In this guide, we will walk you through the process of setting up Synergy to start on boot in Ubuntu. Synergy is a software that allows you to share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers. This can be particularly useful in a multi-monitor setup where each monitor is connected to a different computer.
To start Synergy on boot in Ubuntu, you can either configure the LightDM display manager or use the Startup Applications tool. Both methods allow you to automatically start Synergy after logging in to your Ubuntu system.
- Starting Synergy using LightDM
- Starting Synergy using Startup Applications
Before we begin, make sure you have the following:
- A working installation of Ubuntu.
- Synergy installed on your Ubuntu system.
Starting Synergy using LightDM
One way to start Synergy on boot is by configuring the LightDM display manager. LightDM is the default display manager for Ubuntu, and it controls user sessions and manages user authentication.
Step 1: Edit the LightDM Configuration File
Open a terminal and run the following command:
sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
This command opens the LightDM configuration file in the nano text editor. The
sudo command is used to run the command with root privileges, which are necessary for editing system files.
Step 2: Add the Synergy Startup Command
At the bottom of the file, add the following line:
greeter-setup-script=/usr/bin/synergys --config ~/.synergy.conf
greeter-setup-script is a directive that tells LightDM to run a certain script during the login process. The script we’re running is
/usr/bin/synergys, which is the Synergy server. The
--config option tells the Synergy server to use a specific configuration file, in this case
Step 3: Save and Exit
Save the file and exit the text editor. In nano, you can do this by pressing
Ctrl + X, then
Y to confirm saving changes, and finally
Enter to confirm the file name.
Step 4: Restart LightDM
Finally, restart LightDM by running the following command:
sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart
This command restarts the LightDM service, applying the changes we made to the configuration file.
Starting Synergy using Startup Applications
Alternatively, you can use the Startup Applications tool to start Synergy after logging in.
Step 1: Open Startup Applications
Go to Main Menu > System > Preferences > Startup Applications to open the Startup Applications tool.
Step 2: Add a New Startup Entry
Click on the “Add” button to create a new startup entry.
Step 3: Configure the Startup Entry
In the “Name” field, enter a name for the Synergy startup entry (e.g., “Synergy”).
In the “Command” field, enter the following command:
synergys --config ~/.synergy.conf
This command is the same as the one we used in the LightDM configuration file.
Optionally, you can add a comment in the “Comment” field to provide a description for the startup entry.
Step 4: Save the Startup Entry
Click “Add” to save the entry. Now, Synergy will automatically start after you log in to your Ubuntu system.
In this guide, we’ve shown you two ways to start Synergy on boot in Ubuntu: by configuring the LightDM display manager, and by using the Startup Applications tool. Both methods have their own advantages, so choose the one that best fits your needs.
If you encounter any issues or if the provided solutions do not work for your specific setup, please refer to the official Synergy documentation or seek further assistance from the Synergy community.
Yes, Synergy is a cross-platform software that can be used to share a mouse and keyboard between different operating systems, including Windows and Ubuntu.
You can install Synergy on Ubuntu by opening a terminal and running the following command:
sudo apt-get install synergy. This command will download and install Synergy from the official Ubuntu repositories.
Yes, Synergy supports sharing multiple monitors. When configuring Synergy, you can specify the position and arrangement of your monitors to ensure seamless mouse and keyboard movement across all screens.
Yes, Synergy provides a graphical user interface called "Synergy Configuration" that you can use to easily set up and manage your Synergy server and clients. You can find it in the applications menu or by searching for "Synergy Configuration" in the Ubuntu Dash.
No, Synergy is specifically designed to share a mouse and keyboard between computers. It does not provide file sharing or data transfer capabilities. For file sharing, you can use other tools like network file sharing or cloud storage services.
Yes, Synergy is compatible with wireless mice and keyboards. As long as your wireless devices are connected and working properly on each computer, Synergy will be able to share them seamlessly.
Synergy is primarily designed for use on a local network. However, with some additional configuration and network setup, it is possible to use Synergy over the internet. Keep in mind that using Synergy over the internet may introduce additional security risks, so it is important to take necessary precautions to protect your data.
Yes, Synergy supports sharing a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers. You can configure one computer as the Synergy server and the others as clients, allowing you to control multiple computers using a single mouse and keyboard setup.
Yes, Synergy provides options to customize keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys. You can configure specific key combinations to perform actions like switching between computers, locking the mouse to a specific screen, or activating the scroll lock mode.
Synergy is available as both a free and paid version. The free version provides basic functionality and is suitable for most users. The paid version, called Synergy Pro, offers additional features and support. You can choose the version that best suits your needs.