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:
- 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.
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.
- 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
- Doesn't work on the early 2011 MacBook Pro
|Application with sample images||bootxchanger_2.0.dmg (696 KB)|| SHA1
|Source Code||bootxchanger_2.0_src.tar.gz (872 KB)|| SHA1
You can browse the source code with WebSVN, or a svn client:
svn checkout svn://vc.namedfork.net/namedfork/BootXChanger/trunk
- No more limitations for images
- Can change background colour
- Intel only
- Japanese localization, courtesy of Richard Rowland
- Fixed crash that occurred in some installations of Snow Leopard
- Fixed GUI glitches in some localizations
- 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
- Fixed problem on new penryn-based macs
- German localization, courtesy of Michael Fuchs
- Russian localization, courtesy of Arkady Vyrlan
- Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.5.2
- Sparkle framework for auto updating
- Hungarian localization, courtesy of András Bognár
- Initial release
BootXChanger is localized in the following languages:
- Traditional Chinese
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
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Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later
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.
- 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
- Dave Dribin, Hacking the OS X Boot Image on an Intel Mac