I have a custom python app that I wanted to have started automatically on the RPi with the official touch screen.

This used to work fine without a sleuth of boot messages appearing until the latest update in Jessie with the PIXEL desktop. My 'asplashscreen' script that I used to use now is littered with boot messages again.

I dumped 'asplashscreen' and since Plymouth has finally been patched to work (after PIXEL release) I now have Plymouth showing a pretty boot screen, but the old methods of silencing the boot messages don't seem to work anymore.

How can I remove ALL boot messages (including auto-login and kernel) messages?

  • This is not an answer, but a question to G Trawo regarding the console screen stayed at TTY3 login screen instead of TTY1 command prompt screen. How do I auto switch it back to TTY1? FYI, I am using the raspberry pi 7" LCD without the hdmi.
    – cash
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 18:34
  • @cash I am not sure how you would automatically switch back. You may not even have to switch it to TTY3 to begin with, since some of the options below might get rid of most of the messages anyway.. But my app starts on TTY1, most likely since I start it with 'startx' (the app starts after the x server gets going).
    – G Trawo
    Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 21:10
  • 2
    add to /boot/cmdline.txt fbcon=map:2
    – Mich
    Commented Oct 18, 2018 at 20:18
  • The comment above from @Mich is gold!! Please make it an answer so I can vote it up. The accepted answer did not work anymore on my latest Raspbian
    – Boy
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 8:25

3 Answers 3


Please note that removing the output of message can also hinder your ability to troubleshoot your system after. You may want to wait until you are in the finishing stages before applying these fixes.

As of December 2016, a lot of the old methods seemed to have stopped working. I created this question/answer post because it took me many hours to aggregate all the solutions. What I did to remove ALL the boot up text (even login messages):

1.) Change /boot/cmdline.txt

sudo nano /boot/cmdline.txt

Change the console from tty1 to


Add this to the end of the line. 'loglevel=0' removes most of the messages from the boot. You can also use 'loglevel=3', but some boot messages may re-appear.

quiet splash loglevel=0 logo.nologo vt.global_cursor_default=0

If you are going to use Plymouth add this:


2.) Tell dmesg to be quiet

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

Add this before 'exit 0':

#Suppress Kernel Messages
dmesg --console-off

This should take care of most boot messages this far. #2 also took care of the 'watchdog watchdog0: watchdog did not stop!' message on shutdown for me.

3.) Change the auto login in systemd (Hides the login message when auto-login happens)

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/autologin\@.service

Change your auto login ExecStart from:

ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --autologin pi --noclear %I $TERM


ExecStart=-/sbin/agetty --skip-login --noclear --noissue --login-options "-f pi" %I $TERM

Make sure to change 'pi' to the username you use!

4.) Change /etc/pam.d/login (removes the Kernel version from showing when you auto-login)

sudo nano /etc/pam.d/login

Change the line

session    optional   pam_exec.so type=open_session stdout /bin/uname -snrvm

To be

session    optional   pam_exec.so type=open_session stdout

5.) Add .hushlogin

touch ~/.hushlogin

or Remove Message of the Day -MOTD (alternative to 5)

sudo update-rc.d motd remove

Now my boot just shows the Plymouth boot screen, and goes into my python GUI.

  • Good work, but it doesn't give me a completely silent boot. I still get the rainbow pattern, the Raspberry Pi Logo and the Pixel welcome screen and some lines of text. This is on Jessie.
    – Chiwda
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 15:53
  • @Chiwda I personally like the rainbow pattern, since it indicates that the unit is starting up. I would not categorize it as a 'boot message' such as text. That being said, putting disable_splash=1 into /boot/config.txt would remove it. Also, I don't use the Pixel desktop since I have a custom app starting instead. So I can't really help you with anything Pixel related.
    – G Trawo
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 17:43
  • As of right now, Step 1 seems to make no difference -- something must have changed there (again) :)
    – mlvljr
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 12:32
  • @mlvljr Step 1 never really made much of a difference. It's more Step 2 that really hushed the boot text for the most part. That being said, if you apply ALL the steps above, it should take care of the boot messages. It still does it for me, even after a recent update.
    – G Trawo
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 15:03
  • @GTrawo Interesting, thanks a lot, I will give it another try then :)
    – mlvljr
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 22:17

1. Remove the rainbow splash screen enter image description here

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

add below line to the end of file


check if this config take effect (optional)

sudo reboot

2. Hide the Raspberry logo enter image description here

sudo nano /boot/cmdline.txt

Add below line to end of file


check if this config take effect (optional)

sudo reboot

3. Hide the messages

sudo nano /boot/cmdline.txt

Add below line to end of file


change console

console=tty1 --> console=tty3

check if this config take effect (optional)

sudo reboot

4. Change splash screen

enter image description here

copy your custom splash to home directory and replace raspberry's splash.png

sudo cp ~/splash.png /usr/share/plymouth/themes/pix/splash.png

check if this config take effect (optional)

sudo reboot

5. Hide the cursor

Add below line to the file /boot/cmdline.txt


check if this config take effect (optional)

sudo reboot

6. Result Check the video on this link

  • but I don't have a folder called PIX under plymouth themes. Why is that and how do I go about finding the splash location?
    – ThN
    Commented Mar 16, 2021 at 17:23

I would have commented on someone else's answer but I don't have enough reputation yet. To all this, I'd add that (as of Debian/Raspbian Buster at least), it seems like dmesg errors will break through Plymouth and replace your custom splash screen as a console message. For example, the typical undervoltage notification will do so. It's possible that undervoltage was promoted from STDOUT to STDERR in this major release.

It may be necessary to add the following line to the end of /etc/rc.local before the final exit: dmesg --console-off.

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