New linux user, currently running on Ubuntu 20.04.

Double-clicking an AppImage file on desktop or using "right click > Open" does nothing and doesn't display any errors either, however double-clicking it from the file manager or running it from terminal works. Any ideas why?

  • You Should Be Able To Run The AppImage File..
    – Ibster
    Aug 30, 2020 at 3:19

5 Answers 5


Solution 1 :

Right Click On The Appimage File And Go In Properties.

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Then Go In Permissions.

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Tick Allow Executing File As Program, and Both access : read and write, It must look the same as the image.

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Solution 2 :

Open terminal, copy and paste the following command :

sudo chmod +x name.appimage

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I've had the same issue and yes, making the file executable is necessary, however, to be able to open the appimage from desktop you will have to:

  1. Right click on your desktop
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and look for Action to do when launching a program from the desktop
  4. Click the drop down menu on the right of it and set it to Launch the file

Now launching the appimage from the desktop by clicking on it should work. At least this did it for me.


If anyone in the future comes across this, you should know that Ubuntu 22.04 does not have FUSE (Filesystem in Userspace) library installed by default. That is probably the case if you select Minimal Installation instead of full installation. You're gonna have to install libfuse2 manually:

sudo apt install libfuse2

combine this with the accepted answer and you're good to go.

  • I have several Ubuntu 22.04 desktops and they all have Fuse by default.
    – David
    Mar 24 at 17:33
  • @David mine did not come with it and I had to manually install it. I chose "minimal installation" at the beginning. Maybe that's it? It's not just me either, for instance: itsfoss.com/cant-run-appimage-ubuntu
    – Amir ZM
    Mar 26 at 7:40
  • You should edit your question to add that you did a min install and not a standard one.
    – David
    Mar 26 at 8:22

Same issue here.

I had tried the answers on this thread, but they weren't enough.

My problem was that I had downloaded the 32-bit version of balenaEtcher AppImage app. Alas, 32-bit apps are no longer supported in current Ubuntu versions.

You must be sure to download the 64-bit version of the AppImage app! Ubuntu doesn't alert you that it is a 32-bit version. It simply doesn't run it.


Appimages will not launch from the Thunar file manager. If you're on Ubuntu 22.04, like I, go back to using Files file manager.

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