What are DESKTOP files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a DESKTOP file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is a DESKTOP file?
DESKTOP files have multiple uses, and KDE/GNOME Desktop Item is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.
KDE/GNOME Desktop Item
Files that contain the .desktop file extension are commonly associated with Linux and Unix-based operating systems. These files provide the Linux and Unix systems with a GUI and let the systems know how to launch the associated application.
DESKTOP files are data files that contain information about an item that is located on the user's hard drive. These configuration details include information about a program's menu, storing details about the program's name, the program's associated icon file, the command used to run the program, and other related program data.
How to open DESKTOP files
Important: Different programs may use files with the DESKTOP file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DESKTOP file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!
Last updated: June 19, 2022
All known file formats using extension .DESKTOP
While KDE/GNOME Desktop Item is a popular type of DESKTOP-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .DESKTOP file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Stardock DesktopX Theme
The .desktop file suffix is also used by the DesktopX utility, which is a program that allows users to change the way their desktop looks. These files incorporate themes and widgets into the DESKTOP file to customize a user's computing experience.
DESKTOP opener for Windows
We have identified one DESKTOP opener that is compatible with this specific type of DESKTOP file.
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