I have a strange problem I never had before.

I have Oracle SQL Developer installed. If I run the install .deb file, it shows in my Software Center that it is installed. And this is true because I can run it from the terminal with command sqldeveloper .

However, it's not showing up in my software list and I can't search for it like I can for other programs. How can I put it on the list of installed programs? I don't understand why it's not there already...

Any help would be appreciated. I am running Ubuntu 14.04.


You can use:

which sqldeveloper

to see where the executable script is installed.

To make it easier to use, you can create a desktop icon. So create a file sqldeveloper.desktop anywhere you wish:

cd /path/to/your/desktop/
nano sqldeveloper.desktop

and populate it with:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Oracle SQL Developer

and update:

sudo update-desktop-database

  • I did this as you say. And what do I do then? I now have a file on desktop called sqldeveloper.desktop, which doesn't do anything if I try to open it...
    – Chemist
    Aug 17 '15 at 14:06
  • what does which sqldeveloper say? Use that path in Exec=/path/to/sqldeveloper/script. .
    – Ron
    Aug 17 '15 at 14:10
  • I also forgot to add [Desktop Entry], apparently important. This works now, thank you very much for the help!
    – Chemist
    Aug 17 '15 at 14:31

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