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Are you bored with the purple boot splash screen in Ubuntu? You can customize the boot splash screen as you wish. After reading this post you will be able to play with your splash screen.

1. Use your favorite Wallpaper to replace the Purple boot splash:

NOTE: 1. Ensure the desktop wallpaper is the correct resolution for your monitor
2. Here there is no animation


Open a terminal by pressing CTRL + ALT + T and type:

sudo mkdir /lib/plymouth/themes/simple

This will create a folder called “simple”.

After that rename your wallpaper as “wallpaper.png”. Now we need to copy the wallpaper to /lib/plymouth/themes/simple.

Open nautilus by typing gksu nautilus in the terminal. Now copy the wallpaper to /lib/plymouth/themes/simple.

Return to the terminal and type:

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

In gedit paste the following:


[Plymouth Theme]


Description=Wallpaper only





Save it and close.

Again type the following in a terminal:


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

In gedit paste the following:

wallpaper_image = Image(“wallpaper.png”);

screen_width = Window.GetWidth();

screen_height = Window.GetHeight();

resized_wallpaper_image = wallpaper_image.Scale(screen_width,screen_height);

wallpaper_sprite = Sprite(resized_wallpaper_image);


Save it and close.

Now type the following in the terminal:


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

Then run the following in a terminal:


sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

and select simple from the list.

To finish the changes type:


sudo update-initramfs -u

That's it. When you reboot you will your wallpaper.

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