Ubuntu – How to access GUI from TTY mode


I am using Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit. I am using terminal mode to test a Window Manager.

I know I can use Ctrl+Alt+F1 to go to terminal mode from the GUI mode. But there is still graphical desktop running in background.

Is there a command to move from CLI to GUI mode so that I can access that GUI?

Best Answer

  • You can either:

    press ctrl+alt+F7 *


    run the command startx

    * From the 17.10 Release Notes:

    • GDM has replaced LightDM as the default display manager. The login screen now uses virtual terminal 1 instead of virtual terminal 7.

    Also see Why is my GDM at a different TTY than my desktop environment? for more about the origin of this change.