Yesterday I installed Android Studio. I didn't install via the package manager or Software Center. Instead, I downloaded the ZIP package and installed it. After the installation, Android Studio worked fine, although now I can't find it. It's not in my Applications List. How can I find it?


You could try sudo find / -name "studio.*".

The way this command works is simple:

  • sudo runs the find command as superuser (supersuser do) so you can check all the directories in the file system including the locked ones.
  • find searches a given location (/ in our case) for a given file or directory.
  • / is the parameter that dictates find where to search (in the whole file system).
  • studio.* is what to search for ... the wildcard at the end specifies to search for all files that begin with studio.. If you wish to make sure you have all possibilities covered, you could run sudo find / -name "*studio*".
  • Perhaps 'studio*' instead of studio.sh ? – Basile Starynkevitch Jul 8 '15 at 14:38
  • Perhaps, but Android Studio is run from studio.sh – Paul Jul 8 '15 at 14:40
  • Although studio* can apply to other users, not just this case. – Interesting... Jul 8 '15 at 21:34

If you know part of the name of a file you installed, e.g. studio, you can run

locate studio

The locate command finds files whose name contains the specified string. It uses an index which is updated every night (in a typical configuration; the index is updated by a cron job that calls updatedb with appropriate parameters), so you won't be able to locate files installed today this way, unless you update the index manually.


You can also use which:

which studio

This however does require you to know the full name of the executable

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