When installing an app, like Eclipse IDE it is launched in the desktop, as a runnable application. If for example, I wanted to have it in the start menu. I should be able to go to the start menu and, if I click on the application it will launch exactly the same way as launching it from the desktop/folder

  • Seconding what @pomsky said. And in case you are at all confused, the launchers in Ubuntu are just a special kind of executable text file that have .desktop at the end and are structured in a certain way. Opening them executes a command that launches the application. The folder he referenced is where all the "dock" or "start menu" launchers live. – Hee Jin Apr 27 '18 at 19:06
  • I know that, but what I didn't know was where the folder was, I didn't ask just for the location because maybe there is an easier way to do it. – YoureSOStubborn Apr 27 '18 at 19:09
  • @YoureSOStubborn See my expanded answer, try alacarte for a GUI alternative. – pomsky Apr 27 '18 at 19:20

If you have a launcher in your desktop, then copy/move the launcher from your desktop to the ~/.local/share/applications/ directory. It should appear in the menu.

Otherwise, you may manually create a simple .desktop launcher (say eclipse.desktop) in your ~/.local/share/applications/ directory. The content of the eclipse.desktop may be as follows.

[Desktop Entry]

For a GUI alternative, try Main Menu (aka Alacarte). You can install it by

sudo apt-get install alacarte
  • It does work in a way but, I had to make a .desktop configuration for it to work – YoureSOStubborn Apr 27 '18 at 19:05

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