How could I get the terminal to be launched once I have logged in, so that typing commands is much simpler?

  1. Press the Super key (windows key).
  2. Type "Startup Applications"
  3. Click on the Startup Applications option
  4. Click "Add"
  5. In the "name" field, type Terminal
  6. In the "command" field, type gnome-terminal
  7. Click "Add"

You are done! Next time you login, the terminal app will be launched.

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    It would be better to use x-terminal-emulator instead of gnome-terminal, so if the user uses update-alternatives to switch to a different default terminal emulator it gets used instead. Mind if I edit this in? Sep 22 '18 at 21:31
  • In ubuntu 20_04 it is qterminal, the desktop is lxqt.
    – Timo
    Aug 16 '20 at 10:14

You can do this without GUI:

  1. On your terminal, navigate to .config/autostart directory. .config/autostart may be in your home directory:

    cd ~/.config/autostart
  2. Open the (new) gnome-terminal.desktop file with your favourite text editor. I use vi:

    vi gnome-terminal.desktop
  3. Paste the following code in the file. Update some lines if you like as you find suitable, or simply use as is:

    [Desktop Entry]
    Comment[en_NG]=Start Terminal On Startup
    Comment=Start Terminal On Startup
  4. Save the file, and you're done.

If you need the terminal to both start and run a custom shell script command, edit the gnome-terminal.desktop file and change the line that goes Exec=gnome-terminal to Exec=gnome-terminal --command "path/to/your/shell/script".

  • This approach is more clear and more flexible. Like easily bash commands can also be executed`
    – Gagan
    Sep 14 '19 at 4:59

If you don't want to have a terminal window open on every login there is a simple way to get one as soon as you need it: CTRLALTT will open a terminal window immediately.

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    Not really the answer I am looking for.
    – ir-g
    Jan 11 '14 at 16:48
  • Works for me on Lubuntu Sep 15 '14 at 18:39
  • Well it's a way to open the terminal, but OP is looking to get it started automatically at the startup.
    – mtk
    Aug 8 '15 at 14:21

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