how to change text-console resolution

Matthew Seaman matthew at
Sun Dec 23 18:09:06 UTC 2018

On 23/12/2018 13:19, Mayuresh Kathe wrote:
> is there any way to change the resolution of a regular text console? i
> am not referring to x11/xorg here, just the pure-text tty console.

See the vidcontrol(1) man page:

  vidcontrol -i mode          --- list the supported video modes
  vidcontrol 132x43           --- change to 132 cols by 43 rows

There's many more things about the console you can modify with

Beware however that not all tty consoles are equal and the system may
not be able to do much with what you have.  You may need to load the vga
module into your kernel for best results.

See also 'allscreens_flags' in rc.conf(5) for changing the settings
automatically on boot-up.



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