Create a shortcut to Unity search results and drop it to Launcher

July 14, 2013

For applications that don’t have launcher icons for Ubuntu, you can manually create them to make available from the Unitys search results.

Yestoday I installed Celtx 2.9.7 on my Ubuntu which doesn’t have a launcher icon by default. I need to run a command in terminal to open it everytime.

Finally I got it fixed, and here’s how:

1.) Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or from Unity Dash.


2.) Run below command to install required package gnome-panel without installing the recommends.

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel --no-install-recommends


3.) From now, you can create a custom launcher by running this command:

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

It brings up a dialog, where you can set the launcher icon, name, and command to run it.

The Celtx was installed into /usr/local/celtx/ directory, and run by root. So I found the icon from that directory, and type in command with gksudo at beginning.


Once done,click OK. Search in Unity, and you’ll find it!


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