Add application to Xfce/Xubuntu session startup [Xubuntu >= 11.10]

When a user logs in, the desktop environment starts do load the necessary resources to provide its functionality. Some of this process is configurable by the user. For instance, the user can choose which applications will be run when the session is loaded.

fig.1 List of applications that will be started when the user logs in
Add Application to startup
  1. Open 'Settings Manager'
  2. Select 'Session and Startup'
  3. On the 'Application Autostart' click on the 'Add' button
  4. On the dialog that opens (fig.2) write the name of the application and the command that runs the application (description isn't mandatory).
  5. Once you click 'OK' the application will be added to the list and will automatically be started on the next session login.
fig.2 Dialog for entering the information of the startup application


  1. Hi.
    Thanks for this article, it is useful.
    However, I would like to know how to find the command you need for an application. For exemple I want to have yakuake at startup, what command do I put in ? And how do I know for other applications ?

    1. You can use "alacarte" to edit and see which command is used by the application.

  2. Thanks for the tip. I added guake to my startup session :-)


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