In xfce/gnome/kde you can use Alt + F2 to bring up a universal launcher, you just type in the command and it goes.

Is there an equivalent keyboard shortcut for macOS?


You can use Alfred, a universal launcher that not only supports finding programs and files, but also running commands directly:

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You can also configure more complicated workflows.


Spotlight finds the apps, documents, any other files, but doesn't work with shell commands.

Cmd + Space

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    Is there anyway to run a shell command without opening a terminal? – user2018084 Nov 24 '16 at 21:56

As an addition to complete alt+f2 behaviour, check out Flashlight to improve Spotlight, and use the terminal plugin to improve flashlight.

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