How to show Snap app icon properly on Ubuntu Unity desktop

Had this issue where after I logged into my Ubuntu desktop all Snap apps icons do not show properly. Instead I see a plain icon in place of what the app icon should be. Have you the same experience?

This might have been fixed in later Ubuntu LTS releases, I really don’t know. But I am still on 16.04 Xenial Xerus until its EOL. Also, the reason is that I love the Unity Desktop. The Gnome Shell replacement just doesn’t cut it for me.

I have been looking for a solution on this issue for some time. The 2 main things people point out are:

– Add /snap/bin to the /etc/environment file, and;

– Something to do with the profile.

Neither of those solutions worked for me. But it did work for others according to what I have read so far.


To fix this icon issue, create a symlink of the Snap’s .desktop shortcut file to your user’s .local/share/applications directory.

It is as simple as that. Once done the problem will go away, and you will be left with a nice-looking icon that came with the Snap installation. This won’t go away on following restarts.

For more details on how to do this fix exactly, refer to this article –

Icon change on Desktop doesn’t effect/apply

When I want to change the icon from a shortcut or folder on Desktop the change doesn’t effect/apply on Desktop. When I navigate to $HOME/Desktop ($HOME/Schreibtisch in my way) the icon change effects but not on the Desktop itself.

OS version: 20.04 LTS

gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons is installed.

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Author: Johnnii360

Drag’n’drop files Desktop File manager with 20.04 LTS doesn’t work ; it worked on 18.04 LTS

With Ubuntu 18.04, I can drag and drop files from Desktop to File manager and vice versa.

On my other Ubuntu 20.04 install, this is no more possible.

Has this fetaure been voluntarily removed or is it an accidental regression?

How to enable it again?

Many people seem to have noticed the same problem, see for example the 100+ voted comment about this on the video Ubuntu 20.04 LTS: What’s New?: “Love Ubuntu, but I’m still disappointed a basic feature like drag & dropping files to/from desktop into the file manager is missing.”.

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Author: Basj