I want to start my computer and it should open up to a CLI. I don't want a GUI, no fancy login screen etc.

I need a solution that does not use a minimal ISO because it requires an internet connection. I need an offline installation.

  • @muru i think it's not duplicate. he want solution "Without using minimal ISO because it requires internet connection".
    – ryanw
    Jan 17, 2017 at 7:24
  • @Bharat Middha do you want (boot start into command line and keep GUI installed) or (boot start into command line and remove GUI)? . PS: i mean "gui" here is "desktop environment"
    – ryanw
    Jan 17, 2017 at 7:29
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    I suggest ubuntu server edition. When is fails to acquire an IP address via DHCP, just accept and continue. See also here Jan 17, 2017 at 7:30
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    @ryan Then install as normal and dupe of askubuntu.com/q/16371/158442
    – muru
    Jan 17, 2017 at 7:48
  • @muru Or maybe remove GUI completely? askubuntu.com/questions/147858/…
    – Melebius
    Jan 17, 2017 at 7:52

2 Answers 2


You can install Ubuntu Server. Ubuntu Server 16.10

Just download the ISO file and make a installation USB disk with UltraISO or other tools, and install it on your computer offline.

  • I upvoted your answer because it will work, based on the criteria of the question. In the future, please consider using the comment for your question (Do you mean Ubuntu Server). A proper answer would better be, (Use the Server Install ISO), which doesn't user or install X. X11 can be installed later if needed. Jan 17, 2017 at 8:04
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    @L.D.James This gives a solution and is thus an answer, and it would not have been correct to post it as a comment. (When question-like text in an answer seems to cause genuine confusion, you can edit to rectify the problem.) Furthermore, we have a strong community consensus that even if an answer attempt is incomplete or otherwise flawed, that still doesn't make it an appropriate comment. Before telling someone their answer should've been a comment, I recommend consulting these official guidelines. Jan 17, 2017 at 9:02

You can install Ubuntu 16.04.1+ LTS (up to date 2017-01-15) with mkusb-nox or mkusb-dus in text mode from a compressed image file according to the following link,


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