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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Launch Applications on Ubuntu Startup

You can always add programs/applications to linux startup without having to launch them maunally, meaning, the application you wish for will launch itself automatically as soon as you boot into ubuntu after logging in.

For instance, let us say you are looking at adding firefox web browser to your start up list, all that is needed to be done is, to copy the firefox.dekstop file from user/share/applications folder to the etc/xdg/autostart folder.

Via Terminal :

  1. Ctr+Alt+T to open terminal
  2. Type in the following command and hit eneter
    sudo cp /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop /etc/xdg/autostart

Via GUI :

  1. Hit Alt+F2, type in
    gksudo nautilus

    //This will ensure deliberate copy of the desktop file albeit the file permission issues if any.

  2. Browse through Filesystem -> usr -> share -> applications
  3. Copy the desired .desktop file (firefox.desktop in this case)
  4. Browse through Filesystem -> etc -> xdb -> autostart and paste it in the folder.
This will start firefox on ubuntu startup. Similar approach can be adapted for any other application installed.


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