I was wondering where the files are located for Kde's panel launchers? I can't find anything online. I know where the regular desktop files are, (~/.local/share/applications/), but I can't find the launcher files. I currently have a launcher that is not working correctly. When I create the new icon in Kmenuedit, it works fine from within Kde's menu/kickoff. But when i pin that icon to the panel, it doesn't. It is a launcher for IntelliJ IDEA. When I hover over the icon on the panel, all it says is java. I checked the .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications/, and that one is fine.

Any advice would be appreciated.

2 Answers 2


On Debian 9 'Stretch' with KDE Plasma 5.8.6, this is now in:


The remaining info is as provided by @TheBlackCat

  • Works on vanilla Plasma 5.25 as well (on Arch Linux)
    – Firelord
    Jul 28, 2022 at 22:12

It is in the text file ~/.kde4/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc.

You want to find this section: [Containments][n][Applets][m][Configuration][Launchers], where n and m are some numbers you need to find out on your system. There should only be one Launchers section for each task manager you have.

If it isn't there, you should look through [Containments][n][Applets][m] for one containing the application you are looking for.

  • that did it, thank you... In KDE/Plasma 5, that file is now located in ~/.config/
    – anacy
    Apr 21, 2015 at 2:45
  • In my case (CentOS 7.4) it is in ~/.kde/share/config/plasma-desktop-appletsrc (not ~/.kde4).
    – scrutari
    Jun 4, 2018 at 9:55

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