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I am making a custom distribution, and have a question about the Ubuntu Logo with 5 dots displayed when booting up.

The Ubuntu-Logo-Script in the /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntutext folder has the word Ubuntu and beneath that 5 progressing 'dots'. Is it possible to remove the progress bar dots, and instead replace it with a faded Ubuntu logo, that gradually colors up to full?

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Install Theme

I have created theme as you wanted with faded ubuntu ( moreover I have added animation of ubuntu logo. Hope you'd like it :-P )


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Want to see it live ?

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPo50gM3txU

Where to Get this theme ?

I have uploaded it to Mediafire cloud HERE

How to install it ?

Download from the above link and save it on your Desktop then issue these commands one by one.

cd ~/Desktop/
tar -xf ubuntufaded.tar
sudo cp -r ubuntu-faded-screen '/lib/plymouth/themes'
sudo rm '/lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth'
sudo ln -s '/lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-faded-screen/ubuntu-faded-screen.plymouth' '/lib/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth'
sudo update-initramfs -u

How to check it ?

  1. Restart Ubuntu and you'll see nice animation while booting up and shutting down. OR
  2. Copy the whole command, Paste in terminal and Hit enter.(probably you need to install package. sudo apt-get install plymouth-x11 )

    sudo plymouthd --debug --debug-file=/tmp/plymouth-debug-out ; sudo plymouth --show-splash ; for ((I=0;I<10;I++)); do sleep 1 ; sudo plymouth --update=event$I ; done ; sudo plymouth --quit

How to Create Plymouth Theme yourself ?

Plymouth Scripting Language is very similar to C or JavaScript. If you know these languages, it'll be very easy to create Plymouth Script yourself.

Let's Start with Basics like Operators, Looping, Comments, etc.

Three type of comments are supported.

# comment like in bash
// single line comment like in C
/* block comments */

Statements are terminated with Semicolon, e.g.

foo = 10 ;

Statement block can be created with Curly Brackets, e.g.

    foo = 10;
    z = foo + foo;

Operators supported are +, -, *, /, %. Shorthand is also supported +=, -=, *=, etc. Unary Operators are also supported, e.g.

foo *= ++z;

+ is used for Concatination e.g.

foo = "Jun" + 7; # here foo is "Jun7"

Comparison exmple,

x = (3 >= 1); # bind x to 1 because it's true
y = ("foo" == "bar"); # bind y to 0 because it's false

Conditional Operations and Looping,

if ( foo > 4 )
    z = 1;
    z = 0;

while (foo--)
    z *= foo;

&&, ||, ! are also supported

if ( foo > 0 && foo <4 )

Probably something new, Hashes Similar to Array ?

Hashes can be created by accessing their contents using dot or [ ] brackets, e.g.

foo.a = 5;
x = foo["a"] ; # x equals to 5

Use fun Keyword to define function, e.g.

fun animator ( param1, param2, param3 )
    if ( param1 == param2)
        return param2;
        return param3;

There are Basic Two Plymouth Objects

  1. Image
  2. Sprite


To create new Image, Give filename of image within theme directory to Image().

Remember, Only .png files are supported, e.g.

background = Image ("black.png"); 

To show text message you must create Image of Text (Surprised ??), e.g.

text_message_image = Image.Text ("I love Ubuntu");

Width and Height can be known using GetWidth() and GetHeight(), e.g.

image_area = background.GetWidth() * background.GetHeight();

Rotate or Change size of Image, e.g.

down_image = logo_image.Rotate (3.1415); # Image can be Rotated. Parameter to Rotate is the angle in radians
fat_image = background.Scale ( background.GetWidth() * 4 , background.GetHeight () ) # make the image four times the width


Use Sprite to place Image on screen.

How to create Sprite ?

first_sprite = Sprite ();
first_sprite.SetImage (background);

Or by supplying image to its constructor,

first_sprite = Sprite (background);

How to Set different Positions on screen (x,y,z) ?

first_sprite.SetX (300); # put at x=300
first_sprite.SetY (200); # put at y=200

Or you can define with SetPosition()

first_sprite.Setposition(300, 200, 50) # put at x=300, y=200, z=50

How to change Opacity ?

faded_sprite.SetOpacity (0.3);
invisible_sprite.SetOpacity (0);

Different Methods Used are

Window.SetBackgroundTopColor (0.5, 0, 0); # RGB values between 0 to 1.
Window.SetBackgroundBottomColor (0.4, 0.3, 0.6);
Plymouth.GetMode(); #  returns a string of one of: "boot", "shutdown", "suspend", "resume" or unknown.

Predefined Functions

Plymouth.SetRefreshFunction (function); # Calling Plymouth.SetRefreshFunction with a function will set that function to be called up to 50 times every second
Plymouth.SetBootProgressFunction(); # function is called with two numbers, time spent booting so far and the progress (between 0 and 1)
Plymouth.SetRootMountedFunction(); # function is called when a new root is mounted
Plymouth.SetKeyboardInputFunction(); # function is called with a string containing a new character entered on the keyboard
Plymouth.SetUpdateStatusFunction(); # function is called with the new boot status string
Plymouth.SetDisplayPasswordFunction(); # function is called when the display should display a password dialogue. First param is prompt string, the second is the number of bullets.
Plymouth.SetDisplayQuestionFunction(); # function is called when the display should display a question dialogue. First param is prompt string, the second is the entry contents.
Plymouth.SetDisplayNormalFunction(); # function is called when the display should return to normal
Plymouth.SetMessageFunction(); # function is called when new message should be displayed. First arg is message to display.

Mathematical Functions


Your Better bet to create Plymouth Script is to modify existing one rather than starting from scratch

Open up .script file from my uploaded theme and try to understand what it does.

Fantastic Guide here

I'm sure you'll learn this. It isn't hard. Let me know if you need any Help.

Hope it'd help you create One yourself.

Answer to Roshan George's Comment : Is it possible to replace the purple colour with an image as bavkground in the default plymouth theme names "ubuntu-logo" ?

background = Image ("your-image.png"); 
background.Scale (Window.GetWidth(), Window.GetHeight())
sprite = Sprite (background);
sprite.SetX (0); # put at x=0
sprite.SetY (0); # put at y=0

You might need to add sprite.SetZ (-10);

You should remove

Window.SetBackgroundTopColor (p, q, r);
Window.SetBackgroundBottomColor (a, b, c);

where p, q, r, a, b, c is some values.

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Can i get the same as u have created but with the ubuntu logo and text(in same positions like now) glowing and diming alternately(when logo glows,txt dims and when text glows,logo dims) with no rotating border and a slit progress as the Ubuntu9.10 playmouth...i.e this-wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Incoming/Karmic/Boot/… would like to have only the slit progress bar like the one in the link...the txt and logo being in positions same as urs...Can u help me have that?? m trying to learn from what u have xplained meanwhile...Thanx! gr8 answer –  Nirmik Jun 9 '12 at 18:27
Sometimes I wish I could upvote more than 1 time :D –  Rinzwind Jun 9 '12 at 18:39
@Rinzwind : I just gave him "10 upvotes" on behalf of us all :) –  izx Jun 11 '12 at 3:31
+1 - Wow. Comprehensive! –  boehj Jun 20 '12 at 4:22
Thanks man, the tutorial is superb. I look forwrd in diting this. Is that allowed ? –  Roshan George Jul 27 '12 at 0:17

Use Plymouth Manager to change this. You can get it from here: Launchpad link

wget https://launchpad.net/plymouth-manager/trunk/stable/+download/plymouth-manager_1.5.0-1_all.deb

sudo dpkg -i plymouth-manager_1.5.0-1_all.deb

After that launch plymouth-manager with the command:

sudo plymouth-manager

The "magic" command if you want to do all by yourself (writing your own plymouth config file), and you want to apply it when you are ready is:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth && sudo update-initramfs -u

I hope that this helped you. Sorry, I cannot post images yet.

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I have changed the GRUB screen with the GRUB Customizer software. But if you want to change the Plymouth screen it's different.

All the things of this software is in the /lib/plymouth/themes directory and all the animation of this one is in the /lib/plymouth/themes/ubuntu-logo/ubuntu-logo.script file.

If you want to modify to your liking Plymouth, all you need is on the ubuntu-logo folder.

You can do it by your own without the help of any external software, but you must understand programming.

Also you can find tools to do that in the Ubuntu repository, but you need to learn to create Plymouth themes.

Good luck!

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