Enable GNOME Login Sound in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

It seems like one distinct feature missing in Ubuntu 12.04 is the Login Sound. In prior versions of Ubuntu, when you login you will always hear Gnome Login Sound welcoming you. That sound has been the default login sound for Ubuntu for as long as I can remember. However, in Ubuntu 12.04, it is removed. It doesn’t bother me at all, but if you want to bring it back, then this brief tutorial is going to show you how to restore it.

Without wasting anymore of your time, let’s get going.


  • Turn on Gnome Login Sound in Ubuntu 12.04
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to create a startup program for it.

sudo gedit /etc/xdg/autostart/loginsound.desktop




Finally, copy and paste the lines below into the file and save it.

[Desktop Entry]Name=GNOME Login SoundType=ApplicationExec=/usr/bin/canberra-gtk-play --id="desktop-login" --description="GNOME Login sound"




Restart your computer and listen for the Login sound.


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