How to Enable Hibernate Option on Ubuntu

July 1, 2013


The hibernate option has been dropped from Ubuntu’s shutdown menu since 12.04 Precise. You can re-enable this feature by following the steps below. Tested on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, and 12.04 Precise.

1.) Open a terminal window for running commands. To do it, press Ctrl+Alt+T.

2.) Copy and paste this command into terminal and hit run to create the hibernate configuration file:

sudo gedit /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/hibernate.pkla

3.) Copy and paste following lines into the file and save.

[Enable Hibernate]


Now restart your computer.


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