Change Grub Background Image In Ubuntu 10.10

Linux Whenever you start computer, GRUB presents a menu for user input or automatically transfers control to an operating system kernel. By default the menu background is black but you can change it. This feature is coming from forbear version but the Splash Image capability of GRUB2  is vastly enhanced.

Splash Screen :

The GRUB splash screen is the image you see behind GRUB menu. Splash image selection –

  • .png, .jpeg(8-bit) and .tga images formats can be used.
  • Use images with the RGB color mode.
  • Indexed images will not expose.

To make custom image as splash image see:  Favorite Image As The Grub Background On Ubuntu 10.10


How can you change it :

  • First open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t).
  • To install “splashimage package”, Run
sudo apt-get install grub2-splashimages
  • Open /usr/share/images/grub to see and select image.
  • Now open a grub file “/etc/default/grub” as root and add this code in this.
  • You can replace Glasses_800_edit.tga with your image name.
  • Now to add this information into grub.cfg, Run

Now reboot your system to perceive changes.

Hope this will helpful for you in system customization, for any query or help you can post a comment.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Varinder January 27, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Hi Rahul

I tried step by step to fit the Sexy Bipashabasu’s Foto

It did not worked

Please help


Rahul Dev January 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I have updated article, and you have to see How to make custom splash image


Fernando February 5, 2011 at 11:03 PM

How do I open a grub file “/etc/default/grub” as root?


Rahul Dev February 12, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Use sudo gedit /etc/default/grub


eva March 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

how do i change color of boot text?


Abhishek Prakash April 12, 2012 at 1:44 AM

That was helpful. Thanks


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