I would like to open the terminal from the login screen. In previous Ubuntu releases I just used Ctrl+Alt+F1. However, when I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 in 18.04, nothing happens, the login screen just stays as it is. All other combinations with F-keys (F2 to F12) also have no effect whatsoever.

What key shortcut do I have to press to open the terminal from the login screen?

  • Do you mean tty screen? – Aryo Adhi May 17 '18 at 11:49
  • yes! is terminal not the right word? – Ethunxxx May 17 '18 at 11:52
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    What do "do not work" and "does not seem to work" mean? – muru May 17 '18 at 12:51
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    Are you using a VM? Are your function keys actually function keys or one of those types that need to have an Fn key pressed additionally? What if you login and run sudo chvt 5? – muru May 17 '18 at 13:22
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    @muru I found a way to make it work: When I switch from the open-source to the proprietary NVIDIA driver, I can access tty without a problem. So apparently, it's a bug related to the open-source graphics drivers. – Ethunxxx May 17 '18 at 13:59

I had the same problem with ubuntu 16.04 on fresh install. Later everything started working. Try following:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Run 'Software and Updates' and reboot

I knew answer is useless after so late but may help others

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