I've just installed Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS on my Intel NUC PC.

I'd like to make it a kiosk system, running only Chrome (for example).

How can I suppress / hide / disable all these messages printed to the monitor? I'd like to be a black screen from power on to (e.g.) Chrome.

I did follow Ubuntu Server 16.04.02 with Splash Screen and Kiosk mode and other tutorials like that. But there's something new in 18.04 (I think) that prevents me for getting things done.

  1. Grub. Editing GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT didn't change anything, I had to edit GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX instead. Is it ok? (Note: of course I run sudo update-grub after each change)

    GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
  2. Welcome / MOTD / login messages

No way to avoid them! The closest I got was to remove /etc/update-motd.d/ folder so I only saw something like:

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS nuc tty1

nuc login: kiosk (automatic login)

Last login: [...]


(Note: I disabled autorun script for actually seeing these messages, otherwise they're too fast to catch.)

Ideally all those outputs should disappear in order to boot just black, from power on to Chrome. And back of course: from Chrome to power off, but that's another story.

Which files should I take care of?

How can I reach a completely silent / quiet boot?

--- Update about GRUB ---

Done a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 Server LTS on another PC. I can confirm that the key GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT doesn't do anything; instead I've to set GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX.

Tried to crawl the web but nothing found about that. Am I the only one who experienced this behaviour??

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    Just a simple test run few minutes ago: fresh install of Ubuntu 16.04 Server on the same machine, did anything else than GRUB editing GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet" and boot messages did actually disappeared. All of them: kernel and welcome.
    – LucaM
    Jun 5 '18 at 9:29
  • So GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet" worked for kernel messages on 18.04 right? Now your only issue is the login screen right?
    – JPelletier
    Jun 11 '18 at 17:35
  • Yes @JPelletier, you're right. To be honest I'm actually doing some researches and will post the solution I'll come to.
    – LucaM
    Jun 12 '18 at 7:41
  • were you able to find the solution?
    – JPelletier
    Jun 18 '18 at 15:16
  • I'm very very very close. Just an annoying cursor blinking on the left. But at the moment I'm running out of time for this project, so I'll auto-answer my question when I got time for.
    – LucaM
    Jun 18 '18 at 15:42

Now that you have fixed the Kernel boot logs, you have to finalize your kiosk configuration and the login screen will not show anymore!

Configure auto-login, you can do that with getty like I did and explained in my orignal question.

Configure Getty:

    sudo mkdir /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service.d/
    sudo tee -a /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service.d/autologin.conf <<EOF
    ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --autologin YOU_USER_HERE--noclear %I $TERM

Enable Getty:

    sudo systemctl enable getty@tty1.service

You also want to configure XOrg / Chrome to start automatically on login. The solution I used before may not be the best one today. I had to use xserver-xorg-legacy but it probably means that you can use xorg in a better way than login script.


I found on 18.04 LTS that GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT in /etc/default/grub is overwritten by /etc/default/grub.d/50_curtin_settings.cfg. That tid-bit of information was a bit hard to find.

  • This solved it for me on Ubuntu 18.04.
    – Nick
    Nov 7 '20 at 5:53

These are the steps I came to after several attempts. Please let me know if there's any improvement.

At the moment it remains only an annoying cursor blinking on the left.

Again, let share something relevant (if any).

Configure Auto-Login

(thanks to JPelletier's answer https://askubuntu.com/a/1045909/702388)

Configure Getty:

sudo mkdir /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service.d/ sudo tee -a /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service.d/autologin.conf <<EOF [Service] ExecStart= ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --skip-login --noissue --autologin kiosk --noclear %I $TERM Type=idle EOF

Enable Getty:

sudo systemctl enable getty@tty1.service

Quiet boot (without kernel and welcome messages)

Edit grub file: sudo nano /etc/default/grub

and set these key-value couples:


of course you must do sudo update-grub to actually apply them.

Remove Cloud Init

echo 'datasource_list: [ None ]' | sudo -s tee /etc/cloud/cloud.cfg.d/90_dpkg.cfg

sudo apt-get purge cloud-init -y

sudo rm -rf /etc/cloud/; sudo rm -rf /var/lib/cloud/

Disable MOTD (Message Of The Day) when login (via SSH too)

sudo touch ~/.hushlogin

Remove pre-login message

sudo rm /etc/issue

Silent shutdown

Edit /etc/sysctl.d/10-console-messages.conf and write this: kernel.printk = 0 4 1 7

Look here for more information: https://askubuntu.com/a/1044446/702388

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