Desktop entry for IDEA, RubyMine, PHPStorm or any other JetBrains product
2013-02-10 / 1 min.
I haven't found any article describing how to accomplish this on a linux computer using GNOME 3:
I did it myself earlier today and will now share it. All JetBrains products are the same on linux, so the files I present can be changed for RubyMine, WebStorm or PHPStorm as well, My example is for IDEA.
To create a desktop entry for IDEA, 4 things are required:
- IDEA is installed somewhere on your computer.
/usr/local/bin/idea, to simplify launch.
idea.desktop, placed in
Here is a gist: IDEA 12 Desktop Entry for GNOME
This is propably already done, but if not: download it from JetBrains and untar it somewhere. IDEA strongly recommends Oracle JDK.
launcher script: /usr/local/bin/idea
<idea_dir>/idea.sh could simply be symlinked to
/usr/local/bin/idea, I prefer to take it a step further.
#!/bin/bash # /usr/local/bin/idea export IDEA_JDK=/opt/java # Oracle JDK! <idea_dir>/bin/idea.sh
Call it lazy, but since IDEA_JDK is only needed by IDEA I prefer to set it like that. In this way the IDEA_JDK is always there, anyways. Don't forget to
The desktop entry: idea.desktop
Nothing uncommon here:
# /usr/share/applications/idea.desktop [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Version=12 Type=Application Exec='/usr/local/bin/idea' %f Icon=idea Name=IntelliJ IDEA Comment=Full-featured commercial IDE NoDisplay=false Categories=TextEditor;Programming;
Copy it to
/usr/share/applications/idea.desktop and change it if needed.
Getting the Icon
Icons are stored in various places in the filesystem. For IDEA, I prefer
/usr/local/share/icons. JetBrains has a PNG in the
./bin dir, so a symlink is all that is needed.
ln -s <idea_dir>/bin/idea.png /usr/local/share/icons/idea.png
Now it is possible launch IDEA by press
idea and press
Enter. It sure is more sexy than running
<dir>/idea.sh & from the console.