MyLauncher Gnome Shell Extension

Right-click on the mylauncher extension icon to open the menu for editing. Save your changes and the app will automatically rebuild the user interface.

Upgrading: backup your file to retain your settings.

Using mylauncher extension you can easily create a list of your top apps. Right-click the extension icon after installation and your launcher menu will open in a text editor. Then just add pairs of Title=some-command on separate lines. Lines starting with # symbol are comments and will be ignored. Save your changes and the extension will automatically rebuild your menu.

To get an idea of how to add commands look at your /usr/share/applications directory in Nautilus file manager. If you right-click and select properties on an application's icon you will see the command you need to enter. You can also try commands in the Terminal first and then copy them to mylauncher.

The file's location (menu data):

Examine other files to see what is possible:

I encourage you to email your properties file to me as an example for others: mark dot bokil at


Can I get a menu seperarator?
[MS] or --- divider --- (Both ways are supported)

How can I get alias commands working?

How can I get the Toggle Desktop feature to work?
Toggle Desktop=[TD]. Install wmctrl: sudo apt-get install wmctrl.

How can I get the Run command to display an alternative run dialog?
Install gmrun: sudo apt-get install gmrun
Run...=gmrun (you could also set gmrun to Alt+F2 using compizconfig)

How can I add a web site to mylauncher?
Mark's Extensions=xdg-open

How can I add a file system location to mylauncher?
Applications=xdg-open /usr/share/applications

How can I open a Windows network folder?
Publicdoc=xdg-open smb://myserver/publicdoc/

How can I run a shell script?
Fancy Script X =/home/mark/bin/

Can I execute several commands at once? Yes.
Shellapalouza=cat mytabby.txt; gnome-terminal; wmctrl -l

How can I access the CUPS Printer server?
Printer Administration=xdg-open http://localhost:631/

How can I open My Computer?
Computer=xdg-open computer:

How can I open Trash?
Trash=xdg-open trash:

How can I open folders in an alternative file manager?
Dropbox=marlin /home/mark/Dropbox

How can I find apps fast from MyLauncher?
Install xfce4-appfinder: sudo apt-get install xfce4-appfinder

How can I add a FTP to a site and login with a password?
FTP Site=filezilla
You would need to add filezilla: sudo apt-get install filezilla

How can I add a logout?

How can I add a system Shutdown command?
Shutdown System=/usr/lib/indicator-session/gtk-logout-helper --shutdown

How can I add a system Restart command?
Restart System=/usr/lib/indicator-session/gtk-logout-helper --restart

How can I add a system Suspend command? (caution: no warning confirmation)
Suspend=dbus-send --print-reply --system --dest=org.freedesktop.UPower /org/freedesktop/UPower org.freedesktop.UPower.Suspend

How can I change the extension icon?
Edit ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

How can I make an optimized Minecraft launcher?
note: Edit the file in the mylauncher folder to set your minecraft.jar location.

I heard there is an easter egg in mylauncher?
Yes, this is true.

Contact the author: mark dot bokil at

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