWN’s settings (right click on it’s empty space and choose ‘Settings’).
4. In settings, click ‘Applets, then choose ‘Utility’ category. Find ‘Cardapio’ in it.
5. Click on ‘Cardapio’ and then on the ‘down arrow’. Position the applet in the ‘Activate applets’ panel to your liking using drag and drop. You’ll probably want to slide it to the left, to the first position.


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