>> DESKTOP file

DESKTOP file format description

Many people share .desktop files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .desktop file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .desktop files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.desktop - Desktop Entry

The DESKTOP configuration files are related to GNOME. DESKTOP file is a Desktop Entry. A desktop entry is a simple configuration file specifying metadata that are used to list or launch an application via desktop tools.

Configuration files
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Desktop Entry related extensions:
GNOME C++ Source Code
GNOME C++ Header
Gnome Desktop Data

Naturally, other applications may also use the .desktop file extension. Even harmful programs can create .desktop files. Be especially cautious with .desktop files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .desktop file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8, Windows 10, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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