3 Cool Ubuntu Plymouth (Boot) Themes : OS X, PAW Ubuntu and PAW Gnome

Ubuntu already have a sleek boot screen. Sometimes you might want to change it to something different. If you are an OS X or a Windows user, you have to put aside your feelings and accept what they give to you. But you are a Linux user… You can do anything you want! So, why can’t we change the boot screen into one of these…?

Ubuntu Plymouth Themes

Today I’m going to show you how to install three simple Plymouth (boot) themes on Ubuntu. You can install most of the other plymouth themes out there in the same way. So, stick with us…

First, Download the Plymouth Themes :

OS X Plymouth Theme

PAW-Ubuntu Plymouth Theme

Ubuntu Gnome Paw Plymouth Theme

Before Installing…

Before installing the themes, we need to make sure they will be displayed correctly. For that…

  • Open the Terminal Ctrl+ALT+T and enter the following commands to create a file called splash in /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/ :
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sudo gedit /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash
  • Next, place the following line in that file and save it :
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FRAMEBUFFER=y
  • Now run the following commands to update the system :
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sudo update-initramfs -u;sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

How To Install OS X and PAW-Ubuntu themes :

  • Navigate to the download directory and unzip the downloaded files :
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cd ~/Downloads/
unzip Paw-OSX.zip
unzip PAW_OS_X_Plymouth_Theme_by_love2spooge.zip
  • Now move the files to the Plymouth Themes directory :
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sudo mv Paw-OSX/ /lib/plymouth/themes
sudo mv Paw-Ubuntu/ /lib/plymouth/themes
  • Next, install the newly added themes :
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sudo update-alternatives --install /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/Paw-OSX/paw-osx.plymouth 100
sudo update-alternatives --install /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/Paw-Ubuntu/paw-ubuntu.plymouth 100
  • After that, you have to select which plymouth theme you need to use. For that, first issue the following command to bring up the default plymouth chooser :
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sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
  • Next, enter the number of the plymouth theme you need to use. In my case, its 1 for OS X theme and 3 for PAW-Ubuntu

Choose Plymouth Theme

  • Finally, enter the following command to update the system :
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sudo update-initramfs -u

How To Install PAW Gnome theme :

Installing this theme is fairly easy. When downloading, you might have noticed that it comes as a .deb file. We just have to install it and select the theme in the plymouth chooser…

  • First, navigate to the download folder and double click on the 158162-plymouth-theme-paw_13.04_all.deb file which you just downloaded and install it
  • After finishing the installation, open the Terminal Ctrl+ALT+T and enter the following command to open the plymouth chooser :
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sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth
  • Next select the number of the /lib/plymouth/themes/paw/paw.plymouth theme. (Refer to the screenshot above. In my case its 4 according to the screenshot)

  • Finally, enter the following command to update the system :

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sudo update-initramfs -u

Enjoyed? These are the two popular methods of plymouth theme installation. You can use these methods to install most of the boot themes out there. There were also GUI apps to do this job but they are outdated. But still, it won’t kill you if you use the Terminal! Common, its better than the GUI apps!

– Special thanks should go to noobslab.com for introducing the OS X splash screen




Pubudu Kodikara

Im a Blogger, Web Developer, Designer, and an inventor :) I like to create new stuff which no one have ever hear of! Im very very curious...


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