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logind (part of systemd) emits events when the system is locked or goes into sleep.

These events however, are simple D-Bus events, and don't actually run anything. There are no facilities to easily run anything on these events either (e.g.: a screen locker).

systemd-lock-handler application fills this gap.

When the system is either locked, or about to go into sleep, this service will start the lock.target and sleep.target systemd user targets respectively.

You can then have any of your own services (including screen lockers and other one-shot commands) run when this event is activated.

Note that systemd already has a sleep.target, however, that's a system-level target, and your user-level units can't rely on it. The one included in this package does not conflict, but rather compliments that one.


#On ArchLinux

A package is available in the AUR:

paru -S systemd-lock-handler

#Other platforms

You can manually build and install:

cd systemd-lock-handler
make build
sudo make install


You should service files for anything you intend to intend to run on lock. For example, enabling this service file would run slock:

Description=A simple X screen locker
Requisite=xorg.target  # Optional, non-standard
PartOf=lock.target  # Stop this unit if lock.target is stopped.

# Explicitly run `unlock.target` when locker exits. This stops
# `lock.target`, and other units that are wanted by it.
ExecStopPost=/usr/bin/systemctl --user start unlock.target


You'll also need to enable and start this service:

systemctl --user enable --now systemd-lock-handler.service


Lock your session using loginctl lock-session.

This will mark your session as locked, and start lock.target along with any services that are WantedBy it.


Sleep your device using systemctl suspend.

This will start sleep.target along with any services that are WantedBy it. This will happen before the system is suspended.


systemd-lock-handler is licensed under the ISC licence. See LICENCE for details.