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BootXChanger will allow you to change the boot image and background colour on Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6
This screenshot will explain how to use it:

System Requirements

  • Intel-based Macintosh 1)
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or newer


If your image has transparency, it will be redrawn over the background colour before being applied, so save the original somewhere in case you want to change the background colour later.

  • Some macs will scale big images down when booting, or ignore the image if it's really big.
  • Some newer macs may not accept any image, and only change the background colour.

Installation and Usage

To install BootXChanger, simply copy it to your Applications folder, or wherever you want it.
To set an image as a boot image, open BootXChanger and drag it to the image well, and click Apply. You can also click the background colour to change it. You will then be asked for an administrator password, as the boot image is stored in a system file.

Known Issues

  • If you have set a custom boot image with a previous version of BootXChanger, it won't show up in BootXChanger 2.0. You can return to the default by selecting the startup disk again in System Preferences, or using the bless command.
  • Doesn't work on the early 2011 MacBook Pro


Application with sample images bootxchanger_2.0.dmg (696 KB) SHA1 bc8c80913ba09c1fc2f354b954b321f261bb2e36
Source Code bootxchanger_2.0_src.tar.gz (872 KB) SHA1 8865aaad5c5b7773e9fbb9341e3f9296eafd6f01

You can browse the source code with WebSVN, or a svn client:

svn checkout svn://

Version History

2.0 - May 21, 2010

  • No more limitations for images
  • Can change background colour
  • Intel only

1.0.4 - February 10, 2010

  • Japanese localization, courtesy of Richard Rowland
  • Fixed crash that occurred in some installations of Snow Leopard
  • Fixed GUI glitches in some localizations

1.0.3 - August 8, 2009

  • French localization, courtesy of Yann Ricquebourg
  • Italian localization, courtesy of Simone Dall'Angelo
  • Traditional Chinese localization, courtesy of Hung Ju Lu
  • Dutch localization, courtesy of Huub Everstijn
  • Swedish localization, courtesy of Henrik Engman
  • Fixed bug that crashed the app on Snow Leopard

1.0.2 - April 20, 2008

  • Fixed problem on new penryn-based macs
  • German localization, courtesy of Michael Fuchs
  • Russian localization, courtesy of Arkady Vyrlan

1.0.1 - February 12, 2008

  • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5.2
  • Sparkle framework for auto updating
  • Hungarian localization, courtesy of András Bognár

1.0 - December 14, 2007

  • Initial release


BootXChanger is localized in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hungarian
  • German
  • Russian
  • French
  • Italian
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • Japanese

If you localize it in your language, you can send me the localization and I will put it available for download, and include it in the ntext version.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Special Thanks

  • Richard Rowland, Japanese localization
  • Henrik Engman, Swedish localization
  • Huub Everstijn, Dutch localization
  • Hung Ju Lu, Traditional Chinese localization
  • Simone Dall'Angelo, Italian localization
  • Yann Ricquebourg, French localization
  • Arkady Vyrlan, Russian localization
  • Michael Fuchs, German localization
  • András Bognár, Hungarian localization
1) PowerPC users can use version 1.0.4: bootxchanger_1.0.4.dmg