How to create a desktop or menu item for an appimage program in Ubuntu

Recently I started using Ray ( An excellent Debugging tool for PHP applications ).

The Linux version of Ray is delivered in .AppImage format and I can use it simply by downloading the recent version and double-clicking it. But this has some downsides as well like what if I want to launch in from the desktop or from the menu and right now I have to go to the folder where I have my `AppImage` file.

In this post ill explain how you can create a menu or desktop item for `AppImage` applications in Ubuntu.

Let's assume the following for this example.

  • Location of the AppImage file: ~/AppImages/
  • Name of the AppImage file: Ray-1.17.0.AppImage
  • Icon: ~/AppImages/Ray.png

Create a new file in the folder ~/.local/share/applications named ray.desktop. You can do it from the Nautilus Filemanager or whatever file manager you are using. Sudo is not required.

[Desktop Entry]

That is all there is. And now you can search for it in the Applications list:

appimage menu item.png

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