Configuring Face Unlock in Ubuntu | Howdy

With the growth of AI and Machine Learning, the power of face recognition is increasing day by day. It has a lot of applications one of which is face authentication. So, to configure face unlock in ubuntu we will use howdy which provides Windows Hello™ style authentication for Linux. It is open-source, written in python and currently available for Debian/Ubuntu, Arch Linux, and Fedora.

Installation Steps

Step 1: To install Howdy we need to add required PPA for Howdy

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:boltgolt/howdy

Type this command and press Enter


Step 2: After installing PPA it’s good to update and upgrade system.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


Step 3: Now installing howdy

$ sudo apt install howdy


While unpacking it will ask for trying camera press “y” and enter


Step 4: To configure howdy, add your face, so howdy can recognize your face.

$ sudo howdy add


To see more configure options:

$ howdy


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