Adding custom Intellij Idea launcher on unity (Ubuntu 12.04)

As you know Intellij Idea comes in tar.gz distribution for linux OS, so it is only possible to launch it from terminal after unpacking.

But there is a possibility to add quick launcher button for unity.
First of all, create idea.desktop file with the following contents:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Idea Community Edition
GenericName=Idea
Comment=Launch Idea Community Edition
Keywords=ide,programming,java
Exec=/home/alex/bin/idea-IC/bin/idea.sh
Terminal=false
Icon=/home/alex/bin/idea-IC/bin/idea.png
Type=Application
StartupNotify=true

Paste your location to the Idea distribution in the italicized text given above.
After that, open this file in nautilus and just drag it to your launcher bar.
Voila!

5 thoughts on “Adding custom Intellij Idea launcher on unity (Ubuntu 12.04)

  1. Tools->Create Desktop Entry probably does what you need (at least in Intellij 12 – not sure which version it appeared in)

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