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Make Desktop Launcher Shortcuts on Elementary OS

Desktop Launcher on Elementary OS

Desktop Launcher on Elementary OS - Elementary OS Applications can be installed on Linux from various sources. There are direct file downloads such as tar, zip formats. There are also through Snap and Flatpack,

Most of the cases I experienced if we install applications from compressed files such as tar.gz, tar.bz or other formats, then the shortcut does not appear in the menu.


To be able to make shortcuts appear in the menu, an application is needed to create app shortcuts. One of the menu editor applications is Alacarte.

How to Install Alacarte Menu Editor on Linux


Please open a terminal, then use the following command:

sudo apt-get install alacarte

Once installed, it looks like this:

How to Create Launcher Shortcuts on Linux Elementary OS


How to Add Shortcuts To Menu

Look at the picture above.
  • Click New Item
  • Enter the name of the application in the Name form
  • Navigate the application to the folder where the application is located by clicking Browse
  • Enter the application icon by clicking the icon form on the left
  • Click OK
Example:
  • I want to add a blender app shortcut.
  • Blender files are located in the /opt/blender-2.83.0-linux64 folder folder
How to Create Launcher Shortcuts on Linux Elementary OS

  • Write in the form the name "Blender"
  • Enter in the Command Form the address of the blender application, in this case /opt/blender-2.83.0-linux64/blender
How to Create Launcher Shortcuts on Linux Elementary OS

  • Insert Blender Icon
  • Click OK
Now the shortcut app is in the Main Menu as shown below:
How to Create Launcher Shortcuts on Linux Elementary OS
Done.

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