How to Stop the Graphical User Interface on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Hello Linux Geeksters.

When I use Linux on virtual machines and connect via Putty from Windows, I prefer to turn off the GUI in order to reduce the battery constumption.

In this article I will show you how to temporary disable the Graphical User Interface on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Debian based systems.

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The names for the gui services are:

  • LightDM
  • MDM
  • KDM
  • GDM

If your graphical user interface freezes, press CTRL + ALT + F1 to turn it off.

To start back the GUI, press CTRL + ALT + F7.

To change the default graphical user interface, use this oneliner:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure {lightdm,mdm,kdm,gdm}

LightDM:

$ sudo service lightdm stop

OR:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm stop

MDM:

$ sudo service mdm stop

OR:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/mdm stop

KDM:

$ sudo service kdm stop

OR:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop

GDM:

$ sudo service gdm stop

OR:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop

To stop the GUI, from the CLI, do this (this works for all gdm, kdm, mdm, lightdm):

$ sudo service {lightdm,mdm,kdm,gdm} stop

Bonus:

  • to start the service, replace stop with start
  • to restart the service, replace stop with restart
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