Ubuntu – Using update-alternatives to change plymouth theme only affects shutdown animation, startup is left unchanged


In Ubuntu 14.04, I was able to change my Plymouth Theme simply by going to /lib/plymouth/themes and copy my theme in there.

Then, by simply typing sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth (choosing the accordingly number of my theme) and sudo update-initramfs -u, I was able to change my Plymouth theme.

In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, the folder /lib/plymouth/themes does not even exist.

By seraching in Nautilus, I was able to find the folder /usr/share/plymouth and place my theme under themes. Then, by typing in the shell the commands above, I was, theorically, able to change my Plymouth theme to my pre-copied one.

The truth is that, after changing the Plymouth theme to my own and after several reboots, no Plymouth theme is showed at boot. Just a black screen appears and then lightdm shows up and I login to my account…

I'm using burg as my default bootloader.

Best Answer

I ran into a similar thing. After using synaptic to find the default plymouth theme, I hit properties to see what files were installed. That listed most files going into this directory


put all you files there then run

update-alternatives --install /usr/share/plymouth/themes/default.plymouth default.plymouth /usr/share/plymouth/themes/"path/to-your-plymouth.plymouth" 100
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