How to change the header title and help message in GRUB menu?

My Grub version is 1.99-21ubuntu3 and I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

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  • You can try BURG. – Radu Rădeanu Oct 12 '13 at 15:13
  • @RaduRădeanu Thanks i know BURG i do want to edit GRUB – Maythux Oct 12 '13 at 15:20
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    Try Grub Customizer. – Mitch Oct 12 '13 at 17:40
  • @Mitch: Grub Customizer is not offering such capability – Maythux Oct 14 '13 at 11:18

You can try to edit the grub2 source code to modify those strings (Header,Footer etc).

NOTE: I recommend you to do this in a Virtual Machine or in a Test Machine to see is everything is OK. (In this example I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 with grub2 1.99-21ubuntu3.10).

1) Make sure you have enable the Source code repository.

  • Open the Ubuntu Software Center.
  • In the Menu Bar choose Edit -> Software Sources. Click to enable "Source code repository". Just in case I use the "Main Server" to Download.

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Open a Terminal window Ctrl+Alt+T and type:

  • sudo apt-get update

2) In the Terminal type the following to install the necessary packages.

  • sudo apt-get install build-essential quilt

3) Install build dependencies.

  • sudo apt-get build-dep grub2

4) Create a folder to download the source code.

  • mkdir ~/Downloads/src

  • cd ~/Downloads/src

5) Download the source code & Export variables.

  • apt-get source grub2

  • export QUILT_PATCHES=debian/patches

  • export EDITOR=gedit

6) Create the patch and edit the source code.

  • cd grub2-1.99

  • quilt new 99_custom-header-footer.patch

Edit the main.c file

  • quilt edit grub-core/normal/main.c

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As an example I changed the line 214


  const char *msg = _("GNU GRUB  version %s");


  const char *msg = _("My Custon Grub Title");

Edit the menu_text.c file

  • quilt edit grub-core/normal/menu_text.c

Edit the "Strings" (Pink Color) According to your needs.

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Only as an example I changed the lines 159 & 160


  const char *msg = _("Use the %C and %C keys to select which "
          "entry is highlighted.\n");


      const char *msg = _("You can write a text message here according \
to your needs...\n");

And the lines 187 to 189


(_("Press enter to boot the selected OS, "
   "\'e\' to edit the commands before booting "
   "or \'c\' for a command-line.\n"),


        (_("You can put a message here... to press \
a key to boot the OS.\nOr a Help text... etc."),

7) Build the deb packages.

  • quilt refresh
  • fakeroot dpkg-buildpackage

NOTE: This may take awhile.

8) Install the deb packages.

  • cd ..

  • sudo dpkg -i grub-pc*.deb grub2-common*.deb

9) Finally you can Restart your machine to see the changes.


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Hope this helps.

  • thanks im going to try it then il reply you and mark answer if done – Maythux Oct 19 '13 at 6:56
  • How to replace the old grub with the new? – Maythux Oct 19 '13 at 7:36
  • @maythux when you compile, create the deb package & then install with dpkg -i... this new grub should replace the old grub, just restart you machine. – Roman Raguet Oct 19 '13 at 9:12
  • Great man :) you deserve – Maythux Oct 19 '13 at 16:01

you can use a .\locales\en.mo file to change the menu heading. One example is here

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