hud-service keeps eating my cpu. This is troublematic, specially because I'm running 12.04 in a Asus EEEPC. There are a lot of answers on how to change hud bindings, but what I reallyw wonder if there is a way to disable or uninstall hud-service.

Thanks in advance, Marcos

  • You're not new to askubuntu, so is it safe to assume you're not interested in xubuntu or lubuntu (a lighter desktop environment)?
    – Rucent88
    Nov 1, 2012 at 6:11
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    @Rucent88 nope :3 Nov 1, 2012 at 12:19
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    You answered "nope" to not being interested in lighter desktops, which would mean "yes, I am interested in a lighter desktop". But I'm inclined to think that wasn't what you meant to answer...
    – Rucent88
    Nov 1, 2012 at 12:57
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    my bad, I actually mean I'm not interested :) Nov 2, 2012 at 1:55
  • The hud is actually a really neat feature - searching all the menus, it's like a shortcut finder.
    – NoBugs
    Nov 12, 2014 at 4:58

3 Answers 3


Open a terminal and do

on 32bit system

sudo chmod -x /usr/lib/indicator-appmenu/hud-service

on 64bit system

sudo chmod -x /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/hud/hud-service

which removes - the execute mode x (i.e., permission) from hud-service.


You may want to gently end (or violently kill) the currently running hud-service (or reboot, etc) for "changes to take effect" immediately...

  • I'll try that today! Nov 16, 2012 at 17:35
  • I tried already :-) and no hud-service exists in resources (system monitor).
    – NickTux
    Nov 16, 2012 at 18:47
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    on 64-bit linux (13.04) it's in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/hud/hud-service
    – knb
    Sep 23, 2013 at 10:57
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    How to revert these changes? Nov 5, 2014 at 18:11
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    @SaeedZarinfam sudo chmod +x instead of -x
    – NickTux
    Nov 5, 2014 at 19:11

You may want to read this answer here on a similar thread:


The HUD is related to the Unity Launcher. For example it analyzes the files you are using and offers them when you press Super.

On my system (Ubuntu 15.10) the hud-service started using 100% of one CPU.

I solved this by installing Compiz Config Settings Manager (ccsm) and disabled all effects and set "Enable Low Graphics Mode" in "Ubuntu Unity Plugin":

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Although you can indeed disable the executable bit, when the system upgrades, it may reset that bit to on when the file is overridden on new updates.

Also, the comment above the one I posted above mentions that the hud-service is in the package hud, which if you just don't want, it might be better to just remove the package entirely.



In my case I used the ubuntu unity plugin to diable the alt key trigger for that service. It might just be what you want to do.

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