I want to get list of applications which run at start up using terminal. In windows we can use msconfig.

is there any command i can use to show startup applications?

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You did not specify your distro; however, in Ubuntu and Debian you can find these applications by running:

ls /etc/init.d

All the files in this directory are actually links to the applications and on boot the OS goes through this directory and starts them all.



Includes Linux init scripts only.

To list all AutoStart Applications in gnome, list all files under "autostart" directories. e.g.:

find / -name "*autostart*"

ls -1 "/etc/xdg/autostart" "/home/$USER/.config/autostart" "/usr/share/gdm/autostart"  "/usr/share/gnome/autostart"

To list all systemd services:

ls -1 /lib/systemd/system/*.service /etc/systemd/system/*.service

sudo systemctl list-unit-files --type=service --state=enabled --all

  • It would be nice to see some explanation to this commant. Nov 4, 2019 at 19:45


Cap list and watch startup applications, scripts and servies

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