A .desktop file describes how a particular program is to be launched, how it appears in menus, etc. It is used by Freedesktop-compliant environments such as Gnome, KDE and Xfce.

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Should “#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open” be included in .desktop files?

Some people add the following line to a .desktop file: #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open But when I checked files under the /usr/share/applications/ in my debian sid, there's no such file that would include ...
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How to fix the intermittent double click behavior of my Ubuntu 16.04 Unity desktop files

I tried and tested @terdon's .desktop file yesterday. Here it is: "A cleaner way would be to write a .desktop file that launches your script and then double click that. Something like: [Desktop ...
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.desktop file for ncurses application

I am trying to create a .desktop file for the calcurse ncurses calendar application: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=calcurse Comment=an ncurses calendar TryExec=calcurse Exec=...
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What is the TryExec field in .desktop files?

I have searched a great deal and have been unable to find an answer to this. What does the TryExec field do in .desktop files? How does it differ from the EXEC field?
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Lubuntu 15.10 right-click context menu editing

I'm on Lubuntu since a few days, and I assume my file manager is PCmanFM. I would like to edit the right-click context menu, but NOT the one that appears on the desktop but in a window... From what I ...
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Autostarting .desktop application at startup not working

I have read that adding a .desktop file to /etc/xdg/autostart can start an application at startup. I did the same to execute my application. But nothing happens on startup. Following is the content of ...
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Resolving Error: Running Xilinx through Wine

I've run the Xilinx 14.7 Full Installer for Windows successfully via Wine on the prefix com.xilinx.verilog, then went to ~/Library/Application\ Support/com.xilinx.verilog_145331572525077/ to confirm ...
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How do I write an application launcher that will start Atom in a custom working directory?

I am maintaining a Jekyll-powered blog and on my local machine its git repository is located at /home/fusion809/GitHub/fusion809.github.io to edit it in Atom I have created this application launcher (...
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How do I create an Xfce application menu containing only the contents of one category?

I want to create an application menu in Xfce that contains no submenus, rather just contains application launchers for all .desktop files in the virtualization category. If you are uncertain as to ...
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What is Linux equivalent of CMD /K?

There is a .desktop compilation script, that needs to remain open after terminating, in case there are errors I need to correct. In Windows, I would run cmd /k script.bat, and the /k would keep a cmd ...
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.desktop file execute error message

I want to run a program with a specific user group and added sg mygroup before the command in the Exec line of a .desktop file. While I could successfully run the command in a terminal, I could not ...
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Making vim the default editor when I double click a file

When I run vim from the start menu, it opens up an xfce terminal window and runs vim. However, when I set vim to be my default text editor and double-click a file, it runs in xterm instead of the xfce ...
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How to automatically “Run in Terminal” for script in CentOS linux

I have a simple script that basically does "tail -1000f /public/XERlog" I created a file called log.desktop on the desktop which contains: Exec= tail -1000f /public/XERlog Name= XERlog Path=/tmp/ ...
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How to pass argument in .desktop file

When launching an application through the command line I successfully use: gourmet --gourmet-directory $HOME/my/custom/path/ But it does not work when trying to replicate this behaviour on a ....
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How to make desktop shortcut to start command with custom title font and window borders

Im Using Linux Mint 17.2 rafaela amd64 with cinnamon. I have a couple old windows themes I downloaded and if I apply them with the system settings dialog I get this: t Which is great! Except I only ...
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Help with a line of shell [closed]

I'm attempting to find a way to install the Bomgar jump client silently on Linux. It comes as a .desktop file that appears to execute itself. When right clicking on the .desktop file, I see the ...
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How could a script know the path of the .desktop file that launched it?

How would a bash script know if it has been launched by a .desktop file, and how would it know the path of that launcher? Extra Points: How would I extract the "comment" field of that .desktop file - ...
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Keep mouse pointer busy while launching a script

I have a Windows program which is run via wine. Since it needs a couple steps of preparation, I created a script app.sh: #!/bin/sh do-something do-something-else wine app.exe Then I added the app ...
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library for .desktop files [closed]

How can I read .desktop files without having to (re)invent the wheel?  Is there a Python or C library that is available in the Ubuntu repos?  Or something with a command line front-end that could be ...
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Mailto not working with custom .desktop file

My problem is that mailto links do not seem to work properly. I'm using Sylpheed, but that's not specific to the problem. I created a file at /usr/share/applications/sylpheed-compose.desktop so that ...
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How to add a software to the list under “open with” other applications in Linux Mint 16?

I want to add a software to the "open with" other applications list that drops down after clicking on a photo to open. I installed Photoscape on my Linux Mint 16 system but it does not show in the ...
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.desktop file. Correct exec path

I use Fedora. There are a number of programmes packaged in a security spin. Included desktop files work but open the programmes with root priviliges. How can I edit the desktop file shown here to ...
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How do I assign a value to the Path key in a .desktop file including the $HOME environment variable correctly?

I'm making a .desktop file for Minecraft. Nothing appears to happen upon executing the it. The Exec and Path keys in the file: Exec=java -jar Minecraft.jar Path=$HOME/.minecraft/ I've also tried ...
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How do I write a command for the Exec key in a .desktop file containing a reserved character correctly?

I'm trying to make a .desktop file for Minecraft. Nothing appears to happen upon executing the file. I've tried assigning the Exec key as follows: Exec= java -jar "~/.minecraft/Minecraft.jar" Exec= ...
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Linux Mint - Just created launcher does not show on MATE desktop but is in ls listing

I created a launcher by right-clicking on my Desktop, filled in the fields and saved it. But it didn't appear on my Desktop. So I opened Caja and it did not show there either. So I opened a terminal ...
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Run specific command from .desktop with root

I have a program that I wish all users of my linux install to be able to run with root privileges from a .desktop file. Currently in my .desktop file I have: Exec=gksu command but this of cause ...
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Getting Current path in .desktop entry for ICON command

Im trying to make a .desktop file run a .sh which is stored in the same directory as the .desktop. The whole directory needs to be portable and moved from machine to machine. Now I can get the ...
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Read .desktop files programmatically [closed]

I would like to make a C program (GTK) that reads a .desktop file. The only thing I need from the .desktop file is the exec command. Is there something built into GTK that would allow me to interact ...
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How to put a desktop entry into applications list in open-with dialogs?

Here is my desktop file: [Desktop Entry] Exec=/home/kaiyin/workspace/python/python3_scripts/unz.py %f MimeType=application/gzip;application/x-compressed-tar;application/zip;application/x-bzip; Name=...
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Icon stops loading after the application restarts

I have a application which uses "self-restart" mechanism. It kills itself and runs again. When I run it first time (with .desktop file) it loads its icon correctly. The problem is that when it ...
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How to validate/verify .desktop files?

I have a couple of .desktop files that aren't working as expected or not at all. I can't see any error anywhere and asking for help on each one seems unproductive. Is there a way I can verify that I'm ...
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Troubles with .desktop file

I've successfully installed Internet Explorer 7 with winetrick in a clean prefix. I can successfully run it from terminal like this: env WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32ie7 wine 'C:\\Program Files\\Internet ...
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Proper use of escape characters in desktop file

I have a command with a working .desktop Exec key as follows: Exec=env XDG_CONFIG_HOME=/home/bean/.config/gedit/ gedit %U I would like to use the $HOME variable instead and it works in the terminal ...
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Bash command to delete a certain file in * folders

The situation isn't really as simple as the title may imply. I have a .desktop file that execs with bash -c to set an environment variable then load the program. Now I need to add another command ...
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Nightly show as Firefox in Dash

I have created the following .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications, when I search "Nightly" Nightly appears in search results with the correct icon(earth at night), but when I opened it it ...