I want to disable the startup sound effects that play when the login greeter appears after booting Ubuntu 15.10. How can this be done?


With one command in your terminal, disable with

gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter play-ready-sound "false"

and/or enable with

gsettings set com.canonical.unity-greeter play-ready-sound "true"

Or install dconf-editor

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

and run


Navigate to


in the left pane. In the right pane you will see play-ready-sound

and you could do the same in a GUI.

  • Although gsettings command worked (I was able to set from true to false), nothing changed. I'm on Ubuntu 17.04. Can it be the cause? After a restart, the drum roll still there. Should the command be run with a special user? If yes, how? – Alexandre Schmidt Jun 23 '17 at 20:43

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