It’s been quite a while since I’ve had an update on the progress of MenuLibre.  Today, the advanced menu editor celebrates it’s 2.0 release.  Normally there’d be a change log after the break, but this really is a brand new application.  Read on to learn more.

The latest version of MenuLibre, 2.0!
The latest version of MenuLibre, 2.0!

What is MenuLibre?

MenuLibre is an advanced menu editor, similar to the Alacarte Menu Editor.  With MenuLibre, you can easily add, remove, and rearrange launchers, directories, and separators.  Powered by Python 3 and Gtk 3, it is the complete toolbox for editing menus in Linux.  It was developed to support every popular Gtk desktop environment, and has been verified to support Cinnamon, GNOME, LXDE, MATE, Unity, and Xfce.


  • Menu Management: Features expected of a “menu editor”
    • Easily rearrange menu items, submenus, and separators
    • Add new launchers, directories, and separators
    • Installed applications and directories can be hidden from the menu with the flip of a switch.
  • Adaptive Interface: A consistent look in any environment
    • In the GNOME desktop environment, the application menu is used to blend in as a typical GNOME application.
    • In Unity, the application can be controlled using the global menu and HUD.
    • Other environments will have basic application controls available within a “cog” menu.
  • Application Editor: Complete control over how your programs look and work
    • Includes each key outlined in the Desktop Menu Specification.
    • Tooltips provide additional information about each setting.
    • An easy to use icon selection dialog helps quickly customize each menu item.


Getting MenuLibre

Ubuntu 14.04 users can install MenuLibre from the repositories.

sudo apt-get install menulibre

For everyone else, the source package is available from here.  To install for a single user,

python3 install --user

To install system-wide,

sudo python3 install

Known Issues

There are a few things that haven’t quite been worked out yet.

  • Adding new launchers to the topmost menu level in Xfce
  • Certain combinations of gnome menu and python3.3 (such as the combo in Ubuntu 13.10) tend to crash after making a change.  It’s verified to be fully functional in 14.04

If you find any more bugs, please report them at the Launchpad Bugs page.