I have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 and i want to add some extra applications to the start up process e.g. xpad, thunderbird and others, but i simply can not get it to work. I have tried added programs using commands like "xpad" or by launching the executables but is did not work.

I am pretty sure i have done this the correct way but it just will not work.

Can you help me ?

  • Do the applications not start when you login? Please add what details you put into Startup Applications. Also, what desktop environment are you using? – Wilf Oct 4 '14 at 21:33

See this link :-


It shows how to manage startup application in ubuntu.

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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – guntbert Oct 5 '14 at 16:31

I realise that Startup Application does not like users to check or uncheck more than 1 item for it to work properly.

I have now successfully use Startup Application to start a program, execute command shell.

sh /path/tofile/xxx.sh
  • Use Startup Application
  • Create a new application to startup Teamviewer
  • Reboot
  • Goto Startup Application
  • Create a new command execution to run sh /path/tofile/srt-03.sh
  • Use a name say "run totem"
  • Reboot
  • Goto Startup Application
  • Create a new command execution to run sh /path/tofile/srt-03t.sh
  • Use a name say "xclose Teamviewer window"
  • Reboot

Example of shell script


cd ./

cd /path/to-file

/usr/bin/totem --fullscreen --play file:///home/path-to/file/playlist.m3u

exit 0
  • Dont forget to change to command shell script file to be executable! example chmod a+x+w filename.sh – Greg NEC Apr 27 '15 at 23:43

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