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how to add an application to the favorites bar in gnome in fedora 18

asked 2013-04-10 09:15:11 -0500

jringoot gravatar image

updated 2014-04-11 16:13:36 -0500

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In fedora 17 when an application is running, you can pin it to the favourites bar (left side by default), this menu item is no longer available after I did the upgraded to fedora 18, the running applications appears in the favourite bar but I can't add them, The option to remove them is available however.

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answered 2013-04-10 09:51:46 -0500

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1-first, you must create a "desktop" file in this path: /usr/share/applications

for example : touch /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

2-open the file with an editor like vim

vim /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

then write this parameters in the file:(for example I want to add Eclipse launcher)

[Desktop Entry]
Comment= "write your comment"
Icon=the icon path ,something like /opt/eclipse/icon.xpm
Exec=the execution command ,something like /opt/eclipse/eclipse
Categories=write categories like : Development;IDE;Java;

then save the changes.

3-now you must add execution permission to the file using this command :

chmod +x /usr/share/applications/eclipse.desktop

then ,this application is been added to Application bar and you can add it to favorites bar.

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Hi M0εiπ's, thanks it worked, I just did it for libreoffice4.

jringoot gravatar imagejringoot ( 2013-04-11 03:51:37 -0500 )edit

Amazing just did it for ipython notebook, had to include also an alias in /etc/profile.d.

Andre Ferreira gravatar imageAndre Ferreira ( 2013-04-15 12:59:44 -0500 )edit

The .desktop does not have to be created in /usr but can reside in your $HOME too. Also, it doesn't need to be executable. See also Desktop files: putting your application in the desktop menus

ckujau gravatar imageckujau ( 2016-04-13 17:49:54 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-04-18 03:36:58 -0500

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updated 2014-04-18 11:48:11 -0500

remjg gravatar image

In Fedora 19, you also have to do:

# desktop-file-install /usr/share/applications/yourapp.desktop

in order to validate and integrate the icon in the menus, and also the part with the executable flag is not necessary

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Handy to know: Good idea to stage the install of shortcuts for automated deploy with ansible for instance.

jringoot gravatar imagejringoot ( 2014-04-24 02:23:55 -0500 )edit

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