Is it possible to change Desktop directory name? If it is how can I rename that directory?

I've tried mv /home/username/Desktop /home/username/newName.


Yes indeed you can change this by closing nautilus and opening a terminal, then do the following:

mv -v /home/$USER/Desktop /home/$USER/<new-name>

But thats only the first step on the change you intend to do, now open /home/$USER/.config/user-dirs.dirs and edit the following line:


To reflect your changes, like in the following example:


Then save, exit, and reboot and enjoy your different named desktop directory.

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  • Although a lot of code breaks, because instead of $XDG_DESKTOP_DIR, they just use a hardcoded ~/Desktop. – UniversallyUniqueID May 28 '16 at 13:50
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    @BharadwajRaju That seems unlikely, since the line $XDG_DESKTOP_DIR can point to a different directory in any language. ("Bureaublad" in Dutch). – Jacob Vlijm May 28 '16 at 14:36
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    Just to be on the save side ln -s <new-name> Desktop. – Reactormonk May 28 '16 at 14:57

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