Permanently Set Display Resolution in RHEL 8

Red Hat Linux Enterprise 8 has been in the market for quite a time now and if you are also facing a problem with setting the display resolution persistently in GUI, then this is the article for you. In this tutorial, we will learn how to set display resolution permanently in RHEL 8 (Red Hat Linux Enterprise 8).

It is a simple process and only requires a few steps, which involves first setting your display to the desired resolution and then copying its file. Please note that this solution is only for the people who are having a problem keeping their display resolution on RHEL 8. It might and might not work for you.


Display Resolution


Steps to Set Display Resolution in RHEL 8 Permanently


1. Login to your RHEL 8 machine and right-click to get “Display Settings“. Then under “Displays” change the resolution to the desired one.

By default, you must be seeing 800×600.


RHEL 8 Display Settings

RHEL 8 Display Resolution


2. Now after following step 1, a file will be created i.e. ~/.config/monitors.xml. You have to copy this file to /var/lib/gdm/.config/ directory. This will display same resolution after reboot.

This file contains all the settings for the monitor and resolution and looks like below.

[root@rhel8 ~]# ls -lh ~/.config/monitors.xml
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 560 Apr 30 10:57 /root/.config/monitors.xml

# cat ~/.config/monitors.xml
<monitors version="2">
[root@rhel8 ~]# ls -lh /var/lib/gdm/.config/
total 0
drwxr-xr-x. 2 gdm gdm  18 Sep 27  2019 dconf
drwx------. 3 gdm gdm  27 Sep 27  2019 gnome-session
drwx------. 3 gdm gdm  17 Sep 27  2019 ibus
drwx------. 2 gdm gdm 263 Sep 27  2019 pulse

[root@rhel8 ~]# cp ~/.config/monitors.xml /var/lib/gdm/.config/
[root@rhel8 ~]# reboot




Special Note About Display Resolution


If you are running your RHEL 8 machine/server in a VMWare Workstation, please also consider checking “Display Scaling” in virtual machine settings.


VMWare Display Scaling settings


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