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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How can I get a change to a .desktop file get recognized by Unity/Gnome?

Unity/Gnome does not appear to pickup changes to .desktop files automatically (in particular the "Name" and "Icon" fields). I have found update-desktop-database, but that seems to update the MIME ...
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After login Desktop not showing 16.04

I am using ubuntu 16.04 and I have installed kali linux on top of that using katoolin, after restarting I can enter the password but desktop showing blank no icons. I used below command no use. Please ...
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I seem to have two desktops running concurrently as well as over the top of each other

hope to god someone has seen this and knows wtf is going on :) I hardly ever log directly into the machine and will generally just use X2GO to connect to it remotely. I have not requested to install ...
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Script crashes when starting from .desktop file

When I execute script from terminal by hand, it runs without problems: gksudo /path/to/module.sh But when I use .desktop file to run script on startup: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Exec=gksudo ...
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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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Custom launcher in Ubuntu 12.04 xdg/autostart

I have some script that should start when user logs in. I've created .desktop file and put it into /etc/xdg/autostart. It works on two pretty old PCs with Ubuntu with a long life (10.xx -> 11.10 -> 12....
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Newly installed program does not launch from dash

I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, and installed a .deb file I downloaded (so install happens through Software Center). (Almost) All went well, and the program icon appeared in the Dash. When clicking it, nothing ...
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What's the problem with the panel in the desktop?

These couple days, when I start ubuntu, and after about 15 min to 1 hour, the colors of the Panel icons (time, username, language, network...etc) change their color and become white, and the Close, ...
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Eclipse installation question - .desktop file

Another noob question trying to install Eclipse as per How to install Eclipse? that is following right up after this question: Eclipse installation process - initial "sudo mv eclipse /opt" ...
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14.04 LTS on old Pressario Desk top is blank but short cuts are there if you can remember where they are!

I have a Compaq Pressario that has been running Ubuntu for a few years. Now I have the problem that I can log in and it refreshes the background, flashes then sits there, no icons. The mouse is active ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 Type=...
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Problem logging into my desktop account on Xubuntu 14.04LTS

My main account on Xubuntu 14.04LTS 64bit loops back to the login screen after it tries to load. guest account works, and I managed to make a new account using terminal, but I need access to all the ...
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Not loading correctly after login

On a fresh install of Ubuntu, right after logging in, the upper right fourth desktop, and the bar at the top of the screen (I'm new to Linux, don't know what it's called yet), refuse to load properly, ...
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Desktop entry start 2 times!

I have a desktop entry to start emacs daemon at boot. The desktop entry is as follows: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=EmacsServer Exec=emacs --daemon Comment=Emacs daemon X-GNOME-Autostart-...
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Webstorm favourite entry adds another when executed

Yes, I know the question title doesn't make sense. I have a desktop entry which was created by webstorm itself. I need to add it to the favourites sidebar. So I just searched for it from launcher and ...
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Desktop shortcuts display incorrectly if the “Name” property is not first in the “Desktop Entry” group

I have VMs for 14.04, 15.10, and now 16.04. I've had no particular trouble creating desktop shortcuts in the first two. I typically create a new desktop entry by copying the "*.desktop" file in ~/...
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.desktop file not executing properly

I have a script that works very well in terminal by simply typing aprs.sh from anywhere. This script runs a few terminal based applications, and then runs a graphical application giving me a total of ...
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How can I start a job of a python script from a .desktop file?

I have created following .desktop file to start a python program (uses tkinter if this is relevant): [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Program Icon=utilities-terminal Exec=gnome-terminal -e "bash ...
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How to disable the joystick for dragging Windows in KDE 5? (Kubuntu)

How to disable the joystick for dragging Windows in KDE 5? This is activated clicking on an unknown key and locks the keyboard. How to disable completely?
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Reset pidgin notification icon to default after applying Win-7 icons

I have applied Windows 7 Icon theme. Now Pidgin application icon has been changed to this: Before applying the theme it was like this: How to reset it to default even after applying theme (...
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Why .desktop file does not launch an app?

Short problem description I would like to open Matlab by clicking with the mouse on an icon in my Desktop. What happens is that Matlab launch picture briefly appears on a screen but then it exits and ...
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Executing oracle 11g xe desktop file in ubuntu

I have installed oracle 11g xe followed this steps . A desktop file created in my home/Desktop directory as you see in the picture oracle desktop file. I have allowed this file executed like a ...
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Alarm Clock: How to turn off the alarm?

http://askubuntu.com/a/401819/340383 says: PS: You can also have: Alarm Clock — Ubuntu Apps Directory I started an alarm like this: And with preferences settings thusly: And then ...
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Neither autostart .desktop or sh scripts working

Having successfully set up .desktop scripts for Ubuntu MATE, finding exactly the same set up fails to work on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Trying to set up a script which can load the terminal and execute a ...
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Desktop file doesn't show icon in Launcher

I have a small script, which uses rsync to do a backup and some associated housekeeping, that I run from a .desktop file which contains the line Terminal=true The desktop file is in ~/.local/share/...
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Can I hide a part of my Ubuntu screen

I want to hide a part of my Ubuntu screen. Is there a way to put like a filter in front to all what is ongoing, so that I can decide what to see, using for instance a keyboard shortcut. When visiting ...
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Ubuntu Server GUI at specific runlevel

I have just recently installed Ubuntu Server, of course for server purpose. It is ok that there is only command line interface but I need GUI only for browser, nothing else. (Terminal browsers are ...
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How to prevent launcher flashing after clicking it and before a window opens or timeout?

When I click a Unity launcher icon, it will flash until a window opens or until a timeout is reached. Also the mouse cursor changes to the spinning circle. While it is flashing, further clicks on the ...
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Toshiba Canvio Wireless Hard drive adapter

I have a new Toshiba Canvio Wireless hard drive adapter hooked up to a 1TB external hard drive. Toshiba only makes software for IOS, Android and Windows. I installed the exe file on to my desktop ...
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Run .Desktop file as root

How do I make my desktop file run as root? I have a script to restart the network-manager that needs sudo to run, but it won't work as a desktop file because it still needs root.
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Ubuntu Desktop screen going crazy

I'm new to Linux and had an extra computer on hand so after reading about Linux I took Windows 7 off and installed Ubuntu Desktop on it. Well, all works fine until I hit the settings tab on the home ...
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unable to launch gnome-session --session=ubuntu

I used xkill command in terminal then clicked on the top bar(by mistake). after rebooting i got this message : : unable to launch "gnome-session --session=ubuntu" X session --- "gnome-session --...
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Ubuntu showing less ram than before after fresh install

I had Ubuntu 15.04 installed but its support ends in January. And I don't have that much bandwidth and money to do a upgrade every 9 months so I turned back to 14.04 and upgraded it to 14.04.3. But I ...
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MySQL Workbench available only via command line

This might be a silly question: I downloaded MySQL Workbench but I cannot find it in the finder area. If I go to the command line and type mysql-workbench then run, I'm able to launch it. But it ...
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why my desktop entry file not working for a perl program?

[Desktop Entry] Name=hotel Version=1.0 Encoding=UTF-8 X-GNOME-FullName=hotel Type=Application Categories=Application;Utility; Path=/home/yathayed/yedukondalu/programs/perl/advanced/tk Exec=perl /home/...
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How does tracker find applications with no .desktop files

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, and when I search for something in the activities overview, even if an application does not have a .desktop file it will shoe up in the search results ...
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How to get a remote desktop on an Azure hosted Ubuntu?

I have an Ubuntu installed on Azure. (it was created from a bitname image, but this is hopefully should not matter) Here is the version: Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS ...
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Desktop is not coming after update because of gnome-session fallback

I updated my Ubuntu 14.04 recently. Then I restarted and enter my password in GUI and after that got this screen I pressed Okay. However, nothing happens after that. Can anyone please help?
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Change time for mouse hover event

How do I change the time before a mouse hover event triggers. I'm using Eclipse and the tool tips are triggering too fast, I'd like to slow it down. From my reading of various answers in Eclipse ...
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how to restore my program UI after using “ctrl+super+D” to show the Desktop?

I'm running Eclipse, and then I used Crl+Super+D to show the Desktop, now I can't see the Eclipse. I clicked on the Eclipse program and it says there is another copy running on.
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KDE on Ubuntu 15.04 - Missing .desktop Icons

I installed plasma 5.3 on my ubuntu machine and I am encountering a strange problem. Some application icons are just not displayed: this happens only with kde, while with other DE (unity, gnome and ...
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I boot Ubuntu and some files in the Desktop appear suddenly in the top right corner of the screen

When I boot Ubuntu 14.04 sometimes all the PDF, TXT files and some folders that are in the Desktop appear suddenly in the top right corner of the screen. Any idea why is happening this?
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Ubuntu mate desktop not responding

Here is link to my desktop screenshot: http://imgur.com/WfQuy7W I recently installed KDE and after I realize that ubuntu mate is better than KDE I moved back to mate.. But then all my desktop files ...
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14.04 Can I create a sound indicator item for a script?

I have made a script to interact with MPC on the command line and would like to add to it so that I can control it in the Ubuntu sound menu. I have added my .desktop file (Below) to the sound menu. ...
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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] ...