What is GRUB?
The GRUB (Grand Unified Bootloader) is a bootloader available from the GNU project. A bootloader is very important as it is impossible to start an operating system without it. It is the first program which starts when the program is switched on. The bootloader transfers the control to the operating system kernel.
Default GRUB interface
This is how GRUB looks like by default-
How to customize your GRUB using themes?
Are you bored with the default Ubuntu Grub display? If so, then you can replace it with themes provided for Grub in Gnome Look. On this site, there are many grub themes that you can use to enhance the appearance of Grub on Ubuntu.
How do you install themes on Grub?
You can try these 2 ways:
1. Install manually using the .sh file in the folder in the theme package. Below are the steps to install it!
- Extract the theme file that you downloaded and open the terminal. In the extracted file, there is a filenamed install.sh. The examples are those in the vimix-2k folder as shown below!.
|Install Vimix Grub Themes On Ubuntu and Ubuntu based distros|
- I assume that in the vimix-2k folder there is an install.sh file, and you have changed the directory to that folder using the terminal as before. Next, please execute the file using the sudo ./install.sh command in the vimix-2k folder. If successful, the display will look like the picture above!.
How to Install GRUB CUSTOMIZER:
- Just goto Software Manager and search GRUB
- Install GRUB Customizer
#2 For other Ubuntu based distros
Step 1: Open the Terminal application
Open your Ubuntu command line, the Terminal, either through the system Dash or the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut.
Step 2: Add Grub Customizer PPA repository to your system
Enter the following command in order to add the Grub Customizer PPA repository to your system. This will help you in installing the required software, and also enable your system to fetch upgrades and updates from the added repository in the future.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
Tip: Instead of typing the command, you can copy it from here and paste in the Terminal by using the Ctrl+Shift+V, or by using the Paste option from the right-click menu.
Please note that only an authorized user can add, remove and configure software on Ubuntu. Enter the password for sudo, after which the PPA repository will be added to your system.
Step 3: Upgrade your system’s Repository Index
The next step is to update your system’s repository index through the following command:
$ sudo apt-get update
This helps you in installing the latest available version of a software from the Internet.
Step 4: Install Grub Customizer
Now that you are done with all the prerequisites required to install the Grub Customizer, use the following command as sudo in order to install it on your system:
$ sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
The system will prompt you with a Y/n option to proceed with the installation procedure. Enter Y to continue after which the software will be installed on your system.
Step 5: Verify Grub Customizer Installation
After you have installed the Grub Customizer, you can use one of the following two options to ensure that it is indeed installed on your system:
$ grub-customizer --version
$ grub-customizer -v
- Please extract the theme and copy the theme file into the directory /boot/grub/themes (must enter the root).
- Open Grub Customizer (requires authentication).
- Select the Appearance Settings menu. And on the Theme menu, select the theme that you moved to the /boot/grub/themes directory.
- Save and reboot. If successful, the appearance of the grub theme will change as you wish!.
After theme installation-
This is how GRUB Customizer looks like after installation of theme-