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You can download the latest version on releases page.

After installation use default shortcut ctrl+space to show an app window. You can customize this shortcut clicking on icon in menu bar → preferences.



Core plugins

  • Search in the web with google suggestions;
  • Search & launch application, i.e. spotify;
  • Navigate in file system with file previews (i.e. ~/Dropbox/passport.pdf);
  • Calculator;
  • Smart converter. 15$, 150 рублей в евро, 100 eur in gbp;

Install and manage custom plugins

Use built-in plugins command to search and manage custom plugins.

Discover plugins and more at Cerebro's Awesome List.

You can install them manually using npm

open it in the terminal configuration file path, go to the plugins folder

cd ./plugins

Install the plugin

npm install --save name-of-plugin


If you have any questions feel free to chat in gitter:

Create plugin

Check out plugins documentation.


First, clone the repo via git:

$ git clone cerebro

And then install dependencies:

$ cd cerebro && yarn && cd ./app && yarn && cd ../


$ yarn run dev

Note: requires a node version >=6.x

Resolve common issues

  1. AssertionError: Current node version is not supported for development on npm postinstall. After yarn postinstall script checks node version. If you see this error you have to check node and npm version in package.json devEngines section and install proper ones.

  2. Uncaught Error: Module version mismatch. Exepcted 50, got ... This error means that node modules with native extensions build with wrong node version (your local node version != node version, included to electron). To fix this issue run cd ./app && yarn run rebuild

Change Theme

Use shortcut ctrl+space to open app window and type Cerebro Settings. There you will be able to change the Theme (Currently Light and Dark Themes are supported out of the box)


Config file path

Windows: %APPDATA%/Cerebro/config.json

Linux: $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/Cerebro/config.json or ~/.config/Cerebro/config.json

macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Cerebro/config.json


Use this command to build .app file:

$ yarn run package

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Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab