Marcus's Linux Launcher Maker

A Quick Way to Generate .desktop Launchers for Linux

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In newer versions of a lot of Linux operating systems, you no longer have the option of double clicking an executable script, such as a .sh file, and being asked if you want it to run, it just defaults to opening in the text editor without asking, even if it is properly marked as executable. This tool simplifies the task of generating valid .desktop files for your Unix system to effectively create desktop shortcuts that allow you to actually launch a script by simply double clicking an icon on your desktop. I created it so I could make shortcuts to scripts I had written to launch my games instead of having to open the terminal and manually launch my scripts every time I wanted to play a game.

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  • Generates valid .desktop files
  • Allows you to point to custom icons
  • Allows you to point to a custom .sh script, and not just commands listed in /bin or /usr/bin
  • Works in Windows as well and saves the .desktop file for you to the Public folders


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