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KMSCON - A Linux KMS/DRM based Console Emulator

KMSCON is a terminal-emulator which runs without X or Wayland. It uses Linux Kernel-Mode-Setting (KMS) to display the console on your monitors and therefore can run as a standalone program. The main goal of the project is to replace the in-kernel linux console with a user-space software to be more flexible.

Current State

KMSCON is still under heavy development but ready to be used as linux-console replacement. Simply start kmscon on a VT instead of agetty to test out kmscon. Also see the kmscon(1) man-page for usage information.


If you have questions or want to help developing KMSCON, please contact the maintainer via github or at:

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