How to set my Raspberry Pi to boot into the GUI?

  • As from my previous question, I asked what the power off button in the corner does. Then somebody said if you boot into the GUI automatically, it will give you some options.

    How do I boot into the GUI at startup?

    Can you expand on which distribution are you using?

    Read this article which explains how to auto login and auto start desktop

  • xxmbabanexx

    xxmbabanexx Correct answer

    7 years ago

    Assuming that you are using Raspbian, it is actually rather simple to do what you ask. Simply open the terminal, and type in the following:

    sudo raspi-config

    The following window should show up

    Config Screen

    Navigate to boot_behaviour and click enter. This should make it so that the GUI interface starts automatically.

    Just a detail: My feeb attempts to switch _back_, from boot-to-gui to boot-to-shell, failed. Maybe I started with an obsolete Raspbian image...

  • If you are using Arch Linux, please install the X11 server. Follow the steps in Archlinux Beginners Guide first. And install your favorite WM.

    1. Add thise lines to your ~/.xinitrc:

      # ~/.xinitrc
      # Executed by startx (run your window manager from here)
      if [ -d /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d ]; then
         for f in /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/*; do
          [ -x "$f" ] && . "$f"
         unset f
      exec openbox-session ## I'm using window manager Openbox (<>)
      #exec awesome
    2. Start X when logging in. Add the following to the bottom of ~/.bash_profile if you use bash. Or ~/.zprofile if you're are using zsh. See more on the Arch Linux Wiki.

      [[ -z $DISPLAY && $XDG_VTNR -eq 1 ]] && exec startx

    Note this works on raspbian as well. xxmbabanexx's answer didn't work for me (I think because I have a `.xinitrc`?), but I added `exec startx` to `~/.profile` and it's working now.

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