How to set up your own sound on startup in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

As a Linux user, you may be fairly familiar with the drum beat trigger sound that Ubuntu plays when you boot your system. Its purpose is to welcome you and say that the system is ready for use. It also ensures that the audio equipment is installed and working correctly. Initially, the launch of operating systems took so much time that this sound was used to notify people of the need to return to their system, say, after a break to make coffee or a sandwich. It’s also a plus for Ubuntu marketing when the system announces this publicly, hey! I am using Ubuntu.

The sound at startup, however, can become a little annoying when you log in while sitting in a quiet cafe, or when you have to repeatedly boot the system to guarantee any configuration changes. Sometimes we turn up the volume and forget to turn it off; Now, when we reboot the system, a loud start-up signal can disturb people around us. At this stage, we want to turn off these sounds in order to be able to log in without displaying messages.

To meet the needs of users, in the latest versions of almost all operating systems, startup sound is turned off by default.

In this article, we will tell you how to enable or disable the launch sounds, depending on how you want to enter.

Turning on Ubuntu 18.04 Launch Sound

In recent versions of Ubuntu, such as Ubuntu 18.04, system startup sounds are disabled by default. However, you can turn on the sound at startup as follows:

Run Launch applications utility through Ubuntu dash following:

Launch Launcher Applications

Following Application Launch Settings a dialog box appears:

Application Launch Settings Dialog

Press on add and enter the following information in Add launcher dialog:

  • Name: Name the launcher, for example Login Sound
  • Command: paplay /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/desktop-login.ogg
  • A comment: Add a comment about the program you are creating.

Add launcher

Press on add button. Now you can see the newly created program in the list.

Application Launch Settings

click close and reboot your system; Now you can listen to the sound at startup after logging in.

Mute on startup

Here we discuss three ways to mute when starting through Ubuntu:

  • Mute
  • Change application launch settings
  • Replacing sound at startup with a quiet one.

Mute

An easy way to avoid listening to sound at startup is to mute the system by clicking the volume icon in the upper right corner of the Ubuntu screen. When you reboot the system, you will not hear a login sound. This change is temporary because it will not change the configuration of the system volume. You can reactivate the start-up sound by deselecting the mute button.

Mute on startup

Change application launch settings

Run Launch applications utility through Ubuntu dash following:

Application Launch Settings

Following Application Launch Settings a dialog box appears:

Application Launch Settings Dialog

Select Sound program to enter GnomePress on delete button, and then close the dialog box. This will remove the program responsible for playing back the login sound. You will not listen to the login sound the next time you boot Ubuntu.

Note: “Gnome Login Sound Program” is the default launcher that automatically turns on in older versions of Ubuntu. In this article, we created a similar program called “Sound at the entrance”, so we turn it off to get rid of the sound at startup.

Replacing sound at startup with a quiet one.

Ubuntu saves system sound files in .ogg format. If you replace desktop login.ogg file (responsible for playing the start sound) with a new one, it will be played later at startup. If the new file is a file with the extension .ogg, you will not hear a single sound when you enter.

  1. Download a quiet sound file and convert it to .ogg format using any of the programs easily accessible on the Internet. Here we will use silent file.ogg stored in the download directory.
  2. Run the following command in Terminal:
sudo cp ~/Downloads/silent-file.ogg /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/desktop-login.ogg

Now you can use all the reasons to enable or disable the sounds of starting your Ubuntu system. You can turn it on to know when your system is ready to use, turn it off if it annoys you or the people around you for any reason. You can even replace the sound at startup with a more pleasant one, replacing it with any, and not quiet, that we mentioned above.

How to set up your own sound on startup in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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