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I have PhpStorm on my PC, to launch it I have to go to phpstorm/bin/ and launch, how can I pin this to launcher so that I dont have to go into folders every time?

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Use IDE to create launcher. Open Tools -> Create Desktop Entry...

Alternate method:

You need to create a application launcher first.

Installing gnome-panel

 sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

To create launcher

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

This will open up a "Create Launcher" window

Type: Application
Name: PhpStorm
Command: /bin/bash path_to/
Comment: Any Comment

This will create a launcher file in /usr/share/applications directory. Now double click and open the file.

Once the file is launched. You can see the process in the unity launcher. Right click on the icon in the unity launcher and click "Lock to Launcher"

Alternatively you can create a .desktop file

Found this .desktop file here. I haven't tested it. Try your luck.

[Desktop Entry]                                                                  
Name=JetBrains PhpStorm                                                         
Exec=/opt/PhpStorm/bin/ %f                                           
Comment=Develop with pleasure!                                                  
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This right here is one of the reasons Linux has such a limited user base. – Webnet Jun 30 '13 at 0:04
@Webnet This right here is an example of someone who has the wrong information. See the other answer. – Andrew Mao Sep 18 '13 at 22:52

Run Tools —> Create Desktop Entry in top menu of IDE.

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+1 This is far simpler and works perfectly. – Richard Holloway Feb 5 '13 at 11:50
Seems not to work in 13.04 :( – Nathan J. Brauer May 1 '13 at 18:18
Works for me in 13.04! – Elte Hupkes Jul 12 '13 at 8:54
Works for WebStorm EAP 11 and Ubuntu 14 as well. – Dan Dascalescu Aug 15 at 11:12
Why does Jetbrains not include this (by default, mind you) in their bash script installation? – MikeMurko Oct 20 at 0:42

Try changing the two below lines in the file ~/.local/share/applications/jetbrains-phpstorm.desktop

Exec="/home/$USER/Downloads/PhpStorm-138.2000.2262/bin/" %f
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This worked to change the existing launcher icon to now launch 8 instead of 7. – JoshP Oct 9 '14 at 13:07

If you want to launch it by using commande line $pstorm go to Tools-> Create Commande-line Launcher else go to Tools-> Create Desktop Entry

Phpstorm 8 Tools menu

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You do not need to do anything. Just run PhpStorm/PyCharm for the first time from a command line with


And after it will start a popup will appear asking you for a password to add it to a launcher. When you will submit your password an ico will appear in the launcher.

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