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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lm_sensors command do not detect the sensors on ubuntu desktop

when I run the lm_sensors command to check the temperature of the cores it shows me the following message.if you see the message it says Sorry, no sensors were detected. I use VirtualBox and I ...
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Ubuntu Server/Desktop 20.04 - Automatic/scripted installation

Would you be so kind and help me please with the following? I’d like to start installing Ubuntu Server 20.04 on many devices. I have my own way of partitioning (ZFS is not the answer! ;-)) and I don’...
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Synchronise icons between .desktop and dock

I created a custom .desktop entry in my home directory ~/.local/share/applications/startMyApp.desktop I created it so that it would use an xterm instead of gnome-terminal. I want it to have a ...
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I cant get .desktop files to work :(

i wrote a .desktop file for discord and it just doesnt launch. The icon doesnt apear either. The File : [Desktop Entry] Name=Discord Exec=/usr/share/discord/Discord Icon=/usr/share/discord/discord....
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Editing desktop entries in Ubuntu 20 [closed]

I'm triying to edit the Google Chrome desktop entry in /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop but nothing happens (the browser UI scale doesn't change, I'm using a flag that deals with the UI ...
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No menu entry of Telegram

I have downloaded .tar.xz file from Telegram's official website. I extracted the Telegram folder from the archive to my Downloads folder. The archive has just 2 executable files namely Telegram and ...
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Adding Desktop file for Anaconda Python 3.7

Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Release: 20.04 Codename: focal Ubuntu Desktop I wanted to add desktop file for Anaconda but it gives me error. /usr/share/applications/...
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Ubuntu 20.04 - execute script from shortcut after adding to favorites [duplicate]

Apparently GNOME has been "improved" so .desktop files can't be executed. Previously I could add a bash script to favorites by creating a .desktop file for it. I can't find an alternative. I'm ...
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Launcher with Desktop Action question

I have two desktop entry files, one is used to launch an application that runs in a terminal window, the other launches a GUI version of the same program. I have added a [Desktop Action <Action ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 .desktop file for Anaconda-Navigator does not show in menu

I've just reloaded my Dell XPS-13 (9370) with Ubuntu 20.04 (clean install). I installed Anaconda and confirmed that it is working. I then attempted to create a desktop file for Anaconda-Navigator to ...
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Dialog box does not accept input, stays on-top and hides everything under it. Ubuntu 20.04

Upon rebooting, I get dialog box Authentication Required Authentication is required to start 'cups.service'. I can type in the password and click Authenticate, but then nothing happens. I can't ...
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GNOME Custom Desktop file with icon not showing

I see there are a number of questions regarding icons not showing, going through all of them, I have yet to solve my problem. First, I created a .desktop file according to this spec: [Desktop Entry] ...
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Desktop folders are auto arranged after I add/delete some folder on desktop [Ubuntu 20.04]

Since I have upgraded from Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 I am having this problem that Desktop folders are auto arranged whenever I add or delete some folder on desktop. Most of the times some certain folders ...
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How do I change default terminal for executing .desktop files?

I've been trying to execute vim with alacritty as default. I have alacritty set as my default terminal emulator already, and in my vim.desktop I changed exec=vim %F with exec=alacritty -e vim %F. The ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 Remove items from application list

Environment Ubuntu 20.04 Problem I am trying to remove these links without luck. I have tried to find them as .desktop files. Case 1: Duplicated link. Case 2: Unneeded link. "Additional drivers"
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.desktop files not launching from desktop in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

I have just created a .desktop shortcut on my desktop to launch a shell scrip. The script itself works fine, but its shortcut that doesn't display the icon and double-clicking on it just displays its ...
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.local/share/applications not overriding /usr/share/applications on my Kubuntu 20.04 install

I’m having an annoying issue on my Kubuntu 20.04 install. I fail to to override a menu entry using KMenuEdit. It creates a file under “~/.local/share/applications” but it gets ignored and the original ...
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Systemd+ uses 95% of the CPU in a Ubuntu 20.04 focal fossa installation

In focal fossa, Top shows 95+% of CPU used by systemd+, which also uses about 20% of memory. There was a Unix StackExchange thread on this which outlined a solution which did not work. https://unix....
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Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop glitch [Small green box over the screen]

Hi, It's been 4 days I've installed ubuntu 20.04 on my Dell Inspiron 3567. After installation, my 1st boot went well (I can't type a keyboard while on desktop). But after that, in every boot, I had ...
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Remove or Fix .desktop Application's intrusive decoration

I want to remove or fix the white arrow in a purple background decoration that .desktop applications have by default in Focal Fossa because it's currently very intrusive. This is my desktop entry: [...
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Why did Firefox, Mailspring, and other applications disappear from the dock in Ubuntu 20.04?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04, I noticed upon reboot that Firefox, Mailspring, and several other apps are missing from both my Ubuntu dock and the Activities launcher. I can launch them by hand, but ...
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How do I create launcher icon for Chromium with proxy?

I use proxy to connect to the network of my employer. However, I do not use any proxy for my personal use. So when I work, I open chromium in command line via the command chromium --proxy-server="...
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How do I remove “language support” entry, which is appearing twice under applications menu in Ubuntu Budgie 20.04?

I am pretty new to the OS. I just discovered that there are 2 entries being displayed for "language support" under applications. What I have tried so far: navigated to /usr/share/applications looked ...
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How to correctly launch application using its desktop-file copied to GNOME flashback desktop?

I have just installed GNOME FlashBack session on fresh Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Then I opened Applications menu and dragged by mouse some icon (Cheese in my case) from it to the desktop. The dragged icon ...
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Trying to make a .desktop file but it won't work

This is my file: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Exec=sh /home/mcfranko/Documents/frankocoin/Core/frankocoin.sh Name=Frankocoin Core Encoding=UTF-8 Terminal=true Type=Application the shell script works ...
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`sudo apt upgrade` shows broken packages

I have a 32-bit Asus laptop with an i386 processor. I had installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS then I upgraded/updated it to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. After updating it to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS the desktop was not showing ...
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The easiest way to install second Ubuntu alongside, without using CD / USB

I have a laptop with two HDD, Ubuntu 18.04 on one of them, no CD and only 2GB pen drive, so I can't fit 2.6GB 20.04 Ubuntu Desktop iso into it. I want to install 20.04 Ubuntu Desktop to the second ...
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Is it possible to run application by clicking on its desktop-file from /usr/share/applications opened in Nautilus?

Just installed Nautilus on the Ubuntu MATE 19.10. Navigated to /usr/share/applications to launch some application by clicking on its icon. When I click on the icon of the desktop-file for application ...
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Desktop Launcher doesn't start my app, while terminal does

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04, I've created launchers for different applications but one of the launchers doesn't start my app, I don't know why, but when I run the same command in the terminal it works ...
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How does gnome-shell / dash-to-dock choose an icon for running java application (Talend) [duplicate]

I have installed Talend Open Studio by simply unzipping the archive in my home folder. The application is launched via a shell script. Then I created a desktop file : [Desktop Entry] Name=Talend Open ...
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How to open a GUI with sudo permissions without theme changes in sudo and from a .desktop file

TL, DR: I want to be able to launch a GUI application with root priviliges via double clicking a .desktop file, and by preserving the good(relative to the sudo way) looking non-sudo way theme. I have ...
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Problem while trying to get a desktop launcher for an application -> “There was an error while launching the application”

I have a program called Modelsim installed. When I open a terminal and type the following, the application starts and terminal halts there. ~/altera/13.1/modelsim_ase/bin/vsim So, I wanted to ...
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desktop icons not showing

I recently started my laptop with ubuntu 18.04 and it's desktop icons were not showing. Then suddenly screen went blank and some warnings and errors were shown for some secs which I wasn't able to ...
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How to organize the desktop icons in ubuntu 19

I swear I could right-click and choose "organize desktop icons" in 18.04, but I just upgraded to 19 and I don't see that option: anyone know how to do so?
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it start but No DESKTOP

as the title says after logging in I have the blue page. It connects to the network, responds to changes in brightness and volume, but no desktop. I have the version 18.04.4 lts. I tried to look in ...
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Problem using a custom .desktop file for launching Discord

EDIT: I'm using Ubuntu 18.04, latest version. Recently I was trying to add a custom icon to the discord launcher. Unfortunately, I found out later that you can't edit snap files, which is where the ...
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How do I open a shortcut that exists in a folder?

I'm new to Ubuntu. I have a question, how do I use a shortcut in a folder? I used to use windows and have dual-booted Ubuntu to keep all my files but still have Ubuntu. I downloaded the iso of 18.04 ...
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I do not see the “Allow Launch” option in Ubuntu 19.10

Ubuntu 19.10 I created a .desktop file in my Desktop folder but I do not see the "Allow Launch" option when I right click on it. Why? Not sure it's relevant but someone is going to ask so: [Desktop ...
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How to get a *.desktop file to launch the app, and to display the Name and app icon, on the Desktop and in /usr/share/applications/?

Ubuntu Bionic Beaver 18.04.3 Nautilus 3.26.4 (Files) *.desktop files on the Desktop, or in ~/bin appear with the application icon and the filename is replaced by the value of the file's Name key. ...
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Ubuntu Fails to boot [duplicate]

I was have some power fluctuation, this morning. after the whole senerio. I power my Ubuntu running on "HP 290 G1 MT Business PC" 8GB RAM 500HDD Intel Core i3, and found the following error on my ...
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How to force Chrome to open as new application from .desktop file

Google Chrome has an option to launch a web page as a windowed 'Chrome app', which, when used with Gnome Desktop, will create a special .desktop file which can be used to run Chrome in a stand-alone ...
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Clean up output of a command to pipe to notify-send

Ubuntu 18.04 ExpressVPN has no GUI or icon for the Linux version. So I put together a .desktop files that and then added clickable buttons on my taskbar to trigger them. The .desktop files trigger ...
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Why does a desktop launcher does not start my app, while the .desktop file is working?

I installed a package (Zotero) in /opt and I am able to run it perfectly using command line. The package comes with a .desktop file, so I added it to /usr/share/applications and gave it the ...
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Desktop entry to convert audio/video files (naming question)

My question: I'd like to create a desktop entry in (kde dolphins servicemenu) to convert audio/video files. I have tried it with the follwing: [Desktop Entry] Actions=Convertwav2Mp3 Icon=audio-x-...
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Can I install ubuntu-server package in Ubuntu desktop?

I know that the LAMP package can be installed on a Ubuntu desktop. But, I am thinking of installing ubuntu-server package much like installing ubuntu-desktop. So, I ran this command sudo apt install ...
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Changing Window button sizes

I recently installed Ubuntu 19.10 on my little 12 inch tablet and wass wondering if there is anyway to change the size of the wicdow buttons, i.e close, minimalise and expand. i was also wondering if ...
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Missing animations

I have just installed the Ubuntu 18.04.4 (actually few times already) and I still find all of the animations missing. The Ubuntu has disabled them right after install, or they disappear after a while. ...
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Installed app not showing up in top bar after reboot [duplicate]

Lets start by saying that i am new at Ubuntu i think i have had it installed for about three weeks now. So if my terminology is off please feel free to correct me as i would like to learn. I ...
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How to display two different profiles of Firefox running under two different icons on my dashboard?

I have two different .desktop files for my two Firefox profiles. Both have different icons and are pinned separately to my dash, but when they run they both run under the default icon. How can I ...
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Ubuntu Desktop Application Citrix receiver

I have installed Ubuntu lately on my system and could see Citrix Receiver in the default applications in my Applications home mnenu without installing it. However, I can't see the Application details ...

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