Arronax – Graphical Tool to Create Desktop Launcher in Ubuntu

Last updated: May 23, 2019 — 3 Comments

For those who want to manually create desktop shortcut launcher in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Arronax is a good choice with graphical user interface.

Other than creating .desktop file via Linux command, Arronax offers a graphical interface to create (and also edit) desktop shortcut for application, executable file, or URL.

Arronax features:

  • Nautilus, Nemo and Caja integration. Right-click file to create or edit launcher.
  • Drag & drop support to select icon, file, etc.
  • MIME types, keywords, and Quicklist support.

How to Install Arronax in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or from application menu, and run following commands one by one.

1. Run command to add the software PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/stable

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then install the tool as well as file manager integration via command:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install arronax arronax-*

You may replace arronax-* with arronax-nautilus, arronax-nemo, arronax-caja depends your system default file manager.

Once installed, either launch Arronax via system application menu, or by right-clicking on executable file in browser.


To remove the software, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove arronax

And remove the PPA via Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.


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3 responses to Arronax – Graphical Tool to Create Desktop Launcher in Ubuntu

  1. Michael Coyle May 29, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Nice utility! I used this to create some launchers for some AppImage and other troublesome programs.

  2. arronax in ubuntu-19.10:

    I’m not able to create a desktop launcher for any URL under ubuntu-19.10.
    On the other hand, this works for other desktop environments, such as mate-19.10 and lubuntu-19.10.

    I should also mention that I can indeed create desktop launchers for URLs for ubuntu-18.04.

    Can you comment on this problem?

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