I have PhpStorm on my PC, to launch it I have to go to phpstorm/bin/ and launch phpstorm.sh, how can I pin this to launcher so that I dont have to go into folders every time?

10 Answers 10


Run Tools —> Create Desktop Entry in top menu of IDE.

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    Seems not to work in 13.04 :( May 1 '13 at 18:18
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    Works for me in 13.04! Jul 12 '13 at 8:54
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    Why does Jetbrains not include this (by default, mind you) in their bash script installation?
    – MikeMurko
    Oct 20 '15 at 0:42
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    Where is checkbox Create Desktop Entry in installation wizard.
    – m05quit0
    Nov 14 '15 at 18:53
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    works for me in 16.04 and PhpStorm 2016.2
    – Alfred Bez
    Jul 13 '16 at 11:24

Use IDE to create launcher. Open Tools -> Create Desktop Entry...

Alternate method:

You need to create a application launcher first.

Installing gnome-panel

 sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

To create launcher

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

This will open up a "Create Launcher" window

Type: Application
Name: PhpStorm
Command: /bin/bash path_to/phpstorm.sh
Comment: Any Comment

This will create a launcher file in /usr/share/applications directory. Now double click and open the file.

Once the file is launched. You can see the process in the unity launcher. Right click on the icon in the unity launcher and click "Lock to Launcher"

Alternatively you can create a .desktop file

Found this .desktop file here. I haven't tested it. Try your luck.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=JetBrains PhpStorm
Exec=/opt/PhpStorm/bin/phpstorm.sh %f
Comment=Develop with pleasure!
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    This right here is one of the reasons Linux has such a limited user base.
    – Webnet
    Jun 30 '13 at 0:04
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    @Webnet This right here is an example of someone who has the wrong information. See the other answer.
    – Andrew Mao
    Sep 18 '13 at 22:52
  • Great!Great!Great!
    Jun 22 '16 at 8:27
  • This is no longer necessary as PhpStorm can now be installed as a snap, which does this for you. See my answer here for details.
    – colan
    May 25 '18 at 12:58

Try changing the two below lines in the file ~/.local/share/applications/jetbrains-phpstorm.desktop

Exec="/home/$USER/Downloads/PhpStorm-138.2000.2262/bin/phpstorm.sh" %f
  • This worked to change the existing launcher icon to now launch 8 instead of 7.
    – JoshP
    Oct 9 '14 at 13:07
  • I noticed the same desktop file is also placed in /usr/share/applications (I probably installed for all users on the system). You might have to edit this file as well!
    – karimkorun
    Mar 19 '16 at 15:56
  • On KDE this answer worked for me. I've installed phpstorm using snap and the icon extension in this path was svg. I created a new png icon and follow your instructions. Now it shows properly. Thanks Jul 19 '18 at 10:03
  • works on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
    – Stan Fad
    Oct 15 '19 at 12:47

Go to Tools-> "Create Desktop Entry"

Phpstorm 8 Tools menu


By far the easiest solution is to open PhpStorm, where it will show in the launcher. Then right click on it in the launcher and select "Lock to Launcher" and your done.

  • When you do this in KDE plasms, you can obtain an Icon that launch anything but the java virtual machine
    – Jean-Marc
    Jan 13 '20 at 10:49

You do not need to do anything. Just run PhpStorm/PyCharm for the first time from a command line with


And after it will start a popup will appear asking you for a password to add it to a launcher. When you will submit your password an ico will appear in the launcher.


On KDE Plasma 5.17.14, I had to create a new Item in the menu.

Right-click on the application launchermenu, clickEdit Applications...to start KMenuEdit.

In the Development group, right-click and "add a new item", enter PHPStorm for example. Then Ok.

With this item selected, on the right part on the window, update the "command" field with "path/to/phpstormFolder/bin/phpstorm.sh"

Click on the icon on right in order to set the application icon: Other Icon, browse and put : "path/to/phpstormFolder/bin/phpstorm.png"

File/save. If you find any issue with writing the .menu file, check the permissions of /home/"your_user"/.config/menus

It's done, you can access the launcher in the usual Appliocations launcher.

If you want to get it the task bar, in the application launcher, on the PHPStorm entry, richt click and "pin to task Manager"


From terminal, cd into {installation home}/bin and type: ./webstorm.sh

This will open the app and from the IDE go to Tools —> Create Desktop Entry in the top menu and then close the app. Now, you can open it from the system menu.

  • That is what I was looking for. Thanks
    – M.Arjmandi
    Jan 5 at 7:19

Late in the party but this might be useful

Step-1: cd /usr/share/applications/

Step-2: Create a file sudo touch jetbrains-phpstorm.desktop

Step-3: Then sudo vi jetbrains-phpstorm.desktop

Step-4: open new terminal goto folder phpstrom bin folder and enter pwd for example in my case: cd ~/Downloads/PhpStorm-213.5744.279/bin && pwd

Step-5: then in vi copy-paste this

[Desktop Entry]
Icon=<pwd copied path of bin>/phpstorm.png
Exec="<pwd copied path of bin>/phpstorm.sh" %f
Comment=Develop with pleasure!

Note: change <pwd copied path of bin> with the copied path of phpstorm bin in Step-4

to save press the ESC button followed by :wq

any mistake then press the ESC button followed by :q!

Happy coding!


As of 2017-12-14, you can install PhpStorm as a snap, either from the Ubuntu Software application, or the command line. See Install PhpStorm with Snaps for details.

This will automatically add a launcher icon to your desktop.

  • Snap's install brought a svn icon which seems doesn't render properly on KDE. I followed @Young answer with a created png icon and worked Jul 19 '18 at 10:06

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