When you install Anaconda on Ubuntu, for some reason, it doesn’t create a launching shortcut. First, install per instructions: https://linuxize.com/post/how-to-install-anaconda-on-ubuntu-20-04/
Next, create a desktop file in your applications directory.
Enter this data, it’s pretty straight forward.
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Anaconda Exec=/home/joe/anaconda3/bin/anaconda-navigator Icon=/home/joe/anaconda3/lib/python3.7/site-packages/anaconda_navigator/app/icons/Icon1024.png Terminal=false
The two important items are
Exec is where anaconda was installed. More than likely you will only need to replace “joe” with your userpath. I recommend verifying the
Icons path, for example you may be more up to date and are using python3.8. In which case your path would be slightly different.
That’s it! Now you can press Windows Key and activate the Application Launcher and start typing anaconda. You should see your shortcut there.
This is an automated list of software versions used during the writing of this article.
Software Version Ubuntu 20.04.01 Anaconda 4.9.2 Python 3.7