View Full Version : [ubuntu] Where are applications installed?

the big e
February 17th, 2011, 01:19 AM
Here is a silly question;
I tried to download something from my browser and it gave me a dialog box that said "please select an application to open this attachment in" or words to that effect, and gave me a navigation view of the file system.

So where do I find the applications? I was kind of lost in the maze there because I do not know where in the file structure my applications are installed. So I was at a loss. I never until now had a reason to need to know where my applications were. because the automatic installer installs the applications for me and then puts them into the menus.

February 17th, 2011, 01:23 AM
What is the "something" which you tried to download? Was it, perhaps, a Windows executable file - a .exe file?

If this is the case, Ubuntu won't run it. Windows applications don't run on Ubuntu, and vice-versa. (I know there is Wine but lets keep it simple at the moment)

February 17th, 2011, 02:17 AM
binaries of programs usually can be found in /usr/bin

February 18th, 2011, 05:21 PM
If you can type the name of the program in the terminal to launch it, you can simply type which <command> to find the location of the program.