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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How to make a file executable as forwarder from a Desktop Subfolder?

in Ubuntu how to keep executable a forwarder/ shortcut from Desktop moved into a Sub-folder Desktop? I use many softwares, and in my Desktop I have all the app forwarders/ shortcut, but some of them I ...
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Ubuntu 20.10 upgrade from 20.04 - Black Screen with only mouse pointer after auto-login

Ok, I can see there are loads of similar questions regarding many distro upgrades but none of the solutions or suggestions have worked for me. Problem I upgraded my Dell XPS laptop from Ubuntu 20.04 ...
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Make echo based command clickable

I have this command: echo -en '\033p011' | lp -d EPSON_TM-T20III -o raw It opens cash drawer via epson thermal printer It works perfect when i execute it in terminal. But i want it as a clicable file/...
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xfce desktop environment ubuntu 20.04 - desktop not loading

I've updated to 20.04 almost a year ago and everything worked, now the panel shows up but the desktop icons don't, and right-click does nothing, it inverts if I mess with the desktop settings manager, ...
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Trying to share an NTFS area on Desktop - it works on Server!

I'm trying various options to set up an existing Windows computer as a file server using Ubuntu. I created a couple of partitions on the disk and installed Ubuntu Server into one and Desktop into the ...
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Dialogue boxes steal focus form current application

I was jut typing an email when an Ubuntu error message popped up. Since I was pressing enter or space while typing I either OKed or Cancelled something. I think it's really bad to steal the focus of ...
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PXE Installing Ubuntu 20.04 by way of preseed.cfg doesn't start

I'm trying to PXE boot my Ubuntu 20.04 desktop by way of a preseed.cfg file. I have PXE boot menu working just fine, I can boot to and install a normal Ubuntu 20.04 box this way. The problem is the ...
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Connect Sony Bravia with Ubuntu 20.04 via Miracast

I have a Sony Bravia TV which supports HDMI and Miracast. It works fine while connected through HDMI on Ubuntu 20.04. But could not connect via Miracast in Ubuntu 20.04. I have tried mkchromecast. It ...
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Issue in new Desktop 21.04 [duplicate]

I have an issue with Ubuntu 21.04. After upgrading I noticed all my files in the desktop went to a folder named Desktop in Documents. How can I transfer them back to the desktop screen? When I select ...
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Can I run ubuntu desktop OS on a raspberry pi kubernetes setup?

I was wondering if I took 3 raspberry pi's with a kubernetes setup where I have them linked on a server and control them remotely. Can I run ubuntu desktop os for a graphical interface on that?
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Disable Overscan leads to no desktop on Ubuntu 21.04 on Raspberry Pi 4

I installed Ubuntu Desktop 21.04 on my Raspberry Pi 4 and have problems with overscan and the edges of the desktop run of my screen. When I run this same configuration (same TV/Monitor) with the ...
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If I execute a program via terminal it opens, but if I open it via .desktop file it doesn't

I've installed Matlab inside /home/user/Desktop/matlabFolder/bin/ . I can run Matlab running /home/user/Desktop/matlabFolder/bin/matlab inside a terminal, and it works. I created a .desktop file here: ...
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how to run “.desktop” file from bash script

I have a script (using rofi and find) that returns various files. When it finds a "something.desktop" file I want to be able to launch it from the bash script. Similar questions said "...
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Kate only shows up when I search for it, not in the application launcher (Plasma 5.21.4) [closed]

Recently, I've been messing with the KDE Menu Editor. I wanted Kate to show up in two categories, Utilities and Development. This caused Kate to show up two times when I searched for it, so I removed ...
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Dock icon differs from desktop file icon

I created a .desktop file per coding environment I have set in VSCode (PHP, Node, C, ...) and I changed the icon in order to have a visual clue of with windows are opened in the dock, but if the icon ...
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Adding an app launcher to tint2?

Im trying to add an app launcher to tint2. I'm using this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgXgrZzIJK4&t=2s The launcher works when signed in as root but not as a user. How do I fix? My ....
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Ubuntu LXDE: window not scrolling down?

I've a problem with my window manager. I've opened a application, but the [cancel] [save] buttons, which are supposed to be at the bottom of window, are below my screen resolution and I cannot drag it ...
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Unable to remove trash icon from favourites

Unable to remove trash icon from favourites column.
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My custom .desktop file doesn't show in the applications menu

I have created my own .desktop file by copying an existing one [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Arduino IDE GenericName=Arduino IDE Comment=Open-source electronics prototyping platform Exec="...
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Favouriting (pinning to dock) an app causes it to use the wrong .desktop file

I'm running Ubuntu 20.10 in Wayland for better touch support and noticed that Firefox runs in xwayland mode by default. I wanted Firefox to run in Wayland mode and found out that this can be achieved ...
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make .desktop execute at startup before login

I want to make a python script run automatically with Ubuntu startup. The script requires a specific environment and other stuff, which was easier to run using .desktop. Now the .desktop file works ...
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Cannot copy/cut and paste from file manager to Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS [duplicate]

VIDEO I cannot copy and paste files from the file manager to Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Is there a way to fix this issue?
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Desktop launcher - Could not find the program

I recently installed an application which I will use quite a lot, but it didn't come with a desktop launcher. I'm using Kubuntu 20.04 and I created the following paraview.desktop file in /home/myname/....
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Issue with desktop in Linux

I have two installed systems in Virtual Box : Mint 20.1 ; Ubuntu 20.04.2.0. And both didn't accept to freely(in any place) set icons on desktop. How change it? And who knows why in Linux not allowed ...
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How to edit the qsettings in a .desktop file so it does not dissappear from the applications nor favorites list

I need to change the qsettings in a wolfram*.desktop file and I have tried with the copy in /usr/share/applications and a local copy in ./local/share/applications. Whenever I edit the .desktop files ...
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Creating an URL desktop shortcut does not work [duplicate]

I tried editing a sample text with the example in this thread: Create a shortcut for URL?. However it's still doesn't work, also I gave execution permissions for everyone, just in case (chmod 777 ...
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Drag and drop to desktop, including images from browser [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out how to drag and drop to the Ubuntu desktop. I installed this extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/2087/desktop-icons-ng-ding/ I can drag and drop files to the ...
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Spyder Desktop entry does not work

I have an installation of Spyder via anaconda on Ubuntu 18.04 and also on Linux Mint 20. In both cases I don't get an entry in the launcher, even if I copy the spyder.desktop file that came with the ...
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.desktop files don't display icons

I am using Ubuntu 20.04. I want to change some icons, so I opened /usr/share/applications to see the .desktop files for the installed applications. But the .desktop files don't display their icons (as ...
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Where desktop icon positions are saved in MATE?

I'm using Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS. There are a lot carefully aligned icons on my desktop. Something like shown below: I can't find icon positions attributes in dconf / gsettings. How can I backup their ...
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how to disable .desktop entry file from showing up in Unity launcher?

In the Unity launcher, when I type "emacs" I get both "Emacs (GUI)" and "Emacs (Terminal)". I just want the GUI version. I see /usr/share/applications/emacs.desktop and /...
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Update fails 18.04 to 20.04 with no info on why

Trying to upgrade from 18.04 to 20.04 Desktop and it's failing with little info as to why. Can provide logs if required. I'm not bright enough to understand them or pick out the problem. Any help ...
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Automation of desktop experience

I am trying to apply inside an Ansible playbook the following logic: Since: dconf read /org/gnome/shell/favorite-apps ['firefox.desktop', 'thunderbird.desktop', 'org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop', '...
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Starting a .desktop web app from gnome dock launches normal browser instance instead of launching its own

In order to have a launchable application for WhatsApp on my Ubuntu 20.10 with Gnome Shell, I've done the following: Create a new Firefox browser profile called "whatsapp" In that profile, ...
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Installation and Configuration of Caddy Server on 18.04 Desktop

can i install & configure caddy server on Desktop version of Ubuntu 18.04 installed in a VM (VMWare workstation) to HOST website with HTTPS protocol / configure & use reverse proxy? if yes, is ...
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Default application for .desktop file [duplicate]

What is the default application for opening .desktop file on Ubuntu 20.04 as originally intended? When I double-click, for example, firefox.desktop on /usr/share/applications, it opens as a text file ...
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.desktop file running with dex but not on nautilus: “[Desktop: not found”

I have the following maestral-maestral.desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Maestral Exec=/usr/bin/python3 -m maestral_qt -c maestral Icon=maestral GenericName=File ...
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Custom desktop launcher no control or link from taskbar icon

I use several self made scripts in my ubuntu 20.04 to make my life easier. I put some of them into desktop launchers. But the vanilla-launchers (*.desktop files) have no control from the taskbar icon: ...
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/dev/sdb1: clean, 670021/4890624 files, 10575973/19537408 blocks [duplicate]

After load-shedding when I tried to boot into my Ubuntu 20.10, a black screen with this error message appeared. /dev/sdb1: clean, 670021/4890624 files, 10575973/19537408 blocks
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What is the best way to automate my linux setup

At work, I had to rebuild my WSL a number of times and I was wondering what will be the best way to automate my Ubuntu setup. For .dotfiles files, I'm using the bare-git approach (https://www....
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No gnome-desktop on the LAPTOP screen after connecting a second monitor(hdmi)

So two things occurred: I have recently near-nigh killed the system by deleting python3 (i had too many versions of it installed), but i did manage to reinstall it and the gnome-desktop since then ...
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create a .desktop launcher with unlimited stack size

I want to create a launcher for a software that needs unlimited stack size. If I open a terminal and run the command "ulimit -u unlimited" before running the software it works well, but I ...
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Apps opens wrong browser

I recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu finally. I am using Firefox as my default Browser. Well, when I click on links in some apps (e.g. Slack), they won't open the site in the opened window of ...
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Favorites menu placing dot next to wrong icon

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04. On the left of the screen is the column of favorites icons to start various applications. I have an icon there for the Brave Browser, and another icon for the Dissenter Browser ...
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How to open a URL by using drag and drop on desktop icons?

I want to create a desktop icon that runs a command when dragging a URL from the browser and dropping it on the starter icon. I tried it by creating a .desktop file with the following line: Exec=my-...
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Wi fi is not working after update

I'm using Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS version After Updated my machine I can't connect to Wi-Fi. Even if not shown in the bar or setting. For this reason, I Completely format and reinstall the ubuntu 20.04 ...
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Lubuntu 20.04 - Single-click to open/run don't work

I just installed Lubuntu 20.04 and setting the mouse to single click in the GUI don't work - After checking "Single click to activate items" box in "Preferences / LXQt settings / ...
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.desktop opening in text editor rather than as an executable [closed]

I don't know if I did something wrong, but all my .desktop files open in text editor. I have tried to install f.lux, there is a setup.py file, which also opens in some text editor. I have tried to ...
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How do I run bash command with “while” loop in desktop entry without having to create a “.sh” file?

If I copy and paste the following command on a terminal it works as expected: uxterm -e "bash -c 'while : do xdotool getmouselocation; sleep 0.3 done'" The following desktop entry ...
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How can I do command substitution in a .desktop file?

Can I do bash-like command substitution in a .desktop launcher? For example, something analogous to this: Exec=/some/prog --arg "$(zenity --entry)" By that I mean "run this command and ...

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