Booting Ubuntu 16.04 directly into Console mode

By default Ubuntu will try booting into the graphical user interface, but if no GUI is installed then Ubuntu will boot to a blank screen and require you to press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get to the Console. However, it is possible to get Ubuntu to boot directly into Console mode.

Using Terminal enter the following code

 sudo nano /etc/default/grub 

Using the nano text editor do the following:

  • Comment out the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash”, by adding at the start, this will disable the Ubuntu purple screen.
  • Change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”” to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”text” this makes Ubuntu boot directly into the Console.
  • Uncomment the line #GRUB_TERMINAL=console by removing the # at the beginning.
  • Save and close the file.

Run the following command in Terminal to update the changes just made:

 sudo update-grub 

Now the next time the machine is rebooted it will launch directly into Console mode without having to press Ctrl+Alt+F1.

Source:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/859630/how-to-start-ubuntu-in-console-mode

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