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Fbsplash (formerly gensplash) is a userspace implementation of a splash screen for Linux systems. It provides a graphical environment during system boot using the Linux framebuffer layer. Fbsplash has not been actively updated in the recent years and may not be working correctly on a recent Arch setup using systemd. If you want a fancy splash screen during boot, you might want to try Plymouth instead.



Install the fbsplashAUR[broken link: package not found] package. For console backgrounds (discussed later in this article) you should install a kernel patched with fbcondecor such as linux-fbcondecorAUR[broken link: package not found].


The fbsplash package provides the scripts for basic functionality. If you want more bells and whistles, like smooth progress, filesystem-check progress messages, support for boot-services/'daemons'-icons and theme hook scripts, you may also install the fbsplash-extrasAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] package.


Themes can be found by searching the AUR for fbsplash-theme, in GNOME-Look.org or in KDE-Look.org.

Note: The package fbsplash does not contain a default theme.


Kernel Command Line

You now need to set something like quiet loglevel=3 logo.nologo gfxpayload=keep console=tty1 splash=silent,fadein,fadeout,theme:arch-banner-icons as your kernel command line parameters in your bootloader. See Kernel parameters for more info.

The parameter loglevel=3 prevents kernel messages from garbling the splash even with funny hardware (as recent initscripts do not set this by default any more). quiet is needed additionally for silencing initcpio messages. logo.nologo removes the boot logo (not needed with linux-fbcondecor since it does not have one anyway). console=tty1 redirects system messages to tty1 and splash=silent,fadein,fadeout,theme:arch-banner-icons creates a silent, splash-only boot with fading in/out arch-banner-icons theme.

Configuration Files

Put one or more of the themes you installed into /etc/conf.d/splash. You can also specify screen resolutions to save some initcpio space:

Note: The theme arch-banner-icons contains mainly symlinks to arch-banner-noicons. So if one of them is included in total, not much space will be saved by limiting the resolutions.

Starting Fbsplash early in the initcpio

If uresume and/or encrypt HOOKS are used, add fbsplash after them in mkinitcpio.conf, e.g.:

HOOKS="base udev autodetect [...] keymap encrypt uresume fbsplash"

Rebuild your initcpio via mkinitcpio. See mkinitcpio#Image creation and activation for more info.

Tip: For a quick resume, it is recommended to put uswsusp before fbsplash or even drop fadein, if using a Fbcondecor kernel.

If you have trouble getting fbsplash to work and your machine uses KMS (Kernel Mode Setting), try adding the appropriate driver to mkinitcpio.conf.

Console backgrounds

If you have a kernel that supports Fbcondecor (eg. linux-fbcondecorAUR[broken link: package not found]), you can get nice graphical console backgrounds beside the splash screen.

Currently(2015) the fbsplashAUR[broken link: package not found] package provides a deprecated daemon script to set up console backgrounds. However, the programs that actually handle console backgrounds are still working fine! Just look for /usr/bin/splash_manager or /usr/bin/fbcondecor_ctl and set up console backgrounds manually, or use them as a basis to write your own systemd unit.

Even if you have no interest in a splash screen, you will still need splash themes for your console background. Either get an existing one from the AUR fbsplash-theme or create one yourself in /etc/splash/. The only parameter in the theme .cfg file needed to enable console backgrounds is pic.

You may even boot up with a nice console background and the plain Arch Linux boot messages instead of a splash screen. Just change your kernel command line to use the verbose mode:

quiet console=tty1 splash=verbose,theme:arch-banner-icons