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Fedora 28 changing plymouth themes in an easy way?

asked 2018-07-11 12:52:52 -0500

heliosstyx gravatar image

updated 2018-07-13 13:17:05 -0500

florian gravatar image

There are some plymouth-themes in the Fedora 28 repos. Is there an uncomplicated and easy way to change the appearance of the booting splash screen without any side-effects for future updates and upgrades of Fedora 28? I avoid whenever I can the manual editing of config files of the system, because playing with system config files without detailed system knowledge can break the system.

Please explain

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florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-13 13:17:38 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-07-11 14:20:17 -0500

updated 2018-07-11 14:29:18 -0500

You can try these ( if require use sudo)

dnf search plymouth-theme

than select any one theme from the list result

dnf install plymouth-theme-$THEME_NAME

plymouth-set-default-theme $THEME_NAME

Update initrd

( For BIOS users) /usr/libexec/plymouth/plymouth-update-initrd

( For UEFI users ) dracut --force



for more read click the link to FEDORA MAGAZINE

Please note : if you have nvidia hardware with your computer system than this method will not work or may not work , check nvidia forum

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There is no difference between running /usr/libexec/plymouth/plymouth-update-initrd and dracut --force.

$ cat /usr/libexec/plymouth/plymouth-update-initrd
dracut -f
villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-07-12 00:28:04 -0500 )edit

Why would you need to do that?

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-07-12 00:34:08 -0500 )edit

You might not understand the sentences , when i said YOU MAY NEED TO RESTART THE GDM , there is a word MAY which means it is may be or may not be, coz sometimes after changing plymouth theme GDM stop working in that case .. second Dracut --force and plymouth-update-initrd looks same but UEFI and BIOS are not same , there is a technical difference( running from inside of a shell and outside of shell )

nisankh gravatar imagenisankh ( 2018-07-12 01:34:47 -0500 )edit

After reboot, GDM is already restarted, and the easiest way to restart GDM is to reboot.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2018-07-12 04:47:55 -0500 )edit

sometimes GDM stop during start after changine plymouth theme changes , check bugzilla about the issue, and still yu are not understanding the sentence , there it is clearly mentioned YOU MAY NEED TO RESTART THE GDM, not necessarily ( this issue is assigned to Ray Strode and QA is Fedora Extrav QA)

works by Ray at

when we say YOU MAY CANCEL THE TRIP that does not mean you have to cancel the trip , it may required on some circumstances

nisankh gravatar imagenisankh ( 2018-07-12 05:00:31 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-07-13 12:25:50 -0500

heliosstyx gravatar image

Thank you all for your help. I found an additional solution for Fedora 28 KDE-spin: in the repos there is a kcm-plymouth module where the plymouth-theme setting is very easy:

install the desired plymouth-themes --> go to system-settings --> select the plymouth-module and there you can select the desired plymouth-theme

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answered 2018-07-13 13:20:37 -0500

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As described in the Fedora Magazine

List all available themes

plymouth-set-default-theme --list

--> set a theme (i.e. tribar)

sudo plymouth-set-default-theme tribar -R

More themes available in Fedora's repos: dnf search plymouth-theme

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