how can I change the default applications showed when I open unity. At the moment it's Chromium, OpenShot, Thunderbird and Banshee. I'd like to replace the Banshee starter with a customized icon and command. I'm using Ubuntu 11.10

Thank you!


For a customized command & icon you'd need to create a custom .desktop & preferably place in a typical applications dir. like ~/.local/share/applications ; /usr/local/share/applications ; /usr/share/applications, (i'd use the 1st one

The Exec= line for your command, the Icon= line for the icon

You could try including in the .desktop a line like this, may help your .desktop show up in System Settings > System Info > Default applicatons > Music


If it doesn't, no matter. Open ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list & in the [Default Applications] section create or edit this line, using the name of your custom.desktop

  • oh no, it doesnt! the command is "/usr/bin/chromium-browser --app=grooveshark.com" but using the launcher just opens chromium normally with my homepage! – Stücke Oct 30 '11 at 22:49
  • Then you need to edit your Exec= command to do what you want or if need be use a script as the Exec=. If you just wanted it to open on that page it would be this. - Exec=chromium-browser grooveshark.com – doug Oct 31 '11 at 5:39
  • This does the same thing as my method but not in a GUI, depends what you prefer. – Greg Treleaven Oct 31 '11 at 8:59

I found the solution. Open the terminal and install gnome panel:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

Then you can run the item editor:

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/banshee.desktop

Banshee Properties

I can't check if this is exactly the right command because I've lost my password but it should work.

  • doesn't work me. appreciate your effort anyway - thank you! – Stücke Oct 30 '11 at 22:47

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