I have recently installed Ubuntu 14.10 (Unity) and I cannot find any way to manage the startup applications. I have done the usual first to unhide hidden applications (sudo sed -i "s/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g" /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop) and then tried typing start, startup etc in dash but no program shows up. I've searched through all applications and can't find it anywhere.

Does anybody have an idea how I can fix this? Is there something that failed to install?

  • Could you add a screenshot of gnome-session-properties?
    – Wilf
    Nov 1, 2014 at 18:01
  • No gnome-session-properties, when I try I get "The program 'gnome-session-properties' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-get install gnome-session-bin". gnome-session-bin is installed but does not contain gnome-session-properties Nov 1, 2014 at 19:09
  • Install gnome-session-properties with the apt command - you can then use gnome-session-properties to manage Startup applications* (see also this question) *Applications that start when you log in - for ones that start when you boot the computer, use rc.local.
    – Wilf
    Nov 1, 2014 at 20:51
  • I also installed Ubuntu 14.10 as a fresh install, but I do have the startup application program. Could it be something with your installation?
    – user27805
    Dec 14, 2014 at 6:44

2 Answers 2


I'm using ubuntu Gnome and do not seem to have gnome-session-properties. Instead I found you can use the gnome-tweak-tool and there is a section for startup programs in there.


gnome-session-properties is not installed with the latest version gnome-session-bin package in Ubuntu 14.10. If you check /usr/bin/ folder, you will see only gnome-session, gnome-session-inhibit, and gnome-session-quit.

A work around is go to:


and download(end of the page) the package as per system architecture. It's a ".deb" file. Instead of installing, unpack the file with the following command:

dpkg-deb -x gnome-session-bin_3.9.90-0ubuntu12_amd64.deb ~/Desktop/

The extract would be a folder named usr. Inside you will see bin , lib, share. Go to bin and there you will find gnome-session-properties. You can then move/copy the file to /usr/bin/ of your system or type in terminal (be careful):

sudo nautilus

and drag the file to /usr/bin/ folder.

Go to terminal and type sudo gnome-session-properties and the startup applications preference window will show up.

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