I have installed NetBeans 7.0 manually, because only 6.9 is available in Ubuntu Software Center.

I tried to keep it in launcher, but after system restart it's gone.

How can I permanently add it?

  • netbeans 8.2 creates a desktop configuration file in $HOME/.local/share/applications – ashubuntu Feb 15 '17 at 16:55

Create a netbeans.desktop file with somewhat following content in your $HOME/.local/share/applications/ folder(If not present create it). And drag and drop the netbeans.desktop file to your launcher. I am doing the same with eclipse. If you want netbeans to be available to othe users as well you can create the desktop file in /usr/share/applications as well.

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Netbeans IDE
Exec=path/to/executable i.e. $HOME/netbeans/netbeans

Make sure you have correct path and keep in launcher is checked. enter image description here

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  • Thanks for your answer, but I already have netbeans-7.0.desktop file with content - cat netbeans-7.0.desktop [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=NetBeans IDE 7.0 Comment=The Smarter Way to Code Exec=/bin/sh "/home/umpirsky/Applications/netbeans-7.0/bin/netbeans" Icon=/home/umpirsky/Applications/netbeans-7.0/nb/netbeans.png Categories=Application;Development;Java;IDE Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=0 – umpirsky May 19 '11 at 8:01
  • Installs dconf-tools and run dconf-editor and on desktop>unity> favourites section see if netbeans is there or not. You can add netbeans.desktop path there and set it to default may be. – sagarchalise May 19 '11 at 9:10
  • Thanks again. It is not there. Isn't this a bug? – umpirsky May 19 '11 at 9:54
  • add it and see if it exists or not after logout. It may be a bug. – sagarchalise May 19 '11 at 10:30
  • Does not exist. Reported bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/785095 – umpirsky May 19 '11 at 11:07

'Java Ayatana' plugin for Netbeans solve the following problems ( tested on 12.04 64bit)

  • adds global menu
  • fixes launcher

How to install:

1) in Tools -> Plugins -> Settings add http://java-swing-ayatana.googlecode.com/files/netbeans-catalog.xml

now look for: 'Java Ayatana' Tools -> plugin -> Avariable plugin

2) or install manually from: http://code.google.com/p/java-swing-ayatana/

On 64bit with oracle java 7 if you experience this problem:

libjawt.so cannot open shared object file no such file

do this:

sudo ldconfig /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle/jre/lib/amd64/

Thank you Dan Jaren for this plugin


On NetBeans 7.2RC1 launcher works fine by default. 'Java Ayatana' 's global menu integration works fine too.

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  • I installed it and now my NetBeans is broken. Crashes after startup. Any idea how I can remove this plugin by hand? – umpirsky Apr 21 '12 at 15:24
  • People, don't install this! I installed it and now I can't run NetBeans at all. – umpirsky Apr 21 '12 at 15:39
  • Fixed, thanks to blogs.oracle.com/gridbag/entry/… – umpirsky Apr 21 '12 at 15:53
  • I'm on ubuntu 12.04 64bit, I can confirm this:code.google.com/p/java-swing-ayatana is working I have Netbeans menu as global menu and the icon in the launcer. So it is perfectly integrated Please remove -1 vote. Note: I have java 7 from sun and I had to do that : sudo ldconfig /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-oracle/jre/lib/amd64/ – Postadelmaga May 8 '12 at 9:03
  • OK, I removed -1 vote, but I'll not risk again :) – umpirsky May 8 '12 at 13:40

The answer of Kacharov is good (very good), but the Ubuntu Unity Launcher Plugin of Netbeans is already on Netbeans plugin and Google project website.


To make it more formal.

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Following @sagarchalise's answer, here's a working (~/.local/share/applications/netbeans.desktop) contents for NB 7.0.1 on Ubuntu 11.04:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Netbeans IDE
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You can use this NetBeans plugin!


It is very useful!

Original page: http://danjared.blogspot.com/2011/10/unity-launcher.html

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  • Yes, I use it already. But what to do with tvtime or gedit when you open some text file from remote location from nautilus. Same problem occurs. This should be fixed in unity, as in other launchers for ubuntu. – umpirsky Oct 24 '11 at 9:14
  • Still problems after upgrade to NetBeans 7.1, any idea? – umpirsky Jan 20 '12 at 13:43

This is a bug in BAMF:

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  • I wonder will someone fix this... – umpirsky May 21 '11 at 18:12

I am on Ubuntu 14.10 with Netbeans 8.0 and Docky 2.0

I was able to solve the problem by doing the following steps from: http://wiki.go-docky.com/index.php?title=How_to_Customize_Window_Matching

1 Create netbeans.desktop file for Netbeans something like this (adjust for your netbeans path, version, etc.)

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Netbeans 8.0
Comment=Java IDE
Exec=/bin/sh "/home/your/path/to/netbeans/bin/netbeans"

2 Start Netbeans

3 Open a terminal window and run:

xprop | grep WM_CLASS | awk '{print $4}'

4 A crosshair cursor will be displayed, click on netbeans window

The WMClass for the window should be printed in terminal, for me this was:


6 In the netbeans.desktop set the value for StartupWMClass like so:


7 Save the file and copy to;


8 Exit Docky

8.5 optional step: delete the docky desktop cache in


9 Start Docky

10 Drag your netbeans.desktop file from /usr/share/applcations in nautilus (etc.) into docky

11 Start up netbeans and see what happens :D

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For the current NetBeans 11 version, installed in /opt

Also changed the default icon from the tiny .png file meant for Windows, to the larger .icns file meant for MacOSX. This looks much better in the launcher. Also had to fix the StartupMWClass= to prevent 2 icons from showing.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Apache NetBeans IDE 11.0
StartupWMClass=Apache NetBeans IDE 11.0

Just save the above as ~/.local/share/applications/netbeans.desktop

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