Running from systemd

This case will cover automatic login to Qtile after booting the system without using display manager. It logins in virtual console and init X by running through session.

Automatic login to virtual console

To get login into virtual console as an example edit getty service by running systemctl edit getty@tty1 and add instructions to /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service.d/override.conf:

ExecStart=-/usr/bin/agetty --autologin username --noclear %I $TERM

username should be changed to current user name.

Check more for other examples.

Autostart X session

After login X session should be started. That can be done by .bash_profile if bash is used or .zprofile in case of zsh. Other shells can be adjusted by given examples.

if systemctl -q is-active && [[ ! $DISPLAY && $XDG_VTNR -eq 1 ]]; then
  exec startx

And to start Qtile itself .xinitrc should be fixed:

# some apps that should be started before Qtile, ex.
#   [[ -f ~/.Xresources ]] && xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources
#   ~/.fehbg &
#   nm-applet &
#   blueman-applet &
#   dunst &
# or
#   source ~/.xsession

exec qtile start