Disabling the Plymouth Boot Screen in Ubuntu 20.04

by Kevin Custer on April 22, 2020
Linux

Intro

The Plymouth boot screen is that nice purple splash screen you see when booting into Ubuntu. As nice as it may look, it can cause the system to boot up a bit slower. Here's how to disable it!

1. Edit grub config

In your editor of choice, open the /etc/default/grub file with sudo.

Find the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line, and you will see:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

To disable the boot screen, simply remove the word splash from this line, like so:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet"

2. Update grub

In order to apply the config changes to the grub bootloader, run the following command:

sudo update-grub

Now reboot your system!

3. Uninstall plymouth

Finally, uninstall the plymouth package from your system:

sudo apt purge plymouth
sudo apt autoremove

4. Remove lingering config directories

Remove the following directory:

sudo rm -rf /usr/share/plymouth

... and we're done! We don't need pretty boot screens around these parts 🤠