I've installed some third party apps like google chrome, valentina server, xampp, etc. that is installed via gdebi package installer or eddy. Well, it is installed successfully however, it doesnt show in slingshot. Can you guys help me with it? Pleaseeeee. Thankssss


I hate when my apps doesn't show up in the launcher too 😒😒

I think AppEditor can solve your problems, it's a great app for editing our launcher/slingshot entries. Link: AppEditor

I will try to show you a practical example, hope it can help.

Goal: Create an icon to launch the Python Interpreter. As you can see I have no Python Interpreter in my Programming Section. enter image description here

Step 1. Launch AppEditor. enter image description here

As we can see there's no Python in Programming here as well: enter image description here

Step 2. Activate -> Show hidden entries enter image description here Wow! Look who's here. Python it self! I will activate the 3.5

Step 3. Activate -> Show in Launcher. Don't forget to Save

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Now let's check if it works. enter image description here

That's it! You can play and change the categories and even edit the myapp.desktop file directly. In most cases this will work, of course we'll find some exceptions.

Manual alternative

Somtimes the .desktop file exists already but there's something wrong in the configs, check if they already exist in your .desktop files directory with the command: ls ~/.local/share/applications Check if there's a myapp.desktop already.

if not, you can create it yourself following the next steps.

Create a .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications/myapp.desktop (you can use AppEditor to create a new one and it will give the same result)

Manual Ex: touch ~/.local/share/applications/chrome-browser.desktop this example command would create a chrome-browser.desktop or you can use any text editor and just save there.

The contents of the .desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]  
Name=Python(v3.5) #Application name, Chrome for example
Comment=Python Interpreter #This will show up on mouse hover 
Icon=/usr/share/pixmaps/python3.5.xpm #icon full path or the application name ex. chrome  
Exec=/usr/bin/python3.5 #path to the program executable    
Categories=Development;  #the category it will show up

Example2. My manually crated netbeans.desktop launcher, in ~/.local/share/applications/netbeans.desktop

[Desktop Entry]  
Comment=Netbeans IDE  

The executable is located in my Downloads/apps/netsbeans/bin directory

  • Chrome, Valentina Studio, etc. still doesn't exist, it doesn't show in AppEditor too. Help please – Cheryl Blossom Aug 23 '18 at 16:14
  • Hi, I'd update the answer for creating it manually. You'll need to know where the app installed are located. When I don't know where something is installed I use the command find. ex. sudo find / -name "chrome" and it will look for everything with chrome than you can point the executable in the .desktop file. – Felipe Aug 23 '18 at 16:54
  • The funny thing is that Eddy always creates the application launcher for me, never used Gdebi tough. – Felipe Aug 23 '18 at 16:55

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