Text boot : Getting rid of bootsplash/Plymouth in Manjaro or Arch Linux

I like seeing my kernel spewing messages on my terminal when I boot my PC. I like the transparency, the openness. Having kernel messages visible can also help in understanding certain boot issues.

This is how to get a completely GUI free/bootsplash free/plymouth free, fully terminal or text based boot process on Manjaro/Arch Linux:

Open /etc/default/grub:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

nano is the editor I chose. Other editors can be used provided they are opened with root privileges.

The /etc/default/grub file has many lines but only the below one is to be modified to attain our objective:


The above line needs to be transformed to the following:


We are not done yet. Do the following:

sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Now reboot and rejoice!

The terminal resolution might be a bit of a concern for those with an eye for details. If that is the case, find the following lines in /etc/default/grub:

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

Change the value of GRUB_GFXMODE to the resolution of your liking:



Further Research:

Kernel parameters


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