start Ubuntu in text mode only

A short command on how to change Ubuntu so that it will only start in text mode, no X11 (graphical) mode. The following removes the graphical greeter from the runlevels :

sudo update-rc.d -f gdm remove

11 thoughts on “start Ubuntu in text mode only

  1. Unfortunately, This command no longer take effect for Ubuntu 11.04. Instead, you could do like below:

    sudo vim /etc/default/grub

    change the following lines:
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash”
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=””

    to:

    # GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash”
    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”text”

    user@ubuntu:~#sudo update-grub
    user@ubuntu:~#sudo reboot

    enjoy text mode only

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