Hibernation on my Ubuntu 18.04 did not work out of the box (I mean sudo systemctl hibernate). So I made several attempts to fix that some time ago and unfortunately can not remember exactly what I did.

But now:

sudo hibernate

successfully hibernates the system and on the next boot the system state successfully restores, except for the login screen does not appear, which is not good. And if I have many applications running than after such a resume the system might be frozen for up to 20 minutes (I see applications' windows, can move mouse pointer, but the system does not respond to clicks) but after that works normally.

sudo systemctl hibernate

does something, shuts down the system, but on the next boot I see several messages delete orphaned node and finally clean boot, as if there were no hibernation.

Please help me clear it up and enable hibernation in the gui interface.

At the same time suspend to memory and resume from memory works fine without a problem, including the login screen on resume.

The primary question I have is: Which of the two mechanisms hibernate or systemctl hibernate should I use with 18.04?


The system has swap partition

$ lsblk | grep SWAP
└─sda5   8:5    0  16,8G  0 part [SWAP]
$ free -m
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:          15894        3386        9945        1311        2561       11848
Swap:         17163        2150       15013

and in /etc/default/grub it has

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash resume=/dev/sda5" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""


$ cat /sys/power/state
freeze mem disk
$ cat /sys/power/disk
[platform] shutdown reboot suspend test_resume

[SOLVED] :-)

Finally I managed to bring hibernation to work. As long as I do not have deep understanding of the subject, I'd rather describe what I did. So

  1. Completely removed pm-utils and uswsusp, then sudo update-initramfs -c -k all and reboot

After this hibernation attempt ended up in clean boot instead of resume. So then

  1. Reinstalled systemd then changed device names to UUIDs so as

in /etc/default/grub

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash resume=UUID=2c8ec945-6967-4538-93ef-49eb4df6f2a1"

in /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/resume



$ sudo update-initramfs -c -k all
$ sudo update-grub
$ reboot

After this sudo systemctl hibernate and resume succeeded but without login screen, so

  1. In Settings (gui) for power button action I assigned "Hibernate"

Now when I press power button the system hibernates and then restores through login screen.

Many thanks to everyone involved

UPD: Now I have found an even better solution - use swap file

I verified this on fresh Ubuntu 18.10 desktop install and suppose it to work with fresh 18.04 desktop install too as they both use swap file by default i.e. they do not allocate swap partition by default. But the default swap file is 2Gb regardless of the system memory size, so it should be increased.

The complete description is for example here.

  • 1
    Hi Sergey K , and welcome to askUbuntu! Please add more information to your post how and what you tried to run hibernation!
    – abu_bua
    Jul 8, 2018 at 0:43
  • Hibernation (save system state to disk, then poweroff) is disabled-by-default in Ubuntu precisely because it is unreliable on some manufacturers' hardware. If enabling results in problems, consider simply disabling it again. While the problem might be a setting or a software bug, it might also be in BIOS or proprietary hardware interfaces at kernel-level. Much of the low-hanging fruit has been fixed already.
    – user535733
    Jul 8, 2018 at 0:50
  • I have the same problem. Systemd hibernate is broken, but the old-fashioned pm-hibernate works.
    – Pilot6
    Jul 8, 2018 at 16:31
  • Could You post Your solution as an answer and mark it as solution? It may help someone find it easier.
    – kcpr
    Nov 27, 2018 at 10:59
  • Tk, managed to get it working.. except I don't have "Hybernate" on Settings for the power button.. how yo ugot it?
    – Antonello
    Dec 6, 2018 at 13:17

1 Answer 1


There's two excellent answers to hibernation questions with a bit more detail here:

Little Ancient Forest Kami's answer to : Ubuntu 18.04 can't resume after hibernate

Zanna's answer to : How can I hibernate on Ubuntu 16.04?

I don't normally use Hibernate but was attempting to use it recently whilst chasing down a bug and realised that in order to work on 18.04 you need to add a line to /etc/default/grub to tell it where to resume from.

On 16.04 it wasn't necessary for me to add the 'resume=' parameter to grub, so I think the change has happened relatively recently.

You're probably best to use the UUID (Universally Unique Identifier) and can use the 'Disks' program to find out the UUID of your swap partition and just copy and paste it from there.

Use sudo nano /etc/default/grub to add to the line


so that it has the extra kernel parameter resume=UUID=theUUIDofyourswappartition in between the quotes.

Yours will be different, but in my case the line is:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash resume=UUID=549816d3-0ed8-44fa-a7e4-968db519a141"

(exit nano using Ctrl+x, press y to make the changes and enter to accept the filename)

You need to run sudo update-grub to make your changes effective, but when you next reboot you should be able to hibernate without problems.

As far as I'm aware, the functionality of hibernate is to resume to where you left off, so is not designed to go to the login screen and ask for your password.

I don't know if you can change it so that it will ask for your password, but it might be worth asking a separate question to see if someone else knows what to do.


If you have a swapfile instead of a separate swap partition then you also need to add the extra resume_offset= parameter.

The Arch Linux Wiki has a great section on this but basically your swap file should be on the main partition that you have Ubuntu installed on.

In order to find out the offset to put in resume_offset= you can open a terminal and type

sudo filefrag -v /swapfile

you'll get something that looks like this:

ext:     logical_offset:        physical_offset: length:   expected: flags:
   0:        0..   32767:      34816..     67583:  32768:            
   1:    32768..   63487:      67584..     98303:  30720:            
   2:    63488..   96255:     100352..    133119:  32768:      98304:
   3:    96256..  126975:     133120..    163839:  30720:   

and you want the first number, in the first line that's under physical_offset (in this case 34816)

So just as an example, using the UUID and physical offset of my machine with a Swapfile, I've changed the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" line to be

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash resume=UUID=09e601cd-5bac-491a-9115-fda1b2eb4664 resume_offset=34816"

Don't forget to run sudo update-grub and reboot, but after that hibernate should work correctly.

  • This answer of mine on AU has that info, which I got from the incomparable Arch Linux wiki.
    – Zanna
    Jul 8, 2018 at 20:37
  • @Zanna - thanks for tidying up my messy answer (I've not quite got the hang of formatting extended code snippets yet :) ) I think you're right - I must have got the info from the Arch Linux wiki but I was searching about in the Ubuntu documentation and couldn't find the 'physical_offset' references I was looking for. I'll update my answer with references to the Arch wiki and your answer.
    – pHeLiOn
    Jul 9, 2018 at 14:15
  • No problem! You did a decent job - the formatting definitely takes time to get used to. Seems like this isn't working for OP(?) but might help others. I'm still struggling with hibernation on my machine with every change to the kernels I use :/
    – Zanna
    Jul 9, 2018 at 15:23
  • thanks, the filefrag command saved my life!
    – Tropilio
    Feb 7, 2019 at 14:14
  • Worked for me like a charm with swap partition
    – develCuy
    Jul 28, 2019 at 4:43

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