Archives For November 30, 1999

Need a tool to edit your apps in the start menu, main menu, or Gnome overview search results? Try MenuLibre!

In most Linux, all app icons you see in start menu, dock launcher, and the desktop, are handled by .desktop config files. By editing the file, you can change the app icon, name, hide the app, add right-click menu option, and choose which file types to be associated with.

I’m written about how to configure .desktop file using a single command.

For graphical ways, there are quite a few apps to do the job, and here are 3 of them:

  • Arronax – well known, but seems not being updated. Though, it’s still working.
  • AppEditor – Elementary OS style tool to edit desktop menu entries. However, lacks pre-build packages.
  • MenuLibre – the one I’m going to introduce in this tutorial.

MenuLibre is an advanced tool written in Python and GTK3 toolkit. With it, user can get started by either searching or browsing in left to select app to edit, or click “+” in top left to create new menu entry for your app.

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AppEditor is an open-source tool allows you to edit application entries shown in application menu and their properties.

AppEditor features:

  • Hide and show applications from the application menu
  • Create new application entries
  • Change application’s display name, icon and more

How to Install AppEditor in Ubuntu 18.04 / Higher:

UPDATE Jan, 2024: The steps below will install the Flatpak package, but it’s OLD. For the latest version, the only way is building from source.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu.

2. Paste below command and run to install flatpak framework:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

3. Add flathub repository, which hosts a large list of flatpak applications:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

4. Finally install AppEditor via command:

flatpak install flathub com.github.donadigo.appeditor

Once installed, launch the software from application menu and enjoy!


To remove AppEditor flatpak package, run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall com.github.donadigo.appeditor