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I tried creating a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications, but it doesn't work. I need shortcut for URL-address with own icon in Dock-panel like in Windows OS.

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  • For what browser?
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 15, 2016 at 7:20
  • the answer works: also, you don't need to add the .desktop file in /usr/share/applications, nor in ~/.local/share/applications unless you need it to be seen in Applications Slingshot launcher. You can put it in something like ~/My_launchers and drag & drop it on Plank area. --- Anyway, to create a desktop launcher in usr/share/applications you need sudo - like sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/my_url.desktop
    – user170
    Mar 15, 2016 at 16:19
  • Firefox or Midori.
    – Jeremy
    Mar 20, 2016 at 13:34
  • but read last post - your advice didn't help me or i just so newbie.
    – Jeremy
    Mar 20, 2016 at 13:35

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This will probably do:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=WebsiteName
GenericName=websitename
Exec=xdg-open http://www.yourwebsite.com
Terminal=false
Icon=
Type=Application
Categories=Application;Network;X-Developer;

xdg-open will open the default browser with the argument http://www.yourwebsite.com.

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I tried

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=LinkName
Type=Link
URL=http://site.com
Icon=text-html

Browser Midori or Firefox.

It doesn't work

[Desktop Entry]
Name=WebsiteName
GenericName=websitename
Exec=xdg-open http://www.yourwebsite.com
Terminal=false
Icon=
Type=Application
Categories=Application;Network;X-Developer;

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Slingshot launcher.

I didn't find in Apps menu this software.

You can put it in something like ~/My_launchers

How can i do it? Menu by right mouse doesn't work in Applications menu.

you need sudo - like sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/my_url.desktop

sudo gedit - command not found.

Why i can't create by root app "files" from menu Applications empty file in /usr/share/applications/? I made file like that, but it doesn't work.

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