Using all of the solutions described on this site, setting the Grub menu wait time to zero does not work.

I did the following:

sudo cp /etc/default/grub /etc/default/grub.old    
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Uncommented this line, per instruction.


Set this line, per instruction.


/etc/default/grub now looks like this:

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg. 
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
#   info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash profile"

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

Having edited the /etc/default/grub file -->

sudo update-grub

After restarting, Grub wait-time is still set to 10 seconds.

I was able to get the wait time to 1 second with just one simple change. Edited these two lines in /etc/default/grub



Commented the first back to the default value, and set GRUB_TIMEOUT to "1".


sudo update-grub

This solution works, but my question is:

Where is the trap that resets the TIMEOUT value to 10 seconds when GRUB-TIMEOUT is set to "0".

Maybe one of the "IF" tests in grub.cfg??

  • May be this will help you unix.stackexchange.com/questions/119865/…
    – Qasim
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 1:39
  • @Qasim I had read that, but there is no explanation as to why Grub defaults to 10 seconds when values are set to "0" and yet if you set 'GRUB-TIMEOUT="1"' Grub functions exactly like it should, boot sequence starts in 1 second.
    – RCF
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 2:28
  • Just for troubleshooting purposes, does it still do this if you comment out the GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT and GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET lines and only have the GRUB_TIMEOUT line set to 0? Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 4:33
  • @thomasrutter yes, I have tried this in every possible combination using the zero value. There is something that does not allow a 0 value if you are dual booting OS's. There are a couple of accepted answers on this site stating that it will work, but that simply is not the case with Grub2 and 15.04.
    – RCF
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 12:46
  • Possible duplicate of Is it possible to completely disable Grub timeout? Commented Nov 18, 2019 at 10:53

5 Answers 5


This is a bug. The problem is in the file /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober.

As presented here, a workaround is to add the files /etc/grub.d/25_pre-os-prober and /etc/grub.d/35_post-os-prober.

The two files must also be marked as executable to work.

After adding this two files, your modifications to the variable GRUB_TIMEOUT in /etc/default/grub should work as expected.

If you are not dual booting, another workaround is to uninstall os-prober.


#! /bin/sh
# file: /etc/grub.d/25_pre-os-prober
set -e

# Save the $timeout and $timeout_style values set by /etc/grub.d/00_header
# before /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober messes them up.

cat << EOF
set timeout_bak=\${timeout}
set timeout_style_bak=\${timeout_style}


#! /bin/sh
# file: /etc/grub.d/35_post-os-prober
set -e

# Reset $timeout and $timeout_style to their original values
# set by /etc/grub.d/00_header before /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober messed them up.

cat << EOF
set timeout=\${timeout_bak}
set timeout_style=\${timeout_style_bak}

There is an override in grub for when the timeout is 0 seconds to replace it with 10 seconds. Rather than editing grub scripts as other answers recommend you can simply use:


This will work because the grub overrides will not find "0" to be equal to "0.0".

  • This is so simple and it works.
    – Dominic108
    Commented Oct 22, 2022 at 18:19

If you read the documentation at info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration', it is said that GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_* is deprecated.

Could you try using instead in /etc/default/grub:

# rest of file unchanged


sudo update-grub

and see if it works or not.

You could double-check in /boot/grub/grub.cfg looking for timeout that the update has correctly been done.


I've always been able to get a 0 second time, although a 1 second time isn't much more wasted time. Try changing this line

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash profile"

to this:


I don't see anything in this config file that seems out of whack, but you might try this if you're desperate to save 1 second during boot time.

  • I'm really not desperate at all, 1 second is totally acceptable. What I am seeking is where is the trap which disallows the "0" wait time and resets to 10 seconds. Wouldn't it be reasonable to expect a warning that the "0" value is not accepted, please reset to any non-zero number?
    – RCF
    Commented Jun 10, 2015 at 20:56
  • It would be reasonable to expect that, but it's also reasonable for the devs to expect users to not need to change it. Is update-grub a binary file? or is it just a script?
    – Daniel
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 16:43
  • you should be able to answer your Grub question here -> [help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2]
    – RCF
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 17:44

Editing /etc/default/grub is insufficient.

The following modifications are also required:

Disable grub timeout using one of these methods:

sudoedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg  

comment out these lines (by placing a # at the start of the lines)

#if [ "${timeout}" = 0 ]; then  
#set timeout=10  

save the file and exit.

OR (better, as the above would need to be re-done each time the file is generated, which happens whenever update-grub is called):

sudoedit /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober

comment out these lines

#if [ "\${timeout}" = 0 ]; then
#set timeout=10

save, exit and then run sudo update-grub.

  • Your answer does not address what the OP asked.
    – David
    Commented Mar 17, 2022 at 13:47

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