How to Install Plymouth System Boot Theme on Ubuntu 20.04

theme plymouth ubuntu

If you want to take a fresh look at the Ubuntu boot screen, just install the new plymouth themes in the /usr/share/plymouth/themes directory. But not all topics can be set in this way.

In this instruction, I will try to help avoid some errors when replacing the standard system boot theme with a custom one.

Install a new boot screen in Ubuntu

Some users do not really like the standard download theme, so they look for alternatives and install third-party themes.

To change Boot Splash Screen in Ubuntu, you first need to select a new theme from gnome-look.org.

Plymouth Themes gnome-look

Download your favorite theme from the link above, unzip it and copy it to the /usr/share/plymouth/themes directory, for example from the terminal

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sudo cp -r darwin /usr/share/plymouth/themes/

Now in the terminal, install the new Plymouth theme as the default theme using the command below.

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /usr/share/plymouth/themes/darwin/darwin.plymouth 100

You need to replace “darwin/darwin.plymouth” with the original path and file name of your theme.

Then run the following command

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

plymoutn theme ubuntu

And change the default theme to yours (in my case it’s number 2) by entering the theme number

And the last one. For the changes to take effect, you need another team

sudo update-initramfs -u

After that, restart the Ubuntu system to check the new boot screen.

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Top Plymouth themes

Now that you know how to install and change the Plymouth theme, let’s take a look at some of the ones on the gnome-look website

Windows Download Theme for Linux

windows plymouth theme

Download the following link

Windows Plymouth Theme

After downloading, unzip it, but do not rush to install it, first you need to make some adjustments.

Open a terminal in the theme directory, and enter the following command

sudo nano win10.plymouth

plymouth windows

And change the path from “/lib/” to “/usr/share/” to get like this

ImageDir=/usr/share/plymouth/themes/win10
ScriptFile=/usr/share/plymouth/themes/win10/win10.script

Save the file using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + O”, and close “Ctrl + X”

Now you can do the steps described above, and the topic will work fine.

Fallout Theme

Download Fallout Theme

theme fallout playmouth

This topic also does not need to rush to install. Unzip it and go inside the theme folder.

Open a terminal inside this folder, and run the installation script

sudo ./install.sh

Everything, nothing more is required.

You can set all other topics that will be presented in the standard way presented at the very beginning of the article.

Mint-Galaxy Theme

theme mint galaxy plymouth

Download Mint-Galaxy Theme

Kali Theme

kali plymouth

Download Kali Theme

Dandelion Theme

dandelion plymouth

Download Dandelion Theme

Empire Start Theme

empire start plymouth

Download Empire Start Theme

Caledonia Tux Theme

caledonia plymouth

Download theme Caledonia Tux

That’s all. In this article, you learned to change the Plymouth theme, and solve some problems with installing themes.

I hope the article was useful, and if you have any questions, you can ask in the comments below.

What theme do you use to boot the system?

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