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DesktopEntry Execution


dex-autostart [options] [DesktopEntryFile]...


dex-autostart, DesktopEntry Execution, is a program to generate and execute DesktopEntry files of the Application type.


-h,  --help

Show this help message and exit

-a,  --autostart

Autostart programs

-c PATH--create PATH

Create a DesktopEntry file for the program at the given path. An optional second argument is used to specify the filename of the created DesktopEntry file, or specify the filename - to print the file to stdout. By default a new file is created with the .desktop file extension.

-d,  --dry-run

Dry run, don't execute any command


Specify the Desktop Environment an autostart should be performed for; works only in combination with --autostart


Colon separated list of paths to search for desktop files, overriding the default search list

-t DIRECTORY--target-directory DIRECTORY

Create files in target directory

--term TERM

The terminal emulator that will be used to run the program if Terminal=true is set in the desktop file, defaults to x-terminal-emulator

-w,  --wait

Block until the program exits


Perform a self-test

-v,  --verbose

Verbose output

-V,  --version

Display version information


Perform an autostart/execute all programs in the autostart folders.

dex-autostart -a

Perform an autostart/execute all programs in the specified folders.

dex-autostart -a -s /etc/xdg/autostart/:~/.config/autostart/

Preview the programs would be executed in a regular autostart.

dex-autostart -ad

Preview the programs would be executed in a GNOME specific autostart.

dex-autostart -ad -e GNOME

Create a DesktopEntry for a program in the current directory.

dex-autostart -c /usr/bin/skype

Create a DesktopEntry for a programs in autostart directory.

dex-autostart -t ~/.config/autostart -c /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/nm-applet

Execute a single program from command line and enable verbose output.

dex-autostart -v skype.desktop

Execute a single program (with Terminal=true in the desktop file) in gnome-terminal.

dex-autostart --term gnome-terminal nvim.desktop

Execute a single program and block until it exits.

dex-autostart --wait nvim.desktop


Jan Christoph Ebersbach, Johannes Löthberg


Jan 24, 2024 dex-autostart-0.9.0