LINUX – How to boot in text mode? Command-line or Console via inittab

Have Linux GUI installed but you want to just boot in text mode (Command-line) and not starting the grafic mode interface  ?

Linux Boot Command-Line - Text Mode - Console

Change one line in your “/etc/inittab” file
from:

id:5:initdefault:

to:

id:3:initdefault:

The id number will tell the Linux OS which run-level you want it to start up in:

  • 0 – halt
  • 1 – Single user mode
  • 2 – Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you don’t have networking)
  • 3 – Full multiuser mode
  • 4 – unused
  • 5 – X11
  • 6 – Reboot
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