The objective of this article is to show the reader how to auto-start applications after user login on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux GNOME desktop.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to automatically start application after user login
Software Requirements and Conventions Used
|Category||Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used|
|System||Installed Ubuntu 20.04 or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa|
|Other||Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the
# – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
How to autostart applications on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions
- First step is to make sure that
gnome-session-propertiescommand is available on the Ubuntu system. To do so make sure that the
gnome-startup-applicationspackage is installed. To do so execute:
$ sudo apt install gnome-startup-applications
- Next, via activities menu search for
- In this step you will need to enter a full path to the application’s binary executable of the application you wish to automatically start after user login. You may use the
whichlinux command to locate the full path of the application.
For example to locate a full path of the Firefox browser or Gnome terminal execute:
$ which firefox /usr/bin/firefox $ which gnome-terminal /usr/bin/gnome-terminal
From now on every time you log in into your Ubuntu system the selected application will start automatically.