Adding launcher shortcut in Fedora

Many apps do not come pre-built in rpm format for Fedora so you’d have to download the tar file for it. To run the app, you would have to go to the saved folder and then either double cilck or run the command through command line. By default, that app won’t be accessible through the Super key’s universal search or as a regular application in *Show Applications.

Fortunately, there’s a way around and it is an easy one.

Fedora looks for .desktop files in ~/.local/share/applications/ folder. Let’s say we are trying to create a shortcut for Eclipse. We will then create a file by the name eclipse.desktop in the given folder. The contents will be as follows:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Eclipse starter

That’s it. You are set!

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