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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How To Change Splash Screen in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10

You may be searching for hours or even days like myself on how to customize your boot splash on your newly installed Ubuntu because you want to have a personalized system.

If you don't like this:

Then we'll make a new one that you would be happy with.

The new Ubuntu uses Plymouth for its splash screen so it is not that simple to change unlike the previous releases.

Here is a simple way to do that thanks to the different forum and blog posts I've read while searching on how to change the splash screen on my Ubuntu 10.04 install.

First, if you only see a blank screen when your Ubuntu boots type this in a terminal:

echo FRAMEBUFFER=y | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash

sudo update-initramfs -u

This will activate your splash screen.
Thanks to this thread:

Now to change the image to the one of your liking:

In terminal type:

sudo mkdir /lib/plymouth/themes/simple
(This will create a folder labeled simple inside plymouth.)

sudo gedit /lib/plymouth/themes/simple/simple.script

Then copy and paste this:
simple_image = Image("simple.png");

screen_ratio = Window.GetHeight() / Window.GetWidth();
simple_image_ratio = simple_image.GetHeight() / simple_image.GetWidth();

if (screen_ratio < simple_image_ratio)
     scale_factor =  Window.GetHeight() / simple_image.GetHeight();
     scale_factor =  Window.GetWidth() / simple_image.GetWidth();

scaled_simple_image = simple_image.Scale(simple_image.GetWidth()  * scale_factor,
                                         simple_image.GetHeight() * scale_factor);
simple_sprite = Sprite(scaled_simple_image); 

simple_sprite.SetX(Window.GetWidth()  / 2 - scaled_simple_image.GetWidth () / 2); 
simple_sprite.SetY(Window.GetHeight() / 2 - scaled_simple_image.GetHeight() / 2);
Save and exit.

Next type in terminal:

sudo gedit /lib/plymouth/themes/simple/simple.plymouth

Then copy and paste this:

[Plymouth Theme]
Description=Personalized theme


Save and exit.

Then, in terminal type:

sudo nautilus
type your password

Navigate to File System>lib>plymouth>themes>simple

Copy and paste the picture you want to be on the splash screen.  Rename that picture to simple.png.

Now back in terminal:

sudo update-alternatives --install /lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/simple/simple.plymouth 100

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

choose simple.plymouth.

Still in terminal type:
sudo update-initramfs -u

Reboot and you will see your new splash screen.

For an in-depth tutorial on how to customize plymouth read this blog:
 Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


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Unknown said...

Cool .. it taught me the way to play with splash screen ..ThnQ

Anonymous said...

great tutorial. Just 2 things.
When pasting the image you need to change the directory in nautilus first.
Secondly, in simple.script replace &gt; with >

Me said...

duly noted. thanks

dredmal said...

I followed all of the instructions but nothing changed. I did a full shutdown of the computer just in case and double checked my steps. I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 though. Any help?

shakya said...

Thank you for this post.This worked for me ubuntu natty.:)

Unknown said...

Thanks for this post

cmcanulty said...

didn't do anything for me I am running Ubuntu 12.04 classic and still get a debian splash screen

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