The objective is to show how to create desktop shortcut launcher
on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver using the default GNOME user interface.
Operating System and Software Versions
- Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
- Software: - GNOME Shell 3.26.2 or higher
Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via
command will be required to install new software.
- # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
- $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
Other Versions of this Tutorial Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)
In this tutorial we will be creating an example desktop shortcut launcher
for Skype application installed on Ubuntu 18.04
. First, this guide will show you how to create the desktop shortcut launcher manually while the later example will use application
command to simplify the desktop shortcut launcher creating process.
Before we can begin you will need the following information for any given application you wish to create shortcut for:
- Path Application Icon: /snap/skype/23/usr/share/icons/hicolor/256x256/apps/skypeforlinux.png
- Application name: Skype
- Path to executable binary: /snap/bin/skype
To obtain a full path to executable binary of any program use
$ which skype
In regards to the application icon, the choice is yours. You can either head over to
directory and search for any relevant icon to use, or simply download new icon from the web.
Create desktop shortcut launcher manually
Now that we have all the necessary information, create a new file
directory and paste the following lines as part of the file's content. Change the code where necessary to fit your application specific details.
$ gedit ~/Desktop/Skype.desktop
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Use any text editor and enter your Desktop shortcut code.
Once ready hit
Save button. The new shortcut will appear on your desktop.
Next step is to right-click on the new icon, select
Properties-->Permissions-->Allow executing file as program
Failing to do so will result in the error message:
The application launcher "Skype.dekstop" has not been marked as trusted.
If you do not know the source of this file, launching it may be unsafe.
Almost there. Now double click on the new icon and hit
Trust and Launch button.
Desktop Shortcut creation with gnome-desktop-item-edit
command may be missing as it is not installed by default. You can install it by opening up terminal
and entering the following linux command
$ sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel
To create a new desktop shortcut launcher
on Ubuntu 18.04 execute the following linux command
$ gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
Fill in all required information and hit
At this stage the new shortcut will be created on your Desktop.
Now double click on the new icon and hit
Trust and Launch button.
New shortcut ready.