Where is location of startup application folder ? If there is one of course . Maybe there is a config file , like terminal history (.bash_history) . The reason for the question is to get a backup for fresh installations .

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The directory for (local) Startup Applications is ~/.config/autostart. Startup Applications creates .desktop files in the directory, which are automatically launched on log in.

.desktop files there can include the line:


but not necessarily. If they are disabled by Startup Applications, the file will include the line:


Local versus global .desktop files

As mentioned by Chai T.Rex, startup launchers in /etc/xdg/autostart work for all users (also on log in).


If launchers are set in /etc/xdg/autostart, but disabled locally, the local one in ~/.config/autostart overrules the one in /etc/xdg/autostart.

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