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Disable Guest Session Account in Ubuntu

How to remove guest session from the login options on ubuntu.

Edited: 2015-02-19 10:23

To disable the guest session account on Ubuntu, the first place one would expect to look, is in the account manegment tool – but for some reason the option is missing – fear not! All you need to do to stop people from using your computer entirely, is to edit the /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf file in you ubuntu installasation.

To edit the lightdm.conf file, simply open a new terminal window and enter the below command:

gksudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Doing this will pompt you for your password to edit the file. After typing your password, you can edit the file. The content of the file should look like below:


Now, to disable the guest option from the login screen, simply place the following somewhere last in the file.


Thee are two ways to make the changes thake effect, either you need to reboot your computer – which is a small inconviance – espicially if your disk is encrypted, and you need to re-enter your encryption key on each reboot – the other way is to restart lightdm by entering the below command

sudo restart lightdm

If you later want to re-enable your guest account, all you need to do is to go through all the above steps, only backwards.