Saturday, 11 February 2012

Startup application in Gnome3

Many times you wish to add an application to the startup, i.e, you want the application to start as soon as your system starts.

Gnome3 usually does not provide any utility for this purpose, but here is how you can create a startup application.

1. Open the Terminal: Applications -> Terminal (shortcut key: Ctrl+Alt+T)

2. Type the command: cd ~/.config/autostart/

Now you need to create a file with .desktop extension. You can name the file whatever you want, but for simplicity name it as the application for which you are creating the startup entry. I want to create the startup entry for Artha so I am creating the file as artha.desktop

3. Type the command: gksu gedit artha.desktop

4. Now make the following entries in the file.
(Replace the exec,name and description based on your application).

5. Save the file and the next time you start your system, your application would be running and waiting for you to use it.

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