In the following article we’ll show you how to create a desktop launcher in GNU/Linux system.
What are Desktop Entries?
The freedesktop Desktop Entry specification provides a standard for applications to integrate into a desktop environment. Desktop entries are the configuration files that describe how an application is launched and which data it can handle. They also configure how an application appears in a menu with an icon, which is subject to the related menu specification standard.
The most common desktop entries are the .desktop and .directory files. This article explains how one can create a .desktop configuration file and easily create an application shortcut.
Desktop Application Entries
Desktop entries for applications, or .desktop files, are generally a combination of meta information resources and a shortcut of an application. These files usually reside in /usr/share/applications or /usr/local/share/applications for applications installed system-wide, or ~/.local/share/applications for user-specific applications. User entries take precedence over system entries.
Create Desktop Application
To create a new ApacheDirectoryStudio.desktop application, create a simple file containing something like this:
Name=Apache Directory Studio
and install it using the xdg-desktop-menu command , for example:
xdg-desktop-menu install –novendor ./ApacheDirectoryStudio.desktop
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