I was curious as to if there is a way to disable the user list on the login screen on Ubuntu 15.10, thus making it so that any user would have to enter their username as well as their password to log in.

I have already modified /etc/lightdm/users.conf by adding...


... and restarting the computer, but I am only prompted for my password, and my user name is already selected. With that, I also have the ability to use a guest session, even though that shouldn't be allowed with the code above. Any help would be much appreciated.


Create a folder in the /etc/lightdm/ folder called lightdm.conf.d:

sudo mkdir -p /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d

Next, create a file and call it 10-ubuntu.conf:

sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/10-ubuntu.conf

and add the following lines to it:


For 16.04 or newer:


Change the line user-session= to whatever desktop you are using, like if you are using Xubuntu, change it to user-session=xubuntu.

After these lines are added, reboot host, and you should see login instead of the user list:

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https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LightDM shows information about LightDM and that the file user.conf can be ignored if accountservice is running on the host.

Hope this helps!

  • That file doesn't exist in Ubuntu 15.10. The only file or directory under /etc/lightdm/ is users.conf, given by ls. It might be because I have a different distro than you do. – linuxuser Feb 9 '16 at 5:10
  • @MattCiolkosz I am going to set up a 15.10 installation and try it out really fast to see if it will take any configuration files in that folder to do it. – Terrance Feb 9 '16 at 5:17
  • @MattCiolkosz Unfortunately I cannot get 15.10 to install in a VM for me right now. I am running 14.04 anyway. You could create a file like the one I have listed and see if that helps. According to the lightdm link I put in my answer, you can have a file with that information in it. – Terrance Feb 9 '16 at 6:21
  • @MattCiolkosz Edited answer, and I was able to create it in Ubuntu 15.10 and it works great. =) – Terrance Feb 9 '16 at 17:11

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