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4 Nifty Grub Themes for Your Linux Boot Menu

Last updated: August 23, 2020 — 3 Comments

Grub

Boring with the default boot menu in purple? Try installing some themes for this Grub boot-loader.

There’s an open-source project maintains 4 modern design themes for Grub2. They are Vimix, Stylish, Tela, and Slaze.

First take a look at the screenshots:

It’s easy to install the themes as the maintainer offers an installer script. First go to link below and download the source code:

Download Source

Then do following steps to install the grub themes:

1. Go to Downloads folder, extract the source tarball, and go into source folder.

2. Right click on blank area and select ‘Open in Terminal’

3. When terminal opens, run command to install a theme:

sudo ./install.sh --boot --vimix

For another theme, replace --vimix in command with --stylish, --tela, or --slaze.

You may use more flags, e.g.,

  • --white, install white color icons.
  • --ultrawide, install 2560×1080 background image – not available for slaze theme
  • --2k, install 2k(2560×1440) background image
  • --4k, install 4k(3840×2160) background image

Once installed, restart your machine and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the Grub theme, re-do the first 2 steps and run command:

sudo ./install.sh --remove --vimix

You may replace --vimix in command with --stylish, --tela, or --slaze to remove one of them.

Grub

Boring with the default Grub2 boot loader appearance? Besides switching to Burg boot-loader, you can change the look and feel via the Vimix-grub-theme.

Grub Theme Vimix

The theme is designed by vinceliuice, the man behind Vimix GTK theme. He made a .deb installer and published it in a Chinese cloud service.

Due to connection and/or language reading issue, I’ve upload the file into Google Drive, available for download at the link below:

Download Vimix-Grub-theme

Click install the .deb via Ubuntu Software or Gdebi, or run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install it:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/grub-themes-vimix_0.1-1_all.deb

Then restart and see result!

In addition:

For those who want to change the background image, simply install Grub-Customizer, launch the software and do:

  1. navigate to Appearance settings tab.
  2. highlight the theme file “background.png”
  3. click ‘Load file’ selection box and choose your image (must be .png)
  4. finally click Save button in Grub Customizer.

Also remove useless Grub menu entries via the first tab in Grub-Customizer if you have multiple Linux Kernels.

Uninstall:

To restore Grub boot menu screen, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from app launcher, and then run command:

sudo apt-get remove grub-themes-vimix