I wanted to use Whatsapp Web but since there's no PWA app or a native app written for Ubuntu... I had a really good idea, it's like electron apps. Just use Chrome for a shortcut, so I did.

The problem is that the icon is really annoying, and I wanted to change it, so the Unity Dash will be as fine as I want.

Chrome "Add to desktop..." feature

Translated: Chrome menu -> More tools -> Add to desktop...

The thing is... I searched a lot and I can't tell where chrome puts that .desktop files.. because Unity Dash recognizes it! So I looked for it in /usr/share/applications and ~/.local/share/applications and it's not there!

I just want to edit that .desktop file, please help.

  • Did you look in ~/.local/share/applications?
    – DK Bose
    Apr 23, 2018 at 17:23
  • yep, it's not there too! Apr 23, 2018 at 17:23
  • What are the contents of ~/.local/share/applications?
    – pomsky
    Apr 23, 2018 at 17:36
  • @pomsky only 1 file and its called mimeapps.list Apr 23, 2018 at 18:05

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Chrome creates two .desktop files, one on the desktop (in ~/Desktop) and another in ~/.local/share/applications. The latter is shown in the Dash. To find it, run

grep -ri "whatsapp" ~/.local/share/applications

E.g. mine was called chrome-hnpfjngllnobngcgfapefoaidbinmjnm-Default.desktop. I was able to edit the Icon field and have it take effect in the Dash.

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    pomsky was right, for some weird reason I wasn't able to see that .desktop files in ~/.local/share/applications until I rebooted. Apr 23, 2018 at 18:08
  • I found the file there, but it was weird, the Name was Name=Socket.io tester. I expected something like Name=Google Chrome May 4, 2019 at 4:30
  • @Anand The Name is the name of the app. For example I have Google Keep - notes and lists and TeamViewer.
    – wjandrea
    May 4, 2019 at 4:39

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