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News Tech: Do you have a Desktop shortcut file for your software that you would like to make executable so that it can be launched via the command terminal? Then, this is how to go about doing it.

On Linux, making a desktop shortcut for a manually installed programme is more difficult than it is on Windows. It’s because, for security concerns, we have to manually mark the created shortcuts as executable. Despite the fact that the majority of Linux GUI programmes automatically create launcher shortcuts, this is not the case with desktop shortcuts.

First of all copy your created app Shortcut file on your desktop or simply copy the existing shortcuts from /usr/share/applications or ~/.local/share/applications locations.

Now use the given command to let the system know the file is trustable.

Finally make the desktop shortcut file executable, so that our system can execute it to run the corresponding application under your user rights.

That’s it your .Desktop file is executable and can be used to run an application with just a double click of your mouse.

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