DESKTOP-FILE-VALIDATE(1) General Commands Manual DESKTOP-FILE-VALIDATE(1)
desktop-file-validate – Validate desktop entry files
desktop-file-validate [–no-hints] [–no-warn-deprecated] [–warn-kde] FILE…
The desktop-file-validate program is a tool to validate desktop entry
files according to the Desktop Entry specification 1.1.
The specification describes a file format to provide information such
as name, icon and description for an application. Such a file can then
be used as an application launcher and to display the application in
the applications menu.
For information about the Desktop Entry specification, see
The desktop entry files are commonly called desktop files.
The following options are supported:
Do not output hints about things that might be improved in the
Do not warn about usage of deprecated items that were defined in
previous versions of the specification.
Warn about usage of KDE extensions to the specification. This
includes the use of the KDE Desktop Entry group, of the Service‐
Types, DocPath, Keywords, InitialPreference, Dev, FSType, Mount‐
Point, ReadOnly, UnmountIcon keys, or of the Service, Service‐
Type and FSDevice types.
If you find bugs in the desktop-file-validate program, please report
these on https://bugs.freedesktop.org.