I have Ubuntu 14.04 with cinnamon. When I login skype auto launches and I want to stop that. I looked in Startup Applications but cannot find it.


Had the same issue on Ubuntu 17.10 and fixed it with the following command:

rm ~/.config/autostart/skypeforlinux.desktop

And as Tim mentions here, disable autostart in the Skype settings because Skype will keep on adding the skypeforlinux.desktop file to the ~/.config/autostart directory.

[*] I know the question is about Ubuntu 14.04 but I came across this page while searching for a solution for Ubuntu 17


Try running the following command:

rm .config/autostart/skype.desktop

It should remove it from starting automatically. You will also need to change the settings in skype, otherwise each time you open it, it is set to open automatically.

  • cannot access .config/autostart/skype.desktop: No such file or directory – Ger Hooton Aug 29 '14 at 22:15

You can disable the autostart for Skype by setting changing following value to false in~/.config/autostart/skypeforlinux.desktop file


This will not help (at least not in my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS) because skype automatically activates itself in the Startup Applications every time it is used. You can stop starting skype by adding a command that will kill skype on startup after skype has started itself:

In the Unity Dash, type: startup and click (under Applications) on "Startup Applications" (this will open "Startup Application Preferences".

Click on "Add" and type under Name: z-kill skype (the "z" at the beginning will make sure that it is further down in the list of applications than skype, and thus starts /after/ skype has started)

and type under Command: killall -9 skypeforlinux (this will kill "skypeforlinux" -- if your skype program has a different name in a different linux version, you have to type in that name)

Good luck! And enjoy your linux without skype imposing on startup ;-)

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