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?


Type in a terminal:

sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf


sudo mousepad /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

(depending which text editor you want to use)

Add these lines to the file:


You could use e.g. file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/autologin-xubuntu.conf, instead, but then you should make sure settings in another file in that directory or in file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf do not override it.


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 it, and thereafter, if you logout or switch user, you can get back without entering password.

Sources: lightdm/Read.me, Ubuntu Forum, SuperUser

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  • 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. – phil294 Mar 15 '17 at 15:21
  • @Blauhirn that is the system provided configuration; system administrators must not modify that. – jarno Sep 19 '19 at 10:14
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    @Blauhirn see the README – jarno Sep 19 '19 at 10:30

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


and they look like this

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    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 '18 at 7:25
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    Or just create the file /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf – edwardmlyte Oct 5 '18 at 8:53

I'm using xubuntu with GDM so the config file is located below


Find out below lines then uncomment them and fill out your user name

# Enabling automatic login
  AutomaticLoginEnable = true
  AutomaticLogin = YourDesiredAutoLoginUserName
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