How do you change the user picture on the login screen?

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at
Wed Nov 13 18:09:21 UTC 2013

On 2013-11-13 18:47, Federico Leoni wrote:
> Gentlemen,
> as far as I understand Aere is asking for a way to change the USER
> IMAGE, not the wallpaper...
> To change the user picture you need to create a file called
> .face
> in jpg format and without any extension then put it on your home
> folder. The image need to be a square one (I use 400x400 pixel). Don't
> forget the dot.
> Png format doesn't work on LightDM but works for GDM. Tested on both
> 13.04 and 13.10. Don't know if there is a gui for this, normally the
> file isn't present on Lubuntu home folder.
> F.
Hi Federico and Aere

Thanks for understanding Aere's request :-) I think you are right about

And I would like to add, that I use png files for transparence with
lightdm. They work in users-admin (I just checked). Maybe some Lubuntu
desktop specific program(s) won't manage png files, for example the
greeter (I don't remember the name of it). The greeter that comes with
standard Ubuntu shows png format .face files (and it uses lightdm).

Best regards

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