Ubuntu – How to make an application manually extracted from a .tar be available on “Show Applications”


I want my application that is portable extract from a .tar, like PopcornTime to be available in the "Show applications" in Ubuntu Bionic Beaver (18.04).

I extract my application in some folder and to run it, i used to run


I realize that is a lot easier to click on icon, that i created by using to following commands:

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel
gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop

But in my "Show Application" search, my application can't be found…

How can I make this kind of application appears on my "Show Applications" search?

Best Answer

If you already have a .desktop file copy it into ~/.local/share/applications.

If not, see this guide on how to create one.

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