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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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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KOrganizer in desktop

I'm using Kubuntu 14.04. I want to see the KOrganizer in the desktop all the time like if it was a widget. I've only found information on how to show google calendar events in the calendar widget. ...
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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?
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Why I cannot mount ISO file from this .desktop file by `fuseiso`?

I want to mount iso files without root permission by fuseiso, and this is how to mount a iso file: fuseiso -p '/path/to/isofilename' '/media/isofilename' , so I make a .desktop file followed ...
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Weird graphical glitches with Xubuntu 14.04 including folder icons disappearing on mouseover

I’ve just installed the above version on my ailing Dell Dimension tower PC - great to be able to get it up and running again... The only thing is that there seems to be a strange graphics issue - ...
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Which hidden files in the /home/user folder control the desktop?

The background story: The other day my (L)ubuntu offered me to upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS, which I gladly accepted. At the end of the evening, I started the update out of the update manager, ...
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gtk-launch desktop file with arguments

I have a .desktop file with following Exec-line Exec = python script.py %u however, when I do gtk-launch test.desktop /home/user the argument /home/user is not passed to script.py Why? Or is there ...
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Odd Ubuntu graphical bug when viewing desktop

I'm having this odd bug which won't fix itself It happens after entering my password and logging in - it's like the desktop background is missing and so it just shows no pixels. I don't know what ...
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How to create a desktop entry for an application located in the user space?

I compiled the latest QGIS sources into ~/bin/qgis. I can start the application from the command line running ~/bin/qgis/bin/qgis. Now I want to have application launcher entry. So I copied the ...
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keep getting internal system errors and can not see the desktop

I have found quite a few topics within this problem, but didn't really find a clear answer. I have updated my Ubuntu. The update I have installed Ubuntu update center said it had some unothorized ...
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How to refresh launcher icon application menu in ubuntu 12.04?

After modifying a desktop file in /usr/share/applications, I need to refresh the launcher icon application menu so that my modification shows up. For the sake of clarity, the menu that should get ...
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Application Startup Icon Locked (root)

I have installed a program, an icon appears on the desktop, but it has a picture of a lock on it, and clicking it does nothing. It's a program I installed from a file. ...
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Running a .sh to execute multiple commands

I was curious how I would go about running multiple commands via shell script. For example, just to try it out, I'd like to be able to connect a .desktop to a .sh that will run all the update codes ...
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My .bashrc alias not run in .desktop file

I've added the following line to the .bashrc file: alias midos="sh /home/erkanmdr/Belgeler/midos/midos.sh" This command works fine in the terminal and tty. But not working in my .desktop shortcut ...
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Create a working link on desktop

I am totally new to Ubuntu/Linux and I want to create a link on a desktop (is this called an application launcher?). I created a .desktop file placed on the Desktop with this content but it doesn't ...
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Removing “user accounts” from system settings

I don't need user account management on my system settings for security reasons. Is it possible to remove user management from settings? Although i don't want it for all user accounts. As given ...
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.desktop file running sh script “There was an error launching the application.”

I have a .desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Terminal=true Name=RunMe Exec=run.sh When I double click the .desktop file, I get There was an error launching the application. my run.sh ...
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What's wrong with this .desktop file?

I can't figure out what's wrong with this. According to this, it should work. Thanks! [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=D3GO Comment=D3GO televizija preko interneta Exec=~/D3GO/D3GO Path=~/D3GO/ ...
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Software Center can't start due to DBus Proxy issue or SSO Client issue

Software Center can't open from GUI of my newly installed 14.04LTS Desktop. Tried update and upgrade, it doesn't work. Tried 'sudo apt-get install --reinstall software-center', it doesn't work as ...
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How to run a .sh file in terminal on login

so I have a simple sh file I want to run whenever someone logs in. I tried adding it to startup applications. This didn't work. I tried editing the .desktop file for the startup application to set ...
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My Faenza icon theme contains an icon for spotify, but I can't seem to change the icon

So, I installed spotify (on 14.04) using this method. It created a spotify folder in /opt/. My faenza icon theme seems to work for almost all supported apps except for spotify. I tried changing the ...
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permissions denied even though I'm a system admin (and the only user of the system,) when trying to access and edit .desktop files? (14.04)

When I try to save the .desktop file (for Google chrome in this instance,) I revive a message that in short states I do not have the require permissions to do this. Is there any fix for the problem at ...
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12.04 Dual Boot with Desktop and Server - what order to insall?

In a couple of weeks I will have a new computer with no OS installed. I want to set it up as a dual boot with Server as the default and Desktop as an option at boot time. I want to make the ...
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Can't find my app in a dash, something is wrong with .desktop file?

I created .desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Name=STS Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=false Exec=/root/springsource/sts-3.5.1.RELEASE/STS Icon=spring_tool_suite.png Actions=New; [Desktop Action ...
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Just upgraded to the latest kernel version and the desktop stops responding

I have just completed my system update(it downloaded about 300 MB), after a restart the desktop stopped responding, there is no wallpaper on the desktop, right click does not work(it is happening only ...
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How to set a launcher icon from .exe files?

Can I set an icon for a .desktop file to be an .exe file, and if so - how? I have tried to point the icon entry in the file to a path of an .exe file, to no avail - the launcher shows no icon ...
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How to move icons on Kubuntu?

I'm new to Linux world. Recently I've installed Kubuntu and I don't know how to move icons on the desktop. When I drag an icon from applications (start menu) and drop it, I can't move it anymore. For ...
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How to completely change file manager in Xubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

i've been trying to get Nautilus to run everything file related in my Xubuntu... Without sucess. I got it right up to the desktop. My desktop is completely empty and clicking on it does nothing, ...
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How Do I Create Mime Types For New Documents (Command Line)?

How do I give my application's custom document a custom icon? Additionally, how do I make the file manager open these documents when a user double clicks on them? I have to do this on the command ...