I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. I want to create a shortcut on my desktop for a program I've just installed (VLC media player). I've already done it for Google Chrome, so I do the same and I go to /usr/share/applications, but I can't find any .desktop file related to VLC there.

(In case you may be asking, yes I've installed GNOME Tweaks and yes I've enabled "Show icons".)

So, how can I create a shortcut on my desktop?


Since you don't find a .desktop launcher for VLC in /usr/share/applications/, it seems you installed the snap version of VLC instead of the traditional one. In that case you would find the associated .desktop file in the /var/lib/snapd/desktop/applications/ directory.

If you wish you can also create a .desktop launcher manually by various GUI and CLI ways, refer to this: How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand?

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  • Thanks ! It worked perfectly, the problem is solved – IntrovertSavage Dec 29 '19 at 19:06

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