Activating numlock on bootup

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Early bootup (mkinitcpio)

You can enable numlock right after the kernel boots in the initramfs. This is the only way to ensure numlock is on even during full-disk encryption password entry. Install mkinitcpio-numlockAUR and add the numlock mkinitcpio hook before encrypt in the /etc/mkinitcpio.conf HOOKS array:

HOOKS=(base udev autodetect microcode modconf kms keyboard keymap consolefont numlock block encrypt lvm2 filesystems fsck)

Then regenerate the initramfs for the change to take effect.

An advantage of using this method is that the numlock setting will be replicated in the later boot process, and new virtual consoles will default to having numlock on.

With systemd service

Tip: These steps can be automated by installing the systemd-numlockonttyAUR package and enabling the numLockOnTty service.

First install the numlockx package.

Then create a script to set the numlock on relevant TTYs:


for tty in /dev/tty{1..6}
    /usr/bin/setleds -D +num < "$tty";

Once the script is created, you will need to make it executable. Otherwise the script cannot run.

Then create and enable a systemd service:




Extending getty@.service

This is simpler than using a separate service and does not hardcode the number of VTs in a script. Create a drop-in snippet for getty@.service which are applied on top of the original unit:

ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c 'setleds -D +num < /dev/%I'
Note: If you experience any problems, try replacing ExecStartPre with ExecStartPost, and/or disabling the hint as described below.

To disable the numlock activation hint displaying on the login screen, edit getty@tty1.service and add --nohints to agetty options:

ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty '-p -- \\u' --nohints --noclear %I $TERM

Bash alternative

Add setleds -D +num to ~/.bash_profile. Note that, unlike the other methods, this will not take effect until after you log in.

Various methods are available.


Install the numlockx package and add it to the xinitrc file before any exec statement:

numlockx &
exec window manager


By default, MATE saves the last state on logout and restores it during the next login. To enable numlock on every login, you must change the following dconf properties:

$ dconf write org.mate.peripherals-keyboard remember-numlock-state false
$ dconf write org.mate.peripherals-keyboard numlock-state 'on'

KDE Plasma

Go to System Settings > Input & Output > Keyboard, in the Hardware tab, in the NumLock on Plasma Startup section, choose the desired NumLock behavior.

For this to work, make sure that System Settings > System > Session > Background Services > Keyboard Daemon is enabled.


Note: GDM does not execute scripts in /etc/gdm/Init anymore.

Make sure that you have numlockx installed then add the following code to ~/.xprofile:

if [ -x /usr/bin/numlockx ]; then
      /usr/bin/numlockx on


Run the following command:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.keyboard numlock-state true

In order to remember last state of numlock key (whether you disabled or enabled), use:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.keyboard remember-numlock-state true

Alternatively, you can use add numlockx on (from numlockx) to a startup script or ~/.profile.


In the file ~/.config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/keyboards.xml, make sure the following values are set to true:

<property name="Numlock" type="bool" value="true"/>
<property name="RestoreNumlock" type="bool" value="true"/>
Note: If the file does not exist then open Settings > Keyboard, then check and uncheck the Restore num lock state on startup. This will create the keyboards.xml file.


In the file /etc/sddm.conf, under the [General] section, set Numlock value to on :



In the file /etc/slim.conf, find the line and uncomment it (remove the #):

numlock             on


In the autostart file, add:

numlockx &


See LightDM#NumLock on by default.


Set the option in lxdm.conf:



Set the option in ~/.config/lxqt/session.conf:




See Sway#Initially enable CapsLock/NumLock.


Set the option in ~/.config/hypr/hyprland.conf:

input {
  numlock_by_default = true