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Add new application to Open With Other Application…

What if you want to add a new application in the “Open With Other Application…” section? Maybe you want to add that particular application as the default application to open certain type of files.
Here is an example of how I can add Vim as an option to open a text file. Vim will open the file in a new terminal session.

An .desktop file needs to be created in ~/.local/share/applications
So, let’s use vim for this purpose, it is just appropriate.

vim ~/.local/share/applications/vim.desktop

Press i to enter in edit mode and type in the following:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Edit file in Vim
Exec=vim %f
GenericName=Process Viewer

after that, press ESC to exit the edit mode and type :wq to write to the file and quit.

That’s it. Now when you right click on a file, vim will be present in the list of Open With Other Application section, and you can add it as a default application.

Thanks for this answer to Marty Fried

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2 responses to “Add new application to Open With Other Application…

  1. Kenneth May 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you for the post above, (The post below applies to Ubuntu 12.04)

    I tried this method – however I came across the fact that many programs install their own .desktop file

    For instance, pymol (a molecular visualization program) – along with many others such as jedit (a text editor) install their .desktop file in


    /usr/share/jedit.desktop – for instance

    I then found out that there is a file ~./local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

    vim ~./local/share/applications/mimeapps.list (To edit this file)

    My file looked like this
    [Default Applications]

    [Added Associations]

    [Removed Associations]
    Since pymol reads .pdb files (which are of type application/x-aportisdoc)

    I added the line

    application/x-aportisdoc = pymol.desktop;jedit.desktop (The first .desktop file being the default)

    Similarly, text/html files read the google-chrome.desktop file

    Hope this helps,

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