How to Run .appimage Files on Linux

If you’re a Linux user, you might have come across applications packaged in the .appimage format. Appimage is a universal binary format that allows software developers to distribute their applications as a single executable file, making it easy for users to run applications without the need for installation.

This file format is a very convenient way to use an application. Instead of installing all the dependencies and libraries to install one application, all you need to do is click on the file. It’s very useful for some Linux programs. In this guide, we’ll explore how to run .appimage files on Linux using both the command line and the graphical user interface (GUI).

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Running .appimage Files via Command Line

Running a .appimage file from the command line is a straightforward process. Follow these steps:

  1. Open your terminal.
  2. Navigate to the directory containing the .appimage file using the cd command.
  3. Provide execute permissions to the .appimage file using the chmod +x command:
chmod +x your-appimage-file.appimage
  1. Run the .appimage file using the ./ notation:

Using the command line is efficient and gives you more visibility into any error messages or logs that may be generated during the process. In the third step, we run the command chmod. This command will grant the necessary execution permissions and launch the application.

Running .appimage Files via GUI

Running .appimage files through the graphical user interface is even simpler. Here’s what you need to do (I’m using Linuxmint, but it may be the same in other file managers):

  1. Navigate to the directory containing the .appimage file using your file manager.
  2. Right-click on the .appimage file.
  3. Choose “Properties” from the context menu.
  4. In the “Permissions” tab, check the “Allow executing file as program” option.
  5. Close the properties window and double-click on the .appimage file.

This should launch the application directly from the GUI. If the application doesn’t start, try using the terminal and start the app from the command line for any error messages that might provide insights into the issue.


Running .appimage files on Linux is a flexible and user-friendly process. Whether you prefer the command line for its transparency or the GUI for its simplicity, you now have the tools to run these applications seamlessly. Experiment with your favorite .appimage applications and enjoy the convenience of running software without the need for installation.

This article was assisted with ChatGPT.

This article was updated on March 11, 2024