How to Install Grub Customizer 5.0.5 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Last updated: April 4, 2016

Grub Customizer

Grub Customizer, a graphical configuration tool for Grub and BURG boot-loader, has recently reached the 5.0.x series with Ubuntu 16.04 support and a few fixes.

Grub Customizer provides a graphical interface to make it easy to:

  • create, move, remove, edit Grub menu entries
  • set default OS
  • show or hide Grub menu and change the time delay.
  • change background image, resolution, fonts, etc.
  • install Grub boot-loader to Windows’ MBR, and more.
Grub Customizer, edit menu entries

Grub Customizer, edit menu entries

Grub Customizer General Settings

Grub Customizer General Settings

grub customizer theme settings

grub customizer theme settings

How to Install Grub-Customizer in Ubuntu 16.04:

This open-source application is available in the developer’s PPA repository for all current Ubuntu releases and their derivatives.

Install Grub Customizer and receive future updates via Software Updater:

1. Open terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T keys. When it opens, paste below command to add PPA:

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

Type in password (no visual feedback when typing password) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Grub Customizer PPA

2. Then update package lists and install the software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

Get Grub-Customizer installer directly from PPA packages page:

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package for your system and click install via Software Center.

Grub Customizer PPA Package Page


(Optional) To remove Grub Customizer, use Synaptic Package Manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove grub-customizer


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12 responses to How to Install Grub Customizer 5.0.5 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

  1. Hello. Great tutorial. My question is, how come when I use the Grub Customizer to put my custom value of 1366x768x24, it doesn’t work on the actual boot up screen? My boot menu looks as it should when I do sudo burg-emu (yes, I installed burg on 16.04 LTS (It appears as Burg Mode) but the actual menu when I boot is not reflecting my screen’s native resolution. Any fix on this?

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Look. I just want to thank you. The cli worked like a dream, and the excellent ap, LONG overdue, although i haven’t booted yet.

    This was NOT complicated, but beautiful!

  3. Thank you helped me install it

  4. Claudio Bernardino Teixeira November 30, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Quero baixar o Grub Customizer no Meu Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, como faço ?

  5. Thanks! The Grub Customizer helped me install Remix OS for PC on the same SSD drive, and in a folder and allowed me to select Remix OS along with the default Ubuntu 16.04 OS on my tiny HP Pavillion 10z Touchscreen notebook. Now I can select what OS I would like to run as well as easily update the Remix OS by just running unsquashfs system.sfs and replace the system.img under /remix.

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  7. Kermit Tensmeyer January 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    How do I….

    How do I configure one Grub entry for the MBR area for SDA?
    How do I configure a separate Grub Config for boot section of SDH? Currently the boot on SDA points to grub on SDH.
    I want to reconfigure the boot/mbr for /dev/sda. How do I specificy to which drive the grub customizer writes it’s content?

  8. For adding a background image, sudo gedit /etc/default/grub and add the line, GRUB_BACKGROUND =” Paste the location of the file with the extension of the file.” In the GRUB_DEFAULT =” choose the OS that you want to alter it.”

  9. Hi there, I have a problem to download and install grub customizer:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
    Maggiori informazioni:
    Premere [INVIO] per continuare o Ctrl+C per annullare

    gpg: portachiavi “/tmp/tmpegsai_g2/secring.gpg” creato
    gpg: portachiavi “/tmp/tmpegsai_g2/pubring.gpg” creato
    gpg: richiesta della chiave 3F055C03 dal server hkp
    gpg: /tmp/tmpegsai_g2/trustdb.gpg: creato il trustdb
    gpg: chiave 3F055C03: chiave pubblica “Launchpad PPA for Daniel Richter” importata
    gpg: non è stata trovata alcuna chiave completamente affidabile
    gpg: Numero totale esaminato: 1
    gpg: importate: 1 (RSA: 1)
    I can’t make nothing after.
    Thank You

    • The output you offered prompts that you’ve successfully add the repository, all you need is to install grub-customizer using Synaptic package manager or via 2 commands:

      sudo apt-get update
      sudo apt-get install grub-customizer