desktop-entry-spec: Add an optional Keywords key

Peter Brett peter at
Thu Dec 1 10:01:30 PST 2011

Florian Müllner <fmuellner at> writes:

> With search gaining traction as being the preferred way to locate
> applications (not only in GNOME), the existing .desktop file fields
> meant for browsing often produce insufficient results.
> For that reason, gnome-control-center introduced a custom
> X-GNOME-Keywords field (see [0] for an example), but as the key would be
> useful for other processes searching through .desktop files, I'd like to
> propose it for standardization.

Hi Florian,

Does GNOME have an existing specification for the format and use of the
X-GNOME-Keywords field that you could share with us, as a starting



Peter Brett <peter at>
Remote Sensing Research Group
Surrey Space Centre

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