By Michael Langfermann

Install and use Indicator Synapse

Yesterday +Eduard Gotwig pointed me to a new Synapse frontend, Indicator Synapse, a search indicator made by +Tom Beckmann. The indicator is similar to Spotlight. When installed, it adds search functions elementary OS currently lacks.

As of now, the indicator has some bugs and did glitch for me, but it had no problems finding everything I searched for.

You can either get indicator synapse from the Community PPA or Eduards PPA.

Here are instructions for installing indicator synapse from the Community PPA. If you already have the Community PPA added, you may skip this step. Open up the Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:versable/elementary-update
sudo apt-get update

Now install the package indicator-synapse:

sudo apt-get install indicator-synapse

Log out and back in and you should be all set!


The future of the indicator is uncertain, since the Synapse Project seems abandoned (The last revision on Launchpad was uploaded in 2012). A viable option would be to fork it for elementary OS, which would require it to be properly maintained and have active developers work on it.
Update: Indicator Synapse has since been updated. It is now possible to launch the search indicator with the keyboard shortcut ALT+SUPER+SPACE