How to Configure Startup Applications in Ubuntu Linux

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This text guides on how to configure applications for automatic start-up upon login in Ubuntu Linux. Just like other OS like Windows, you should use the Startup Applications tool, type the command or browse and choose a command from /usr/bin directory, following the steps, will ensure the chosen application initiates at every boot up.

This post describes steps one can take to configure applications to automatically startup at login with Ubuntu Linux.

Some applications and services automatically start up when Ubuntu Linux boots up or when you log in. These apps and services are usually running in the background.

Like Windows and other modern operating systems, you can configure applications to startup every time a user logs in to their desktop in Ubuntu Linux.

Apps you configure to startup will get started when a user logs in, in addition to the default startup applications configured on the system.

Below is how to configure startup applications in Ubuntu Linux.

How to get applications to startup at login in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, like Windows and other modern operating systems, you can configure applications to startup every time a user logs in to their desktop in Ubuntu Linux.

Below is how to do that.

Ubuntu Linux has a startup application that handles starting applications. You use this application to configure apps to auto startup.

To open Startup Applications, click the Activities overview dashboard and search for Startup Applications.

Alternatively, you can press ALT + F2 and run the gnome-session-properties command.

Once Startup Applications opens, click Add and enter the command to be executed at login (name and comment are optional).

For example, to make Firefox start automatically, it’s sufficient to type Firefox in the Command field and confirm with Add.

You can either type the command, click the Browse… button, and select a command.

Applications to autostart are typically located in the /usr/bin folder. If you don’t know the command for the application, you want to automatically startup, use the Browse… button, and go to the /usr/bin directory.

Choose the application you wish to run from the list and click Add to include it.

The next time you boot up and log in, the application will automatically startup.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to configure startup applications in Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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