When you log in with the "Openbox" session type, or launch Openbox with the
openbox-session command, the
environment script will be executed to set up your environment, and the
autostart script can launch any applications you want to run at startup.
When you run the
openbox command on its own, the autostart scripts will not run. They are run by
openbox-session or when you log in graphically with the "Openbox" session type.
Note: Some distributions ship an "openbox" session type (for display managers) that simply calls the openbox binary. You want to select the entry that mentions "session."
You can use the environment script to set up any custom environment variables you would like to use in your login session.
You can use the autostart script to launch a panel, to set your desktop wallpaper, or anything else.
Once Openbox starts, the system-wide default script, located at
/etc/xdg/openbox/autostart, will be run. Then the user script at
~/.config/openbox/autostart is run afterward.
Setting up your environment
If you would like to set environment variables that will affect everything run in your current session (including Openbox), you can place them in
~/.config/openbox/environment. Here's an example
# Set up my own path export PATH=$HOME/bin:$PATH # Change the language used from the system's default export LC_CTYPE=ja_JP.utf8 # SCIM for typing non-english characters export XMODIFIERS=@im=SCIM export GTK_IM_MODULE=scim export QT_IM_MODULE=scim
Making your own autostart
The system can provide applications that run automatically on login (see
/usr/libexec/openbox-xdg-autostart --list), but you may wish to run others.
To run commands for your user account only, create and edit a file called
~/.config/openbox/autostart. Place any commands you want to run on startup in the file, each ending with a
Here's an example
# Programs that will run after Openbox has started # Set the wallpaper hsetroot ~/wallpaper.png & # Run a Composite manager xcompmgr -c -t-5 -l-5 -r4.2 -o.55 & # SCIM support (for typing non-english characters) scim -d & # A panel for good times fbpanel &
To run commands for all users system-wide, place them in a similar file in
Make sure that you end any commands with "&" so that they are run in the background, or any programs after it will not run.
You do not need to run Openbox at the end of this script. This script is run just after Openbox has finished setting up, and is launched by