I have a few applications that I have installed without going through the Ubuntu repositories. One such application is RubyMine, which is not necessarily “installed” as such – it’s just a Java program that is downloaded.
What I did pre-Natty was create a new menu item, which Gnome-Do would find. Easy.
However, I now use Natty and Unity, and it’s not immediately obvious how you go about adding a new application launcher into the dash. After some digging around, it’s actually quite simple…
1. Create a .desktop file
Create a desktop launcher (or shortcut) for your application.
For RubyMine, mine looks like this:
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Terminal=false Icon[en_GB]=/home/ed/Installs/RubyMine-3.1.1/bin/RMlogo.svg Name[en_GB]=RubyMine Exec=/home/ed/Installs/RubyMine-3.1.1/bin/rubymine.sh Name=RubyMine Icon=/home/ed/Installs/RubyMine-3.1.1/bin/RMlogo.svg
2. Move the .desktop file to the right location
Now we just need to move the file and make sure we have the right permissions and owner. Assuming you’re in the folder containing your .desktop file:
sudo mv rubymine.desktop /usr/share/applications cd /usr/share/applications sudo chmod 644 rubymine.desktop sudo chown root:root rubymine.desktop
3. You’re done!
Open the Unity dash, and under Applications you should find your application launcher. If you can’t see it, search for it and it will show up.