Desktop Entry Standard

Version 0.9.3

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Basic format of the file
3. Possible value types
4. Recognized desktop entry keys
5. Character set encoding of the file
6. List of valid Exec parameter variables
7. Detailed discussion of supporting MIME types
8. Extending the format
A. Example Desktop Entry File
B. The Legacy-Mixed encoding

1. 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.