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Can I get list, or a link to a list, of all the categories I could put for a desktop icon when creating one? Specifically I would like my icon to show up in the Games lens, but I'm curious as to all the available categories. Running Ubuntu 14.04.

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    I added the category "Games" and it gave me an error when running desktop-file-validate, and won't show in the Games lens. – cosmoflop12 Sep 15 '15 at 12:29
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    I added the list of categories ;) Looks like it is "Game" not "Games" – Rinzwind Sep 15 '15 at 12:33
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See Desktop Entry Specifications for the official specifications for .desktop entries and that page also includes a link to categories.

  • Main Categories. Note that category names are case-sensitive.

    AudioVideo
    Audio   
    Video   
    Development 
    Education   
    Game    
    Graphics    
    Network 
    Office  
    Settings
    Utility 
    
  • it also has a very long list of "Additional categories"

    Building
    Debugger
    IDE
    GUIDesigner
    Profiling
    RevisionControl
    Translation
    Calendar
    ContactManagement
    Database
    Dictionary
    Chart
    Email
    Finance
    FlowChart
    PDA
    ProjectManagement
    Presentation
    Spreadsheet
    WordProcessor
    2DGraphics
    VectorGraphics
    RasterGraphics
    3DGraphics
    Scanning
    OCR
    Photography
    Publishing
    Viewer
    TextTools
    DesktopSettings
    HardwareSettings
    Printing
    PackageManager
    Dialup
    InstantMessaging
    Chat
    IRCClient
    FileTransfer
    HamRadio
    News
    P2P
    RemoteAccess
    Telephony
    TelephonyTools
    VideoConference
    WebBrowser
    WebDevelopment
    Midi
    Mixer
    Sequencer
    Tuner
    TV
    AudioVideoEditing
    Player
    Recorder
    DiscBurning
    ActionGame
    AdventureGame
    ArcadeGame
    BoardGame
    BlocksGame
    CardGame
    KidsGame
    LogicGame
    RolePlaying
    Simulation
    SportsGame
    StrategyGame
    Art
    Construction
    Music
    Languages
    Science
    ArtificialIntelligence
    Astronomy
    Biology
    Chemistry
    ComputerScience
    DataVisualization
    Economy
    Electricity
    Geography
    Geology
    Geoscience
    History
    ImageProcessing
    Literature
    Math
    NumericalAnalysis
    MedicalSoftware
    Physics
    Robotics
    Sports
    ParallelComputing
    Amusement
    Archiving
    Compression
    Electronics
    Emulator
    Engineering
    FileTools
    FileManager
    TerminalEmulator
    Filesystem
    Monitor
    Security
    Accessibility
    Calculator
    Clock
    TextEditor
    Documentation
    Core
    KDE
    GNOME
    GTK
    Qt
    Motif
    Java
    ConsoleOnly
    
  • and a "Reserved categories".

    Screensaver
    TrayIcon
    Applet
    Shell
    
  • Can we add our own categories? – Aaron Franke Jan 27 '19 at 4:45

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