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XDG-DESKTOP-ICON(1)		     xdg-desktop-icon Manual		      XDG-DESKTOP-ICON(1)

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

       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 to indicate that the *.desktop file follows the 1.0 version
	   of the specification.

	   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

	   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 (C) 2006

xdg-utils 1.0				    06/10/2014			      XDG-DESKTOP-ICON(1)
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