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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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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Newly installed ubuntu has no icons [closed]

I just installed Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) alongside Windows 7 on my Dimension 2400. When I log in, it takes me to a completely empty desktop. It has the classic Ubuntu background, but no icons, ...
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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 ...
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Chrome Remote Desk, dont work

anyone can help me to run this extension, and perform the command post askubuntu post
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Desktop file icon hijacks every newly opened terminal window

I have a desktop file that runs the following script: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Terminal=true Name=MYAPP Icon=/usr/local/myAppDir/AppIcon.png Exec=/usr/local/myAppDir/myApp It does work, ...
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Unable to run custom Launcher entry which should run app as root

I'm trying to add an option to my Launcher which would open the application as root. My /usr/share/applications/sublime-text.desktop entry looks like this: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 ...
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association window <-> .desktop file <-> launcher entry

I'm trying to integrate my JS code with unity using low level dbus messaging. I'm able to set launcher icon properties (progress, count, menu etc) for known .desktop files ( for example, ...
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Cannot add an application to the launcher

I've downloaded Eclipse and I want it to be on my fast-launching dash bar but the problem is that, as you all probably know, Eclipse does not install but is inside a normal archive. So I tried to ...
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Stencyl.Desktop not working

I have installed Stencyl on ubuntu and it is perfectly working fine from terminal commands, after making some amendments in Stencyl file. Now i want to make desktop entry for the Stencyl and wish to ...
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I created a desktop file in /usr/share/applications, but it doesn't show up in Dash

I've created a .desktop file. [Desktop Entry] Exec=cd /opt/sqldeveloper/sqldeveloper/bin && bash sqldeveloper $* Terminal=false StartupNotify=true Categories=GNOME;Oracle;Utility;Development; ...
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Desktop entry does not appear in Unity launcher

I created a .desktop entry for a custom QGIS installation in ~/.local/share/applications. For some reason the Unity launcher and Kupfer refuse to index the entry - it does not show up. Here is the ...
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Adding Folder shortcut to Launcher Ubuntu 14.04

I want to add some folder to the launcher so that I can access them at ease. How do I add shortcut to launcher?
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Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04: Blank desktop

I just upgrade my Ubuntu to version 14.04, but the desktop after logging in is blank (no sidebar, no menu bar). I can open tty with Ctrl+Shift+F1 (F2) and log in, so I did try some solutions posted in ...
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nautilus show desktop file as normal file

here is my desktop file. nautilus show icon and name i set in desktop file. ▶ cat gitauto.desktop [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Terminal=true Name=Git Auto Push/Pull Icon=github-color.svg but ...
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Adding my launcher to the Unity Launcher automatically. How?

Based on official documentation: In order to add your launcher to the Unity Launcher on the left, you select and drag it onto the Launcher panel. Alternatively, you can place your .desktop ...
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Unity launcher made with Alacarte iconless

trying to create a launcher with a .png image file and main menu keeps on removing it. is .png not supported or do I need to edit the image first?
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How to use DRI_PRIME automatically from launcher

I thought something like the command ("komut" in picture)in the desktop launcher from attached picture but it doesn't work unfortunately.You get what i intend to do i hope. so how do i make that ...
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Running CLI/terminal programs as entirely separate program (i.e not as an instance of Urxvt with -e toggle?)

I'm currently running Openbox as WM, with Urxvt as terminal emulator, and zsh as shell. I use Mutt for emailing, Ranger for files, Cortex for redditing, Newsbeuter for RSSing. All of these programs ...
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.desktop file doesn't execute a script, works fine when run by hand

I am having problems with my .desktop files. I have a shell script that constantly watches for a file to be put into the "Downloads" folder. When a file is put into the folder it automatically ...
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Trying to make a .desktop file that runs a .py file

I created a .desktop file that looks like this: [Desktop Entry] Name = My Script Comment = Test Exec= /home/zito/Documents/loc_tk.py Icon= Terminal=false type=Application I put the hashbang in the ...
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.desktop restore icon expects what size?

I created a .desktop file and set its icon to a png file that is 144x144 pixels. However on creation the icon is a white paper. I have to click resize and make it either bigger or smaller to take. And ...
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How to remove duplicate entries in dash?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 from 12.04 I have duplicate entries in dash. How can I get rid of them?