I replace ~/.config/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart file to run my script that runs my application. But when my application crashes never run again. I tried before run my app in a service, but as my app have GUI service doesn't run at startup..

How can i run my app and prevent if crashes? Thanks


user based systemd service can help you. Try this example systemd service.

file location and name "~/.config/systemd/user/mygui.service".

Description=My GUI Auto Start APP

Enable the service by

systemctl --user enable mygui.service
systemctl --user start mygui.service
systemctl --user status mygui.service


GUI Applications some time required more environment variables. Set Proper environment variables and if possible use a environment file

  • Why difference between root directory and execstart? – R. Rodrigues Mar 14 '17 at 9:06
  • You can Ignore RootDirectory parameter, it is my app related param. to know more you can refer freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/systemd.exec.html. Is this work for you? – rajesh6115 Mar 14 '17 at 9:39
  • I don't have systemd directory in .config directory. I'm running other service and it is in /etc/systemd/system/ – R. Rodrigues Mar 14 '17 at 10:10
  • I tried this before, and the problem is that my app needs to be run at a specific directory not in root directory and if execstart isn't a absolute path it gives an error.. – R. Rodrigues Mar 14 '17 at 10:15
  • if .config is not there then just create it using "mkdir -p ~/.config/systemd/user", also you can use "WorkingDirectory" in systemd service file – rajesh6115 Mar 14 '17 at 11:43

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