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Questions tagged [.desktop]

A .desktop file is a launcher. When run, it executes a command, which usually launches an application. Use this tag if you are asking a question about using a .desktop file or about the .desktop file format in general.

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Grouping Icons from Multiple Eclipse Installs

I have two different Eclipse installs in my Ubuntu 18.04 with different plugins I create two .desktop files: Install A [Desktop Entry] Name=Eclipse Java Type=Application StartupNotify=true ...
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Why one Thunar folder doesn't show icons as in the other one?

I've been trying to solve Docky not showing Xfce and Thunar icons, and did with the help of this thread. However in the process of it I started wondering, why these two folders (/usr/share/...
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LightDM background blocking desktop

I am having an issue when logging in to Xubuntu 18.04. Everything boots fine, but when I actually log in, the background from LightDM stays on the screen and there is nothing else, no panels, right-...
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How to remove icon of uninstalled app?

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.1, the other day I installed Ark from the Ubuntu Software app but ended up uninstalling it after a couple minutes because it wasn't working well. Recently I noticed that the ...
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Create a '.desktop' shortcut for 'Show Applications' - Ubuntu 18.04

I need to create a '.desktop' shortcut for 'Show Applications', so that I can pin it to Plank to view all applications and search.
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Every Screensaver in XScreensaver is showing in Show Applications

So I just updated xscreensaver, and after doing so, every single individual screensaver is showing up as its own application in the "Show Application" menu. I looked in my /usr/share/applications ...
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Desktop in Ubuntu 18.04 “too big”

I just installed Ubuntu 18.04 in my new lenovo t480s and for some reasons, everything (from the dock up to the frames of the windows) are too big. Just to be clear, they are not abnormal but they ...
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Debian VNC goes black If I leave It open and I am inactive [closed]

I am having trouble with my VNC Server. The server keeps giving me black screen If I leave the viewer in the background, and don't do anything on the server specifically. If this happens, I can no ...
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Own made .desktop doesn't show at sidebar Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Unity

I created my own .desktop file because I've moved the folders where IntelliJ IDEA was installed. [Desktop entry] Name=Intellij_IDEA Exec=/home/jorch/Documents/1.IDEsAndPrograms/idea-IU/bin/idea.sh ...
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Make a snap install as the default app for a file type? (Eg. Sublime from Ubuntu Software)

So I've installed Sublime Text from "Ubuntu Software", and I can't open text files with it by default. Right click offers "Open with Other Application" and I can choose Sublime from there, but I have ...
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Creating a shortcut to create shortcuts?

So I've just installed "gnome-panel" and I've been using the "gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop" command in the terminal to create some shortcuts to my most-used webpages. I'd like to ...
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Is there a way to initialize the top panel applets without launching the applications?

I have a few applications (Slack, Discord, etc.) which have applets in the top panel to show if they have notifications. However, these applets only show, after the application has been launched at ...
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Best practice syncing Linux across devices? [closed]

I want to work on multiple devices (Desktop, Laptop) and use them like they were the same. Currently, I store all my important in Dropbox and sync the folders, but I still have to install the OS twice ...
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On 16.04 strange behavior of Desktop Entry files

I recently installed Ubuntu 16.04 on a new pc and copied the data from my old pc (12.04) to the new one. It went well, except that I'm having problems getting the Desktop to work like a desktop, a ...
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Remove non-functioning launcher icon [duplicate]

I had two versions of skype installed: one from Skype (package skypeforlinux) and one using snap package in Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome. I removed the snap version but an empty icon in the launcher remains. /...
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How to make app autorunning with root privileges?

I want to make jetbrains-toolbox app start with root privileges on boot. How can I do it? Config file is overwritten with default on every boot with config, which doesn't have gksu -k -u root. Here is ...
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Duplicate icons of the same application created on Dock with no WM_class found

I followed all the steps in this answer: https://askubuntu.com/a/975230/719469 However when I run xprop WM_CLASS in Terminal and click on my application's window, it gives me: WM_CLASS: not found. ...
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Ubuntu 18.04.1 gives error after successful install alongside Win 10

I have a schenker laptop with win 10 on it. Initially, I couldn't install ubuntu because it always froze at language select. I added nomodeset to grub and the installation went smooth. After it was ...
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Error handling link in .desktop file

In Ubuntu 18.04, Plasma desktop, i open dolphin, right-click -> Create new -> Link to location (URL). This creates a weblink using a .desktop file. The contents of my file after creation are [Desktop ...
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VNC on Ubuntu 18.04

I have found a couple of tutorials on this...but they all suggest installing a separate desktop shell to really use this. But, I do have Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop installed, since this is a local server, ...
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Failed to launch, Desktop file didn't specify Exec file

I recently installed UGet download manager. When I try to open it, it is showing the error: Failed to launch "UGet" Desktop file didn't specify Exec field How to handle this issue?
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Invalid multi-tool .dektop file

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS with unity user interface I tried to make a .desktop multi tool icon like in this post: https://askubuntu.com/a/68023 The UbuntoToolbox.desktop file is in /usr/...
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How can I send a gnome desktop notification from a .desktop app launcher?

I'm running a shell script inside a gnome .desktop file to backup my disk to an external disk, running as root: Exec:gksu /home/nhiton/bin/sync_home_to_alpha.bash However, I can't seem to do ...
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Can't create custom Desktop file in Ubuntu 18.10

I created a custom desktop file and placed it in ~/.local/share/applications but it doesn't appear when I show all applications, I then tried to put it in /usr/share/applications to no avail. I can ...
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After upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS all my .desktop launchers went “Untrusted” [duplicate]

After upgrading to Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS all my .desktop launchers went "Untrusted", and I have to "re-trust" them manually. While many other posts (e.g. this) say to use the command in terminal: gio ...
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The eclipse icon is replaced with a new one but it is not changed in the Ubuntu dock when I run the app

I've downloaded the Eclipse C/C++ IDE for 2018-09 and installed it by extracting the package in a folder. So I've created the following Eclipse-CDT.desktop file in /home/username/.local/share/...
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18.04 custom icon from .desktop file not populating in dock

I can't seem to get the proper icon to display on 18.04 dock using this custom launcher. The icon does display correctly along with the application name using the "Files" application. If I double ...
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Resize desktop icons Ubuntu 18.04

How can I resize the desktop icons? They are too big. I tried to use the zoom out option in nautilus, but it didn't work Thanks
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How do I remove extra “Skype” icon from GNOME shell?

When searching for "Skype" I always see these 2 entries. There is this duplicate blank Skype icon. Both of them seem to run Skype in the same way. But I've checked both /usr/share/applications, and ~...
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Launch jupyter lab from dock

Usually when I launch jupyter lab, I open a new tab in tilda, and execute jupyter lab. What I would like to do is create a shortcut in the dock, that does all this for me. I made a file, jupyterlab....
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How to increase the icon text size in Ubuntu 18.04?

How can I increase the icon text size in Ubuntu 18.04? I have tried using gnome-tweaks but I was only able to change font size of window titles and interface items. Here is a screen shot of three ...
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How can I fix a failing launcher icon after I moved my application?

I am using pygame right now to learn about it. When i first executed the program file from terminal ; there was an icon of the program window. I locked it to launcher and it used to run my program; ...
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In Ubuntu 18.04 (GNOME desktop), a .deskotp application launcher pointing to a script doesn't run said script

Well for Unity/Ubuntu 16.04 I added a custom script to the quick launch menu by added a *.desktop file inside ~/.local/share/applications/ With content as: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Terminal=...
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I can't create a Desktop entry on Ubuntu that works - invalid desktop entry file

I created a Desktop URL entry that worked once but when I tried to create a 2nd URL link using gedit on the desktop it fails. I can't look at my original classic hits icon that works with gimp. My ...
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Passing %F to terminal application in .desktop launcher

Some console editors can open multiple files at ones - for example nano file1 file2 will launch nano with two "tabs". But .desktop launcher with Terminal=true Exec=nano %F will open two ...
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I've linked scilab to gnome application menu (by creating a *.desktop file) but it's closed immediately when I run it from menu [duplicate]

I have downloaded scilab and extracted it to /home/user/apps/scilab-6.0.1/. There isn't any problem executing from command line and scilab runs perfect after I type the following command: ~/user/apps/...
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Unable to drag and drop a .desktop icon to menu bar in 18.04 [duplicate]

I just upgraded my laptop from 16.04 to 18.04 LTS. A .desktop icon I had on the menu bar no longer worked. I recreated it in /usr/share/applications and then tested it from caja and it executed the ...
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Ubuntu desktop or Ubuntu cloud?

Hello I'm a student and I want to create an online cloud storage that can do task such as uploading files and sharing files for my project. I should use Ubuntu desktop or Ubuntu cloud?
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Spotify not showing up in applications

So I've installed Spotify using snap but it is not showing up in applications. I already fixed this on my laptop but after 1 hour of web search I just can't find the solution anymore it had ...
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Kubuntu: pinning app no longer possible

I want to use IntelliJ IDEA frequently and therefore had pinned it to my KDE task-bar, which worked really fine. At some point, I deleted the IntelliJ folder and extracted a new version to a ...
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How to launch GUI interface on ubuntu 18.04 VM through putty from windows 10 machine

I am a new user of ubuntu. I get access to ubuntu server via a VM. I logged in to ubuntu VM through putty from windows 10 machine. I installed the desktop on the server using the command: sudo apt-...
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Ubuntu 16.04 custom application not launching after creating .desktop file

I hope I have a straight forward question that I am just not able to resolve because I am so inexperienced. I am running Ubuntu 16.04 and want to use the astronomical image viewer sao-ds9. I tried to ...
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Trust desktop icons without clicking them manually in Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome 3

After moving a .desktop file into the "Desktop" location ~/Desktop, it show the icon on the Desktop. For the first run you have to trust the application. Is there any way to trust it directly without ...
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Startup-Applications; difference between remove and uncheck

What is the difference between removing a startup-application and un-checking it? I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Gnome. In this example, what is the difference between leaving "Snap user ...
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The 'Postman' icon is not displayed

I have a strange problem. I installed Postman following the instructions from the Internet. Now it can be opened, works fine etc. but icon is not displayed. occupies a place, shows that it is open and ...
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Can’t get .desktop file to run python script

EDIT 9: Before writing an answer saying to change Exec=/home/insertUsernameHere/volumeGUI/volumeGUI.py to Exec=something or another, the .desktop file Exec= code isn't the problem as it runs fine with ...
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install dbms command error

I am getting this error $ sudo dpkg --install oracle-xe_11.2.0-2_amd64.deb dpkg: error processing archive oracle-xe_11.2.0-2_amd64.deb (--install): cannot access archive: No such file or directory ...
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Desktop file won't play video after booting

[Desktop Entry] Name=Splash Icon= Type=Application Terminal=false Encoding=UTF-8 Version=1.0 Categories=Applications;Splash Exec=vlc --quiet -f --no-video-title-show /$HOME/videos/boot_video.mp4 vlc://...
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18.04 pin and unpin entries in dock [duplicate]

I want to pin and unpin entries in the dock in 18.04 desktop. I have checked out gsettings and have not found how to do this. Is gsettings even the right tool for this? Any suggestions very welcome.
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Ubuntu 18.04 Desktop not loading

I have just tried to upgrade from 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04. I am using a quite old Dell m-inspiron 560. I am booting from a flash drive prepared by Ubuntu Disk Creator. It will occasionally work once but ...