Desktop Entry Specification

Preston Brown


    
  

Jonathan Blandford


    
  

Owen Taylor


    
  

Vincent Untz


    
  

Waldo Bastian


    
  

Ryan Lortie


            
          

David Faure


            
          

Version 1.1

1 Apr 2014


Table of Contents

Introduction
Basic format of the file
Comments
Group headers
Entries
Possible value types
Localized values for keys
Recognized desktop entry keys
The Exec key
D-Bus Activation
Interfaces
Registering MIME Types
Additional applications actions
Action identifier
Action keys
Implementation notes
Extending the format
A. Example Desktop Entry File
B. Currently reserved for use within KDE
C. Deprecated Items
D. The Legacy-Mixed Encoding (Deprecated)
E. Desktop File ID

Introduction

Both the KDE and GNOME desktop environments have adopted a similar format for "desktop entries", or configuration files describing how a particular program is to be launched, how it appears in menus, etc. It is to the larger community's benefit that a unified standard be agreed upon by all parties such that interoperation between the two environments, and indeed any additional environments that implement the specification, becomes simpler.