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How to launch application as root from Unity Launcher?

If you want the app to always run as root

1) Pin the application to the launcher as normal.

2) Locate the applications .desktop file which will be in either:

/usr/share/applications/APPNAME.desktop
~/.local/share/applications/APPNAME.desktop
or somewhere else, use locate .desktop|grep APPAME

3) Open with gedit:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/APPNAME.desktop
4) Then change the line

Exec=APP_COMMAND
to

Exec=gksudo -k -u root APP_COMMAND
5) Save

This command will also keep your environment which is very usefull if you need to connect to others servers and use your private key.

To add a quicklist option to 'Run as root'

Follow steps 1, 2 and 3 above

If the launcher currently doesn't have any other quicklist options, just append this to the end of the document

X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=Runroot

[Runroot Shortcut Group]
Name=Run as root
Exec=gksudo -k -u root APP_COMMAND
TargetEnvironment=Unity

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