Introduction: Beautify Raspberry Pi Login Screen

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The login screen that greets the user can be modified to make it more interesting and colourful. The login sccreen and greeter means the same thing in this instructable.


This instructable will show how to:

  • Change image on greeter
  • Add text messages


Raspberry Pi running Raspbian OS

Raspbian OS is configured to operate in multi-user mode


If your configuration file is incorrectly modified, your Raspberry Pi will not display the login screen and since the no one can login without the greeter/login screen, the Raspberry PI will not function. If this happens, use another machine to rectify any mistake by mounting the Raspberry Pi's SD card onto that machine and correcting the configuration file. This instructable is not for the faint-hearted


Arcticdog’s Kennel blog was of great help to me. It is a good idea to read it.

Step 1: Install XML Editor (Optional)

The greeter configuration file is in XML format. Hence, it is useful to use a XML editor to make changes and will help in avoiding mistakes.

Open terminal emulator on Raspberry Pi

sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install geany

Step 2: Add Text Message to the Greeter/login Screen

Open terminal emulator on Raspberry Pi

make backup of /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui

sudo cp /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui.backup
sudo vi /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui or sudo geany /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui 

Add text to the layout of the greeter. My text message is "STOP. IDENTIFY YOURSELF":

Change the position property of the rest of the child objects.

Read the greeter.ui file and screenshot that I uploaded for further details.

Step 3: Change Image on the Greeter

Open terminal emulator in Raspberry Pi

Copy or download the image file Stop_hand.png to Raspberry Pi:

sudo wget" -O /usr/share/icons/hicolor/64x64/devices/Stop_hand.jpg

Specify the name of the image file in greeter.ui

sudo vi /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui or sudo geany /usr/share/lightdm-gtk-greeter/greeter.ui 

Change "Computer" to name of the new icon without the file extension:


Save the file

Step 4: Test

Reboot the Raspberry Pi

sudo reboot 

Raspberry Pi will display the new look of the greeter/login screen as shown.