I want to update my splash screen (when I boot or logoff), logo etc... to use the solar theme.

I did:

sudo apt-get install plymouth-theme-solar

then I went to the themes folder to customize it:


and I updated logos and other images:

sudo update-initramfs -u

I think this command is the right one to run but when I run it, nothing is updated

What am I missing?

  • whereis plymouth. plymouth: /bin/plymouth /lib/plymouth, ls /lib/plymouth
    – Anonymous
    Nov 24, 2011 at 23:17

1 Answer 1


This should do the trick:

sudo apt-get install galternatives

sudo galternatives

Then select your theme from key default-plymouth and do the update-initramfs -u again.

  • (Ubuntu 12.10) Tried this and it didn't work :(. I first downloaded plymouth-manager, installed the stargate theme, and then I applied the installed theme. On a computer restart, it didn't show up. I then issued "update-initramfs -u", did another restart and it still didn't work. Anyone know how to fix this? EDIT: Also, installed and tried galternatives
    – KI4JGT
    Oct 19, 2012 at 7:12
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