Group Apps In Unity Launcher With LauncherFolders

Group Apps together in Unity launcher with LauncherFolders

If you have too many applications crowding all the space in Unity launcher, you might be thinking of a better way to manage them. Making icons tinier by reducing the icon size is one way, but would it not be better if you could group a bunch of icons? This is what we already do in Android and iPhones. Group the apps together and save the screen space.

LauncherFolders is one such application for Ubuntu Unity that allows you to group apps, files, folders, chrome web apps, links and shell scripts in folders. And these folders then can be used directly in Unity launcher. Reminds of another similar tool Drawer, isn’t it?

Install LauncherFolders in Ubuntu 14.04

To install LauncherFolders in Ubuntu 14.04, you can use the official PPA. Open a terminal and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:asukhovatkin/unity-launcher-folders
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-launcher-folders

Alternatively, you can download the .deb installation executables for Ubuntu:

Download LauncherFolders for Ubuntu Unity

Features of LauncherFolders

Let’s have a quick look at main features of LauncherFolders:

  • Drag and Drop folders and open with nemo or nautilus
  • Drag links from firefox
  • Apps, Web Apps, Links, Files, Folers and Shell Scripts
  • Run or Edit Shell Scripts
  • Drag from address bar into drawer
  • Generated icon based on the contents of your drawer (similar to smartphones)

While LauncherFolders provide the drag and drop icons feature, it doesn’t allow drag and drop of icons from the launcher itself, unlike Drawer. Instead, you will have to drag the applications from Unity dash.

Using LauncherFolders

First I thought of giving some screenshots on how to use LauncherFolders to group apps together in Unity Launcher, but then I came across this demo video from the developer. Check this video to know how to use LauncherFolders:

I hope you find LauncherFolders helpful to free up some space in Unity launcher and keep it uncluttered. Questions and suggestions are always welcomed.


  1. Have not recognized already open applications, and it is opening them again instead call for existing once. Can you fix this?


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