How to add an AppImage to the launcher in Ubuntu

I use Gravit Designer as a design tool for my work as a webdesigner. This tool is available on Linux Ubuntu by downloading an AppImage. The software works as expected, but launching it is a bit tedious. You have to browse to the AppImage and open it. My goal was to be able to open it using a simple shortcut.

Solution to add an application to the launcher on Ubuntu 20.04

First create a file named <application_name>.desktop to the local applications folder: ~/.local/share/applications/. In my example I named it gravitdesigner.desktop.

Then fill the file like this:

[Desktop Entry]

Now the application is discoverable for the launcher. Check it out by opening the launcher (SUPER-key) and type your application name. The application should be listed. Open it to see if it works 🙂