How can I get the application Navicat into my launcher menu & sidebar 'dock'?

It runs in wine and has its own wine directory as part of the download. I've created .desktop files before to create launcher icons but I cannot figure out how to do it with Navicat & the tutorials I've found online for wine applications don't seem to work. I think it's because Navicat has it's own wine directory and doesn't use the one that comes with Ubuntu?

It was suggested that this is a duplicate of "How does one create a custom application launcher for Wine installed apps?" which I've tried and it hasn't worked. I'm not sure what makes my case different though, I think it's related to Navicat using a wine directory that is downloaded with the application.

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  • @E.F.Nijboer Thanks for the comment, I tried that method but couldn't get it to work. I think it's to do with Navicat having its own wine directory but I could be mistaken.
    – Neil Nand
    Mar 21, 2016 at 17:43
  • Check out the Exec line in the answer. Before it calls the application it changes the directory to the program files folder. You would need to change that to match the folder of Navicat. Exec=sh -c "cd /home/USER/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/FOOBAR_FOLDER; wine foobar.exe" Mar 22, 2016 at 17:13
  • @E.F.Nijboer Navicat has it's own local wine binaries it runs, such that Navicat can be run without having wine actually installed on a user level. So /home/USER/.wine would not exist
    – Pitt
    Aug 23, 2016 at 19:57

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I used to start Navicat from Bash till I figured out the solution. To add Navicat to the menu, create a Launcher item in /usr/share/applications. Change the Exec line to match the path where you unzipped navicat. The solution has nothing to do with wine.

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Database Admin Tool
Exec=/bin/sh  "/opt/navicat/start_navicat"
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    You can also add it to ~/.local/share/applications/.
    – Patrick.SE
    Mar 27, 2018 at 16:15

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