What I do to apply the grub theme is:

Add the following to /etc/default/grub:


Then run the following command to regenerate config file:

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg

And finally I reboot, but I get no theme. Has anyone encountered this before and know a way around this?

  • It's assumed that the "theme" is provided from the fedora repos?
    – ILMostro_7
    Mar 30, 2017 at 18:15

2 Answers 2


Everything is right, but if you take a closer look at /etc/default/grub you will find the line:


Comment it out, build again the grub.cfg by grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grub.cfg and you are ready to go!

  • 1
    For those new to unix, this can be accomplished by just placing a "#" in front of the line.
    – Neil
    Aug 5, 2018 at 5:42
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    That's not working for me and other people on fedora 32
    – statquant
    Aug 12, 2020 at 14:08

I had this problem once and it turned out I needed to remove a preexisting theme from the /boot/grub/themes folder because the one in there overrode the one I installed. Have a peek in there and see if you can find anything.

Also, as an aside, you can try grub-customizer. It hasn't been updated in a year, but it still works pretty well.

  • there's only one thing in /boot/grub2/themse folder and that is the system theme I'm trying to use.
    – Cestarian
    Feb 25, 2016 at 18:51

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