MenuLibre is an advanced menu editor that provides modern features in a clean, easy-to-use interface.


  • A beautiful interface powered by the latest version of GTK+
  • Create new launchers, or modify existing ones with complete control over common settings and access to advanced settings
  • Add, remove, and adjust desktop actions: powerful shortcuts available used Ubuntu’s Unity and elementary’s Plank and Slingshot
  • Easily rearrange menu items to suit your needs



MenuLibre is available for Linux.  Debian and Ubuntu users can install from their software repositories. For bleeding edge versions, Ubuntu users can install the Stable and Daily PPAs.

If you’re not using Ubuntu, you can download the latest release at the MenuLibre Launchpad project page.

28 Replies to “MenuLibre

  1. and. .. I didn’t find how to uninstall it either.
    (Why uninstall: because it doesn’t show all my menu’s so it seems pretty worthless.)

  2. Hello Marcelloh,

    If you’re running Gnome, Unity, or Xfce, you can find MenuLibre as “Menu Editor” in the respective Settings Manager.  I just released an updated version that should find all applications and work as you would expect.  Hope you have better luck with it the next time you try it.


  3. Hi, i just installed on Lubuntu, but I can not see a way to launch it, it is not on the menu and if I try to launch it on a terminal with ‘menulibre’ it says order not found, but I am sure I have installed it. Any clues?

    1.  Ok it was located on /opt and It works launching it from there, but shouldn’t you also provide a link in /usr/bin?

      1. Hi David,

        Applications that are prepared by quickly and uploaded to the Ubuntu Software Center/PPA are installed in /opt/

        I may be be able to create a link in /usr/bin, but I need to check into that.

  4. I have just been trying this on a Cinnamon 1.6 desktop running on a basic Ubuntu 12.04 system. It looks very good indeed and is much flexible than the editor built into Cinnamon or Alacarte. There are a few anomalies in the Categories used but nothing major which stops it already being a useful application. 

    Have you thought of extending menulibre to fully support the Cinnamon Desktop which already has a huge support, especially from those who do not like the direction that Gnome and Ubuntu Unity are taking.

  5. Is there a way to change the menu structure; I mean, add/delete menus and submenus. With Alacarte isnot possible now under Ubuntu 12.10.

    1. An interested Fedora maintainer might have to step up for that role.  I know its been packaged in Arch and Gentoo by individuals interested in the project.

  6. Hi Sean,

    I’m a fan of MenuLibre on my Xubuntu boxes but I have one small issue that would be nice to have addressed is its not too much trouble. One of my most frequently used boxes is an old Samsung netbook that runs like a champ with Xubuntu but its screen res is 1024 x 600 and the bottom of MenuLibre is below the screen forcing me to often move the app in order to use it. Would it be possible to permit resizing of the app or to design it to fit in the space left available by Xubuntu, roughly 10,24 x 550?

    Thanks for considering this request.

  7. @Tom Balaban: (late, but at least: You can simply create a bigger logical desktop with xrandr commands, install xrand (if not already on your system) and try “xrand –help”.
    On my netbooks with the same screen size as yours a have to scripts (in fact, it’s only one command) lying on the desktop, on for 1280*1024 and and one for the original size.
    Everytime I encounter a program which needs more space I simple “pump up” the screen.
    When you reach the lower end of the desktop then, it is simply shifted.
    (That’s the reason why I’d always prefer menu bar at top.)

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