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?


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! – CENT1PEDE 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

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

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    Seems not to work in 13.04 :( – Nathan J.B. May 1 '13 at 18:18
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    Works for me in 13.04! – Elte Hupkes Jul 12 '13 at 8:54
  • Works for WebStorm EAP 11 and Ubuntu 14 as well. – Dan Dascalescu Aug 15 '15 at 11:12
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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

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 – Alwin Kesler Jul 19 '18 at 10:03
  • works on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS – Stan Fad Oct 15 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.


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.


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 – Alwin Kesler Jul 19 '18 at 10:06

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