How to Install and Use Grub Customizer on Ubuntu

install grub customizer

Grub customizer is a handy graphical tool that you can use to change the default settings in the grub bootloader. The tool allows you to add, or rearrange entries in the boot menu. Additionally, You can modify kernel parameters, change time delay during the booting process and also make aesthetic configurations such as checking background image or text color.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install and use Grub Customizer on Ubuntu. We will use Ubuntu 18.04 for this installation.

Step 1: Add Grub customizer PPA

To start off, we will begin by installing the tool. To do so, open your terminal by pressing  CTRL + ALT +T With the terminal opened,  run the command below to add the grub PPA repository in your system. The PPA will come with additional software that will help you update and upgrade the software from the repository in the future

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

Sample output

 Add Grub Customizer PPA

Step 2: Update Ubuntu

Once you have successfully installed the PPA, update your system by running the command:

$ sudo apt update

Sample output

update the system

Step 3: Installation Grub Customizer

Next, install grub customizer by running the command:

$ sudo apt install grub-customizer

Sample output

Install grub customizer

When prompted, hit Y  to allow the installation to proceed on your system.

With the customizer tool already installed, you can check its version by running the command

$ grub-customizer --version

Sample output

Check grub customizer version

Step 4: Launching  grub-customizer

To launch the tool, head out to your terminal and run the command

$ grub-customizer

Also, you can use the system Dash search to search as shown

grub customizer

How to change boot loader menu order

It's common to find a dual-boot setup where Linux is the default or primary bootloader. When you install Linux alongside Windows, Linux automatically becomes the default Operating System. For users who would want to make the Windows OS be the first entry in the boot menu follow the steps below:

Step 1:  Launch grub customizer tool. Scroll down and click on the Windows entry as shown below.

grub customizer

Step 2: Click on the Arrow up button to move the Windows Entry up in a step-wise manner

Arrow up button grub customizer

This will move the entry to the top as shown below

Windows-entry-moved-to-first-position

Step 3: Finally, click on the 'Save' button to save the changes in the boot menu.

Click-on-Save-button

Upon a restart, the Windows item will be first on the Boot menu list. Other changes you can make with the tool include reducing the boot time among others.

Wrapping up

We do hope you found this tutorial helpful. The grub customizer tool comes in handy when you seamlessly want to rearrange grub entries as well as change boot time and make other modifications.

Jamie Arthur 7:50 am

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