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# Add a Gnome desktop entry

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Sometimes on Linux, a software you “install” is just an App Image (like the 18.12.1b version of the video editing software Kdenlive) or a bunch of files with an executable sh script (like the Python IDE pycharm).

Personally I prefer when I can find my app by searching for them in the Gnome’s search bar. I also appreciate when there is a nice and immediately recognizable icon for my application when I search for them on Gnome Desktop. Moreover, by using Gnome to launch them, you won’t need to open a terminal in order run your software.

In order to add a desktop entry for Gnome, you can write a .desktop file in .local/share/applications (actually it could be placed anywhere) and make it executable.

If you use the examples above, adapt the path to your settings.

Here is an example of creating a desktop entry for Pycharm:

And this is the example for Kdenlive: