I frequently need to start several programs that I use every time I start my computer. How can I make it so that whenever I login the program is automatically launched?
To make a program start with Ubuntu:
To make Ubuntu remember your running applications on shutdown:
(NOTE: this may slow system boot, and has not been throughly tested.)
None of the answers (until now) gives a user-independent solution.
The correct way (according to this thread) to add some autorunning program (named a Desktop Entry) for the whole Operating System is adding it as a
No need to
We can add applications to the "Startup Applications" by opening the menu entry on the top panel right side:
14.04 (Unity) and later
We can search the Dash for "startup applications"
or we can run the startup preferences from a terminal with
This will open a window where we can see all installed applications that will run on startup. Tick or untick the applications there or choose "Add" to add a new application:
If we know the command to run the application just enter it here in the "Command" line. We may also add an optional "Comment" here.
If we do not know the command we can choose to "Browse..." our file system for installed applications. Many default applications are found e.g. in
Select an application to add to autostart.
Command line or programmatical approach
Similar to what the GUI solution above does we can manually add a
Note that in a vanilla installation the directory
In 11.04, you press the powerbutton (rightmost on the upper panel) and select System settings. You'll find Startup Applications under Personal preferences. It's the same dialog that we had in earlier versions of Ubuntu.
Another, possibly simpler, option would be to go to menu System/Preferences/Startup applications, then choose the "Options" tab and tick "Automatically remember running applications when logging out"
This will start up any applications you have running when you log out.
User defined sessions for applications to start after login
An alternative way to automatically start applications after login is to define a user defined session. This has the advantage to use different sessions for different task, each with different applications loaded.
For this purpose we create a
Use any fancy name for your session and replace
This will run the script
The script needs to be named as defined in the .desktop file, that is
Options for gnome-session may be omitted to load the default session. Give e.g.
Next time we login we will have the choice to start a "Marco's Crowded Session" with all applications from the script running in addition to applications from the gnome-session (or any other desktop manager you chose to start here).
Starting other desktop managers
To start another installed desktop manager replace the last line from the
i guess that you can add the command in System --> Preferences --> app Start
then click add, put a name somthing like "Firefox start" the command name part click
"examine" and look for executable file of the program that you need start at login...restart
hope this help you!!!
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