Install GDM Settings in Ubuntu 24.04 | 22.04 to Configure Login Screen

Last updated: May 6, 2024 — 4 Comments

This simple tutorial shows how to install GDM Settings tool to configure the Gnome Login Screen in Ubuntu 22.04 and Ubuntu 24.04 LTS.

GDM Settings, aka Login Screen Manager, is a graphical configuration tool for GNOME Login Screen. With it, user can easily configure following things for the login screen:

  • Background image or color.
  • Theme, icons, and cursor.
  • font and scaling factor.
  • top bar text color and background color.
  • Mouse and touchpad settings.
  • Disable user list.
  • Sound, night light, logo, etc.

The tool is keeping updated. At the moment of writing, the latest version is 4.3. And, it provides official packages through both Flatpak and AppImage packages.

However, latest releases packages often do NOT work properly or even refuse to launch in old Ubuntu 22.04, probably due to using latest GNOME run-time, while 22.04 sticks to Gnome 42.

In my test, the last version that is working good in Ubuntu 22.04 is GDM settings 2.0. You can try it by downloading the AppImage, however it does NOT build into native .deb package due to minimum requirement of LibAdwaita 1.2. For choice, I built the 1.0 version that is working good with Ubuntu 22.04’s native GTK4 and LibAdwaita libraries.

Install GDM Settings via PPA in Ubuntu

For Ubuntu 24.04, version 4.3 is already made into system repository. Simply press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and run command to install it:

sudo apt install gdm-settings libglib2.0-dev-bin

NOTE: the run time library libglib2.0-dev-bin is required, or the app won’t work! And run sudo apt update to refresh cache if package not found.

For Ubuntu 22.04 and Ubuntu 23.10, I’ve built GDM Settings into this unofficial PPA for users who prefer apps in native .deb format.

To install it, simply press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. Then, run the commands below one by one.

  • First, add the PPA by running command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gdm-settings

  • Then, install the login manger settings via command:
    sudo apt install gdm-settings

For choice, you may also download & install the deb package directly from the link below (22.04 only):

After installation, search for and launch it from ‘Activities’ overview screen and enjoy!


NOTE: Changing GDM background might break login screen and run into “Oh no! Something has gone wrong.” issue. Use the tool as your own risk, or see Step 5 in this tutorial if you’ve already run into problem.

Uninstall

To remove the tool, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove gdm-settings

Also, remove the Ubuntu PPA by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/gdm-settings

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4 responses to Install GDM Settings in Ubuntu 24.04 | 22.04 to Configure Login Screen

  1. Thank you

  2. is anyone else having issues with this working on Ubuntu 24.04?
    It says “applied” but nothing happens!
    Am using 4.3 Flatpaks.

    • Thanks for your feedback. The PPA so far does NOT include the package for Ubuntu 24.04. The apt install command will install the one from Ubuntu system repository.

      However, the package misses a run-time library libglib2.0-dev-bin. So, just open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

      sudo apt install libglib2.0-dev-bin

      After that, re-launch the app and try again.

      • Thank you brother that worked!
        I was starting feel like a Microsoft lab rat again.
        How did you know about libglib2.0-dev-bin being needed?
        Was getting sick of that ugly default login screen background.
        So much so that I was contemplating going back to 22.04.
        Now we can truly start customizing and personalizing our machines!

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