How to Create a Gnome 3 Launcher

Everybody loves Gnome 3, right?

I thought so.

Unfortunately, sometimes you have to install a program that’s not available in your distro’s repository. When this happens, the installer probably won’t create a launcher.

So, what to do?

Luckily for us, we can create one manually. First:

sudo vi /usr/share/applications/[appname].desktop

This will create a new text file. In this file, enter:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=[application name]
Comment=[comment text]
Exec=[executable file]
Path=[directory containing executable file
Terminal=false
Icon=[path to icon file]
Type=Application
Categories=[category of this application]

Save and close the file. Your application should show up in the activities menu.

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