Upon boot, NOOBS GUI only stays onscreen for approximately 15 seconds, and then the Command Line Interface appears.

How do I get back to the GUI, and how do I prevent the system from going to the CLI in the future?

Thanks for any help!

  • With startx. And you can add this to your .bash_profile to autologin to X on startup (as per wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xinit#Autostart_X_at_login) Or by installing a displaymanager like LightDM
    – Swedgin
    Jun 8, 2020 at 14:30
  • Thank you. startx did indeed get me back to the GUI, and it seems to be staying there and not reverting to the CLI. I do not understand why I have to do this extra step now. Previously the system would boot straight to the GUI and stay there. (???)
    – mwolfod
    Jun 8, 2020 at 21:44
  • I have no idea honestly. Did you remove/change some dotfiles in your home folder or tinkered with config.txt?
    – Swedgin
    Jun 9, 2020 at 8:27
  • No sir. I am a NOOB just like the software, so I don't even know how to access those files. It must have happened during a recent power loss, I guess (???)
    – mwolfod
    Jun 9, 2020 at 14:47
  • ls -al shows you all your files in current directory (the ones starting with a dot are hidden files (aka dotfiles)). It could be that something got corrupted if you didn't turn it off correctly (Yey sd-cards :D). Try reflashing and see if it persists.
    – Swedgin
    Jun 9, 2020 at 14:58

1 Answer 1


The command is



xorg start 

But my suggestion is you change the config.txt and startup settings for this to avoid this hassle.

  • Thanks fellas for the continued support. It is very helpful for a Linux Noob, using NOOB.
    – mwolfod
    Jun 11, 2020 at 1:18
  • @mwolfod Then please select the answer and end this topic please. Thank you. Jun 11, 2020 at 9:07
  • Ok. Done. I didn't know the proper protocol on this Forum. Thank you and thanks to all.
    – mwolfod
    Jun 12, 2020 at 2:18

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