How to close GUI and go into pure shell mode


you boot your server in run level 3 or you use CTRL+ALT+F2 go to terminal mode :)

Runlevels Descriptions

  • 0 – halt
  • 1 – Single user mode
  • 2 – Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
  • 3 – Full multiuser mode (terminal mode)
  • 4 – unused
  • 5 – X11 (X mode)
  • 6 – reboot
2016-04-24 12:34:27gstlouis

If you switched TTYs with Ctrl+Alt+F1 you can go back to the one running your X with Ctrl+Alt+F7.

TTY 7 is where Ubuntu keeps the graphical interface running.

Its not scary at all, you can use TTYs to do troubleshooting and other necessary configuration, get a bit familiar with it, login, check it out (it works as the terminal inside graphical Ubuntu) and logoff. You can login to several TTYs without messing your system.

When you want to go back to graphical press Ctrl+Alt+F7.

2016-04-24 12:43:54