How I moved the Godot Icon from my Desktop to the Application Menu in Linux Mint

SosaseesSosasees Posts: 115Member

Before you copy what I did: Following these steps might not work in Linux Distros that aren't Linux Mint, unless you make certain modifications to the steps, which can vary based on your Linux Setup, which I can't predict.

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Right now, I have the Godot Icon on my Desktop:

But I'd like it instead to be in the Application Select Menu, like all other programs.

So I type sudo mv ~/Desktop/Godot_v3.2.1-stable_x11.64 /usr/bin in to the terminal and confirm with my password.
But you should replace the Godot_v3.2.1_stable_x11.64 part with the file name of your copy of Godot before it can work.
And if your system is using a different language than English, you should replace the Desktop part with whatever the Desktop folder is called in your language. For example, I typed Schreibtisch because it's German for Desktop.

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And here comes the part that explains why this guide might not work on every Linux system without needing to do some modifications to the steps, which I can't predict:

Normally, a Linux Program is in a category (Office, Development, Graphics, Internet, etc.).
And Godot should be in the ,,Development" category. But it isn't listed in any category, so it's only accessible in the /usr/bin folder for now, unless you add it to the Application Menu with the Menu Editor, that not every Application Menu has.

So I use Mouse Button 2 to click on the Application Menu Icon (it's the Linux Mint Logo because I haven't changed it) and then use Mouse Button 1 to click the context menu entry ,,Setup...".
From here, I go to the ,,Menu" Tab and Open the Menu Editor:

When I'm in the Menu Editor, I create a new entry in the ,,Development" category, with /usr/share/Godot_v3.2.1-stable_x11.64 as the command:

For the icon, it's the Default Icon I copied it from one of my Godot Projects to usr/share/icons using the command sudo cp[that-godot-project]/icon.png /usr/share/icons
and renamed it to godot-engine.png with sudo mv /usr/share/icons/icon.png /usr/share/icons/godot-engine.png to avoid conflict with software I might install in the future (And yes, you can rename files with the move command like this).


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