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Change GDM3 background of Ubuntu or Pop OS 20.04 and 20.10

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We now support Ubuntu 20.10 and Pop OS 20.04 and 20.10!

This script automates the process of setting an image or color in GNOME Display Manager 3 background which comes by default with Ubuntu or Pop OS versions 20.04 Focal Fossa or 20.10 Groovy Gorilla.


This script wont work with any older version of Ubuntu or Pop OS because they have a different way of dealing with gdm settings.

It also won't work if your system is set to a custom gdm3 theme. You will have to reset to the default configuration of gdm3 before using the script.

This tool was made specifically to work with Ubuntu or Pop OS 20.04 and 20.10 as it now bundles all configuration files inside a .gresource file.

If you are going to set an image file that has spaces in its file name or folders, remember to scape them with backslashes.

GUI version

If you are an experienced linux user and know how to compile programs, you can build my new program that can make this task much easier with a just a few clicks with the mouse.

You just need access its repo at and follow the instructions to have it installed on your system. I even added instructions on how to uninstall it.

It works either Ubuntu or Pop OS.


First, you will need to install libglib2.0-dev-bin with

sudo apt install libglib2.0-dev-bin

Then, you can download the script with the command below:

And set it as an executable with
chmod +x change-gdm-background


Run the script with root privileges such as

sudo ./change-gdm-background /path/to/image

If you see a message

login image sucessfully changed
, then, when you restart gdm or reboot your computer, your gdm background should be covered with the image you selected.

You can restore your original gdm theme any time with

sudo ./change-gdm-background

Change Color

Now you can change that annoying purple color to any color you like. Just type

sudo ./change-gdm-background \#yourhexcode
and voilá, you changed it. Your color hex format should be of six characters like \#407294 or three characters like \#6ac.

Multi-screen support

if you use two or more monitors you may see a streched image through the displays as if they were one screen. This is the default behavior of GDM3 when dealing with multiple displays.

I found a way to configure GDM to work in other modes like mirror or even single display here, avoiding the joining of them.


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