I am installing ubuntu 18.04.4 and plan to use openbox. I have installed openbox, obconfig, and obmenu. The install instructions say to log out and then select openbox from a menu.

My login screen has my name, a text box for the password, a cancel button, a 'wheel' icon and a sign-in box.

When I click on the wheel, I get 2 choices: ubuntu or ubuntu on Wayland.

An option for openbox does not show up.

Is there a way to get to the openbox window manager from the login screen?

Running: ls -al /usr/share/xsessions/


total 28
drwxr-xr-x   2 root root  4096 Mar  3 09:53 .
drwxr-xr-x 239 root root 12288 Mar  3 11:30 ..
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   198 May 17  2018 openbox.desktop
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   323 May  2  2018 ubuntu-communitheme-snap.desktop
-rw-r--r--   1 root root   247 May  2  2018 ubuntu.desktop
  • 2
    Please show ls -al /usr/share/xsessions/
    – nobody
    Mar 3, 2020 at 15:58
  • 1
    I added your suggestion to my original post.
    – Jim
    Mar 3, 2020 at 16:40
  • 2
    Try to reboot if not tried
    – Gryu
    Mar 3, 2020 at 16:45
  • Maybe installing openbox-gnome-session helps?
    – DK Bose
    Mar 3, 2020 at 16:49
  • I'm sorry to take so long to respond, but I have been having problems with my internet connection today. Anyway, Gyru, that was the problem. I rebooted and was able to log in.
    – Jim
    Mar 3, 2020 at 18:54

1 Answer 1


Per Gryu's suggestion, rebooting solved the issue.

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