How To Change Bootscreen Logo In Linux Mint?

How To Change Bootscreen Logo In Linux Mint?


A bootscreen is a graphical representation of the boot porcess of an operating system. It can be scrolling boot messages in a console or virtual terminal. Or it can be a combination of both. Bootscreen enhances the user experience. It can also display some error if the operating system is unable to boot in the normal state. A bootscreen is also known as bootsplash.


Plymouth is a bootsplash for Linux operating system that is used by various distributions like Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux mint, etc. It supports animation using a direct rendering manager(DRM) and KMS driver. It gets packed into the initial ramdisk (initrd). Plymouth also handles user interaction with the system during boot. Some other bootsplash programs available in Linux are splashy, Xsplash, fbsplash (implemented in Gentoo), etc.

Steps to change the logo in Linux mint-

1. Find plymouth directory in the system –

Before executing any command in the terminal you should change the current user to the root user. Use the commands that are given below –
sudo -i
cd / (change directory to search under root)
find -name "plymouth" Once you execute this command it will start searching for plymouth directory in the system.

 /usr/share/plymouth as highlighted in red in the above image is the directory that we are looking for.

2. Change the current directory to directory containing  logo files (.png files)

cd /usr/share/plymouth Once you are inside plymouth find the directory themes.
cd themes Move into the directory themes
ls List the files and directories under the themes directory
cd mint-logo Find another directory named mint-logo inside themes and move into it.

ls  List the files and directories under mint-logo directory

mint-logo is the directory that contains the files that are used by the system at boot time.

You can see the image above we have to change the file named mint-logo.png which is highlighted in red in order to change the current logo of bootscreen.

3. Rename the original logo file to old-mint-logo.png
change the name of the original logo file to keep it safe. So that if later you want it you can restore it as it is now. Use the command that is given below to rename it.
mv mint-logo.png old-mint-logo.png

4. Copy the new image or picture inside the mint-logo directory with the name mint-logo.png

Use the path of new image and copy it to the mint-logo directory
cp /home/lalit/Picture/newimg.png ./mint-logo.png

5. Change the permissions for the mint-logo file

chmod 644 mint-log.png

6. Update the changes into the system
Don’t forget this step to update the changes that you made into the system otherwise change will not appear. You can update it by using the following command-
update-initramfs -u Execute this command and wait for a few seconds to complete the updating process.

7. Now reboot your system

Once you get completed with the steps above, you can reboot your system by entering reboot command in the terminal-


For other similar operating systems like Ubuntu that are using plymouth as bootsplash, you can locate the logo file inside the plymouth directory and change it in order to change the boot screen logo.

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