A .desktop file is a launcher. When run, it executes a command, which usually 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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Hide System Settings Applications in Dash

Is there any way to remove an application icon from the dash but keep it in the System Settings? I find it useless to have them in the dash, and it really clutters the display there.. Accessing them ...
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.desktop launches app with custom icon. why not shell?

I have a .desktop file that launches an app, and it uses the .desktop icon: [Desktop Entry] Name=My Ro Type=Application Comment=Web Application Exec=/path/to/myapp -test Icon=/opt/giteye/icon.xpm ...
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Adding TeamSpeak3 to Unity launcher

I've extracted TS3 in to /opt Folder, marked the ts3client_runscript.sh as executable, added a file named teamspeak3-client.desktop to /usr/share/applications with the content: [Desktop Entry] ...
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How to show files in desktop in KDE 5 like file explorer?

With cinnamon, gnome or in windows, we can put files on desktop as it like in file explorer. How can I do this in kubuntu with KDE5?
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pkexec command in a .desktop file

I made a .desktop file for Androxyde's Flashtool (utility for Sony Xperia devices that I have to open with an executable file in its folder) that requires root privileges to use fastboot utilities. I ...
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Desktop under Ubuntu server 14.04.2 doesn't work

I've already installed Ubuntu Server 14.04.2 After it I've executed: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop After reboot, I can login with my user and password ...
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How do I create a *.desktop entry for an executable via Right-Click in nautilus?

I tried Arronax but it didn't seem to work for me. It had permissions issues, plus it wouldn't even show the right click menu after installing the nautilus plugin.
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Where are SVG launcher icons automatically loaded from?

I have created several desktop shortcuts for VirtualBox machines (VBMs) on my 15.04 Ubuntu OS. I've noticed that desktop files in /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications usually have ...
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.desktop file :line 1: [Desktop: command not found

What is wrong with my .desktop file ??? I wrote a simple c++ program for learning purposes and all is fine with this. I compiled with g++ and got a .out file (thought the .out may be relevant). So I ...
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How to edit my Lubuntu 14.10 digital clock settings?

I right clicked on the below situated task bar to find out digital clock settings. I got digital clock settings from there. But, it looks unfamiliar than that of Ubuntu 14.04. And I don't know how to ...
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Ubuntu desktop issues/overall systematic issues

I have installed skype on my Ubuntu 14.04.2 version and after I restarted the computer the normal Login window popped up. After typing in the password the desktop was on but the sidebar was missing ...
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How to change Desktop, Download, Music and … path? [duplicate]

How can I rename Desktop, Download, Music, Pictures & ... folders names to desktop, download, music, pictures & ... . NOTE: I'd simply rename them by mv command, but still have troubles. ...
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“Eject usb-drive” action for pcmanfm

I wonder if there's a way to create custom pcmanfm action for ejecting usb-drive in lubuntu? I've tried to do this with udisksctl but the --object-path option is giving me this error: (udisksctl ...
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Ubuntu desktop will not start with startx

My system SSD crashed and burned (literally) and I've replaced it. I've been able to make a new install of 14.04 server and then installed the stripped down ubuntu-desktop. Before the crash I had a ...
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Duplicate icons of an application, running in Wine

I am running Ubuntu 15.04 and Docky as my launcher. To run OriginPro under Wine from launcher I created a .desktop file and pinned it to my Docky However, when it starts, it opens a separate icon ...
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How can I keep the gnome-terminal open after a program closes?

I have the following shortcut which opens an SSH instance. How can I modify it so that when SSH closes, the terminal stays open? [Desktop Entry] Terminal=true Type=Application Name[en_US]=ssh ...
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Android Studio desktop shortcut

I made an android desktop file in ubuntu 15.04 as follows: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Android Studio Exec="/home/user/android-studio/bin/studio.sh" %f ...
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.desktop-file two part exec line

I am trying to get bleachbit to run. Unfortunately I get the error, that it could not import gtk. It seems that this is due to me having python 2 & 3 installed. Starting bleachbit over the console ...
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old application launcher window in the repository

In older version of Ubuntu there used to be (in the repository) an application launcher window, that itself was a normal gtk application. It was just like the old control-center mentioned in How to ...
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I am trying to write a .desktop file to run a ROM using mednafen

So I got tried of going to my folder or terminal every time I wanted play my gba ROMs and got the idea to write a .desktop to put a shortcut on my desktop but I cant't seem to get the Exec right. ...
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How can I make an application appear under its own icon, when launched from a script?

I have a script that launches a number of Google Chrome windows through wmctrl. I created a launcher for that script and assigned a different icon to it. Problem is, every time Google Chrome is ...
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blank desktop on Oracle virtualbox

I have been trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my oracle virtualbox, after installation, it brings forth a blank desktop without any programs or applications on it. It will display "Guest session" ...
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Launching a .sh file from a launcher

I am fairly new to Ubuntu 14.04. I am doing a school project where I need to use navigation stacks. At this point the navigation works fine. My problem at this time is: Before I can launch rviz and to ...
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Installing ubuntu-desktop on ubuntu server doesn't work?

I installed ubuntu server 14.04 perfectly well. I made an sudo apt-get update and after sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop I reboot my machine I can access to the ...
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What is this Directory?

I know that the .desktop files of mostly of installed applications will be founded in the /usr/share/applications. Today and accidentally I came to the directory /usr/share/app-install/desktop. It ...
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getting .desktop file to show up in launcher

I have a script working from a thumbdrive. It works fine when double clicked or launched with sh filename.sh. I made a .desktop file to launch it from the launcher and put it in both ...
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How can I launch Chromium from Dash/Unity with switches?

I want to launch Chromium browser with the --no-referrers switch, which was mentioned on this site. However, I'm not sure how to do that. Normally, I use the Dash to launch Chromium, how do I add the ...
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Reduce delay for re-clicking a .desktop entry in Unity launcher

I have a number of homemade desktop entries in my Unity launcher, and I perceive that after I click on any of them, the clicked item experiences a delay of 5 or 6 seconds before it will respond to ...
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How to manage desktop icon spacing using terminal in Ubuntu 14.04

How to set custom desktop icon spacing using terminal or any other way in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? I want to reduce the spaces between the desktop icons to fit more icons into the desktop in a nice looking ...
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.desktop file to pass arguments received to Exec [duplicate]

I have a desktop file with this contents: [Desktop Entry] Name=Mozilla Firefox - default Type=Application Comment=Web Application Exec=/usr/lib/firefox/firefox ...
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How do I set up Awesome with MATE?

A tutorial called Quickly Setting up Awesome with Gnome describes the process of setting up Awesome window manager in such a way as to retain some features and advantages of GNOME. I figured MATE ...
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Help editing desktop grid size

please, I am facing problems organising icons on desktop, many of them are being too close that the text is nested and icons are getting upon each other
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Ubuntu Desktop is not working

I was working on an Ubuntu 12.04 system. For some task I wanted to use 14.04, to keep the backup, I detached my hard disk, and installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a totally new hard disk. Now, when I'm trying ...
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how to prevent some linux applications start pipelight's wineserver

I have pipelight installed in my system. Some native linux applications such as geary, unity tweak launch pipelight`s wineserver and it takes a while to load. How can I prevent them to not launch ...
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Desktop files with superuser privileges

I have Matlab installed under /home/fer/Matlab, with the main exec file being /home/fer/Matlab/R2014b/bin/matlab. There is something weird with it and it only works if I open it with the terminal ...
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How do you add/remove applications to/from the Unity Launcher from command line?

I am customizing an Ubuntu 14.04 Live CD with UCK (Ubuntu Customization Kit). The program gives you a chroot environment in a terminal to make changes. I want to add and remove what programs appear ...
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Can ~/.local/share/applications override /usr/share/applications?

I need to launch some applications on KDE with some added config changes. The best way to do that without messing up with / is by copying .desktop file of individual applications, that I need to ...
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Creating a Unity Launcher icon for PyCharm

I can start, PyCharm from a shell script in a subdirectory of /opt. I get a gray question-mark icon (see attachment) rather than the orange/green PyCharm icon (see attachment). Note that the correct ...
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How to Set a Different Desktop Slideshow for Each Workspace

I have figured out how to do two things (well, two things relevent to this question :) To set a different background for each workspace (using Compiz Config) and set a desktop slideshow for all ...
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Use the same icon when starting from commandline vs starting from terminal

I have an eclipse installation that was not installed through the repositories. To be able to launch it conveniently, I symlinked the path to eclipse to /usr/bin, (so that it can be started by ...
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How do I fix(make) apps windows to be opened at desired place of the desktop?

For example I want SMPlayer window to be always opened in the middle of the desktop because when I place it in the middle every time that I launch it goes up left to the top with time so I have to ...
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~ and ${USER} don't work in .desktop files

Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit I am trying to manually create a .desktop file to launch an application. I wish to execute the command: java -jar ~/.osbuddy/osbuddy.jar When I run my .desktop file. However, ...
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Add “virtual” screen in my PC like a second screen connected

I would like to know if there is any software that allows me to add a second "virtual" screen to my computer. I would like to add this screen over my actual screen. Because a picture is worth a ...
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14.04 - How to automatically get sudo rights to objects on desktop

When I FTP things from my Desktop PC onto my Ubuntu laptop's desktop, I don't have root priveleges for those files, so I need to remove it manually with sudo nautilus. Is there any way to ...
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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.