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Configurable task launcher


by @angrykoala
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The Minimalist Task Launcher

Gaucho is an open-source, customizable task launcher to run your apps, commands or scripts. Configure your commands and run them in a non-intrusive interface. Say goodbye to dozens of terminals. Check to get started.

Gaucho Screenshot

As a developer, it is quite common to repeat the same commands over an over. Running an app, starting a server, compiling your code or building a front-end for example. Most of these are just background tasks that just need to be running, or executed from time to time. Typing the command is slow, and having a terminal per task consumes our precious screen real state. Gaucho provides a simple way to de-clutter your screen by bundling all of those tasks in a simple menu to run and stop these, quick, and simple.

Just add a name, type a command as you would in your terminal, set any env variable or path needed and you are good to go!


  • Easily run commands using a simple GUI.
  • Schedule your tasks.
  • Available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
  • Organize your tasks.
  • Environment variables.
  • Import/Export tasks.
  • Handy log output.
  • Themes.
  • Batch execution of tasks.


Gaucho is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Download here

All releases available at

Gaucho is also available in the Snap store (Linux)

Get it from the Snap Store

If you need a different version, please, follow the development instructions to make your own build from the source code or leave an issue.


Check the Official docs for the updated documentation

Gaucho allows you to configure tasks that can be grouped in suites. Each task can be configured by providing a name and command. Tasks can be executed independently, or the whole suite can be executed as once.

Creating and Editing tasks

By clicking the Edit button (top right corner). You'll enter the edit mode that allows you to create, delete, update and move tasks

You can add new tasks to the current suite by clicking "Add New Task" at the bottom of the list. By clicking on a task name you'll be able to edit that task.

While editing/creating a new tasks, you should add a name to the task and a command. The command can be any shell/terminal accepted command or an executable file. Optionally a path can be added as well, if no path is added, default user path will be used.

The tasks can be deleted by clicking the Delete button. In this mode you can also move tasks (clicking on the drag handle), reorder suites, create suites (+ button), delete and rename suites and tasks (through the context menu)


If you want to contribute to Gaucho, create a new different version of Gaucho, or compile it from source code, follow these instructions.

Check the Official docs for the updated intructions.

Clone/download source code from the GitHub. Make sure you have node and npm already installed in your system:

  1. npm install to install electron and all the dependencies.
  2. npm run start-dev to run gaucho in dev mode with chrome dev tools enabled.
  3. npm run dist to build and package gaucho for your system. The artifacts are located in dist/.
    • If you encounter a problem while building, please, check Common Issues
  4. npm run dist-all to build and package gaucho for all supported architectures and platforms, it will take a while.
  5. npm test to run the automated tests.
    • npm run eslint to run eslint to check code style.
    • Please, ensure the tests and linter are passing before creating a pull requests. Add tests for your changes.
  • To install snap version locally: snap install --dangerous gaucho_0.6.3_amd64.deb
  • Use npm run pack to execute a lightweight built with just the basic version of your OS

Release to snap (only for collaborators):

  1. snapcraft login
  2. snapcraft upload Gaucho_0.6.0_amd64.snap --release=stable

Contributing to Docs:

Gaucho Docs can be found at have been built using Docusaurus.


The docs branch is /docs.Modifications to Docs should be done against /docs branch.

Commands for Development:

  • npm install to install dependencies for project.
  • npm start start to run docusaurus locally in port 3000


  • /docs: Docs pages corresponding to items in menu(introduction,getting started etc) on Docs page.
  • /src/pages: Pages for each item in page menu.

Instructions to deploy (only for collaborators):


Check Troubleshooting Page



Gaucho is being developed and maintained as Open-Source software by @angrykoala ( licensed under GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE version 3

The original source code can be found at:

You can find more information about Gaucho License here


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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
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Enter Open the selected search result
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