How can I create launcher icon for PhpStorm?

I have PhpStorm on my PC, to launch it I have to go to phpstorm/bin/ and launch, how can I pin this to launcher so that I dont have to go into folders every time?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

Run Tools —> Create Desktop Entry in top menu of IDE.

Solution 2

Use IDE to create launcher. Open Tools -> Create Desktop Entry…

Alternate method:

You need to create a application launcher first.

Installing gnome-panel

 sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel

To create launcher

sudo gnome-desktop-item-edit /usr/share/applications/ --create-new

This will open up a “Create Launcher” window

Type: Application
Name: PhpStorm
Command: /bin/bash path_to/
Comment: Any Comment

This will create a launcher file in /usr/share/applications directory. Now double click and open the file.

Once the file is launched. You can see the process in the unity launcher. Right click on the icon in the unity launcher and click “Lock to Launcher

Alternatively you can create a .desktop file

Found this .desktop file here. I haven’t tested it. Try your luck.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=JetBrains PhpStorm
Exec=/opt/PhpStorm/bin/ %f
Comment=Develop with pleasure!

Solution 3

Try changing the two below lines in the file

Exec="/home/$USER/Downloads/PhpStorm-138.2000.2262/bin/" %f

Solution 4

Go to Tools-> "Create Desktop Entry"

Phpstorm 8 Tools menu

Solution 5

By far the easiest solution is to open PhpStorm, where it will show in the launcher. Then right click on it in the launcher and select “Lock to Launcher” and your done.

Solution 6

You do not need to do anything.
Just run PhpStorm/PyCharm for the first time from a command line with


And after it will start a popup will appear asking you for a password to add it to a launcher. When you will submit your password an ico will appear in the launcher.

Solution 7

On KDE Plasma 5.17.14,
I had to create a new Item in the menu.

Right-click on the application launchermenu, clickEdit Applications…to start KMenuEdit.

In the Development group, right-click and “add a new item”, enter PHPStorm for example. Then Ok.

With this item selected, on the right part on the window, update the “command” field with “path/to/phpstormFolder/bin/”

Click on the icon on right in order to set the application icon:
Other Icon, browse and put : “path/to/phpstormFolder/bin/phpstorm.png”

File/save. If you find any issue with writing the .menu file, check the permissions of /home/”your_user”/.config/menus

It’s done, you can access the launcher in the usual Appliocations launcher.

If you want to get it the task bar, in the application launcher, on the PHPStorm entry, richt click and “pin to task Manager”

Solution 8

From terminal, cd into {installation home}/bin and type: ./

This will open the app and from the IDE go to Tools —> Create Desktop Entry in the top menu and then close the app. Now, you can open it from the system menu.

Solution 9

Late in the party but this might be useful

Step-1: cd /usr/share/applications/

Step-2: Create a file sudo touch jetbrains-phpstorm.desktop

Step-3: Then sudo vi jetbrains-phpstorm.desktop

Step-4: open new terminal goto folder phpstrom bin folder and enter pwd
for example in my case: cd ~/Downloads/PhpStorm-213.5744.279/bin && pwd

Step-5: then in vi copy-paste this

[Desktop Entry]
Icon=<pwd copied path of bin>/phpstorm.png
Exec="<pwd copied path of bin>/" %f
Comment=Develop with pleasure!

Note: change <pwd copied path of bin> with the copied path of phpstorm bin in Step-4

to save press the ESC button followed by :wq

any mistake then press the ESC button followed by :q!

Happy coding!

Solution 10

As of 2017-12-14, you can install PhpStorm as a snap, either from the Ubuntu Software application, or the command line. See Install PhpStorm with Snaps for details.

This will automatically add a launcher icon to your desktop.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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