I used to drag-and-drop links from the browser in Windows to a folder to save them. That created files with extension .url, and the content is like:


When I drag-and-drop the link from browser in Ubuntu to a directory it creates a .desktop file instead of .url file and the structure is like:

[Desktop Entry]

I was able to find a way to open up my .url files in Ubuntu when double-clicking them (found the solution here for that: https://devio.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/opening-url-files-in-ubuntu/), but I couldn't find a solution how I could continue saving the links as .url files instead of .desktop files in Ubuntu. I found the same question here, and wanted to write this as a comment to that, but I don't have enough points to comment yet: How to save a website link as a .url / .webloc file instead of .desktop [NextCloud LinkEditor compatibility]

It would be really useful if I could drag-and-drop web links to save them as .url files so it can be cross-platform compatible.


  • I don't even get a .desktop file with Chrome. If I drag the selected text in the address bar I get a .html file. Which browser are you using?
    – paradroid
    Nov 22 '20 at 7:08
  • I was using Chrome, but I was dragging the url from the browser to the desktop, not to the address bar. Then I organized those files into certain folders. I have them in Dropbox so I can access them from anywhere. Or dragged from browser directly to those folders.
    – Steven
    Apr 20 '21 at 21:33

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