How to add an item to your application launcher [UBUNTU 17.04]

  • All applications in your application launcher have a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications, First lets create ours:
    sudo touch /usr/share/applications/ourApplication.desktop
  • Now we want to populate our .desktop with information on our application, for example, the location of the executable and which categories it should show in:
    sudo touch /usr/share/applications/ourApplication.desktop

    Paste this into the .desktop and change each value for your application. In my example I have downloaded Teamspeak 3 and have symlinked the run script to /usr/bin/ts3

    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment=Downloaded from
    Exec=sh /usr/bin/ts3
  • Next step is to restart your desktop manager, or simple reboot your machine. Which ever you would like. And you’re done!
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