I'm a Spanish student. I need to know if it's possible to uninstall the GUI meaning, make the system start and work only with the terminal, like a server. I need it for an exam in my high school tomorrow. So, if someone knows how to do it, please help me. Thank you!

Dont worry, I'm using a virtual machine LOL Thank you I'm going to try it.

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If You Need a Server OS

It is possible to fully uninstall the GUI from the Terminal, but please be aware the elementary OS is not a server-targeted OS. If you need a server OS, I recommend Ubuntu Server. You'll get the same Debian/Ubuntu underpinnings tailored to a server environment. This is much better than trying to work backwards from a desktop-focused OS.

If You Need a TTY Temporarily

If you just need to access a full-screen Terminal without any GUI, you can switch to another TTY with the keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt/option+Fn where n is a number 1-6.

If You Really Are Sure You Want to Uninstall The GUI (Don't Do This)

Please be sure you really really really want to do this. This is probably a bad idea. It might be hard to recover. If you're 100% sure, open up a Terminal and enter the following:

sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg

That should uninstall the X server (the thing that lets us display graphics). Please don't do this unless you are 100% sure this is what you want.

  • Dont worry, I'm using a virtual machine LOL Thank you I'm going to try it. Feb 1, 2016 at 18:28

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