Ubuntu 14.04 Quick Tip: Hide Grub Boot Menu While Booting

Last updated: June 28, 2014

Ubuntu 14.04 hide grub menu

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to get rid of (hide) the annoying Grub boot menu while booting up Ubuntu and make it directly go to the login screen.

If you just have a single Ubuntu installed on your computer, Grub bootloader is hidden by default and you can press and hold Shift key to show the menu while booting.

If you have more that one kernel on your system, Grub menu keeps showing up on booting and you can follow below steps to hide it again.

Method 1: Edit the config file.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, paste below command and run to edit the grub config file:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

You’ll be asked to type in user password. Type in mind and finally hit enter (terminal won’t display your password).

When the file opens, remove “#” before “GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0” and set “GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true”. So it looks like:


GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=”`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`”

Save the file and apply the changes by running below command:

sudo update-grub

Method 2: Use graphical tool grub-customizer:

Grub Customizer is a graphical interface to configure the GRUB2/BURG settings and menu entries. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands one by one to install it from developer’s PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer 

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

Open the app and do below changes:

  1. Switch to General settings.
  2. un-check the boxes which say “show menu” and “look for other operating systems.”
  3. Click refresh button.
  4. Click Save button.


That’s it. Enjoy!


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One response to Ubuntu 14.04 Quick Tip: Hide Grub Boot Menu While Booting

  1. dishant vaghela March 6, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    your software works fine twice (i.e. does not show grub menu while two attempts of booting), on third attempt of booting the grub menu shows up, again it works twice and on third time grub menu shows up, this cycle goes on, so it seems that your software is not completely working. Are there any suggestions from your side?