I want that each time I login to my account (Ubuntu-desktop) a Terminal will open in a specific location and in a specific size.
In which file do I put the command, and what is the command?


2 Answers 2


The command is:

gnome-terminal --geometry=widthxheight+Xposition+Yposition

Add it under System -> Preferences ->Startup applications.

  • 2
    Where is System? Jun 17, 2015 at 11:08
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    @hello_there_andy: Maybe System settings? I am on Linux mint and it is called System settings Apr 9, 2017 at 14:18
--geometry GEOMETRY

Specifies the startup geometry for this terminal. The geometry specifies the desired width and height in terminal characters. For example: --geometry=80x40 will create an eighty-column by forty-line terminal. You can also specify the location of the terminal Window on the screen; for example, --geometry=80x40+100+200 will create a Window whose top left corner is 100 pixels to the right and 200 pixels down from the top left corner of the screen, while --geometry=80x40+100-200 will give a Window whose bottom left corner is 100 pixels to the right and 200 pixels up from the bottom left corner of the screen.


Example: gnome-terminal --geometry=80x40+100+200

To make it so it always keep that setting:

sudo gedit /usr/share/vte/termcap/xterm 

Locate something simliar to:


co is column number and li is row number.

Not sure how to change the location in that file though, sorry.

  • Under Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS Trusty Tahr, the position seems to have the origin top-left, so the example above would show the window 100 pixels to the right and 200 pixels DOWN from the TOP left corner of the screen.
    – FoxyLad
    Nov 11, 2015 at 19:57
  • How to control the monitor number? Apr 9, 2017 at 14:17
  • if you want to open on a sub monitor, starting X location would be width of main + x location on sub
    – RNA
    Nov 16, 2017 at 2:41

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