I am going demonstrate how you can add an appimage application shortcut to linux desktop system's application menu and also how to customize its icon.But first lets get to understand what an appimage software is.
For starters,there are many ways an application can be installed in a linux system i.e deb packages,snaps,flatpaks and appimages.Our focus today is appimages.
An Appimage application is a single portable and executable software that can be run on linux without installation.
Benefits of using appimages
- Compatibility with most linux distributions.
- Simple to run i.e download,make it executable and run.since it is not installed no system libraries are altered.
- Download and use trusted software directly from the original author(s).
- Uninstalling is as simple as just deleting the file.
Lets download the fluent reader software(it is a modern rss reader) as an example.
Once download is completed,navigate to the downloads folder and right-click on the downloaded appimage file,click on Properties thereafter,Click on the permissions tab and check the execute option.
The software should be running by now without any problems.
Note: super user permission is required for this process.
- Open the terminal
- Navigare to the /usr/share/applications directory.
- Create a new file with a .desktop extension in the applications directory.
- Open the file with gedit
- Add the following template text to your empty file and replace with the location of your exec(i.e appimage location) and icon of your choice.eg
- Save your file and exit the terminal.
You should be able to see your software shortcut in the menu and it should run when clicked if you followed the steps above correctly.
Thanks and have fun ☺️