A .desktop file is a launcher. When run, it executes a command and launches an application. Use this tag if you are asking a question about using a .desktop file or about the .desktop file format in general.

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Difference between desktop-install and copying desktop file to applications directory

When we want to add a shortcut to menu. We can do that by creating filename.desktop and copy that file to /usr/share/applications. And there is another way to, that is doing desktop-file-install ...
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Obtain different launcher items with .desktop files running the same executable

Suppose you need different launchers to run the same application, as in S1.desktop: [Desktop Entry] Name=S1 Comment=Open a terminal with ssh connection to S1 Exec=gnome-terminal --maximize --tab ...
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Google chrome opens specific website when ran from launcher

I'm having a problem with my Google Chrome. When I open it from launcher (I mean bar on the left side) it starts with youtube website, and it starts to play some video. (This happens since my friend ...
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Adding Gnome Commander to Launcher

I've installed GNOME Commander to Ubuntu 14.04.01 However, it's not showing up when I search for it in the Launcher. I'd like to know how to: Add Gnome Commander to the Launcher How to launch ...
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From a shell script to an application icon

I'm trying to make an icon (later in Application) for a software that I just downloaded. I unziped the .tar.gz. The unziped file contains bin and share directories. The bin directory contains the ...
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How to create a command script to run by clicking an icon [duplicate]

Essentially what I want to do is generate an icon so I can kill Chrome from it. I know the command I want to use is killall chrome but i want to run it from a desktop icon.
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All desktop files goes to google

I'm trying to create a desktop file to any page but all of them open google. I'm using firefox in xubuntu 14.10. #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Link ...
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Sort Unity Launcher icons alphabetically

I like to keep my locked Launcher applications sorted alphabetically, and I was wondering if it would be possible to write a script that sorts them, so I don't have to do it myself every time I add a ...
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Creating debian package of C# app with desktop icon [duplicate]

I am new to ubuntu 14.10 ,i have C# application.i want to make its debian package. and when i install this package on other ubuntu 14.10 machine ,after installing it should give desktop icon of ...
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what are the processors that support the ubuntu system [closed]

Which and how many processors are supported in ubuntu? Example (4 Intel 32-bit processors, 16 processors PowerPC)
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gtk-launch .desktop is not using custom icon

I copied my .desktop shorcut to user_home+"/.local/share/applications/" then going to terminal and typing in gtk-launch nameOfMyDesktopFile it launchs it, but it doesn't take the custom icon. I'm ...
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Custom .desktop file not working, cannot start application

I added a custom .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications and made it executable. However, I cannot start the program (ViTables), neither by clicking on the desktop file nor by starting it from ...
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How to launch .desktop file from terminal

I have a file on my desktop named "Firefox - Profile B.desktop". I am running Firefox in profile A. I tell Firefox Profile A to run a command in terminal. I'm trying to make it launch "Firefox - ...
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How can I display a custom image when selecting a custom session in the greeter?

before I asked this question and found out how to run any program directly in place of a desktop environment. Now I'd like to know if it is possible to change the background image alongside the ...
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Desktop in top left corner of monitor

i've not been using Ubuntu long but am slowly getting the hang of things, i rebooted a while ago and now the desktop is all messed up, its stuck in the top corner of my monitor, and i have no idea how ...
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Unable to access .jar file with .desktop

I have a Minecraft.desktop on /home/myuser/Escritorio (Where myuser i put my username and Escritorio means Desktop in spanish) [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Minecraft Launcher ...
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How does KSPLICE for the desktop interact with the “need to restart to apply changes” dialogue after updates?

One would expect that it would make those dialogs disappear. I'm not saying that it doesn't for me, as I haven't installed ksplice. I am saying I'ld like to know whether it works to eliminate those ...
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Can not unlock from and lock to Launcher

I just use dd -ip /dev/sda -op /dev/sdb to clone my old disk to new disk, and boot from my new disk. All the things remain the same except that applications in Launcher changed back to default. Why? ...
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Why do portable app icons disappear from Unity launcher after restart?

I downloaded SublimeText and placed it in my home folder. I locked sublimetext to the Unity launcher, but when I restart my PC the icon disappears from the launcher. Why is this happening? Can I ...
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Can two FirePro 2270 graphics cards run with 3 monitors to form a single desktop?

Can two FirePro 2270 graphics cards run with 3 monitors to form a single desktop? I can't seem to get it to work with the fglrx drivers. Is it only for two separate desktops then? One desktop on one ...
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Appearance of a .desktop file in Nautilus

This is Ubuntu 14.04. Nautilus version 3.10.1. I have a "file.desktop" file in my personal "~/bin/shortcuts" directory. When I look at the directory with Nautilus, it shows the "Name=" field value ...
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Can I create a launcher for keyboard shortcuts?

Just to clarify, I do not want to create keyboard shortcuts that run desktop icons. Is there any way to create a desktop shortcut that, when clicked, runs a keyboard shortcut combination? I find the ...
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My custom .desktop file appears in Dash as a text file

I recently installed MATLAB on my computer. I found that while I could easily start MATLAB from the terminal, there was no executable file I could double click on to run it. So I created a Bash script ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 desktop stuck after update

I think that it is a very common problem in Ubuntu 14.04. I just installed it alongside with Windows 7. Comp. specs: i7 4790K asus sabetooth z97 mark2 16gb ddr3 eVGA gtx750ti 2gb I've installed ...
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Where to create Desktop entry for Eclipse?

I recently installed eclipse and also created desktop entry file in /usr/share/applications location as shown in this video Install Eclipse Luna for Java EE in Ubuntu 14.04 but it didn't work. ...
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How to get paths for default theme icons folders?

I have a desktop file, for Icon i set it to myIconName. Now I have multiple sized PNGs for my icon. I need to find the paths to the default theme icon folders, cross-OS-Linux solution, so I can drop ...
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Cant see Plank after Ubuntu load

Hello there I have a question regarding Plank. I have install it and it is a very cute little application, but how can I fix it to mine desktop to see it after Ubuntu loads it self. I was trying to ...
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ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-i386 problems on vmware 14. 3.0.0 build-203739

The host machine is installed with Windows 7. When installing Ubuntu on Virtual Machine using VMware, the desktop appears to be as more windows repeated. I found several suggestions, but nothing ...
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Launchy in Ubuntu does not execute .desktop files

Nautilus and PCManFm open file.desktop correctly. From terminal, it also opens file.desktop well. However, Launchy opens file.desktop with the text editor! I think the key could be the runner ...
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Ubuntu 14.10( Utopic Unicorn) problem with mesa driver application like chrome, vmware not supporting hardware accleration

After upgrading ubuntu to 14.10 from 14.04 Chrome is not working properly no hardware acceleration . Apart from this VMWare workstation guest operating systems are also not supporting hardware ...
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Join custom Terminal shortcut with Unity launcher icon

I've created a shortcut on the desktop which launches the terminal with a custom working directory. Here's the content: [Desktop Entry] Name=CM Terminal Icon=utilities-terminal Type=Application ...
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Unable to access desktop after latest NVIDIA update - 14.10

I have a dual boot Sony Vaio F Series laptop (model # VPCF234FD). It runs Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.10. After my last update, which included an update of my NVIDIA drivers, if I'm not mistaken, I'm no ...
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Cannot change association for mp4 video files to custom .desktop

I cannot set default association of mp4 and avi files to my custom desktop files. For mkv, I can change from nautilus file>properties>open with tab. This is a video of the peculiar behavior that I am ...
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How to get custom desktop file to be the default program for certain files

I have written a python wrapper for vlc that sits as an appindicator and monitors keystrokes to vlc and loads next/prev files in folder. I have the script working from nautilus scripts. Now I need ...
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Unity - desktop has stopped working after Unwanted Nvidia display driver update

My computer has an Intel i3 processor and no other inbuilt GPU. However, the nvidia-* latest got installed on the computer during an update process. I used sudo apt-get remove nvidia-* to remove all ...
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Set the terminal title in a .desktop started application

I've an application that I want to start via an entry in the upper gnome panel using a .desktop file, it has to run inside a terminal. #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 ...
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Why my application is running from CLI but not from desktop file?

I am writing a Vala application. And I'm using CMake to install it. I have a desktop file that is properly installed and displayed but when I run my application from launcher, it doesn't launch, ...
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How can I download desktop version of unicorn 14.10 without torrent

I cannot find any copy of ubuntu-14.10-desktop-amd64.iso that I can download without using torrent. Can someone give me a URL for this.
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Creating shortcuts on desktop for applications

I know there are many questions about this. I tried to follow some of them but I could not succeed at it. So I installed Matlab R2014 on /opt/MATLAB/R2014 and it runs fine when I execute its shell ...
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accidentally deleted desktop folder, now all gui icons on screen default to /home/user/

I accidentally deleted the /home/user/Desktop folder and I would like to recreate this directory and assume the directories' old capabilities. For Instance, since the ~/Desktop folder was deleted, all ...
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Unable to install Ubuntu on a Macbook Pro [duplicate]

When trying to install it says no mountable file systems? How can I install Ubuntu on Mac?
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GVim no longer launches from Unity after customizing .desktop file

I customized the Exec line in: ~/.local/share/applications/gvim.desktop [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=GVim 7.4 GenericName=Text Editor Comment=View and edit text files ...
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Which is the best alternative for Snipping tool (windows) in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Which is the best alternative for Snipping tool (windows) in Ubuntu ?
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Desktop is not visible to users log in to GUI

I have Ubuntu 12.4LTS and have installed Ubuntu Desktop. When the current user log's in the whole desktop is visible and you can maneuver around. I add another 2 users via webmin Identical as the ...
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How Can I Run an Shell Script With .desktop Config File?

I am trying to run a shell script with a .desktop file but it doesn't seem to work, producing an error of There was an error launching the application at each attempt. I have the sh and .desktop files ...
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.desktop file with .bashrc environment

I am using IntelliJ IDEA, and it uses some of the environment variables defined in the .bashrc script. If I run its shell script from the terminal everything works fine but if I create a .desktop ...
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Launch a .desktop file from boot

I have a .desktop file on my desktop that launches a html page. I need the .desktop file to run from startup, what would be the best way to do this? I have tried crontab and also the startup ...
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execute shell script from desktop in xfce

At first I just made a link to the .sh file on my desktop which failed to execute by double click. Then I've read about .desktop files and made one still to no avail. The program I want to run is a ...
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desktop not loading after moving /home

Desktop does't loand after moving /home in 14.04 The /home link does go to my home, but the ~ doesn't, it defaults to root. Have tried ccsm instal in other answers, but that doesn't work - i'm ...
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Ubuntu has lost it's task bar and everything from the desktop!

I have a laptop with Ubuntu 14 on - been playing about with EmberJS a lot recently and find Ubuntu a friendlier platform than OSX (I dread to think what it's like on Windows!) for this stuff. Anyway ...