UUID: CinnVIIStarkMenu@NikoKrause
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Cinnamon Menu with the look of the Windows 7 Start Menu or the MATE Menu



 CinnVIIStarkMenu Logo CinnVIIStarkMenu

Compatible Cinnamon Versions:

✔ Cinnamon-Version 4.0 (Linux Mint 19.1)
✔ Cinnamon-Version 3.8 (Linux Mint 19)
✔ Cinnamon-Version 3.6 (Linux Mint 18.3)
✔ Cinnamon-Version 3.4 (Linux Mint 18.2)
✔ Cinnamon-Version 3.2 (Linux Mint 18.1)
✔ Cinnamon-Version 3.0 (Linux Mint 18)
✔ Cinnamon-Version 2.8 (Linux Mint 17.3)
✔ Cinnamon-Version 2.6 (Linux Mint 17.2)


Click on the image below to see a review video of CinnVIIStarkMenu (previous: CinnXPStarkMenu) by Big Daddy:

Review of CinnXPStarkMenu by Big Daddy
Published on Nov 11, 2016


Rocco (aka. Big Daddy) gave some air time (22:22--24:01) to CinnVIIStarkMenu on the Destination Linux Podcast. CinnVIIStarkMenu is mentioned at the end of the Article Linux – Desktop Environment Hopping by MorningStarGG on Think Critic
Airtime of CinnVIIStarkMenu on Destination Linux Podcast Article on Think Critic
Published on May 15, 2017 Published on September 17, 2017

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CinnVIIStarkMenu is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later. See the COPYING file for details.



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Aliaksei Labotski
Aliaksei Labotski-2 weeks ago
Why it don't work with Mint 19.2??? So much time has passed
Derek-is-Eric-2 months ago
I've installed Linux Mint 19.2 MATE and try to install this including the workaround, but i cant choose this "applet"... Is it possible to use this applet in Linux Mint 19.2 MATE? I've used this Menu in Linux Mint 18.2 MATE and it works fine but i don't remember how i have it installed. Is there a difference between Cinnamon and MATE?
bassistguy-2 months ago
PLEASE NOTE: Before you try the workaround I posted, if you already attempted to download this menu via the "Add applet to panel" dialog, make sure to REMOVE it from the "Manage" tab first before attempting my workaround!! Just highlight CinnVIIStarkMenu and choose X at the bottom. Then start on the workaround below.
bassistguy-2 months ago
*Workaround for Mint 19.2, Cinnamon 4.2.x* It looks like NikoKrause already updated this menu for Cinnamon 4.2.x, but didn't point the Download link on this page to the update. To use this with Mint 19.2, do the following: 1. Download the applet (Orange Download link at the top of this page) 2. Extract the ZIP file and move the extracted directory to ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets 3. Edit the metadata.json file with a text editor 4. REPLACE the last line with the following and save the file: "cinnamon-version": ["2.6","2.8","3.0","3.2","3.4","3.6","3.8","4.0","4.2"] 5. Right-click on your panel and choose "Add applets to the panel" 6. You should now see the new, updated "CinnVIIStarkMenu" as an option 7. Choose it, and enjoy the best Cinnamon menu available :)
flansuse-2 months ago
Thank you, bassistguy! This worked for me and I am a very happy Cinnamon user once more! Cannot thank you enough!
jimthedj65-2 months ago
My 19.2 upgraded looking glass reports error t=2019-08-12T12:54:54Z [CinnVIIStarkMenu@NikoKrause]: Extension is not compatible with current Cinnamon version
Bendeguz1974-2 months ago
Hi Niko. Please update the StarkMenu application! This the best menu! I really like this and I'm wery sad, because not work in Linux Mint 19.2 :-(
flansuse-2 months ago
This is the best menu for any desktop, any distro, and operating system, Windows, Mac, or Linux. Nothing else comes close. An update for Cinnamon 4.2.3 (Linux Mint 19.2, Manjaro, and others) is super important, and we are ever so grateful! Thank you for your amazing efforts and applet!
jimthedj65-2 months ago
totally agree it should be part of the distribution.
magellan-13016-2 months ago
Please update for Cinnamon 4.2.3 installed with Linux Mint 19.2 ! I only like this menu for linux !
jimthedj65-2 months ago
would love this to support 19.2
salvamea-2 months ago
Please update it its the best menu for cinnamon....
bassistguy-2 months ago
I'm assuming there will be an update for Linux Mint 19.2 (Cinnamon)? When I attempt to install this menu, there is a message stating it's not compatible.
Saul Fautley
Saul Fautley-2 months ago
Best menu ever, love it. But is there any way to make it reset to show Favorites each time it opens rather than showing the previous view? Would be great if this could be configured.
LinuxOnTheDesktop-3 months ago
Sorry to be a pain, but there's just now been a Cinnamon update - on the Mint alpha channel, anyway (see - and Cinnamon now reports the applet as incompatible. $ cinnamon --version Cinnamon 4.2.0
Paulikid-3 months ago
same here on Arch Linux with Cinnamon DE. I added "4.2" in the "metadata.json" of StarkMenu, so the applet starts again after restarting Cinnamon, but the left side of the menu is empty, no applications, no favorites.
alien1618-5 months ago
Hi there, I want to say that I use Cinnamon primarily for the StarkMenu which is in my opinion the best applications menu available as compared with anyone in any desktop environment. It is so great that I think it should be available by default in Cinnamon. Thank you so very much for the great work you have done and please keep up the wonderful work.
FcoDanielRM-5 months ago
I have a problem, when I try to assign a new direct access in applications, and I will open the panel for the order, application name, and the icon, when I click on the icon I can not choose an icon and it is blocked, I have to kill the process since I can not cancel. Thank you for your help and this is incredible!
NikoKrause-5 months ago
Hey, this is a known issue in Cinnamon 4.0 (Linux Mint 19.1) itself and not specific to this applet: It will be solved in Cinnamon 4.2 (Linux Mint 19.2).
naaiil-6 months ago
Awesome cinnamon menu. But is that possible bring back the menu to favorite app after search app. Because after search app, the menu cannot back to favorite menu, still on all program menu. Thanks
Neverest-7 months ago
Used this when moving my family's laptop to Mint. No problems so far. :) Any hope for a Mate applet of the menu? Would love to use it on a lighter desktop environment.
GNU_Linux_User-9 months ago
I like this applet so much that I use it twice - on two panels! It's a shame that once I've configured one I have to configure the other (as against there being some way of copying the configuration). Also, I find that typing into the button for the 'quit' text is extremely slow - on a very fast laptop. It takes more than five seconds for some of the letters to show up.
Ben-11 months ago
My favorite Cinnamon menu by far. Great work! Thanks.
Hugo Meireles Gonçalves
Now working with Cinnamon 4.0! Thank you a lot.
eyzer24-11 months ago
The update for CinnVIIStarkMenu it's ok for me(Manjaro cinnamon4). Thanks ;)
eyzer24-11 months ago
HI, i like it but don't work with cinnamon 4
NikoKrause-11 months ago
Added support for Cinnamon 4.0
Michel Casillas
Michel Casillas-1 year ago
What a beautifil thing.
Frank-1 year ago
Clicking on "configure" does nothing. Version 1.1.7 Debian Sid
Adeel Akram
Adeel Akram-1 year ago
The following Message appears if Mouse is clicked/kept on extreme lower left corner near @ Menu of CinnVIIStarkMenu (I am using "Hot Corners" Applet to Run a Command on lower left corner): Execution of " failed: Text was empty (or contained whitespace) This message should not be triggered if there is nothing to execute in the "Hot Corners" settings... Similarly anything that has spaces in parameters should be handled without triggering this message. All else is working perfectly... Keep up the good work !!! I am using version 2017-11-16
oxydium-1 year ago
I find that an option is missing to enable or disable tooltips in programs navigation. with this extra option, the applet would be perfect :)
Band1to-1 year ago
Awesome !
Григорий Столяр
Great applet. Thanks.
Craig Lillie
Craig Lillie-1 year ago
Can't wait for the 3.6 version. Just got upgraded from 3.4.2 to 3.6.0 and sadly it doesn't work now.
NikoKrause-1 year ago
I have updated CinnVIIStarkMenu for Cinnamon 3.6. You just need to update the applet now.
James Upson
James Upson-1 year ago
Hi Craig, it's working for me on 3.6.1, after a bit of jiggery pokery.
Bertrand Pivaty
Bertrand Pivaty-2 years ago
This is a great applet. I however have one suggestion: it would be nice that if one select All Programs, whether you start an app or close the menu, re-opening the menu should be back with favorites. Or maybe at least make it configurable.
NikoKrause-2 years ago
The MATE-Menu Layout of this applet has this behaviour.
Bertrand Pivaty
Bertrand Pivaty-2 years ago
I tried both Mate and Stark menu none of them gave me this behavior.
NikoKrause-2 years ago
MATE-Layout: Remembers which section (»All Programs« or »Favorites«) was open and shows this section next time you're opening the menu. Stark-Layout: Always shows the »Favorites« section on menu opening. If that's not the case please file a new issue on the following page:
Bertrand Pivaty
Bertrand Pivaty-2 years ago
It works well as you said with Stark layout. Don't know why it did not work before. Nice applet. I like it.
CottonEaster-2 years ago
This fine applet seems to be having problems on my Mint 18.2 Cinnamon system. For details, please see the bug report here:
GNU_Linux_User-9 months ago
The applet is working well on Mint 19.1 and indeed better than the official Mint menu applet. Kudos to the developer of CinnVII!
Henkel256-2 years ago
Work with Mint 17.1, very good. Thanks.
ACinnamonUserInUK-2 years ago
Very nice. Polished. Good work. Thank you.
kreha1-2 years ago
Thank you for this menu. Do you plan on adding win10-like menu layout? Would love that applet even more. Thanks again :).
NikoKrause-2 years ago
No it hasn't. If you are looking for a menu applet with fuzzy search, try the Sane Menu by nooulaif:
Zerophase-2 years ago
Does this have fuzzy search?
Reaw-2 years ago
To solve the 'Super-R' issue opening the wrong menu, you have to restart Cinnamon ! (Alt+f2 then type r and enter).
Reaw-2 years ago
I like this menu a lot, but when I press the the 'Super-R' button, it still opens the default menu and not this one, even if the default menu applet isn't activated. Any idea on how to solve this ?
Steve Murphy
Steve Murphy-2 years ago
A lot to like with this menu, but for me there are a couple of deal breakers that stop it being my first choice of alternative to the stock menu. I don't like that the menu doesn't maintain a consistent width moving through program categories and it suffers some issues with brief text corruption scrolling trough program categories on my system. Stock menu does the same, but there are other choices on Spices that don't.
NikoKrause-2 years ago
"The menu doesn't maintain a consistent width moving through program categories..." That was a bug. The menu should has constant width now. "... and it suffers some issues with brief text corruption scrolling trough program categories on my system." I'm not sure, what you mean by "brief text corruption". But scrolling through categories has been improved as well.
Steve Murphy
Steve Murphy-2 years ago
Hi NikoKrause. The text corruption issues seem to be cured with Mint 18.2/Cinnamon 3.4 and the menu width is all good now. Have been using this for a few weeks now as my default. All good. Thank-you.