How to Add AppImage Application to Menu in Ubuntu (Linux)

Monday, Nov 14, 2022

AppImages are the most easiest to run compared. All you need to do is follow the steps mentioned below.

Step to use AppImage

  1. Download the AppImage
  2. Make the AppImage executable. (sudo chmod +x *.AppImage)
  3. Run the file (./*.AppImage)

The challenging task is to make the AppImage accessible globally through he system like an installed application (in the menu)

you can achieve this by the going through the following steps.

Steps to add AppImage to Menu

  1. Move he AppImage to an accessible directory (I personally use .appImage in my home directory but you are free to be creative)
  2. Create a appName.desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications
  3. Add the following content to the .desktop file you create
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Application Description

and we are done.

Now you AppImage is available for you user in menu.

Bonus tip

If you want this AppImage to be accessible to to all the user of the system, place the .desktop file in /usr/share/applications

Enabling "Add to Favorites" Option

As suggested by mahdavifar2002 in the comment you can enable the by renaming the filename in filename.desktop to the name of the app after it is running. It is also case sensitive. For example move the file "Outline-Manager.desktop" that is created to the file "Outline Manager.desktop" and then you will be able to pin in. (The "Name=" field inside .desktop file does not matter and it could be anything you wish.)

Feel free to comment any suggestion in comments section.