xdg-desktop-icon - command line tool for (un)installing icons to the


   xdg-desktop-icon install [--novendor] FILE

   xdg-desktop-icon uninstall FILE

   xdg-desktop-icon {--help | --manual | --version}


   The xdg-desktop-icon program can be used to install an application
   launcher or other file on the desktop of the current user.

   An application launcher is represented by a *.desktop file. Desktop
   files are defined by the freedesktop.org Desktop Entry Specification.
   The most important aspects of *.desktop files are summarized below.


       Installs FILE to the desktop of the current user.  FILE can be a
       *.desktop file or any other type of file.

       Removes FILE from the desktop of the current user.


       Normally, xdg-desktop-icon checks to ensure that a *.desktop file
       to be installed has a vendor prefix. This option can be used to
       disable that check.

       A vendor prefix consists of alpha characters ([a-zA-Z]) and is
       terminated with a dash ("-"). Companies and organizations are
       encouraged to use a word or phrase, preferably the organizations
       name, for which they hold a trademark as their vendor prefix. The
       purpose of the vendor prefix is to prevent name conflicts.

       Show command synopsis.

       Show this manual page.

       Show the xdg-utils version information.


   An application launcher can be added to the desktop by installing a
   *.desktop file. A *.desktop file consists of a [Desktop Entry] header
   followed by several Key=Value lines.

   A *.desktop file can provide a name and description for an application
   in several different languages. This is done by adding a language code
   as used by LC_MESSAGES in square brackets behind the Key. This way one
   can specify different values for the same Key depending on the
   currently selected language.

   The following keys are often used:

       This is a mandatory field that indicates that the *.desktop file
       describes an application launcher.

   Name=Application Name
       The name of the application. For example Mozilla

   GenericName=Generic Name
       A generic description of the application. For example Web Browser

       Optional field to specify a tooltip for the application. For
       example Visit websites on the Internet

   Icon=Icon File
       The icon to use for the application. This can either be an absolute
       path to an image file or an icon-name. If an icon-name is provided
       an image lookup by name is done in the user's current icon theme.
       The xdg-icon-resource command can be used to install image files
       into icon themes. The advantage of using an icon-name instead of an
       absolute path is that with an icon-name the application icon can be
       provided in several different sizes as well as in several
       differently themed styles.

   Exec=Command Line
       The command line to start the application. If the application can
       open files the %f placeholder should be specified. When a file is
       dropped on the application launcher the %f is replaced with the
       file path of the dropped file. If multiple files can be specified
       on the command line the %F placeholder should be used instead of
       %f. If the application is able to open URLs in addition to local
       files then %u or %U can be used instead of %f or %F.

   For a complete overview of the *.desktop file format please visit


   xdg-desktop-icon honours the following environment variables:

       Setting this environment variable to a non-zero numerical value
       makes xdg-desktop-icon do more verbose reporting on stderr. Setting
       a higher value increases the verbosity.


   An exit code of 0 indicates success while a non-zero exit code
   indicates failure. The following failure codes can be returned:

       Error in command line syntax.

       One of the files passed on the command line did not exist.

       A required tool could not be found.

       The action failed.

       No permission to read one of the files passed on the command line.




   The company ShinyThings Inc. has developed an application named
   "WebMirror" and would like to add a launcher for for on the desktop.
   The company will use "shinythings" as its vendor id. In order to add
   the application to the desktop there needs to be a .desktop file for
   the application:


         [Desktop Entry]



   Now the xdg-desktop-icon tool can be used to add the webmirror.desktop
   file to the desktop:

       xdg-desktop-icon install ./shinythings-webmirror.desktop

   To add a README file to the desktop as well, the following command can
   be used:

       xdg-desktop-icon install ./shinythings-README


   Kevin Krammer

   Jeremy White


   Copyright  2006


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