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Gnome Linux Disable / Turn Off Hardware Beep Sound For Terminal

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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{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Red November 9, 2007, 4:43 pm

    in KDE konsole: Settings> Bell > None
    Thanks.

    • Siraj January 30, 2011, 8:34 am

      In RHEL 5.0 Gnome Terminal:

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

      Thanks :)

    • toThink February 27, 2016, 12:50 pm

      Thanks , that was very helpful ..

  • Martin November 15, 2007, 4:09 pm

    Great tip. Saved me a lot of headaches hehe

  • Peter February 1, 2008, 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!

  • Bethany June 25, 2008, 2:45 am

    I HAVE A CONSTENT BEEPING HOW DO I TURN IT OFF

  • Mehdi July 22, 2008, 11:37 am

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

  • David October 6, 2008, 8:04 pm

    Thanks.

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

    David.

  • ted December 24, 2008, 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.

  • nano May 17, 2009, 7:27 pm

    simple, clear and very useful
    thanks

  • AHAPXUCT June 17, 2009, 11:17 pm

    realy THANKS !

  • Alex June 20, 2009, 2:18 am

    Great!!!

  • martyn July 4, 2009, 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

  • Lintz February 13, 2010, 10:32 pm

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

  • Shrisha August 24, 2010, 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.

  • jagadish May 31, 2011, 6:24 am

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

  • Ashwin August 5, 2011, 10:53 am

    Thanks a lot!

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

    Thanks

  • Guest January 8, 2014, 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.

  • santosh March 18, 2016, 8:57 am

    Thank you . terminal sound was annoying. your info helped to get rid of this sound

  • Alok Kumar January 5, 2017, 8:23 pm

    Thank You!!! The suggestions were very good. It annoyed me out of my wits to hear to that annoying beep sound and finally silence prevails with this suggestion.

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