What are the default Startup Applications Preferences entries of a clean Ubuntu 16.04 installation?

Example of my modified preferences that I would like to clean-up:

Startup Applications Preferences


The entries in ~/.config/autostart are the ones that you have added in addition to the default ones. By comparing the entries there with what you see in the Startup Applications Preferences GUI, you can tell that the default startup applications are:

  • GNOME Software (No description)
  • Indicator Application (No description)
  • SSH Key Agent (GNOME Keyring: SSH Agent)

If you want to restore the default startup applications, from https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1387844&p=8713404#post8713404, you can simply do:

rm -r ~/.config/autostart

If you don't want to delete the directory for good, you can consider renaming it to something you prefer (say, autostart.bak):

mv ~/.config/autostart ~/.config/autostart.bak
  • Thank you very much! I am very surprised to see that only 3 entries are the default ones. Not even Blueman Applet is part of default? – orschiro Sep 29 '16 at 17:11
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    @orschiro Yeah there are only 3 default entries on my Ubuntu 16.04 (with Unity) machine. I don't have the blueman applet; that seems to be provided by the blueman package which I don't have installed. – edwinksl Sep 29 '16 at 17:13
  • Hi Ed, could you add the command for Gnome software, please? (yup, deleted that one instead of another one) – Fabby Nov 11 '17 at 19:27

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