Ubuntu: script shortcut to open two files in gedit as sudo


I want to double click a file on my desktop, and have two files be opened in gedit as sudo.

Whenever I'm making a new website, I need to open

/etc/hosts /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

as sudo.

At the moment this means opening the terminal, runing sudo gedit then opening each file manually. I want to streamline this part of my workflow. On windows I had wrote a little bash script which worked nicely. How can I do the same in ubuntu?

So far in my searches I've come across ways of adding a shortcut to the file browser, and similar things, but not exactly what I want.

I have tried creating a desktop launcher, but can't see how to make it run as sudo.


To enter your password via GUI, you need gksu to be installed:

sudo apt-get install gksu  


  1. Make a new text document in Gedit, then copy paste this into it:

    #!/bin/bash    gedit /etc/hosts  gedit /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf  

    Save the file as filename.sh

    This is a shell script to run your commands in a sequence (the second file will open once you closed the first). If you prefer to open both files at once, the command should be as below:

    gedit /etc/hosts&gedit /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf  
  2. Make the file executable: right-click the file, choose properties > permissions and tick allow executing file as program. Alternatively. you can run:

    chmod +x /path/to/yourscript.sh

  3. Open a new gedit window and paste the following:

    [Desktop Entry]  Type=Application  Name=Name you like  Exec=gksu /path/to/your/script.sh  Terminal=false  Icon=/path/to/some/iconfile  

    Save this as filename.desktop, make it executable as well (if you run it from your desktop). When you double click the desktop file, it will run the .sh script, asking for your password and opening the files for editing.

For some other .desktop features please go here LINK

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