Add an Android Studio icon on Ubuntu
This tip explains two ways to add a desktop icon to launch Android Studio from a Gnome 3 environment: activate or create icons on the desktop.
- Ubuntu 16
- Gnome 3
- Android Studio
1/ Activate icons on the desktop
Not all environments on Linux allow desktop icons by default and neither does Gnome 3 under Ubuntu 16.04.
To allow icons you should use the gnome-tweak-tool application
First, if gnome-tweak-tool is not available on your system type the following command from a terminal:
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
Then launch the gnome-tweak-tool application :
Finally, in the menu of the application go to the Desktop section and activate the icons.
2/ Create the icon
There are two ways to create an icon:
- Using a .desktop extension file.
- Using a script
A/ Using a .desktop file
A.1/ Create an android.desktop file
In folder "~/Desktop" (can be called differently depending on the language of your environment like "~/Bureau" for French), create a file called
android.desktop. In this file put the following text:
Adapt the code above regarding the Android Studio installation path ("Exec" field). On our environment Android Studio application is located in "/opt/android-studio" and the script to launch it is "/opt/android-studio/bin/studio.sh"
A.2/ Authorize file execution
If a message Untrusted application launcher is displayed on executing the script from the desktop, it is necessary to allow the .desktop file to be executed. Proceed as follows:
- Right-click on the previously icon and select the menu Properties.
- Select the tab Permissions
- Tick the Execute box "Allow executing file as program"
Here you are! A neat icon is now available on your desktop to launch Android Studio.
You can proceed to the lessons of the Developer Center section now.
B/ Using a script file
B.1/ Create a file android.sh
Create a script file on the "~/Desktop" folder, name this file "android.sh" and add the following content:
nohup /opt/android-studio/bin/studio.sh &
You could also create a symbolic link to the “studio.sh” script which is located in "/opt/android-studio/bin/studio.sh" on our install.
$ cd ~/Desktop
$ ln -s /opt/android-studio/bin/studio.sh studio.sh
B.2/ Allow script execution
To increase security Gnome does not activate a script files from the graphical environment. You need to allow this execution manually.
- Use dconf-editor application ( Hit Alt+F2, type dconf-editor and hit Enter );
- In dconf editor window go to menu org > gnome > nautilus > preferences;
- On the right window pane select entry executable-text-activation;
- Click on the field on the right and from the drop-down menu that is displayed select:
launch to launch scripts as programs
ask to ask what to do via a dialogue
Now you have a shortcut on your desktop to launch your Android Studio IDE. Enjoy and explore the lessons of the Developer Center section.