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Howto create an autostartup script for Debian and Ubuntu systems

You can make one autostartup script for ubuntu(debian) easily, and put commands to be started up automatically at boot. Here’s what you have to do:

sudo nano /etc/init.d/local.startup

You can name the new file whatever you want, but in this example i haveused local.startup. Type


on the first line of the file.
Now type your command(s) underneath, one after the other. Now save and close and make the file executable with

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/local.startup

Make the file to be recognized as an init script:

sudo update-rc.d local.startup defaults 80

Now when you restart you will have the commands in the file auto started.

2 thoughts on “Howto create an autostartup script for Debian and Ubuntu systems”

  1. You can also add commands by symlinking them under /etc/rc#.d, e.g.:

    cd /etc/rc2.d # 2 == runlevel 2

    ln -s /path/to/script S80script

    that will run /path/to/script when runlevel 2 is starting up.

  2. You can also just append your commands to the end of /etc/rc.local . Can’t get any easier than that:

    – Open /etc/rc.local in a text editor;
    – Type in your commands one after the other;
    – Save the file

    On the next reboot, your commands will be run.

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