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Adding your application and its icon to the Ubuntu Mobile Desktop

The final step for your new mobile application

This information also appears on the Ubuntu Mobile Guide

Assuming you have a fairly recent drop of UME, new applications should:

  1. install a .desktop file into /usr/share/applications
  2. install an icon into /usr/share/icons/hicolor/<size>/<type> (e.g. /usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/apps/myapp.png)

If 1 is done correctly, the app should show up in the UI.

If 1 and 2 are done, it will also have the right icon :)


TheĀ has a standard
for the application to appear in certain environments.

So you can also add

to the desktop file and the icon will appear on the desktop.

Also something to note:

For example, cheese does not have
but it appears in hildon desktop...others also do not have
and do not seems that there is some special
implementation for ubuntu mobile which is seen in the gconf keys:


value in .desktop. If
then every .desktop is shown and

Always show these apps, even if they don't have

Cheese is in this list hence it is always shown

Apparently this key should go away when *every* application is a good citizen and complies to the standards.

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