How can I make my python scripts load and run one time once the desktop loads?

I've put the python scripts into .sh files

Ive edited autostart and called them using

@lxterminal -e "./start.sh"
@lxterminal -e "./start2.sh"

And yes added them before


right now both scrpits loop although they shouldn't.

If I remove the @ or do --command not -e I have same issue of the scripts looping

Here is my start.sh

cd /home/pi
sudo python led.py #makes led flash 5sec on 5 sec off twice then end

Inside this folder:


Add a file with .desktop extension. Below is the basic structure for yourapp_autostart.desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]

Ofcourse adjust the names of the file and scripts to your liking.

  • Thanks... Is it best to make a folder in /usr/bin or best to call from /home/pi? – shaggs Dec 2 '16 at 18:44
  • You should be able to run your files from /home/pi no problem. However in terms of best practice I don't know myself. – Shady Programmer Dec 3 '16 at 11:21
  • Is there a way to make it start once the dektop starts. My python script has a gui elemnet and is not shown wih way above? – shaggs Dec 5 '16 at 10:24
  • THIS is the way to make it start once the desktop starts. If you're having trouble with it you might want to have a look at changing some settings in that file – Shady Programmer Dec 5 '16 at 10:46
  • Sorted thanks was missunderstood how it worked but i see now – shaggs Dec 5 '16 at 11:20

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