How to open applications in Ubuntu Terminal? Launch application from terminal Linux; run a program in Linux command line. This tutorial explains how to open apps using terminal Ubuntu
Using Terminal To Open An Application
You can open an application by using the Linux terminal. First open the terminal (press CTRL, ALT and T) or open it from Ubuntu Dash.
Now type the program’s name into the terminal. If you are not sure for the commands name, follow the steps:
Open /usr/share/applications. The default applications will have a .desktop file stored in /usr/share/applications folder.
From here right click on the application whose command you want to find out. Right clicking on the application’s icon will show the Properties. Under command box you can see the command to run in the terminal.
To quickly find the locations of the application (gedit in this example) executable, run which gedit and for a listing of filesystem locations, run whereis gedit:
[email protected]:~$ whereis gedit
gedit: /usr/bin/gedit /usr/share/gedit /usr/share/man/man1/gedit.1.gz
[email protected]:~$ which gedit
[email protected]:~$ /usr/bin/gedit
Now run the command /usr/bin/gedit in terminal to open the app from terminal.