QGRUBEditor – A visual GRUB configuration editor

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QGRUBEditor is a system tool to view and edit the GRUB boot loader. It offers many features and it is the perfect solution for those who want to change the way GRUB works, without messing with GRUB's configuration files.

Install QGRUBEditor in Ubuntu

First you need to download .deb package from here

Now you should be having qgrubeditor_2.5.0-1_i386.deb package you need to install this package using the following command

sudo dpkg -i qgrubeditor_2.5.0-1_i386.deb

This will complete the installation.

If you want to open QGRUBEditor go to Applications--->System Tools--->QGRUBEditor

This will prompt for root password enter and click on ok

When it opens first time you should see following tip

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

The program's main window shows the entries for your menu.lst GRUB configuration file, which is generally found under /boot/grub. You can choose a different main GRUB configuration file to work with from the text box at the bottom of the window.

The GRUB Entries tab, also at the bottom of the window, contains two panels: the top one shows the entries in menu.lst, and the bottom shows the details for each entry. Right-clicking on any entry in the top panel allows you to set that row as the default or the fallback kernel; the default entry is shown in a green background.

If you click on GRUB Settings Tab at the bottom of the window you should see similar to the following screen this will allows you to personalize the usual GRUB options such as timeout, define the defaults, set a password, change the colors on the GRUB menu when the system boots, and set a splash image. The splash option allows you to choose an image in any of several formats, and the program converts it automatically to the .xpm.gz format needed by GRUB. It even provides a Preview button so you can see your splash image. GRUB splash images have only 16 colors, so the splash image may not appear as you'd expect, compared to the original image

Double-clicking any entry in the main window shows a detailed screen with all the options you have available. Again, any change you make is saved automatically to menu.lst.

When you make any change you can see it in the real configuration file by going to File -> View Input, which opens a new window with two tabs. The Device Input tab shows your partitions (as in /etc/mtab), and you can see and understand how GRUB correlates partition names with its own nomenclature, as in /dev/sda1 = (hd0,0). The Menu Input tab displays the actual menu.lst file, and immediately reflects the changes that you make; you don't need to hit Save.

If you click on settings icon on the top panel it will open the QGRUBEditor general setting tab

QGRUBEditor paths settings

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QGRUBEditor Version Details

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12 Responses

  1. Yuck, it uses KDE icons. Why would someone choose to use KDE icons for a GNOME application?

  2. Milos says:

    The application is great. But, there are always people that find some utterly unimportant detail and write it in comments.
    Once again, great job. 😉

  3. noletters says:

    because is the one who works better

    excellet guide, thank you very much

  4. Hello and thanks

    Wonder why this great application is removed from Ubuntu 8.10 repositories 🙁

    / Best regards – El Puño (dk)

  5. I have windows xp and ubuntu installed in separate partitions, some time back i have formated the ubuntu and re-installed it back (not with windows installer). Now when the bootloader loads i see the older uninstalled Ubuntu in the list of operating system. CAn i remove that using this QGRUBEditor?

    Recently Grub loader included another Ubuntu OS entry at the top of the default working Ubuntu OS, and it has version higher than the current working one, i thought it has come due to updating the working ubuntu. But when i try to boot into that entry, it wont boot. What i should do to it, shall i remove it or simply leave it? please help me.

  6. Peter Strauss says:

    I have three bootable drives: 1 with XP Pro, 1 with Hardy Heron, 1 with Beta copy of Windows7.
    I used QGrubEditor to change the print and background color, and that’s all I did.
    At next boot, I got at the upper left corner of the screen “Starting up . . . ” when I tried to select the XP drive, and then it froze. The Win7 drive starts up fine, as does the Ubuntu drive.
    So, I went back in to terminal, after rebooting Ubuntu, copied the backup to menu.lst, and now I’m fine again, but I cannot use QGrub to change anything, it seems. And peculiarly enough, at the same time, my printer tries to print out “Starting up . . .” over and over again, three or four times per page, ad infinitum.
    Any ideas as to what’s happening? It’s happened twice now, so until I can figure out or otherwise learn what’s going on, I think I’m well-advised to not use QGrubEditor.

    Thanks for any help you can give me.
    Peter, Oakland, CA

  7. Alex says:

    Hey, the download link for the deb file appears to be no longer working. Can anyone re-upload?

  8. Mike Greenwood says:

    The Grub editor information is fine and very complete. However the link to download this does not work and a google search to find an alternate site does not satisfy.

    Can you give any alternate site or is there a problem

    best regards


  9. rigosj says:

    The download link of QGrubedit does not work
    on the only available source on the internet (QT-Apps.org).
    Can someone upload it, please?

  10. mateusz says:

    hello, i’m trying to download this package from site you gave but nothing happenes, could you gave some other site from where i could download this package thx

  11. EffEcks says:

    Did anyone ever find an alternative download link?

  12. harsh gupta says:

    use startup manager it can be downloaded from ubuntu software center and does primarily the same job.

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