How to Disable Error Report Dialog Pop-up in Ubuntu 18.04

After a fresh installation of Ubuntu desktop, applications run into problem occasionally and error reporting dialog boxes pop-up. By sending the error reports, you can help developers debugging program crashes.


For those who don’t want to see the annoying pop-ups, here’s how to disable Ubuntu Apport error reporting.

1. Open application launcher, search for and launch “terminal”.


2. When terminal opens, run command to edit the configuration file:

sudo apt-get install gksu && gksudo gedit /etc/default/apport

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

3. When the file opens, change the line enable=1 into enable=0 and save it.


That’s it. Enjoy!

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. NOT sudo gedit..!! Alternatively, use sudo nano or sudo vi or gksudo gedit

  2. There is no gksu in Ubuntu 18 anymore. So this needs to be amended. One could do sudo nano as Galen states, but not gksudo. It’s gone for security reasons.

  3. The recommended replacement is the gvfs admin backend, so you would use this in the terminal:
    “`gedit admin:///etc/default/apport“`

  4. You disabled apport with that.
    If you just want to disable whoopsie try:

    # sudo systemctl stop whoopsie