Gnome Linux Disable / Turn Off Hardware Beep Sound For Terminal

by on September 6, 2006 · 17 comments· LAST UPDATED June 6, 2009

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This beep sound is annoying under Linux, how do I disable it forever under Debian / Fedora / RHEL / Red Hat / Ubuntu Linux?

There are diffrent methods to disable / turn of beep under Linux (turn off terminal beep). Use any one of the following method as per your requirements.

Ubuntu Linux / Gnome Terminal

a) Open Gnome terminal

b) Click on Settings > Preferences > Silence Terminal Bell

Alternatively, Click on General Tab -> General -> Un-Check Terminal bell option

If you are using xterm

Open ~/.xsession file (i.e. /home/you/.xession)
$ cd
$ vi .xession

Append the following line:
xset b off
Save and close the file.

If you are using bash shell

Open you ~/.inputrc file (i.e. /home/you/.inputrc file
$ cd
$ vi .inputrc

Append following line:
set bell-style none

Save and close the file.

If you just want to turn off beep for VIM text editor

Open vim config file ~/.vimrc (i.e. /home/you/.vimrc)
$ cd
$ Vi .vimrc

Append following line
set vb

Save and close the file.

If you are using Ubuntu Linux

a) Click on Applications > Accessories > Terminal
b) Now click on Edit Menu > Current Profile
c) Click on General Tab > General > Remove check box (Terminal bell)

You can also remove the driver, enter:
$ sudo modprobe -r pcspkr
Append the following line to your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist so that beep remains off after the system reboot:
blacklist pcspkr

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Red November 9, 2007 at 4:43 pm

in KDE konsole: Settings> Bell > None
Thanks.

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2 Siraj January 30, 2011 at 8:34 am

In RHEL 5.0 Gnome Terminal:

Edit > Current Profile > (General Tab) Uncheck Terminal Bell

Thanks :)

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3 Martin November 15, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Great tip. Saved me a lot of headaches hehe

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4 Peter February 1, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Thank you for this tip to turn off the terminal beep. I used your bash shell suggestion, which worked perfectly after reboot. Thanks again!

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5 Bethany June 25, 2008 at 2:45 am

I HAVE A CONSTENT BEEPING HOW DO I TURN IT OFF

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6 Mehdi July 22, 2008 at 11:37 am

thanks dude, it saved me and my Co-workers :)
Cheers mate
Mehdi

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7 David October 6, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Thanks.

No need to reboot though. Opening a new terminal is sufficient.

David.

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8 ted December 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

you have some of the names wrong for files and what you do exactly but it got me on the right track. thanks.

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9 nano May 17, 2009 at 7:27 pm

simple, clear and very useful
thanks

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10 AHAPXUCT June 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm

realy THANKS !

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11 Alex June 20, 2009 at 2:18 am

Great!!!

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12 martyn July 4, 2009 at 11:48 am

Great man, with every distro install I need to switch of the beep ….
The last section is also applicable for Fedora 11

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13 Lintz February 13, 2010 at 10:32 pm

setterm -blength 0
should work system wide on most if not even all distro’s

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14 Shrisha August 24, 2010 at 3:26 am

To disbale the annoying beep in the opensuse 11.3 gnome terminal, Select edit > profiles > edit (the default profile) and uncheck the ‘Terminal Bell’ in the General tab.

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15 jagadish May 31, 2011 at 6:24 am

thanks! for bash it worked great after reboot!!!!

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16 Ashwin August 5, 2011 at 10:53 am

Thanks a lot!

The ‘Thang!’ was extremely irritating on GNome shell. I’ve now gotten rid of it.

Thanks

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17 Guest January 8, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Thanks for the info! This is still super useful. especially on a chromebook. Chrome OS has a *very* annoying terminal bell that made it difficult to work and not mute all audio (so as to listen to music).

For those curious, on machines I ssh to from my chromebook, I set both the .inputrc and the .vimrc. AFAIK, there is no way to disable the annoying chrome OS beep directly.

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