[Quick Tip] Hide User List from Ubuntu 19.10 Login Screen


This tutorial is going to show you how to remove the user list from the default GDM login screen in Ubuntu 19.10.

When user list is disabled, you need to type a user name and password to log in.

There is a gsettings key ‘org.gnome.login-screen.disable-user-list‘ to handle this functionality. It is however not working in my case even setting with gdm user privilege in Ubuntu 19.10.

1. Create a gdm profile:

Open terminal from application menu (or press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard). When it opens, run command:

sudo gedit /etc/dconf/profile/gdm

Type user password when it prompts and hit Enter. The command will create and open a file via Gedit text editor.

When the file opens, paste following lines and save it.


2. Write system-wide rules to disable user list

First create gdm.d folder under /etc/dconf/db directory by running command in terminal:

sudo mkdir /etc/dconf/db/gdm.d


Then run command to create and edit the key file:

sudo gedit /etc/dconf/db/gdm.d/00-login-screen

When the file opens, write following lines and save it.

# Disable user list from login screen

3. Finally update the system databases:

Finally apply changes by running command in terminal:

sudo dconf update


About ml

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. Thank you. That still works on Focal Fossa 20.04

  2. how can i just hide one user