How to Install and Autostart XScreenSaver on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10
XScreensaver is a screen saver and locker for X11. This tutorial shows you how to install XScreenSaver on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10 and how to autostart it at boot time.
Install XScreenSaver from Ubuntu Repository or PPA
Install xscreensaver from Ubuntu repository with:
sudo apt install xscreensaver
To install the latest version, you can use the following PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hda-me/xscreensaver sudo apt update sudo apt install xscreensaver
To check your XScreenSaver version, execute the following command:
Now you can start XScreenSaver demo program from Unity Dash or your preferred App launcher.
The demo program will ask you to start XScreenSaver daemon. Click OK to start the daemon.
How to Get XScreenSaver Autostart at boot time
Since Ubuntu comes preloaded with
gnome-screensaver, which is a fork of XScreenSaver, we need to remove
gnome-screensaver in order to autostart XScreenSaver at boot time.
sudo apt remove gnome-screensaver
Add a new startup entry like below. Enter
xscreensaver -nosplash in command field.
Reboot your computer and XScreenSaver daemon should be automatically started. When you open XScreenSaver demo program again, it won’t tell you to start the daemon because the daemon has already been started.
Autostart with Systemd service
We can also get XScreenSaver autostart at boot time with Systemd, which is used by Ubuntu since 15.04.
First, execute the following command to create a directory for storing Systemd service file of individual users.
mkdir -p ~/.config/systemd/user/
xscreensaver.service file with nano text editor.
Put the following text into the fie.
[Unit] Description=XScreenSaver [Service] ExecStart=/usr/bin/xscreensaver -nosplash [Install] WantedBy=default.target
Press CTRL+O to save the file. Press CTRL+X to exit out of nano text editor. Finally, enable this service so that XScreenSaver will be automatically started at boot time.
systemctl --user enable xscreensaver
I hope this tutorial helpd you install and autostart XScreenSaver on Ubuntu 16.04/16.10 As always, if you found this post useful, subscribe to our free newsletter or follow us on Google+, Twitter or like our Facebook page.