I've downloaded a program and in order to run it I open terminal, cd into the directory it's stored in and run it by typing ./<program>. This is a bit of a hassle as I use this program on a daily basis. How do I set it so that I can find the program by typing the name of the program (TeamSpeak) into search when I press the super key?


To have your program show up in the Unity Dash (pressing the Super key), it needs a launcher (.desktop) file in the proper place.

So create a file named TeamSpeak.desktop in the directory ~/.local/share/applications containing the following:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Voice communications system for games

After you do that, it should show up in the Dash.


You need to add the program to the PATH. Go to your home directory. Press Ctrl+H, you can now see hidden files. Open .bashrc in your favourite text editor and add this to the end of the file (changing the directory to the correct one):

export PATH="$PATH:/directory/of/program"

Save and exit.

Open the terminal and run:

source .bashrc

Now try running your program.

  • Shouldn't that be export PATH?
    – Nanor
    Dec 28 '13 at 21:31
  • Good catch! Updated. Just seen that you wanted to launch from pressing super! So I was a little irrelevant anyway. Sorry, perhaps would be good to have that at the start of the question? Dec 28 '13 at 21:35

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