Can I Run XORG Server As A Regular User?


Yes, since Debian 9 "Stretch" version of Xorg, it is possible to run the the server as a regular user without being root. This also reduces the risk of privilege escalation via bugs in the X server.

To run XORG Server as a regular user instead of Root.

You will need to fulfill some requirements for it to work:

  • It needs logind and libpam-systemd.
  • The system needs to support Kernel Mode Setting (KMS). Therefore, it may not work in some virtualization environments (e.g. virtualbox) or if the kernel has no driver that supports your graphics card.
  • It needs to run on the virtual console it was started from.
  • Only the gdm3 display manager supports running X as a non-privileged user in stretch. Other display managers will always run X as root. Alternatively, you can also start X manually as a non-root user on a virtual terminal via startx.

NOTE: When run as a regular user, the Xorg log will be available from ~/.local/share/xorg/.


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