LightDM GTK Greeter 1.7.1 Released

Progress continues on the development of Xubuntu’s login screen. LightDM GTK Greeter 1.7.1, the second release of the 1.7 development series, adds even more customization options and stability to an already great product.

What’s New?

These new features build on top of what was recently added in 1.7.0.  For more information about that release, please see this post.

New Features

  • The “border-radius” property for the login window and power dialogs is now themeable with CSS.
  • Widgets now support a themed alpha channel for “fake” transparency.
  • A graphical badge, similar to Unity Greeter, now represents sessions.
  • A country-code label now represents languages.

Bugs Fixed

  • LP #1266449: greeter crashes on empty username
  • LP #1264563: switch-to-greeter does not set lock hint
  • LP #1264771: The password entry box is not defined as invisible in the glade definition
  • LP #1267742: Screen artifacts appear after restart and cold boot
  • LP #1270530: The login screen has boxes instead of text when the font is not set

Other Improvements

  • Improved username tooltips
  • Fixed memory leak in clock feature
  • Improved xscreensaver timeout functionality
  • The login button is now the “default” widget
  • Windows can no longer be positioned off-screen


The latest version features Greybird, the default theme in Xubuntu.
1.7.1 introduces the use of session badges and language codes.
The latest version features the popular Numix theme.
The latest version features a WIP theme by Satya.

Download and Installation

The source code for LightDM GTK+ Greeter can be obtained from the downloads page.  Ubuntu users (Quantal through Trusty) can install it from the Stable PPA using the following commands.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lightdm-gtk-greeter-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install lightdm-gtk-greeter

If you find any bugs, please report them on the bugs page.