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I'm new to linux and just installed Elementary OS.
I installed Chrome and noticed that Workflowy and a bunch of other Chrome Apps are also installed, as you can see in the screenshot. enter image description here But how do I find what is the command to run a Chrome app, say, workflowy? (So that I can launch it from command line & assign a custom shortcut to it)

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Don't really know if this will work for you as I never tested it but I found this site with many chromium command line options : You should take a look at the --app option.

--app : Specifies that the associated value should be launched in "application" mode.

--app-id: Specifies that the extension-app with the specified id should be launched according to its configuration.

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At last I found the solution myself. Because chrome auto-generated an shortcut in my Windows so I learned how to use the app-id flag. The commmand turned out to be google-chrome --app-id={The app-id of the app you would like to run, which could be found in chrome://extensions} – octref Jan 13 '14 at 13:54

To find the command that runs the app:

  1. Go to the Chrome Apps page (chrome://apps)
  2. Right click an icon and create shortcut on the desktop
  3. Right click an icon that appeared on the desktop and click Properties
  4. Copy the command
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The command is as follows:

google-chrome --user-data-dir=$HOME/.config/google-chrome \
              --profile-directory=Default \

Note: You will need to replace $APP_ID with the exact application ID (i.e. aapocclcgogkmnckokdopfmhonfmgoek) and $HOME with the path to your home directory. You can probably omit --user-data-dir and --profile-directory if you are using default values, but this is how Google Chome implements their launchers.

You can find the application ID a number of different ways.

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I think the developer mode is the easiest. Just created a small bash script so I can launch the app with xmonad ;) – iGEL Sep 1 '15 at 19:21

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