I'm using Ubuntu 12.04, and I'd like to know if I can replace the default login screen (Light-DM) for the one used on ELementary OS (Phantheon Greeter). If possible without installing the rest of the Elementary OS desktop.

Elementary OS Login Screen

  • did somebody tried this for 13.10 ? – rɑːdʒɑ Nov 30 '13 at 10:50
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    for Ubuntu 14.04 refer here – Ravan Oct 8 '15 at 4:01

Yes, you only need to Install pantheon-greeter and change the LightDM conf file like so:

  • To get pantheon-greeter you'll need to add this PPA, open a terminal and type:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pantheon-greeter elementary-theme fonts-open-sans-elementary fonts-raleway-elementary
  • Then open gedit as root, type gksu gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
  • Change the line greeter-session= to look like this greeter-session=pantheon-greeter
  • Log out
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  • How does it look? – Uri Herrera Feb 17 '13 at 22:52
  • @Uri; I installed the package successfully, but the login screen looks way different from the image above (see here goo.gl/kP9aG). Can I fix it? – Alex Góes Fuhrmann Feb 17 '13 at 23:03
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    Alright, install these packages and log out and check if it looks correctly now: elementary-theme fonts-open-sans fonts-raleway. – Uri Herrera Feb 18 '13 at 0:02
  • I have done what was recommended. I have added greeter-session=pantheon-greeter, but ubuntu is still booting into unity, and not greeter. I have restarted the machine too. Kindly suggest. – Vivek Sharma Aug 24 '13 at 0:39
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable

Everyone is right but! Think it may be better to stay w/ Stable

Also try:


This has bunch of tweaks under System Settings → Personal → Tweaks

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