Configure Ubuntu to start in text mode

In my previous post I showed you how to add the gnome desktop to your Ubuntu server.   Suppose you want to configure Ubuntu to start in text mode rather then automatically starting the gnome desktop.  It is an easy change to make.  Here is how.

1) Edit /etc/default/grub.  Locate and change the following line.

change:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash”

to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash text”

Then save your changes.

2) Run

sudo update-grub

The next time you reboot, Ubuntu will boot to text mode and you will see the console login screen (cmdline).  You can start the gnome desktop manually after loggging on by running “startx“.  When you logoff from the gnome desktop, you will be returned to the cmdline again.

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7 thoughts on “Configure Ubuntu to start in text mode

  1. Uncomment “GRUB_TERMINAL=console” to get normal boot (aka text, log, info).

    Haven’t figured out how to change resolution once at prompt tho …

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