Manually Create Custom Application Launcher in Ubuntu 12.10 Unity

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to manually create application launcher in Ubuntu so that you can easily find it out in the Unity Dash and drag and drop to the Unity Launcher.

I installed Counter Strike 1.6 in my Ubuntu using wine. Everytime when I run it, I need to open Home Folder and navigate to the wine folder and click run the exe file. In this tutorial I’ll create app launcher for cs 1.6 as an example, and add icon to Unity Launcher.

To get started:

First install gnome-panel from Ubuntu Software Center, or using this command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

Then run this command to create a new .desktop file to /user/share/applications/.

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

It’ll pop-up a “Create Launcher” dialog. Type in app name, command to launch the program, and choose an icon

After that, you can search for and open it from the Unity Dash, and drag and drop it to Launcher.



  1. Ayyaz A Khan says:

    Thanks for sharing nice tip, as i was looking for this tip since last Monday. Finally i have manged to create short cuts for wine aoolications.
    Thanks again


  2. Ruslan says:

    Thank! It is very simple and useful! =)

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