I tried different options to enable hibernate in Ubuntu 20.04 but nothing is working. How can I enable hibernate option in Ubuntu 20.04?

  • Hibernate does not work with all equipment. Install the pm-utils package. – user535733 May 16 '20 at 3:48

I assume you have a swap partition ready to use.

Install pm-utils and hibernate:

sudo apt install pm-utils hibernate


cat /sys/power/state

You should see:

freeze mem disk

Then run:

grep swap /etc/fstab

Copy the UUID value. You will need it later. Then run:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

(or your favourite editor if not nano). Change the line that says


so that it instead says:


Then, after saving the file and quitting the text editor, run:

sudo update-grub

To test it, run:

sudo systemctl hibernate

Right now no GNOME extension is working to have the hibernate option back in the system menu.

Tested on Ubuntu 20.04 Kernel 5.4.0-31 on my Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon.

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    Works. :) it worked for me only with UUID. – adazem009 Jun 23 '20 at 18:08
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    just to mention this extension for gnome 36 / ubuntu 20.04, handy once the setup is done. extensions.gnome.org/extension/755/hibernate-status-button (check github page of the extension for additional configuration required by ubuntu) – squalou Jun 28 '20 at 8:53
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    What if grep swap /etc/fstab doesn't return a UUID? – Jules Colle Aug 8 '20 at 7:57
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    Running grep swap /etc/fstab returns /swapfile none swap sw 0 0 . Any suggestion? – MikeMarsian Sep 28 '20 at 19:30
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    @DouglasLeeder Why switch to a swap partition when a swap file is perfectly fine for hibernation (assuming it's big enough). You just need to find the offset of the swap file and in addition to the resume parameter, pass a resume_offset parameter. This is described in detail on Arch Wiki: wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Power_management/… – user31389 Dec 19 '20 at 11:56

And if you want to turn on hibernation in your Ubuntu 20.04*, follow these steps:

  1. First be ensure you allocate swap memory in your machine to check

     swapon --show
  2. Then check whether the swap memory you allocated is more than or at least equal to the Physical memory(RAM).

  3. Use the following command to find the swap partition.

     grep swap /etc/fstab
  4. Copy the UUID of the output for example(UUID=XXXXX-XXX-XXXX-XXXX-YYYYYYYYYY)

  5. Add a boot parameter by the following command

     sudoedit /etc/default/grub
  6. To the line starting GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT add resume=UUID=XXXXX-XXX-XXXX-XXXX-YYYYYYYYYY (Note: In all other threads they used to ask to add swap partition but here we are adding UUID value)

    Final Line Will Be like:

  7. Update the file

     sudo update-grub
  8. sudo systemctl hibernate and hibernation will now work in your Ubuntu 20.04.

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    If grep swap /etc/fstab does not give you swap's UUID try sudo blkid. Also, if sudo systemctl hibernate doesn't work, try sudo hibernate. I think you don't even need to edit grub because when you install hibernate it will detect your swap partition. – user2319453 Jul 23 '20 at 11:00
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    My RAM is 16 GB and my swap is 2 GB. How do I increase the swap to match the RAM? – Yehuda Aug 4 '20 at 17:47
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    what about if swapping is to a file instead of a partition? – david.perez Nov 6 '20 at 10:10
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    @david.perez "Using a swap file requires also setting the resume=swap_device and additionally a resume_offset=swap_file_offset kernel parameters." wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Power_management/… – user31389 Dec 19 '20 at 12:01
  • Is this any different from the answer by eldwist? – sancho.s ReinstateMonicaCellio Jan 2 at 9:33

I just added a keyboard shortcut. Disabled Super+H. (I don't need it - default is hide window) and created a new shortcut with command systemctl hibernate. Done. :-)

  • systemctl hibernate did a shutdown without saving the current state, not what I expect from hibernation. -1 – Pavel V. Mar 19 at 16:10

If you want to use a /swapfile to hibernate instead of the swap partition:

The top answer works well, but you don't have to use a partition, you can also use a default /swapfile.

First of all, you should increase the size of the /swapfile at least to the size of your RAM.

  1. Install dependencies:
sudo apt install pm-utils hibernate uswsusp
  1. Find your UUID and swap offset:
findmnt -no UUID -T /swapfile && sudo swap-offset /swapfile

You will see something like this:

resume offset = 23888916
  1. Edit /etc/default/grub and replace the string

with your UUID and offset:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash resume=UUID=371b1a95-d91b-49f8-aa4a-da51cbf780b2 resume_offset=23888916"
  1. Update GRUB:
sudo update-grub
  1. Test your hibernation:
sudo systemctl hibernate

Probably you should not change the size of your swap after enabling the hibernation (at least without changing the swap-offset in the GRUB).

See wiki for more details.

UPD: If you want to hibernate when a laptop lid is closed (see this):

  1. Disable any options in the settings that touch the laptop lid, set them to "do nothing".

  2. Run sudo mkdir -p /etc/acpi/events/ && sudo nano /etc/acpi/events/laptop-lid and paste:

  1. Run sudo touch /etc/acpi/laptop-lid.sh && sudo chmod +x /etc/acpi/laptop-lid.sh && sudo nano /etc/acpi/laptop-lid.sh and paste:

touch $LOG_FILE && chmod 0666 $LOG_FILE

grep -q closed /proc/acpi/button/lid/LID/state
if [ $? = 0 ]
    # close action
    echo "$(date '+%Y.%m.%d %H:%M:%S.%3N'): closed" >> $LOG_FILE
    systemctl hibernate
    # open action
    echo "$(date '+%Y.%m.%d %H:%M:%S.%3N'): opened" >> $LOG_FILE
  1. sudo /etc/init.d/acpid restart
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    Note: do not use the UUID returned by mkswap for resume_offset. The mkswap UUID is useless according to ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1042946 – mark Mar 29 at 1:33
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    This works for me. No need to use a swap partition. The swap file is enough. – Jonnel VeXuZ Dorotan Apr 1 at 5:50
  • This worked for me! I don't understand why all the answers use a swap partition... My brand new install of ubuntu came with a swapfile but no swap partition. – gatoWololo May 13 at 17:21

eldwist's solution worked for me, except...

...not initially, 'cos I got the following error:

$ sudo systemctl hibernate
Failed to hibernate system via logind: Sleep verb not supported

If you get this error, you probably need to disable secure boot under the security menu in the UEFI/BIOS (see similar problem with 16.04). Then it worked for me (tested on Ubuntu 20.04; 5.4.0-33 kernel, configured for Dual-boot with Win10).


SuRa's answer at the top works great, however, if your laptop came with a swap file instead of a swap partition then you'll have to follow a few steps first to make it all work. At a high level:

  1. Boot from live CD/USB drive, shrink you main partition by the amount of memory you have plus 1-2 GBs for margin. E.g. I have 16 GBs so I shrunk my partition by 18 GB for good measure. That will leave empty/unpartitioned space on your disk.
  2. Create a new partition of type swap in the empty/unpartitioned space on your disk.
  3. Reboot back into your installed OS (ie without the live CD/USB)
  4. Go to "partitions" or "gparted" to get the UUID of your new swap partition.
  5. Add your new swap partition to /etc/fstab and delete (or comment out) the old swap file
  6. Use the swapoff and swapon commands to switch from the swap file to the swap partition
  7. Don't forget to the delete the swap file to reclaim that space
  8. Now you can follow SuRa's instructions.
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    Why do all this when you can hibernate to a swap file just fine? – user31389 Dec 19 '20 at 12:03
  • This answer assumes that you do not have an encrypted volume with all your partitions in it (choosing encrypt disk from the install dvd)... I is simply pure insanity to opt for the Windows 95 level of security by NOT encrypting your drive. Therefor this answer solves for a use case that I really hope nobody has! – SLS Feb 13 at 15:55

Using a partition device instead of an UUID

I had to deviate a bit from the "how to" above, probably since I encrypted my hard drive. My /etc/fstab file does not contain an UUID for the swap partition but a partition device.

If your /etc/fstab contains a <partition_device> rather than a UUID for the swap partition, edit the line starting with GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT in the file /etc/default/grub to contain resume=<partition_device>

if /etc/fstab contains this

    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-swap_1 none            swap    sw              0       0

/etc/default/grub should contain the line

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash resume=/dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-swap_1"

Then execute sudo update-grub and test by executing sudo systemctl hibernate

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    This did not work either... just boots up to a clean desktop... – SLS Jan 31 at 21:54
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    Using an unencrypted partition as swap is NOT recommended. – SLS Feb 13 at 15:57

To enable Hibernation in 20.04:

All of the examples on this page seem to be missing resume-offset it is necessary when using a swapfile rather than a swap partition.

Increase swapfile size to match RAM size up to 8GB.

  • Check the swap that is in use:

    sudo swapon -s
  • If swap partition(s) are found:

    sudo swapoff -a
    sudo nano -Bw /etc/fstab
  • Add # before the UUID of the swap partition(s):

    # UUID=XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX   none   swap    sw     0       0
  • Add a line for the swapfile, if one does not exist:

    swapfile   none    swap     sw      0       0
  • Create the swapfile:

    sudo fallocate -l XG /swapfile*

    where X is swapfile's size in GB:

    sudo mkswap /swapfile
    sudo chmod 0600 /swapfile
    sudo swapon /swapfile
  • Reboot:

    sudo reboot

Add resume location and offset to grub.cfg:

  • Edit /etc/default/grub:

  • Use UUID from root.

  • Use offset from:

    sudo filefrag -v /swapfile |grep " 0:"| awk '{print $4}'
  • Update GRUB:

    sudo update-grub
  • Test hibernation:

    sudo systemctl hibernate

A hibernate button can be added using GNOME extensions.

Note that there is a slight possibility of getting holes in a swapfile when creating it with fallocate. /var/log/syslog can be searched for the phrase swapon: swapfile has holes to ensure there will be no data loss.

A swap file can alternatively be created using dd:

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1G count=8

An error when using dd may overwrite your HDD.

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