I'm trying to get following to work. Unfortunately, everything I tried so far did not.

  • I have a Raspberry Pi 4 with Raspbian (Buster) installed.
  • I have 3 users (root, pi and "kiosk"). The user "kiosk" is no sudoer (and should never be).
  • auto-login to GUI for user "kiosk" is in effect

Now I want for the user "kiosk" (and only for this user) to auto-start chromium.

So far I tried the following

  1. Added "LXDE-kiosk" folder in /etc/xdg/lxsession/, copied contents of /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE and adjusted autostart file. However chromium was not started on reboot..
  2. I added a script to home/kiosk which should start a chromium browser and called it in crontab with a @reboot entry. This did not work either. Later I found out that no GUI app should be startet via cron.

To be honest, I don't understand why the first option did not work. Is it even possible to have different autostart options for different users? When adjusting the "LXDE-pi autostart" file, everything works as expected.

(Edit: I also tried it with the old location /home/kiosk/.config/lxsession/LXDE/autostart with no luck).


2 Answers 2


The first option did not work because LXDE-pi is not a folder belonging to the user pi, despite the name. It's a folder with a global config for a desktop environment profile called LXDE-pi.

I'd concentrate on getting /home/kiosk/.config/lxsession/LXDE/autostart to work. Put a simple script there which creates a file in /tmp or something similar, and see if that works. If not, find out why. Most likely, it's because you're still using the LXDE-pi profile and the path should be /home/kiosk/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart.

AFAIK another option is to create a *.desktop file in /home/kiosk/.config/autostart.

Once a simple script works, try out Chromium. My advice is to run it interactively with kiosk user in the beginning, to make sure it can run at all.

  • Thank you very much. Indeed /home/kiosk/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart (so changing to LXDE-pi) did the trick. Great. :)
    – Andreas
    Jul 24, 2020 at 11:42

Install gnome-tweeks. There is an option called Startup Applications there. Click on the + to add your startup apps. I'm using rpi4.

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