I am trying to create a desktop shortcut in brave (basically the same thing as chrome). I can get the separate window by clicking menu -> more tools -> create shortcut, but it does not create a desktop shortcut for easy access.

This is what I am trying,

  1. go to the site
  2. click menu -> more tools -> create shortcut
  3. check the "open as window" box and click create

When I do this, it opens the app in a separate window but does not create a .desktop file for quick access. Is there a way to do this in linux? I can setup my own desktop file if I knew where the executable for the pwa is located, but I'm not sure on that either.

  • I just installed brave, and the act of "install xxx mobile application..." created the appropriate desktop shortcut - perhaps your PWA is NOT an actual PWA? i.e. when you go to the PWA page, do you get the option to "install ... mobile application" in brave menu? Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 2:51
  • Let's use apple music as an example (music.apple.com/subscribe), I can create an app and then when I go to brave://apps or chrome://apps I can see it there. When I right click on the app and click create shortcuts.. It doesn't create a .desktop file.
    – chicken
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 2:54
  • Oh, right - what desktop environment are you running, and what linux distro? also, WHERE are you doing click menu -> more tools -> create shortcut? in the browser? Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 2:57
  • gnome, ubuntu 22.04, yes in the browser
    – chicken
    Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 2:58
  • does gnome even show desktop shortcuts? (I admit, I don't dabble with gnome very much - but my one gnome install has no desktop icons at all) Commented Dec 19, 2022 at 3:03

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I ended up using nativefier as a decent solution.

This packages up a website as an app and gives you an executable, you can then create your .desktop file pointing to that executable to create the shortcut.

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