Autologin to text in Debian Jessie

article #756, updated 3373 days ago

First do this:

sudo mkdir -pv /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service.d
sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/getty@tty1.service.d/autologin.conf

This will edit a new file autologin.conf. Here is the text for it:

ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --autologin $username --noclear %I 38400 linux

Make sure you replace “$username” with the username with which you want login to occur.

If, peradventure, you would like X to automatically start up after the above autologin to text, add the following to ~/.profile:

[[ -z $DISPLAY && $XDG_VTNR -eq 1 ]] && exec startx

You will also have to remove the desktop manager which is running, e.g., lightdm.