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==Overview==
{{tip|if you are only using one desktop environment, then why not choose the appropriate display manager to go with it?}}
 
'''Display Managers''' are used to provide login screens, and therefore serve as protective security barriers to prevent unauthorised access to your system. They are also referred to as ''Login Managers''. As with different desktop environments, different display managers will require different system resources to run, and will provide their own unique styles, interfaces, and features. Commonly shared features - particularly in respect to the selection of display managers listed below - include customisation/theming, automatic login, and the selection of multiple desktop environments.
 
{{note|If using Plymouth, please be sure to read the section on Plymouth before following the below instructions}}
==GDM==
=GDM={||-| [[File:Gdm2019-1.png|thumb|left|375px|Gnome display manager]]|| '''[httphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME_Display_Manager GDM]''' - the '''G'''nome '''D'''isplay '''M'''anager - is designed for use with Gnome 3. It supports theming, automatic login, and the automatic detection and use of multiple desktop environments. Specifically for those using Gnome 3. GDM is typically only paired with a Gnome Desktop Environment because GDM depends on a large amount of the Gnome desktop as dependencies.
GDM can be installed by entering the following command:
{{UserCmd|command=pamac install gdm}}
To enable GDM as your default display manager use the command:
{{UserCmd|command=systemctl enable gdm.service --force}}
To install the Manjaro specific theming for GDM you can use the command:
{{UserCmd|command=pamac install manjaro-gdm-theme}}If Using Plymouth the service to enable is<br clear{{UserCmd|command="all" />systemctl eanble gdm-plymouth.service --force}} =LXDM=[[File:lxdm.png|thumb|left|375px]]}
==LXDM=={||-| [[File:lxdm.png|thumb|left|375px|LXDM display manager]] || '''[http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXDM LXDM]''' - the '''L'''ightweight '''X'''-Windows '''D'''isplay '''M'''anager - is designed for use with any desktop environment. It supports theming, automatic login, easy selection of multiple languages, and the automatic detection and use of multiple desktop environments.
To install LXDM, enter the command:
{{UserCmd|command=pamac install lxdm}}
To enable LXDM as your default display manager use the command:
{{UserCmd|command=sudo systemctl enable lxdm.service --force}}If using Plymouth the service to enable is<br clear{{UserCmd|command="all" /> =SDDM= [[File:Sddm2019systemctl eanble lxdm-1plymouth.png|thumb|leftservice --force}}|375px]]}
==SDDM==
{||-| [[File:Sddm2019-1.png|thumb|left|375px|SDDM display manager]] || [https://github.com/sddm/sddm SDDM] is a relatively new and lightweight QML-based display manager with minimal dependencies for use with any desktop environment. It supports theming, automatic login, and the automatic detection and use of multiple desktop environments.
To install SDDM, enter the command:
  {{UserCmd|command=pamac install sddm}}
To enable SDDM enter the command:
{{UserCmd|command=sudo systemctl enable sddm.service --force}}If using Plymouth the service to enable is<br clear{{UserCmd|command="all" />systemctl eanble sddm-plymouth.service --force}}|}==LightDM=={||-| [[File:Lightdm2019-1.png|thumb|left|375px|Lightdm display manager]]|| [https://github.com/CanonicalLtd/lightdm LightDM] is a light display manager with minimal dependencies.  ==Installing LightDM== LightDM can be installed with: pamac install lightdm
To install LightDM, enter the command:
{{UserCmd|command=pamac install lightdm}}
To enable LightDM as the default display manager use:
{{UserCmd|command=sudo systemctl enable lightdm.service --force}}If using Plymouth the service to enable is {{UserCmd|command==Installing a Greeter== With LightDM, you also will need to install and configure a greeter. If you don't install a greeter, it won't work. There are a lot of greeters for LightDM. We will cover two of the greeters most commonly used by Manjaro editionssystemctl eanble lightdm-plymouth.service --force}}
With LightDM, you also will need to install and configure a greeter. If you don't install a greeter, it won't work. There are a lot of greeters for LightDM. We will cover two of the greeters most commonly used by Manjaro editions.
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==Lightdm Greeters=====Slick Greeter====
Install the greeter and the configuration tool:
{{UserCmd|command=pamac install lightdm-slick-greeter lightdm-settings}}
Edit the file '''/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf'''. For instructions on how to edit a file owned by root see [[Viewing_and_editing_configuration_files|this guide]].
Locate the section '''[Seat:*]'''. Within that section locate the line containing '''greeter-session=''' and replace the entire line with
{{File|file=/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf|content=<pre>[Seat:*]....greeter-session=lightdm-slick-greeter...</pre>}}
The slick-greeter ships with a working configuration file but you can optionally run the "Login Window"(lightdm-settings) application and customize the greeter in many ways.
 ====GTK Greeter====
Install the greeter and the configuration tool:
{{UserCmd|command=pamac install lightdm-gtk-greeter lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings}}
Edit the file '''/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf'''. For instructions on how to edit a file owned by root see [[Viewing_and_editing_configuration_files|this guide]].
Locate the section '''[Seat:*]'''. Within that section locate the line containing '''greeter-session=''' and replace the entire line with
{{File|file=/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf|content=<pre>[Seat:*]....greeter-session=lightdm-gtk-greeter....</pre>}}
The gtk greeter ships with a working configuration file but you can optionally run the "LightDM GTK+ Greeter Settings"(lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings) application and customize the greeter in many ways.
==Entrance==
<br clear="all" /> =Entrance={||-| [[File:Entrance_Actions_wiki.png|thumb|left|375px|Entrance display manager]]  || [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrance_(display_manager) Entrance] is a configurable DM designed for the Enlightenment desktop environment which allows selection of multiple themes, icons, and the enabling of virtual keyboards. The default installation offers a wallpaper with randomly displayed icons for each user account, although a fixed icon can be specified and custom icons compiled and added. When multiple Entrance themes are installed it is possible to have a default theme displayed on startup and individual themes that appear for each user as they begin login.
Entrance is available in the [[Arch_User_Repository|Arch User Repository (AUR)]] and may be installed using the following command:
{{UserCmd|command=pamac build entrance-git}}
To enable Entrance as the default display manager run the command:
{{UserCmd|command=sudo systemctl enable entrance.service --force}} <br clear="all" /> =Plymouth= Manjaro no longer ships with Plymouth but for those using Plymouth you should enable the Plymouth specific services instead of the services mentioned above. Specifically, these are: gdm-plymouth.service lightdm-plymouth.service lxdm-plymouth.service sddm-plymouth.service|}
==See Also==
* [[Installation_Guides|Installation Guides]]
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