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What is Arronax?

Arronax is a program to create and modify starters (technically: .desktop files) for applications and locations (URLs).


Arronax can be used as a standalone application or as a plugin for Nautilus, the default file manager of the Gnome and Unity desktop environments.

Arronax as Nautilus extension

As Nautilus plugin Arronax adds a menu item “Create starter for this file” or “Create a starter for this program” to the context menu (that’s the menu you get when you right-click a file in the file manager). If the file is a application starter you get an item “Modify this starter” instead.

If you have icons on your desktop enabled Arronax adds a menu item “Create starter” to your desktop’s context menu.

Arronax as standalone application

Arronax as standalone application can be started just like any other application using the application menu or application search function of your desktop environment.

Drag & Drop

Arronax supports Drag&Drop

  • You can drag an icon for example from the Unity Dash or the Gnome Classic application menu and drop it on an open Arronax window. Don’t drop it on one of the input fields in the Arronax window but on the free space beneath the icon.
  • You can drag files from the file manager and other applications and drop them on the input area in the “MIME types” tab to add the corresponding MIME types to the list. This will add every MIME type only once, even if you add multiple files with the same MIME type.
  • You can drag image files from the file manager or other applications and drop them on the icon selector at the left of the Arronax window to use that image as icon for the starter. It is up to you tom take care that the image has the right size.
  • You can drag a file or folder from the file manager or a URL from your web browser and drop it on the “Command”, “Start in Folder” or “File or URL” input area to use the corresponding file path.


As far as I know there aren’t any serious bugs in Arronax.

If you find a bug in Arronax please report it at the bugtracker at Launchpad so that I can fix it. Thank you.


Arronax is beeing developed and tested on Ubuntu 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” and Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr”.

Arronax needs:

If you install the .deb package this packages will be automatically installed if needed.

Enable icons on your desktop

With Gnome Nautilus is by default configured not to show icons on your desktop.

You can change that by opening a Terminal, type

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

and hit ENTER.

Bugreports, suggestions, ideas, …

For bug reports or feature requests please use the bugtracker at Launchapd

You may use German or English language.


If you want to help to translate Arronax to other languages go to the translation page at Launchpad.

To see the list of people who contributed to the translations you are using go to Help –> About –> Credits in Arronax.

Thanks to all contributors!

Questions and answers

If you have questions about Arronax go to the “Answers” page at Launchpad. If you want you can help to answer questions there, too.

You may use German or English language.

Source code

The source code is available from the Bazaar repository at Lauchpad.


You can use Arronax under the conditions of GPL v3 or later.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


Since v0.04 Arronax comes as three different Debian packages:

  • arronax-nautilus contains the Nautilus plugin. This package depends on arronax-base.

  • arronax-base contains the basic files along with the standalone version of Arronax.

    Install this package if you only want to standalone version of Arronax but not the Nautilus plugin.

  • arronax is a metapackage. It doesn’t contain any files but just depends on the the other two packages.

    Install this package if you want a complete installation of Arronax.

The tar.gz files contains the files for all the .deb packages.

Arronax is available from the PPA (“Personal Package Archive”) ppa:diesch/testing for all current versions of Ubuntu. If you add this PPA to your software sources Ubuntu’s Update manager will automatically install newer versions of Arronax when they are available.

If you don’t know how to do this see this explanation.

Depending on how busy the Launchpad build servers are it may take a few hours for the PPA to get new packages after a release.

If you rather want to download the files manually here there are:

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After installtion you need to log in again so that Nautilus loads the plugin.