I installed Komodo Edit from a download (wasn't available in Software Center.) I want to be able to open .php files in Komodo, but when I right-click and choose Open With Other Application, Komodo doesn't display anywhere in the list. How can I add it to the list?

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If you have /usr/share/applications/$application.desktop, change



Exec=$command %F

in the file, where $application is the name of application, and $command is the command to execute for desired action.

Then, you will be able to add the application to the list.

It may be necessary to change MimeType=applications/php etc., if it is not still displayed. (Run sudo update-desktop-database after changing that.) Although it may be needlessness for Komodo, it could be necessary for other applications.

You may use the sed program to do the replacement. Please arrange the portion of Exec=command according to your application.desktop file.

sudo sed -i 's/Exec=command/Exec=command %F/' application.desktop
  • perfect! my blender was broken, just missed that, the moment I fixed it, nautilus promptly showed blender as option! Jan 17, 2015 at 19:52
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    If you do add a MimeType entry (the delimiter is a semicolon, by the way), then you may need to run sudo update-desktop-database before Nautilus will pick this up
    – IlluminAce
    Dec 14, 2015 at 8:43
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    %F? Any documentation please? Dec 26, 2016 at 1:51
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    The desktop file might also be found in ~/.local/share/applications/. Dec 22, 2017 at 4:12
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    @OndraŽižka standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/…
    – Marc.2377
    May 18, 2018 at 21:48

You could simply append a blank space and %F to the Exec parameter in the application.desktop file of your installed application.

You mentioned you didn't install from the software center so add a "komodo.desktop" file in /usr/share/applications/1 or ~/.local/share/applications/2, which would be very similar to the one I'm showing, just change the Name, Exec, Icon (etc) values to reflect your custom installation of komodo on your PC

Like so:
(using sublime as example because I don't use komodo)

an image of gedit using monokai color theme and showing the Exec line and the &F parameter highlighted

Explanation: the %F option activates the ability of passing arguments to your application, so if ubuntu can pass an argument it will activate the "opening file with" option on the context menus, and will pass the file as an argument3. Boom, that's all there is too it, not complicated at all.

1: You will need root privileges to modify anything on this directory. (you could use sudo nano app.desktop from the "terminal" or open gedit with root privileges entering gksu gedit & , it will ask for your password of course)
2: ~ stands for your user home directory (which really resides in /home/username/blabla...), and that the /.local/ directory is usually hidden, if you are using nautilus to "explore" your file system you can hit ctrl+h to show hidden files.
3: If your application doesn't support passing arguments it wont work.


Only applications available in the Launcher/Dash show in the Other Applications list.

Komodo Edit 7 creates an icon on your desktop by default:

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To put Komodo Edit in the Launcher list and thus make it available in Other Applications, you must do the following:

  1. Open the terminal with Ctrl-Alt-T
  2. Type or paste:

    sudo cp ~/Desktop/komodo-edit-7.desktop /usr/share/applications/

    or for the newer version (Komodo Edit 8):

    sudo cp ~/Desktop/komodo-edit-8.desktop /usr/share/applications/

    Note that before this step, in order to run Komodo Edit 8 (whose file was named komodo-edit-8.desktop) by simply clicking on the Desktop icon, I was getting an "Untrusted Application Launcher." I fixed this by making it executable by doing

    chmod +x ~/Desktop/komodo-edit-8.desktop
  3. Exit the terminal.

  4. Check that Komodo Edit shows up in the Dash (it may take a few moments):

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  5. Now, it should also show in the Other Applications list for php (and other) files:

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    This is an older version of Komodo - it was installed about a year ago, and definitely did not create an icon on the desktop. But it IS already available in the dash, so I don't get why it's not in the applications list.
    – EmmyS
    Jul 12, 2012 at 15:05
  • @EmmyS, please find the Komodo Edit desktop file in /usr/share/Applications and share its content to better help us troubleshoot your problem (instructions in this answer)
    – ish
    Jul 13, 2012 at 22:19
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    I rather put it in my home directory's share/applications folder as Komodo by default installs itself to my home directory so it's not available for other users. So the command modifies to cp ~/Desktop/komodo-ide-8.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/ Oct 9, 2013 at 8:55

Based on vine_user's method, but with a different approach.

I normally download Blender from the official website, then use Alcarte / Main Menu software to create the menu link. After that, you will find the menu at "/.local/share/applications".

Now, see which one of the .desktop files is yours (and make sure it's executable). Right Click on it, hit Properties. Then, in the Command field, right after the command stated there, add %U.

That's it! It should now show in your menu.


In 14.04 you can directly set a program to appear in open with list. open nautilus in root mode, go to /usr/share/applications/ and select the application that you want to make appear on the list. right click and open properties at the command you will see like /usr/bin/appName at the end of that just add %U now the whole thing must look like this /usr/bin/appName %U. now you are done!


One cool option to do this is Alacart. It's fairly simple and easy to use. Heres the link

Below is the command to install it

  sudo apt install alacarte

Open Nautilus by the terminal with

sudo nautilus

then, using Nautilus go to /usr/share/applications/ and look for the application you want to add to the "Open With" list. Copy the link on the desktop by copy-paste. Launch a text editor like Gedit ant drag the file you copied on the desktop in the text editor. One of the last lines should be


So just replace "false" with "true" and save the file. Then drag the file you modified in /usr/share/applications/ and overwrite the old one.

Then open again the "Open with" menu and you will see that application.


In my case, when trying to add Sublime Text 3 to the list, the file ~/.local/share/applications/sublime_text.desktop had the property Hidden=True.

Erased that line, and problem solved!


If you Don't find any flatpak apps in the open with listing, you can enable by modifying their desktop entries. (Fedora & Ubuntu)

Location: /var/lib/flatpak/exports/share/applications

To add phpstorm if missing, add --file-forwrding and @@ %f @@


Exec=/usr/bin/flatpak run --branch=stable --arch=x86_64 --command=phpstorm --file-forwarding com.jetbrains.PhpStorm @@ %f @@

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