hepita@Hepitowo:~$ sudo apt-get purge plymouth
Following packages will be REMOVED:
lightdm* mountall* plymouth* plymouth-label* plymouth-theme-ubuntu-logo*
plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text* ubuntu-desktop* unity* unity-greeter*
unity-tweak-tool* upstart*

Any possible way to remove Plymouth in Ubuntu 16.04? After installing nvidia drivers it is displaying at wrong resolution (and starts long time after boot, a few seconds before display manager) and I decided to remove it. Why Plymouth is so important for package manager?

  • You don't need to remove plymouth in order to disable it. Just remove splash from the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line in your /etc/default/grub file, then run sudo update-grub – user533208 May 3 '16 at 16:39
  • Great! I'm going to write out my answer more clearly and post it, in case anyone else needs to refer to it in the future. – user533208 May 3 '16 at 16:54
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    I've installed Ubuntu server hoping that all graphical stuff were out, removed, cured, erradicated. No. Ubuntu is oppinionated and throws this crazy plymouth which only serves for making people mad. Sysadmins are old fashined, actually...not fashioned at all... and do not care about a fancy beautiful (but annoying) graphical stuff which only consumes time to be removed/disabled and make us mad. Canonical, please... .do the right thing and remove this annoying graphical stuff from Ubunt server. Needless to say that I do not have any *buntu at home. – Richard Gomes Apr 3 '18 at 13:34

Plymouth is well-integrated into Ubuntu, and removing it could get difficult. Fortunately, you don't need to remove plymouth in order to disable it; there's a GRUB boot option called splash that can toggle the graphical boot screen on or off.

To disable graphical boot in Ubuntu, you need to open your /etc/default/grub file for editing, with superuser privileges. Under regular Ubuntu, this can be accomplished with:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub

(on a command-line-only system or any other Ubuntu variant, open a terminal and type sudo nano /etc/default/grub instead.)

Locate the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line in /etc/default/grub , it might look like:


Then remove the splash from this line, so it looks like the following:


Save the file and exit the editor.

Finally, to apply your changes, open a terminal and run:

sudo update-grub

Now your system should boot in text mode, without the graphical boot screen.

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