Installing Appium Desktop on Ubuntu 16: A Step-by-Step Guide

Installing Appium Desktop on Ubuntu 16: A Step-by-Step Guide

5 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

If you’re looking to install Appium Desktop on Ubuntu 16, you may have realized that there isn’t a straightforward executable file (.exe) or disk image (.dmg) as there is for Windows or Mac systems. Instead, you’ll need to use the AppImage format provided by the Appium team. This guide will walk you through the process of downloading and running Appium Desktop on your Ubuntu system.

Step 1: Downloading the AppImage

The first step is to download the AppImage file for Appium Desktop. You can find the latest release by visiting the official Appium Desktop GitHub releases page. Look for a file that ends with “.AppImage”.

The direct URL to the releases page is:

Step 2: Making the AppImage Executable

Once you have downloaded the AppImage, you will need to give it execution permissions. This can be done through the terminal with the following command:

chmod a+x /path/to/your/Appium.AppImage

Make sure to replace “/path/to/your/Appium.AppImage” with the actual path and filename of the AppImage you’ve downloaded.

Step 3: Running Appium Desktop

With the execution permissions set, you can now run Appium Desktop by navigating to the directory containing the AppImage and executing it with:


Again, replace “Appium.AppImage” with the actual filename of the AppImage.

Alternative Method: Using File Properties

If you prefer not to use the terminal, you can also change the file’s permissions graphically:

  1. Right-click on the Appium AppImage file.
  2. Select “Properties”.
  3. Navigate to the “Permissions” tab.
  4. Check the box that says “Allow executing file as program”.

After this, you should be able to double-click the file to run Appium Desktop.


Following these steps should allow you to successfully install and run Appium Desktop on your Ubuntu 16 system. Appium Desktop is a powerful tool for mobile automation testing and having it directly accessible on your Linux machine can greatly streamline your testing workflow.

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