Wbar is a simple launcher written in C++ that can be used as alternative to the Unity launcher, or simply use them both. Once wbar is installed and launched, it will appear on the right side of your screen, which will display shortcut icons of installed applications.

The launcher supports the transparency effect and can be customized using wbar-config, which allows to add/remove application shortcuts from the launcher. In this guide we will see how to install wbar on Ubuntu 11.04/11.10.


Open the terminal and run these commands to install wbar on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install libimlib2
wget -O wbar.deb http://goo.gl/MOLBb
sudo dpkg -i wbar.deb

You can now start the launcher with this command:


To add /remove shortcuts, adjust icons size, etc., then you need to install wbar-config. To do so, run these commands:

wget -O wbar-config.deb http://goo.gl/7qLF2
sudo dpkg -i wbar-config.deb

To start it, run this command:


To start wbar automatically at system startup, open Startup Applications using the Unity Dash, click Add and enter the following details:

Name: WBAR Launcher
Command: wbar

That's it!

Post a Comment