According to elinux, I should be able to disable the rainbow splash screen by setting this option in the /boot/cmdline.txt file:

disable_splash if set to 1, avoids the rainbow splash screen on boot

My cmdline.txt looks like this:

dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=ttyAMA0,115200 console=tty3 loglevel=1 root=/dev/mmcblk0p6 rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline rootwait quiet logo.nologo disable_splash=1

However, I still see the rainbow splash screen! I am using the latest Raspbian from NOOBS 1.3.9.

Why does that option not work?

  • Wait a minute. Which version os Raspian you using. The one installed using NOOB installer or zipping Raspbian image ? – Mohamed Shafi Oct 22 '17 at 6:04

You have edited the wrong file; disable_splash=1 should be in /boot/config.txt.

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  • No effect either :) – mlvljr Sep 6 '17 at 13:17

Yes, but for the Raspberry Pi 3 model B, add the line:


to the file:


is not hiding the splash screen with Raspbian Jessie

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  • Can you explain what new information does your answer bring compared to the accepted one? – techraf Dec 20 '16 at 1:13
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    For me also, using disable_splash=1 in /boot/config.txt doesn't prevent the color splash on boot. – Jason Harris Jan 22 '17 at 22:57

Seems like there is no way to get around the rainbow screen unless you switch to another bootloader. Checked from github and found the issue is been already addressed. This is a bug require fixing. Or you will to edit the binary (Which i would not recommened).


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For NOOB you need copy config.txt with command disable_splash=1 to recovery partition.

cd /boot
sudo mkdir /media/recovery
sudo mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /media/recovery/
sudo cp config.txt /media/recovery/
sudo reboot

Thats it, now no slpash screen show

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For me on Raspbian GNU/Linux 9 (Stretch) these modifications are working for making an absolute silent boot (boot to CLI):

In /boot/cmdline.txt change the console from tty1 to console=tty3.

You'll also need to add quiet splash loglevel=0 logo.nologo vt.global_cursor_default=0 fbcon=map:2.

In /boot/config.txt uncomment or add disable_splash=1.

In /etc/rc.local add dmesg --console-off before exit 0.

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