Linux, Tips and TricksUbuntu 13.04 Adding Launchers to Unity Panel

Ubuntu 13.04 Adding Launchers to Unity Panel

Unity is sometimes a pain to work with. For example if you want to add something custom, there is no straightforward way.

  • To add any standard application, just launch the application from the Unity dash and it will appear in the unity bar.
  • Right click and choose “Lock to Launcher” and it will stay there

Its a bit tricky if you want to add say bash scripts. I wanted to add the Oracle SQL developer as a launcher item to unity.

For this you need to create a file called {application}.desktop. The {application} is whatever you prefer. But it should have a .desktop extension.

Open a text file and paste the below – tweak according to your application

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=This is my comment

Save this file as sqldeveloper.desktop

Move this file to /usr/share/applicationsĀ 

Now search for this in the Unity dash. It will be listed under Applications

Just drag and drop it into the unity launcher

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  1. September 17, 2014 5:31 pm

    I wonder if a desktop file is created when you lock it to launcher, and where it is stored... hmm.
  2. jenik

    October 5, 2013 3:59 pm

    Nice, just one comment though: I wouldn't put it in /usr/share/applications but in user's directory ~/.local/share/applications Bit cleaner that way. And you don't have to su every time you need to change it.

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