I recently upgraded to Eclipse Luna and since then I've had trouble launching it from the Unity Launcher. I've modified my old .desktop file located in ~/.local/share/applications, then added it to my launcher and now it looks like this:


How can I fix this?

For reference, here's my eclipse.desktop file:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Eclipse Luna
Comment=This is an IDE
  • slightly different symptom, same cause. – Jacob Vlijm Sep 22 '14 at 19:14
  • It's a slightly different problem, as I have already done grep -rI "eclipse" in /usr/share/applications and it turns up with nothing. The only eclipse-related .desktop file I can see is the one in my ~/.local directory – Jin Sep 22 '14 at 19:19
  • You really must have two, calling the same application, but differently named. I'll take a look... – Jacob Vlijm Sep 22 '14 at 19:21
  • Could you grep -rI "eclipse" in ~/.local/share/applications? it is possible that files have slightly different names. – Jacob Vlijm Sep 22 '14 at 19:32
  • Yes I tried the grep in ~/.local/share/applications and it turned up with the desktop file noted above. However, after searching for solutions I managed to get a working .desktop file. I will answer this question with what worked for me. Thanks! – Jin Sep 22 '14 at 20:20

It seems there a line in the .desktop file that I was missing. In particular, the crucial line seems to be:


More info on that here: What represent the StartupWMClass field of a .desktop file?

So, I have found what works for me below:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=Eclipse Java IDE
Comment=Eclipse Java IDE
Categories=Utility;Developer Tools;IDEs;Java;
X-GNOME-FullName=Eclipse Java IDE

The steps I took to get this working are:

  1. Use a text editor to create eclipse.desktop, and paste the above into it

  2. Move eclipse.desktop into ~/.local/share/applications

  3. Allow it to be executable: chmod +x eclipse.desktop

  4. Double-click eclipse.desktop which should appear in Nautilus as Eclipse

  5. In Unity launcher, right-click and select "Lock to Launcher"

  • The weird thing is that you had two (correct eclipse) icons. Usually in these cases one of them is apppearing as a question mark, that's why the StartupWMClass -thought didn't come into my mind. – Jacob Vlijm Sep 23 '14 at 6:48

I had this same problem of duplicated icon. but in my case it was caused because I double clicked in the eclipse executable and ask unit to lock it in the launcher. this action makes unity to create an eclipse.desktop file into ~/.local/share/applications where its "exec=" was set to java instead of eclipse executable. After I removed the one created by unity and added my own, the problem was solved.

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