How Can I Add Apps To My Start Menu?

Hello There! so i installed garuda a few days ago due to recuring problems with my win11 (non related but given for some context) so i had no problem so far and my apps were automatically put in their own categories but now i want to put my own executables in there but i dont know how to do it so im asking for help on said matter thanks in advance!

It is important to follow template and post garuda-inxi,

For you, I think installing menulibre is the best choice to create and edit application entries.

You can get indepth knowledge on this from

here is my garuda inxi infos

Kernel: 6.9.1-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 14.1.1
clocksource: tsc avail: hpet,acpi_pm
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=b06e8ca1-4d04-4f49-8af4-dacc7a2bf494 rw rootflags=subvol=@
quiet resume=UUID=9e1d6ec8-81fa-4dfd-8b12-0e16d41e0892 loglevel=3 ibt=off
Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 6.0.4 tk: Qt v: N/A info: frameworks v: 6.2.0
wm: kwin_wayland vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: HP product: HP Laptop 15-fc0xxx v: N/A
serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
Mobo: HP model: 8B2F v: 52.40 serial: <superuser required>
part-nu: 7L1K1EA#ABF uuid: <superuser required> UEFI: AMI v: F.07
date: 03/13/2023
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 40.6 Wh (100.0%) condition: 40.6/40.6 Wh (100.0%)
volts: 13.0 min: 11.2 model: HP Primary type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
status: full cycles: 173
Info: model: AMD Ryzen 3 7320U with Radeon Graphics bits: 64 type: MT MCP
arch: Zen 2 gen: 3 level: v3 note: check built: 2020-22
process: TSMC n7 (7nm) family: 0x17 (23) model-id: 0xA0 (160) stepping: 0
microcode: 0x8A00008
Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 2 MiB desc: 4x512 KiB L3: 4 MiB
desc: 1x4 MiB
Speed (MHz): avg: 2336 high: 2400 min/max: 900/6375 boost: enabled
scaling: driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: performance cores: 1: 2400 2: 2400
3: 2400 4: 2400 5: 1888 6: 2400 7: 2400 8: 2400 bogomips: 38331
Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm
Vulnerabilities: <filter>
Device-1: AMD Mendocino vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: amdgpu v: kernel
arch: RDNA-2 code: Navi-2x process: TSMC n7 (7nm) built: 2020-22 pcie:
gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: eDP-1 empty: DP-1, DP-2,
HDMI-A-1, Writeback-1 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:1506 class-ID: 0300
temp: 49.0 C
Device-2: Chicony HP True Vision HD Camera driver: uvcvideo type: USB
rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 2.0 bus-ID: 5-1:2 chip-ID: 04f2:b78f
class-ID: fe01 serial: <filter>
Display: wayland server: v: with: Xwayland v: 24.1.0
compositor: kwin_wayland driver: X: loaded: amdgpu unloaded: modesetting
alternate: fbdev,vesa dri: radeonsi gpu: amdgpu display-ID: 0
Monitor-1: eDP-1 res: 1536x864 size: N/A modes: N/A
API: EGL v: 1.5 hw: drv: amd radeonsi platforms: device: 0 drv: radeonsi
device: 1 drv: swrast surfaceless: drv: radeonsi wayland: drv: radeonsi x11:
drv: radeonsi inactive: gbm
API: OpenGL v: 4.6 compat-v: 4.5 vendor: amd mesa v: 24.0.7-arch1.3
glx-v: 1.4 direct-render: yes renderer: AMD Radeon Graphics (radeonsi
raphael_mendocino LLVM 17.0.6 DRM 3.57 6.9.1-zen1-1-zen)
device-ID: 1002:1506 memory: 500 MiB unified: no display-ID: :1.0
API: Vulkan v: 1.3.279 layers: 7 device: 0 type: integrated-gpu name: AMD
Radeon Graphics (RADV RAPHAEL_MENDOCINO) driver: mesa radv
v: 24.0.7-arch1.3 device-ID: 1002:1506 surfaces: xcb,xlib,wayland
device: 1 type: cpu name: llvmpipe (LLVM 17.0.6 256 bits)
driver: mesa llvmpipe v: 24.0.7-arch1.3 (LLVM 17.0.6)
device-ID: 10005:0000 surfaces: xcb,xlib,wayland
Device-1: AMD Rembrandt Radeon High Definition Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 03:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:1640 class-ID: 0403
Device-2: AMD ACP/ACP3X/ACP6x Audio Coprocessor vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_pci_acp6x v: kernel alternate: snd_pci_acp3x, snd_rn_pci_acp3x,
snd_pci_acp5x, snd_acp_pci, snd_rpl_pci_acp6x, snd_pci_ps,
snd_sof_amd_renoir, snd_sof_amd_rembrandt, snd_sof_amd_vangogh,
snd_sof_amd_acp63 pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16 bus-ID: 03:00.5
chip-ID: 1022:15e2 class-ID: 0480
Device-3: AMD Family 17h/19h HD Audio vendor: Hewlett-Packard
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 4 speed: 16 GT/s lanes: 16
bus-ID: 03:00.6 chip-ID: 1022:15e3 class-ID: 0403
API: ALSA v: k6.9.1-zen1-1-zen status: kernel-api with: aoss
type: oss-emulator tools: N/A
Server-1: PipeWire v: 1.0.6 status: active with: 1: pipewire-pulse
status: active 2: wireplumber status: active 3: pipewire-alsa type: plugin
4: pw-jack type: plugin tools: pactl,pw-cat,pw-cli,wpctl
Device-1: Realtek RTL8852BE PCIe 802.11ax Wireless Network [1T1R]
vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: rtw89_8852be v: kernel pcie: gen: 1
speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: f000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:b85b
class-ID: 0280
IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Info: services: NetworkManager, systemd-timesyncd, wpa_supplicant
Device-1: Realtek Bluetooth Radio driver: btusb v: 0.8 type: USB rev: 1.0
speed: 12 Mb/s lanes: 1 mode: 1.1 bus-ID: 1-2:2 chip-ID: 0bda:b85d
class-ID: e001 serial: <filter>
Report: btmgmt ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter> bt-v: 5.3
lmp-v: 12 status: discoverable: no pairing: no class-ID: 6c010c
Local Storage: total: 238.47 GiB used: 94.05 GiB (39.4%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Samsung
model: MZVL4256HBJD-00BH1 size: 238.47 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
logical: 512 B speed: 63.2 Gb/s lanes: 4 tech: SSD serial: <filter>
fw-rev: HPS3NHAV temp: 33.9 C scheme: GPT
ID-1: / raw-size: 229.37 GiB size: 229.37 GiB (100.00%)
used: 94.05 GiB (41.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%)
used: 584 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1
ID-3: /home raw-size: 229.37 GiB size: 229.37 GiB (100.00%)
used: 94.05 GiB (41.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 229.37 GiB size: 229.37 GiB (100.00%)
used: 94.05 GiB (41.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 229.37 GiB size: 229.37 GiB (100.00%)
used: 94.05 GiB (41.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default) zswap: no
ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 7.01 GiB used: 1.6 GiB (22.8%) priority: 100
comp: zstd avail: lzo,lzo-rle,lz4,lz4hc,842 max-streams: 8 dev: /dev/zram0
ID-2: swap-2 type: partition size: 8.8 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2
dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 maj-min: 259:3
System Temperatures: cpu: 59.5 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 50.0 C
Fan Speeds (rpm): fan-1: 2986 fan-2: 0
Memory: total: 8 GiB note: est. available: 7.01 GiB used: 3.22 GiB (46.0%)
Processes: 294 Power: uptime: 4h 18m states: freeze,mem,disk
suspend: s2idle wakeups: 0 hibernate: platform avail: shutdown, reboot,
suspend, test_resume image: 2.79 GiB services: org_kde_powerdevil,
power-profiles-daemon, upowerd Init: systemd v: 255 default: graphical
tool: systemctl
Packages: pm: pacman pkgs: 1434 libs: 446 tools: octopi,paru Compilers:
gcc: 14.1.1 Shell: garuda-inxi default: fish v: 3.7.1 running-in: konsole
inxi: 3.3.34
Garuda (2.6.26-1):
System install date:     2024-05-20
Last full system update: 2024-05-22 ↻
Is partially upgraded:   No
Relevant software:       snapper NetworkManager dracut
Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)

and also how does menulibre change anything ? i have the starter garuda top bar and im talking about the menu that shows your apps in categories like internet,multimedia and etc

menulibre it’s one app to edit THAT menu, alacarte it’s another one for example or you can do it manually

Yap you can use those 2 applications…


[Desktop Entry]

# The type as listed above

# The version of the desktop entry specification to which this file complies

# The name of the application

# A comment which can/will be used as a tooltip
Comment=Flash card based learning tool

# The path to the folder in which the executable is run

# The executable of the application, possibly with arguments.

# The name of the icon that will be used to display this entry

# Describes whether this application needs to be run in a terminal or not

# Describes the categories in which this entry should be shown

Edit this and paste it in /usr/share/applications

Right click on the Application Launcher → Edit Applications.

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