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Graphical console greeter for greetd.

Screenshot of tuigreet

Usage: tuigreet [OPTIONS]

    -h, --help          show this usage information
    -v, --version       print version information
    -c, --cmd COMMAND   command to run
    -s, --sessions DIRS colon-separated list of session paths
    -w, --width WIDTH   width of the main prompt (default: 80)
    -i, --issue         show the host's issue file
    -g, --greeting GREETING
                        show custom text above login prompt
    -t, --time          display the current date and time
        --time-format FORMAT
                        custom strftime format for displaying date and time
    -r, --remember      remember last logged-in username
                        remember last selected session
                        remember last selected session for each user
        --user-menu     allow graphical selection of users from a menu
        --user-menu-min-uid UID
                        minimum UID to display in the user selection menu
        --user-menu-max-uid UID
                        maximum UID to display in the user selection menu
        --asterisks     display asterisks when a secret is typed
        --asterisks-char CHAR
                        character to be used to redact secrets (default: *)
        --window-padding PADDING
                        padding inside the terminal area (default: 0)
        --container-padding PADDING
                        padding inside the main prompt container (default: 1)
        --prompt-padding PADDING
                        padding between prompt rows (default: 1)
        --power-shutdown 'CMD [ARGS]...'
                        command to run to shut down the system
        --power-reboot 'CMD [ARGS]...'
                        command to run to reboot the system
                        do not prefix power commands with setsid


The default configuration tends to be as minimal as possible, visually speaking, only showing the authentication prompts and some minor information in the status bar. You may print your system's /etc/issue at the top of the prompt with --issue and the current date and time with --time (and possibly customize it with --time-format). You may include a custom one-line greeting message instead of /etc/issue with --greeting.

The initial prompt container will be 80 column wide. You may change this with --width in case you need more space (for example, to account for large PAM challenge messages). Please refer to usage information (--help) for more customizaton options. Various padding settings are availble through the *-padding options.

You can instruct tuigreet to remember the last username that successfully opened a session with the --remember option (that way, the username field will be pre-filled). Similarly, the command and session configuration can be retained between runs with the --remember-session option (when using this, the --cmd value is overridden by manual selections). You can also remember the selected session per user with the --remember-user-session flag. In this case, the selected session will only be saved on successful authentication.

You may change the command that will be executed after opening a session by hitting F2 and amending the command. Alternatively, you can list the system-declared sessions (or custom ones) by hitting F3. Power options are available through F12.


From source

Building from source requires an installation of Rust's stable toolchain, including cargo.

$ git clone && cd tuigreet
$ cargo build --release
# mv target/release/tuigreet /usr/local/bin/tuigreet

From AUR

On ArchLinux, tuigreet is available on AUR and is installable through your preferred AUR helper:

$ yay -S greetd-tuigreet

Two more distributions are available: greetd-tuigreet-bin is the precompiled release for the latest tagged release of tuigreet and greetd-tuigreet-git is a rolling release always following the master branch of this repository.

From Gentoo

On Gentoo, tuigreet is available as a package gui-apps/tuigreet:

$ emerge --ask --verbose gui-apps/tuigreet

From NixOS

On NixOS greetd and tuigreet both available via <nixpkgs> main repository. Please refer to the snippet below for the minimal tuigreet configuration:

{ pkgs, ... }:
  services.greetd = {
    enable = true;
    settings = {
      default_session = {
        command = "${pkgs.greetd.tuigreet}/bin/tuigreet --time --cmd sway";
        user = "greeter";

More details

Pre-built binaries

Pre-built binaries of tuigreet for several architectures can be found in the releases section of this repository. The tip prerelease is continuously built and kept in sync with the master branch.


Edit /etc/greetd/config.toml and set the command setting to use tuigreet:

vt = 1

command = "tuigreet --cmd sway"
user = "greeter"

Please refer to greetd's wiki for more information on setting up greetd.


The available sessions are fetched from desktop files in /usr/share/xsessions and /usr/share/wayland-sessions. If you want to provide custom directories, you can set the --sessions arguments with a colon-separated list of directories for tuigreet to fetch session definitions some other place.

Desktop environments

greetd only accepts environment-less commands to be used to start a session. Therefore, if your desktop environment requires either arguments or environment variables, you will need to create a wrapper script and refer to it in an appropriate desktop file.

For example, to run X11 Gnome, you may need to start it through startx and configure your ~/.xinitrc (or an external xinitrc with a wrapper script):

exec gnome-session

To run Wayland Gnome, you would need to create a wrapper script akin to the following:

XDG_SESSION_TYPE=wayland dbus-run-session gnome-session

Then refer to your wrapper script in a custom desktop file (in a directory declared with the -s/--sessions option):

Name=Wayland Gnome

Power management

Two power actions are possible from tuigreet, shutting down (through shutdown -h now) and rebooting (with shutdown -r now) the machine. This requires that those commands be executable by regular users, which is not the case on some distros.

To alleviate this, there are two options that can be used to customize the commands that are run: --power-shutdown and --power-reboot. The provided commands must be non-interactive, meaning they will not be able to print anything or prompt for anything. If you need to use sudo or doas, they will need to be configured to run passwordless for those specific commands.

An example for /etc/greetd/config.toml:

command = "tuigreet --power-shutdown 'sudo systemctl poweroff'"

Note that, by default, all commands are prefixed with setsid to completely detach the command from our TTY. If you would prefer to run the commands as is, or if setsid does not exist on your system, you can use --power-no-setsid.

User menu

Optionally, a user can be selected from a menu instead of typing out their name, with the --user-menu option, this will present all users present in /etc/passwd at the time tuigreet was run, with a UID within the acceptable range. The values for the minimum and maximum UIDs are selected as follows, for each value:

  • A user-provided value, through --user-menu-min-uid or --user-menu-max-uid;
  • Or, the available values for UID_MIN or UID_MAX from /etc/login.defs;
  • Or, hardcoded 1000 for minimum UID and 60000 for maximum UID.

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