File Extension Library


.DESKTOP File Extension

  • Category: Misc Files

What is an .DESKTOP file?

.DESKTOP file extension has been classified as Misc Files.

.DESKTOP is Desktop Entry File

Data file that provides information about an item in a program's menu; specifies details such as the name, icon file, command to run, etc; used in Unix-based operating systems such as CentOS, Ubuntu, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

An example program that uses DESKTOP files is the GIMP cross-platform image editor.

How to Open .DESKTOP file on different platforms

Open .DESKTOP File on Windows

  • Right-click a .DESKTOP
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .DESKTOP file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .DESKTOP files" Press "Ok"

Open .DESKTOP File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .DESKTOP file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .DESKTOP File on Linux

Right click on the .DESKTOP file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .DESKTOP File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .DESKTOP file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .DESKTOP File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .DESKTOP files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .DESKTOP files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .DESKTOP files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .DESKTOP file format
  2. You need to check the .DESKTOP file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)