I have somehow the opposite problem of the proponent of this question:


in my case I have an application showing in the menu, but I can't find its .desktop file.

I am new to Linux, I am using Mint 20.2 with Mate. The application is installed from flatpack, and works perfectly.

  • I haven't used mate in a while, but I think there should be something like "right click on the menu item and choose properties" which will show us exactly what the menu item points to. Can you please edit your question and include this information? That said, also check your ~/.local/share/applications folder, that might be where the .desktop file is.
    – terdon
    Commented Dec 24, 2021 at 15:18
  • @terdon no, the properties you mention only show the path to the executable binary file, not the .desktop file
    – Fabio
    Commented Dec 25, 2021 at 17:51

1 Answer 1


The .desktop file of Flatpak apps are generally stored at:

/var/lib/flatpak/app/[app name]/current/active/export/share/applications.

The .desktop files for per-user applications are stored at:

~/.local/share/flatpak/app/[app name]/current/active/export/share/applications.

Note: The app name of flatpak apps contains three part identifiers, so [app name] should be something like abc.efg.hij. For example, the folder for Discord is named com.discordapp.Discord.

For more information, check this out. Hope it helps.

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