I accidentally set it to boot to desktop (gui) instead of boot to console while fiddling with the settings. I don't have a gui installed. Now I cant access the pi over ssh to revert the settings on raspi-config.

Any advice?

  • Do you have physical (keyboard, monitor) access?
    – tobyd
    Jan 12, 2019 at 21:44
  • No, i dont have keyboard, monitor access. Jan 12, 2019 at 22:37

2 Answers 2


Enable ssh by putting a file called ssh (no extension) in the boot partition in the sdcard. Connect via ssh to the raspberry, then use sudo raspi-config to revert the settings.


You can force the RasPi to boot into any systemd target with a kernel parameter. For this you have to pull out the SD Card from your RasPi and modify it on another computer. To cmdline.txt in the boot partition append this:


Then it should boot to the console login. I don't know if this also makes ssh available again but it's worth a try.

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