FreeBSD: Where Is xorg.conf? (+ How To Generate New One)

Written by: Donovan / Last updated: Mar 21, 2022

Looking for xorg.conf in FreeBSD?

Not sure where to find it or how to generate a new configuration file?

Location of xorg.conf in FreeBSD

You can find it here (by default):


You may also find it here:


What if there is no xorg.conf file?

First option you have is to manually created it:

sudo touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf

You’ll have to fill in the details by hand this way.

Another option is to use the Xorg -configure option:

Xorg -configure

This will generate an xorg.conf file for you ( see man page ).

NVIDIA users only

If you have an NVIDIA and have X working already, use:

sudo nvidia-settings

The configuration you save here will generate an xorg.conf file for you (or edit the existing one).

Other useful info

Refer to the X log file in FreeBSD which can offer more info (including the whereabouts of xorg.conf):

cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | more

To do a general, system-wide search for xorg.conf or any other file:

find / -name xorg

This command will do a recursive search starting from / for any file or directory containing xorg.

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