How can I transform the ugly Elementary OS Freya login screen back into the beautiful Luna login screen. That, for me being picky with design, would put me off using Elementary. I like the Operating System but the new login screen just puts me off.

EDIT: Added images

Current ugly login screen

Current **ugly** login screen

Old beautiful login screen

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  • Do you have some images to know what screens you are referring to?
    – Gabriel
    Jul 4, 2015 at 18:48
  • Added the images
    – TechnoCF
    Jul 4, 2015 at 19:16

2 Answers 2


Unfortunately, there is no way to get the old screen. Both screenshots show pantheon-greeter but in different versions - and it's not possible to install older versions on Freya.

It's sad you'd consider to leave elementary OS because of the new greeter though.

  • That's really annoying- the new one just looks rubbish. If there ever was a way in the future to select the old greeter as an option I may return to Elementary.
    – TechnoCF
    Jul 4, 2015 at 19:19
  • @Tim no, not really. You cannot theme pantheon-greeter. Greeters already are some kind of theme for LightDM. It's possible to write your own greeter or update the pantheon-greeter back from Luna to work with Freya, but there is no easy solution to the problem.
    – embik
    Jul 5, 2015 at 11:17

You would have to download the code to the old greeter and compile it yourself, though I cannot guarantee that it would actually work.

Perhaps, if you are proficient enough with coding, you can fork and update the old greeter to work with newer releases.

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