I need a sound to play when I shutdown. In Kubuntu, there's shutdown sound. But Ubuntu, not anymore

  • 1
    You can install music123 to play .ogg, .wav and mp3 files in place of mpg123.
    – user157158
    May 9, 2013 at 16:30
  • you can also install vorbis-tools to play other format's.
    – user157158
    May 9, 2013 at 16:46
  • @JOHNNYG Please read askubuntu.com/faq if you still want to create an answer for this question. May 9, 2013 at 16:56

2 Answers 2


The "most simple" way would be to automate this process with a small bash script.

First, you need to take care of some dependencies by installing the mpg123 package, which can play mp3 files from the command line. You should be able to find similar packages for .ogg files as well.

sudo apt-get install mpg123

Next, you have to create the actual script that'll play the shutdown sound: (hint, you can replace pico with gedit if you don't feel comfortable editing files in the terminal. You can name the file whatever you want, but make sure you keep the K99 part in front of the file name for processing priority reasons.

sudo pico /etc/init.d/K99shutdownsound.sh

here's the content of the script:

## play shutdown sound
/usr/bin/mpg123 /path/to/your/shutdown.mp3

make it executable:

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/K99shutdownsound.sh

Now you have to create a link from this script to /etc/rc0.d (where shutdown scripts go) and to /etc/rc6.d (where reboot scripts go)

sudo ln -s /etc/init.d/K99shutdownsound.sh/etc/rc0.d/K99shutdownsound.sh
sudo ln -s /etc/init.d/K99shutdownsound.sh /etc/rc6.d/K99shutdownsound.sh

And now you have a shutdown sound. Just make sure you're not going to play a 5 minute mp3 file, since the system won't halt until it finishes streaming the file.

  • I recomend to use package 'music123' as it supports any kind of sound format such as mp3, ogg, wav, etc. etc. Sep 15, 2015 at 16:01
  • KXX (XX is number of order) is ordered in asciibetical. using number 99 for the external script will probably fail to sound because the sound has been disabled at certain number of order. Try to experiment by putting the shutdown sound order into first priotity into 'K01shutdownsound.sh' and don't forget to make it executable as well (make sure it has been, double check it). Just leave the current 'K99shutdownsound' script and link intact. Sep 15, 2015 at 16:06
  • why did you use #!/bin/sh instead of bash? and why is the path to mpg123 needed?
    – phil294
    Jun 28, 2017 at 6:08

What I used to do is have a file on my desktop called "Startup.sh" that would run a list of programs I like on startup. I discovered that when the last command in the list is playing a sound with mplayer it will do it right before shutdown OR logout. So, you need to download mplayer first: sudo apt-get install mplayer2

Then, make a file called "Startup.sh" on your desktop. The text of the file should read something like this:

mplayer '[PATH TO SOUND FILE.extension]'

You just have to click that file every time you log in. You can add other startup programs you want to the script as well.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .