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I'm not able to create desktop/Unity short cut for web applications using Chromium/Google Chrome web browser in Ubuntu 12.10.

Chromium web apps

Ubuntu desktop short cut

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See if this question helps your cause:… – Aditya Jan 9 '13 at 18:26
Yes, your comment helps me to create desktop short cut for Google chrome. – Danial Jose Jan 9 '13 at 21:19
up vote 10 down vote accepted

After some research on the internet I found how to create web apps desktop short cuts for Google Chrome/Chromium web browser in Ubuntu 12.10.

1. Install the application you want from Chrome Webstore and right click on the app icon and select create desktop short-cut.

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2. It will creates a desktop short-cut and it will not work on Ubuntu 12.10, we need to edit the
*chrome-applicationid here-Default.desktop
like file*

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3. Open the file using Gedit using this command

~$ gedit Desktop/chrome-aknpkdffaafgjchaibgeefbgmgeghloj-Default.desktop

(change the file name to yours application ID)

4. It will open the Gedit text editor and you will need to change first two lines of the text

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open[Desktop Entry]

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[Desktop Entry]

5. Finally save the changes and you will be noticed the change of icon in the desktop and double click on it to run.

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Time for playing Angry Birds!

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Menu/Wrench>Tools>Create App. Done, easier. – Uri Herrera Jan 10 '13 at 3:03
this is the correct one :) I was able to solve my problem – vishal Jan 20 '13 at 16:57

Fixing Chromium webapp shortcuts in Lubuntu 12.10

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Kevin Bowen Jan 26 '13 at 6:22

Open a terminal window (alt+ctrl+t) and type:

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

Once you are done installing the above package,run this command to create desktop shortcuts.

gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop

once you enter that command a new window will popup

Let the Type remain as application.


command:/usr/bin/google-chrome or you could also browse to the particular location

and click on ok. Your desktop ikon will be created

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This is not what I am looking for exactly. Read the above description carefully. Any way now I am able to create desktop short cut for google chrome apps. – Danial Jose Jan 9 '13 at 21:20

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