How do I manually add something to the Unity Launcher? I downloaded the TeamSpeak 3 client, and though I can run it from the executable I'd really like to have a launcher icon on the unity launcher.

While TS3 is running there is an icon there and it even has the TS3 logo on the icon. It looks great when running. If I right-click that icon and "lock to launcher" the icon will stay but does not launch TeamSpeak when clicked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I have since discovered how to do this. I wrote a blog post to help others accomplish the same task.


I searched around for quite a while and just couldn't seem to find how to add custom applications to the Unity launcher (side bar) in Ubuntu. After much investigation I have found that applications that show up in the dashboard and on the Unity launcher have corresponding appname.desktop files in /usr/share/applications/.

I created one for TeamSpeak 3 on my machine. Here is what my Teamspeak3-client.desktop file looks like:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Teamspeak 3 Client

Obviously you would modify the version number to reflect the version you have installed. Also double-check the path for the "Exec" and "Icon" options. My installation was located in my home directory.

  • My TeamSpeak directory does not contain a logo.png or even a pluginsdk directory. Mar 23, 2017 at 17:19
  • Well this post is five years old now. It's probably all changed. I have no idea how much of this is valid anymore.
    – Chev
    Mar 23, 2017 at 20:54
  • 2
    The code for the desktop entry worked! @kleinfreund : They changed the location of the logo.png. In the current version 3.2.3 you need to change the path to TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/styles/default/logo-128x128.png
    – mhellmeier
    Mar 24, 2019 at 22:17

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