I want to add Gnome-Do to my startup applications in Lubuntu 10.04 and the only reference I've found on the net is to edit /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart. But surely there must be a way to do this on a user basis?

  • Just a note of warning that my lubuntu system had "Disable autostarted applications" set to "config-only", which (as the name suggests) disables applications in the .config/autostart. Make sure this is set to "no", if you'd like to launch startup applications. It can be found in the GUI through: Desktop -> Preferences -> Default applications for LXSession -> Autostart -> Disable autostarted applications -> no
    – woodvi
    Commented Feb 22, 2014 at 17:17

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Add a .desktop file to your ~/.config/autostart directory (create one if not available) with 3 lines saying :

 [Desktop Entry]
 Exec=wicd-client -n
  • Interestingly the wiki is rot Commented Jan 16 at 15:53

If the program you want to start has a *.desktop file, then simply copy or symlink it into the ~/.config/autostart directory.


Otherwise, for commands in general,

"For per-user autostart, use the ~/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart file."

It has the same format as /etc/xdg/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart



Preferences > Desktop Session Settings

From here you can add or remove startup programs.

  • With the latest LXDE install, this program seems missing. How can I invoke it with command line? Commented Nov 22, 2022 at 20:59
  • The command to start "Preferences > Desktop Session Settings" is "lxsession-edit" Commented May 30 at 21:36

In case you don't like editing *.desktop files manually or the app you need does not have a *.desktop file in /usr/share/applications you could simply open ~/.config/autostart in pcmanfm, right-click on white space and select Create New -> Shortcut and fill in the Command field with whatever you need.


This works for Lubuntu LXQt 20.04:

Preferences -> LXQt settings -> Session Settings -> Autostart

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