I cannot make Viber to start on system boot. In the Viber settings I've checked: Start Viber on system startup. This seems to have added entry in the start up applications with command: viber. However such command does not exist. Tried to locate the installation with command whereis, but...

yasen@yasen-TECRA-Z50-A:~$ whereis viber
viber: /usr/share/viber
yasen@yasen-TECRA-Z50-A:/usr/share/viber$ ll
total 52
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Nov 13 23:03 ./
drwxr-xr-x 327 root root 12288 Dec  6 19:00 ../
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  3957 Oct 31  2013 128x128.png
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   547 Oct 31  2013 16x16.png
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   867 Oct 31  2013 24x24.png
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  8001 Oct 31  2013 256x256.png
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  1091 Oct 31  2013 32x32.png
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  1573 Oct 31  2013 48x48.png
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  2043 Oct 31  2013 64x64.png
-rw-r--r--   1 root root  2961 Oct 31  2013 96x96.png
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Go to startup applications -

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Click on the Add button -

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and fill out the fields in the following manner -

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Name: Viber

Command: /opt/viber/Viber

Comment: Connect. Freely.

Alternatively, you can create a symbolic link between the .desktop file created by the method suggested by KasiyA and /etc/xdg/autostart/ -

sudo ln -s /path/to/Viber.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart/
  • /opt/viber/Viber this is what I needed. Thanks a lot to both answers. – Lamy Dec 25 '14 at 10:44
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    Lamy, you started a bounty on this and it looks like the answer Rohith gave you solved your problem. You should accept his answer so he gets the bounty you set. – geoffmcc Dec 29 '14 at 14:39

GUI method:

You can achieve what you want by going to the Startup Application Preferences from dash and create a NEW startup item. Just click on the Add button, which brings up an input dialog. In that dialog, you specify a name to call it, an optional comment blurb, and the command to execute(will be /opt/viber/Viber), which would be the path of Viber. When you're done, a new NAME.desktop file will appear in ~/.config/autostart.

CLI method:

or you can create that .desktop file by your hand. (Advanced users using this method)

Create a Viber.desktop file in ~/.config/autostart/ and copy&paste the the following content in it and save.

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Exec=/opt/viber/Viber
Hidden=false
Name=Viber
X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true

You can create/edit Viber.desktop file by gedit ~/.config/autostart/Viber.desktop in Terminal.

Done. Logoff and login back to see the changes.


As documentation Desktop Entry Specification, the Startup Applications are .desktop files stored per-user in:

~/.config/autostart

And also globally, for all users, in:

/etc/xdg/autostart

(Note that in KDE it's stored in ~/.kde/Autostart directory.)

The enable/disable feature is provided by this attribute in each .desktop file:

X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true (or false)

If a user toggles enable/disable status of a given application (without deleting it) that was in the system folder, it is copied to the user directory and then the attribute X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled is changed. If a user deletes a given application from the list, the .desktop is copied to user folder with the Hidden=true attribute (or the file is simply deleted if it was present just in the user directory)

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