So I like Byte music player more than the default music app in elementary OS, I've installed and used Byte but in the settings in default applications it doesn't appear in the context menu of music players, Any idea of how can I make it appear in there?

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To appear in Music Player dropdown in 'Default Applications' list, your app's .desktop file (the one in /usr/share/applications) should contain Categories=Audio;Music;Player; line. If it doesn't contain this line, try adding it manually and see if the app will appear in the Music Player dropdown.


If it has a .desktop launcher in /usr/share/applications and has %F after the exec command like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Text Editor
Comment=Edit text files
Exec=gedit %F

You should be able to choose it as a default application in the file manager, not sure about the default applications part, it should be there too but I'm not sure.

Edited: Had the wrong character to add.

  • Mmm no i revised the file and it doesn't have tan %U, so i can't chose it to play music files as default app, also that file doesn't let me modify anything i think because of root permissions or something
    – Cristian
    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:30
  • Sorry got that a bit wrong it's a %F you want to add to the exec command. You can copy the .desktop file to /home/username/.local/applications and add the %F there with normal permissions. Or use sudo and add it in the original local using "sudo nano /usr/share/applications/app_name.desktop".
    – AndrewOZ
    Nov 12, 2019 at 3:42

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