How to install and use Grub Customizer on Ubuntu

The Grub customizer is a handy graphical tool that can be used to change the default settings in the grub bootloader. This tool allows you to add or rearrange entries in the boot menu. In addition, you can modify kernel parameters, change the time delay during the boot process, and perform beautiful configurations such as checking the background image or text color.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install and use Grub Customizer on Ubuntu. We will use Ubuntu 18.04 for this installation.

Step 1: Add Grub Customizer PPA

First, we will start by installing the tool. To do this, press the following key to open the terminal CTRL + ALT + T After opening the terminal, run the following command to add the grub PPA repository to your system. PPA will come with additional software that will help you update and upgrade software from the repository in the future

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer

Sample output

    Add Grub Customizer PPA

Step 2: Update Ubuntu

After successfully installing PPA, run the following command to update the system:

$ sudo apt update

Sample output

Update system

Step 3: Install Grub Customizer

Next, install grub customr by running:

$ sudo apt install grub-customizer

Sample output

Install grub customizer

When prompted, press Y to allow the installation to continue on the system.

With the custom tool already installed, you can check its version by running

$ grub-customizer --version

Sample output

Check grub customizer version

Step 4: Start grub-customizer

To launch the tool, go to the terminal and run the command

$ grub-customizer

Alternatively, you can search using the system Dash search as shown below

grub customizer

How to change the bootloader menu order

It is common to find a dual-boot setting where Linux is the default boot loader or primary boot loader. When you install Windows with Windows, Linux automatically becomes the default operating system. For users who want to use the Windows operating system as the first item in the boot menu, perform the following steps:

step 1: Start the grub customizer tool. Scroll down and click on the Windows entry as shown below.

grub customizer

Step 2: Click the up arrow button to move Windows entries step by step

Up arrow button grub customizer

Move entries to the top as shown below


third step: Finally, click “save‘Button saves the changes in the boot menu.

Click the save button

After restarting, the Windows item will be first in the Boot menu list. Other changes you can make with the tool include reducing startup time and more.

wrap up

We hope you find this tutorial helpful. The grub customizer tool comes in handy when you want to seamlessly rearrange grub entries and change startup times and other modifications.