How can i make the application, Shutter (takes screenshots) open at startup? I know about sys > prefs > statup applications, but after I go to add what do I fill out the form with? Shutter isn't a command, is it?

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For Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04

You can drag and drop the Shutter menu item (Applications ➜ Accessories ➜ Shutter) into
the Startup Applications window and it will be added to the list of applications that start on login.

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  • 3
    You can drag and drop! Wow thanks for teaching me something today :)
    – 8128
    Commented Oct 23, 2010 at 7:06

For the command, add shutter --min_at_startup to make it startup minimized.


Actually, you answered the question yourself. Go to System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications and add a new item with "Shutter" (or something else) as the name and shutter as the command.

  • Make sure you put shutter exactly as mniess typed it--all lower-case.
    – Matthew
    Commented Oct 22, 2010 at 18:06

Ubuntu 11.10 and Above

Refer to this Question, How do I add/remove the "hidden" startup applications? and specally to this answer to know how to access the startup applications

Then click on ADD and type this command in the CUSTOM field:

sh -c "sleep 50 && shutter --min_at_startup &"

You can change the time of the sleep if you want it to be launched earlier.

  • @ Suhaib (or anybody), why add the sleep?
    – pjvleeuwen
    Commented Jul 30, 2017 at 17:50
  • @PaulvanLeeuwen I have an old laptop. command that I wrote launches at login = slow startup. So wait until you finish logging-in then start it
    – Suhaib
    Commented Jul 30, 2017 at 18:17
  • Even on a slow machine I would not expect this to be necessary... Interesting. What result did you get when you tried it without the sleep? Did shutter not start at all? Any errors?
    – pjvleeuwen
    Commented Jul 30, 2017 at 19:28

I ended up creating bash script, because non of other solutions working for me.

cd ~/.local/bin

Create file shut-ter-auto-launch with contents:


makerun="shutter --min_at_startup"

while true
  if ps ax | grep -v grep | grep $process
    nohup $makerun &
  sleep 5


Allow to execute it:

chmod +x shut-ter-auto-launch

Untick "Launch at login" option at Shutter preferences.

Add shut-ter-auto-launch to Startup Applications.

Shutter will launch after any other GUI app is launched.

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