In the Jessie release of Raspbian there is a "Default applications for LXSession" that could be enabled in the Preferences tab of the main menu. It allowed (among other things) the user to specify a program or script to run automatically at boot. After upgrading to Raspbian "Stretch" I cannot find it. Does anyone know how to enable its functionality in Stretch?

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Raspbian Jessie had Default Applications for LXsession installed by default, but Stretch and beyond do not.

To install:

sudo apt -y install lxsession-default-apps

When finished, it should display automatically in the menu. If not try rebooting and making sure it is visible in the menu editor.


Right-Click on a Panel select Panel Settings this opens Panel Preferences dialog choose the Advanced tab Set Preferred Applications File Manager: {the drop down should allow you to select File Manager}

I had the same problem. I don't know why it wasn't selected by default.

  • OP is asking how to access Default Applications for LXsession, but you just explained how to set lxpanel's default file manager.
    – Botspot
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 14:11

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