In spite of setting auto-login in the Xubuntu settings (XFCE/System/Users and Groups) I have to login each time when I start up the computer. How can this be changed?

up vote 21 down vote accepted

This worked for me, type in a terminal:

sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/10-xubuntu.conf

or

sudo mousepad /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/10-xubuntu.conf

(depending which text editor you want to use)

Change from:

[SeatDefaults]
user-session=xubuntu

To:

[SeatDefaults]
user-session=xubuntu
autologin-user=YourDesiredAutoLoginUserName

To remove password on resume, right-click the system tray power icon then Preferences. This brings up the XFCE power manager (Alternatively you can navigate to XFCE/Settings/Settings Manager/Power Manager). Click Extended in the left pane. Uncheck Lock screen when going for suspend/hibernate.

The last place is XFCE/System/Users and Groups. If it's set "Password: Asked on login" you can change that but it's really not necessary and this did not work for me.

Source: Ubuntu Forum, SuperUser

  • Mitch's answer down here was what I've tried, but it didn't work. This trick did, thanks! – mTorres Dec 5 '15 at 10:40
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    this configuration can be found @ /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/60-xubuntu.conf today. – Blauhirn Mar 15 '17 at 15:21

Click on Settings --> Users and Groups

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Next to Password, click on Change

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Click on Don't ask for password on login

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  • Thanks a lot for the detailed instructions. Somehow this does not work for me. I checked/unchecked and restarted the system several times, but the login screen would still appear. The solution with editing the 10-xubuntu.conf file worked, though. – Filbuntu Sep 29 '14 at 17:41
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    This only removes the need to type a password - it does not enable automatic login. – Enigma Jul 14 '16 at 15:33

Things appear to have changed a bit since the accepted answer was written. Under Xubuntu 16.04 the settings have moved to

/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

and they look like this

[Seat:*]
autologin-guest=false
autologin-user=gord
autologin-user-timeout=0
  • on xubuntu-installed-lightdm on 18.04, the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf does not exist, but if you just copypaste the code to /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/autologin.conf (or call it whatever you want .conf), that worked for me :) – hanshenrik Sep 14 at 7:25
  • Or just create the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf – edwardmlyte Oct 5 at 8:53

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