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Is there a 'Startup applications' app for lubuntu? Or how do I add apps to startup? I attempted a tutorial to add entries to ~/.config/autostart, but it did not work. Isn't there an easy way? Any ideas please?

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There is a default application for this on the Lubuntu. Check it out:

  1. Press the Lubuntu icon on the bottom left;
  2. Select "Preferences" > "Default applications for LXSession";
  3. In the opened window, select the option "Autostart";
  4. Now you can enable or disable the autostarted applications, check/uncheck one in the listm or set manually on the field and pressing the "Add" button.
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You can install the programm lxsession-edit from the software center. It will give you an interface like the "startup applications" app.

Or you can add programs by editing the file /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart. (In new Lubuntu is path /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart)
To do this press Alt+F2 and type gksu gedit.

Or the cleanest way (that didn't work for you) adding .desktop files to /home/username/.config/autostart and make sure they're marked as executables.

Here is a default syntax for a .desktop file with some of the most important entries.

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Encoding=UTF-8
Name="NAME OF THE APPLICATION"
Comment="WHAT DOES THE APP DO?"
Exec="EXECUTABLE PATH OF APPLICATION"
Hidden=false
NoDisplay=false
Terminal=false

Example:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Firefox
Comment=Firefox Web Browser
Exec=firefox
Hidden=false
NoDisplay=false
Terminal=false

For applications that have their binaries in /usr/bin, you don't have to put the full path, just the name of the executable.

Save as YOUR_APPNAME.desktop in ~/.config/autostart/.

Log out and back in and it should have worked.

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  • Thanks, that is part of lubuntu 12.04. But I need to ADD new applications to the startup list.
    – melvincv
    Jul 3, 2012 at 9:13
  • Let's go for the cleanest way again. How do I create and format a .desktop file properly? Easy ways preferred.
    – melvincv
    Jul 3, 2012 at 9:27
  • I'm trying for per user startup.
    – melvincv
    Jul 3, 2012 at 9:27
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    alright I'll write a walkthrough for you as soon as I'm home cause my phone won't get the formatting right
    – Daniel W.
    Jul 3, 2012 at 10:11
  • oh were there anymore problems? Because my answer was unaccepted
    – Daniel W.
    Jun 5, 2014 at 12:58
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In Lubuntu 18.10 onwards (i.e. with LXQt):

  1. Lubuntu icon on bottom left (start button);
  2. Preferences;
  3. LXQt settings;
  4. Session Settings (or LXQt Configuration Centre, followed by Session Settings);
  5. In the window that opens, select "Autostart" on the left, then click "Add" on the right.

You can also remove items from the Autostart list by unchecking their boxes - as long as you know what you're removing.

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  • Any idea how to do this on command line?
    – bomben
    Nov 20, 2020 at 7:46
  • This approach worked for me ! I used it to adjust monitor gamma; less blue. Thanks !
    – rob grune
    Sep 24, 2021 at 2:13
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This works for Lubuntu based on Ubuntu 18.10:
Preferences -> LXQt settings -> Session Settings -> Autostart

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You should be able to add the .desktop file to the directory you listed: ~/.config/autostart

Did you log out and back in?

The easiest way I have found to do this is to:

  1. Open up PCmanFM and go to /usr/share/applications.
  2. Find the application you're looking for and copy it.
  3. Open up ~/.config/autostart in PCmanFM.
  4. Paste in the application you copied.
  5. Logout

Once you log back in, it should be working. If it's not, it may be a question of the app, not the autostart process. Which app are you trying to autostart? Maybe we can help you better with more details.

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