How to create a menu entry for Calibre

I have installed Calibre, the perfect ebook management program, on a fresh install of Xfce using the Linux binary installer from the official website and I found no entry for Calibre on the applications menu.

A simple menu entry for Calibre in Xfce
A simple menu entry for Calibre in Xfce

A menu entry for Calibre that works also under Xfce

No menu entry, so, to solve this issue I have created a .desktop file for Calibre.

Check if you have the ‘applications’ folder in ~/.local/share/:

$ ls -lsa ~/.local/share/

If not, create it:

$ mkdir ~/.local/share/applications

After that, you can put a .desktop file in it:

$ vi ~/.local/share/applications/calibre.desktop

And write in it the following lines:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Calibre
Comment=E-Book Management
TryExec=/opt/calibre/calibre
Exec=/opt/calibre/calibre %F
Icon=/opt/calibre/resources/images/book.png
MimeType=application/x-mobipocket-ebook;application/epub+zip;x-content/ebook-reader;
Categories=Office;Graphics;Viewer;

Obviously, you may need to modify the paths in that file to match your Calibre install location. To find more about Calibre, go to the official website at https://calibre-ebook.com/ or read the article documentation at Wikipedia.

 

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