I use several of JetBrains IDEs for software development (IntelliJ, CLion, PyCharm). After updating PyCharm one time, its Plank icon disappeared. Running the .sh file in the PyCharm/bin directory opened the program, but the right-clicking the icon did not produce the "Keep in Dock" option as normal. I fumbled around on the internet, but couldn't find any information for a fix. I tried using the answer provided here, but it didn't seem to do anything.

How do I keep the shortcuts to my IDEs on the Plank?

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After installing another IDE from the JetBrains suite, I saw the installer mention that I could add the program to my Applications drawer by going to Tools > Create Desktop Entry...

As far as I can tell, this creates a .desktop entry with all the right information included. Doing that made it so I could then open the program, right-click on the icon in the Plank, and select "Keep in Dock".

A similar solution from AskUbuntu.

  • Jetbrains makes it easy that way. If you were to run into this issue with another application, the solution is to create a .desktop file and save it to ~/.local/share/applications. Would you mind marking your question as answered. Thanks!
    – pretz
    Oct 6, 2017 at 12:37
  • In my case, JetBrains created the new .desktop file, but my OS was still using the old one. A simple move fixed it.
    – hlongmore
    Aug 13, 2023 at 6:41

I had exactly same problem. And I guess you didn't check 'Create the entry for all users (requires superuser privileges)' on Tools -> Create Desktop Entry. You should check this one.

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