Adding an application to Linux startup (how to start the program automatically when Linux OS starts)

autoboot-linuxI welcome everyone!

Today’s question (about the automatic loading of applications) is, by the way, very popular, both on Windows and on Linux. Of course, under Linux, it has its own peculiarities…

Probably, for a start it should be immediately said that Linux has several levels (modes) of autoloading. For example, there is autoloading at kernel level, at script level (rc.local), bash and other obscure abbreviations for a novice user…

And in this note I would like not to consider all “these intricacies”, but to show the simplest options for adding a regular application (Chrome, Firefox, etc. etc.) to Linux autoloading (so that it starts with the operating system boot). I think most users are interested in this… 😉

👉 Help!

If during the installation process you need to manually specify the program (which you want to download automatically), find the executable file in the directory: /usr/bin (for individual applications running as administrator: /usr/sbin).

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The content of the article

Autoload Configuration Examples

Option 1

So…

To begin with, the advice is banal – open the settings of the application that you need to add to startup. It is possible that among its settings there is a coveted “flag” that allows you to run the application at system startup. See the screenshot below for an example. 👇

To note: on some Linux systems, this option in the application settings may do nothing… (i.e. the application will not start when the OS starts).

Application specific settings

Application Specific Settings / Launch Options

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Option 2

Now a few words about the control panels of those Linux distros I recommended…

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Mint Linux

In this distribution, everything is much simpler than “simple”. 👌

First you need to open the menu START/system settings and go to the tab “Begin”.

System Options - Boot (Linux Mint)

System Options – Boot (Linux Mint)

Then click on the “more” and select the desired application from the list. That’s all… ✌

Add the application you need (Linux Mint)

Add the application you need (Linux Mint)

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elementary operating system

Here everything is done almost the same as in Linux Mint.

First you need to open system settings and go to the tab “Apps”.

System Settings - Applications (Elementary OS)

System Settings – Applications (Elementary OS)

After opening the menu “Autostart”click on the “plus” and select the desired application.

Autorun - select the desired application (elementary OS)

Autorun – select the desired application (elementary OS)

If later the app needs to be removed from startup, just set the slider to “Disabled”. See the screenshot below for an example. 👇

Now the monitoring application will start on Linux boot

Now the monitoring application will start on Linux boot

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ubuntu

Ubuntu also has special software for this task: you must go to the tab “System → Settings → Startup Applications”.

To add your program, you must click on the button “Add”, as in my example 👇. You will need to provide a name, a command (more on this later) and descriptive.

Ubuntu - add a program

Ubuntu – add a program

After that, you will need to specify the desired executable file (program) – usually they are copied to the directory /usr/bin (for software launched in the name of the administrator – /usr/sbin). In rare cases, a directory may be involved /usr/opt (one of the examples below 👇).

Find the desired application in the directory

Find the desired application in the directory

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deep in

This distribution (in my opinion) in terms of ease of use surpasses the previous ones!

Imagine, to add a program to startup – just right-click on its icon and select it from the context menu. 👇

How do you like it? .. (you can’t do it that easily, even on Windows!)

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How to add a tag to the slave. table or program to load automatically

Of course, to exclude the application from startup, you have to do the opposite operation: also right-click on the icon…

Now on the special app.  icon - it will start with the system (Deepin)

Now on the special app. icon – it will start with the system (Deepin)

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Additions on the topic – welcome to the comments!

That’s all for now, good luck!

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