This page is for those who prefer to limit the verbosity of their system to a strict minimum, either for aesthetics or other reasons. Following this guide will remove all text from the bootup process. Video demonstration
vga=current as a kernel argument avoids weird behaviors like FS#32309. Keep in mind that this conflicts with KMS, so only use this argument if you are affected by said bug.
If you are still getting messages printed to the console, it may be dmesg sending you what it thinks are important messages. You can change the level at which these messages will be printed by using
quiet loglevel=level, where
level is any number between 0 and 7, where 0 is the most critical, and 7 is debug levels of printing.
Note that this only seems to work if both
loglevel=level are both used, and they must be in that order (quiet first). The loglevel parameter will only change that which is printed to the console, the levels of dmesg itself will not be affected and will still be available through the journal as well as dmesg. For more information, see kernel parameters.
If you also want to stop systemd from printing its version number when booting, you should also append
udev.log_level=3 to your kernel parameters. If systemd is used in an initramfs, append
rd.udev.log_level=3 instead. See for details.
If you are using the
systemd hook in the initramfs, you may get systemd messages during initramfs initialization. You can pass
systemd.show_status=false to disable them, or
systemd.show_status=auto to only suppress successful messages (so in case of errors you can still see them). Actually,
auto is already passed to
quiet is used, however for some motive sometimes systemd inside initramfs does not get it. Below are the parameters that you need to pass to your kernel to get a completely clean boot with systemd in your initramfs:
quiet loglevel=3 systemd.show_status=auto rd.udev.log_level=3
touch ~/.hushlogin to remove the Last login message.
The console cursor at boot keeps blinking if you follow these instructions. This can be solved by passing
vt.global_cursor_default=0 to the kernel .
To recover the cursor in the TTY, run:
# setterm -cursor on >> /etc/issue
To hide any kernel messages from the console, add or modify the
kernel.printk line according to :
kernel.printk = 3 3 3 3
[Service] ExecStart= ExecStart=-/usr/bin/agetty --skip-login --nonewline --noissue --autologin username --noclear %I $TERM
startx messages, you could redirect its output to
/dev/null, in your .bash_profile like so:
$ [[ $(fgconsole 2>/dev/null) == 1 ]] && exec startx -- vt1 &> /dev/null
To hide fsck messages during boot, let systemd check the root filesystem. For this, replace udev hook with systemd:
HOOKS=( base systemd fsck )
/etc/mkinitcpio.conf and regenerate the initramfs.
systemd-fsck@.service and configure
StandardError like this:
[Service] Type=oneshot RemainAfterExit=yes ExecStart=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd-fsck StandardOutput=null StandardError=journal+console TimeoutSec=0
systemd-fsck - you can change how often the service will check (or not) your filesystems.
Make GRUB silent
To hide GRUB welcome and boot messages, you may install unofficialAUR package.
After the installation, it is required to reinstall GRUB to necessary partition first.
Then, take an example as
/etc/default/grub.silent, and make necessary changes to
Below three lines are necessary:
GRUB_DEFAULT=0 GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_RECORDFAIL_TIMEOUT=$GRUB_TIMEOUT
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=1 (or any positive value), set
GRUB_RECORDFAIL_TIMEOUT=$GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT instead of
GRUB_RECORDFAIL_TIMEOUT=$GRUB_TIMEOUT. Otherwise pressing
Esc on boot to show GRUB menu will not work.
Lastly, regenerate the
Retaining or disabling the vendor logo from BIOS
Modern UEFI systems display a vendor logo on boot until handing over control to the bootloader; e.g. Lenovo laptops display a bright red Lenovo logo. This vendor logo is typically blanked by the bootloader (if standard GRUB is used) or by the kernel.
To prevent the kernel from blanking the vendor logo, Linux 4.19 introduced a new configuration option
FRAMEBUFFER_CONSOLE_DEFERRED_TAKEOVER that retains the contents of the framebuffer until text needs to be printed on the framebuffer console. As of November 2018 (Linux 4.19.1), the official Arch Linux kernels are compiled with
When combined with a low loglevel (to prevent text from being printed), the vendor logo can be retained while the system is initialized. Note that GRUB in the standard configuration blanks the screen; consider using EFISTUB booting instead to boot directly into the kernel and thus leverage deferred takeover.
The kernel command line should use
rd.udev.log_level=3 as mentioned above. Note that if you often receive
Core temperature above threshold, cpu clock throttled messages in the kernel log, you need to use log level 2 to silence these at boot time. Alternatively, if you compile your own kernel, adjust the log level of the message in
- Phoronix: Linux 4.19 Adds Deferred Console Takeover Support For FBDEV - Cleaner Boot Process
- Hans de Goede: Adding deferred fbcon console takeover to the Fedora kernels
Disabling deferred takeover
If the new behavior leads to issues, you can disable deferred takeover by using the
fbcon=nodefer kernel parameter.