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Opening desktop files

Have a problem opening a .desktop file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what desktop files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .DESKTOP file type?

The .desktop filename extension is used in modern GUI-based desktop environments like GNOME, KDE, Unity etc., primarily on GNU/Linux systems to denote application launcher shortcut files. It is not a distinct file format, yet a specially treated file type.

DESKTOP files are plaintext (mainly Unicode-encoded) files that can be opened and edited with a text editor. A .desktop file would normally contain several text lines that through a series of assignment statements define the look, if-clicked behavior, command-line options, tooltip contents, application category etc.

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Software to open or convert DESKTOP files

You can open desktop files with the following programs: