Friday, February 18, 2011

Grub Customizer Installation and Usage

Daniel Richter has developed a GUI to manage Grub settings. Startup Manger used to be there for Grub Legacy but it has lost some functionality with Grub2 and Grub2 is the default since Ubuntu 9.10 and onwards.

Features of Grub Customizer

At present Grub Customizer allows to edit, rename, re-order or freeze Grub entries. It also allows to change the background colors of Grub menu or add a custom picture and supports BURG customization also. Starting from v 1.5, you can now use Grub Customizer from a Live CD/USB environment to fix your boot issues. We'll cover that sometime later.

Grub Customizer doesn't touch the original boot.cfg that is an automatically generated file. Instead, it modifies the scripts and configuration files so your settings are preserved in case of Grub updates or if you run sudo update-grub.


Grub Customizer is not in the official repositories yet. You need to add the Launchpad PPA for installation. Follow the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

Once installed, Grub Customizer will appear under Applications > System Tools > Grub Customizer.

Or you can start Grub Customizer from the command line as well:

gksu grub-customizer

Grub Customizer


You can find Grub Customizer FAQ here.

For a Guide on Grub Customizer's features, see here.

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