How to install Burg boot loader in Ubuntu 12.04 and LinuxMint13

Updated 23-05-2012burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/Solaris/FreeBSD, etc. It also has a highly configurable menu system which works in both text and graphic mode. In this post we will show you how to install Burg in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” and LinuxMint13.




  • To Install Burg in Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 Quantal Quetzal,  and LinuxMint, Open terminal and enter the following commands :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes
  • Now to make  BURG integrate the HardDisk enter the following command in terminal:
 sudo burg-install "(hd0)"

Remember to substitute ‘hd0′  with the drive on which your MBR is installed.

  • Now update burg:
 sudo update-burg
  • Finally, run the following to test and set your theme:
sudo burg-emu


Press F2 To change theme .

Press F3 to change resolution

If you want to use  another easy way to configue burg, you need to install Burg- manager, for this check our previuos post.

Here are the hot-keys defined in the boot menu:

  • t – Open theme selection menu
  • f – Toggle between folding mode
  • n – Jump to the next item with the same class
  • w – Jump to the next Windows item
  • u – Jump to the next Ubuntu item
  • e – Edit the command of current boot item
  • c – Open a terminal window
  • 2 – Open two terminal windows
  • h – Display help dialog (only available in sora theme)
  • i – Display about dialog (only available in sora theme)
  • q – Return to old grub menu
  • F5/ctrl-x – Finish edit
  • F6 – Switch window in dual terminal mode
  • F7 – List the folded boot items
  • F8 – Toggle between graphic and text mode
  • F9 – shutdown
  • F10 – reboot
  • ESC – quit from the current popup menu or dialog.

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63 Comments on this Post

  1. khush

    is the add-repository command correct?

    shouldn’t it be:
    add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg

  2. rigbyrobot

    also it should be sudo burg-install (hdd with mbr)

  3. Mantus

    You type it wrong
    It’s should be

    sudo apt-add-repository ppa:n-muench/burg


  4. khush

    i meant with root access.

  5. khush

    with root acce[quote=khush]i meant with root access.[/quote]

    the command seems right!

  6. Anonymous

    guys help ahaha i lose screen login when i install burg manager …it shoing only grub screen

  7. Anonymous

    any help …guys

  8. zinovsky

    What you mean? You can not access to the system?

  9. Anonymous

    yes can’t loing into the sys win+ubuntu .. when i use this command to install burg-manager on ubuntu 11.04
    i lose login screen

  10. Anonymous

    only i have grub terminal

  11. Anonymous

    any suggestions to resolve this problems plz

  12. when i enter:

    sudo apt-get install burg burg burg-common-pc-emu burg burg burg-themes-themes-common

    i get:

    E: Unable to locate package burg-common-pc-emu
    E: Unable to locate package burg-themes-themes-common

    What to do, pls?

  13. zinovsky

    refresh your repos first and try again :
    sudo apt-get update

  14. Salmon Adelphi

    sudo apt-get install burg burg (two times?)

  15. menchi

    I also get:

    E: Unable to locate package burg-common-pc-emu
    E: Unable to locate package burg-themes-themes-common

    this is even after apt-get update. No matter what I seem to try, I’m not finding burg.

  16. menchi

    solution found.
    forget this nonsense:
    sudo apt-get install burg burg burg-common-pc-emu burg burg burg-themes-themes-common

    use this:

    sudo apt-get install burg

    that’s all you need.

  17. indresh

    how to know in which disk the MBR is located i runned fooloeing command in terminal

    [b]sudo dd if=/dev/sda bs=1 skip=1049 count=2 | hexdump[/b]

    and the result was

    [b]2+0 records in
    2+0 records out
    2 bytes (2 B) copied, 0.00011454 s, 17.5 kB/s
    0000000 ffff

    what is the meaning of [color=red]ffff[/color]

  18. mate, it would also be great if you could tell me how to remove it and switch back to grub.

  19. ahmed

    you can restore grub here by follow this guider here

  20. ahmed

    and later you can remove burg after login
    form ubuntu software center

  21. Hi,

    I have tried what the webmaster had suggested and unfortunately it didn’t work. I am on a dell E6510 laptop running 64 bit windows 7 and natty narwhal. I had tried use this site to install burg and now after I rebooted aftering trying it, I can’t use my computer. The screen reads:

    BURG version 1.98+20100623-1+maverick

    Mimimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word TAB…….and so on.


    I can’t figure out what will make it work one way or the other. Can anybody walk me through this. I’m new to linux, but it really interests me. I have a usb drive with ubuntu on it that I downloaded today.

    Please help!!!!

    Thank you!


  22. well if anything goes wrong I learned the easiest thing to do is reinstall the partition itself….

    Thanks for the help unixmen!


  23. Krish

    I did the above instruction but when i reboot the system it loaded to the grub recovery mode and I dont know what to do…….


  24. Snoopy Nl

    Hi all,

    First of all, thanks for this post!!!!
    Easy to understand / to install and it works perfectly for me, really a easy way to install burg.

    I have installed on my system XP SP3 / Vista SP2 / Seven SP1 / Mac OSx Lion 10.7 DP4 and Ubuntu 11.04, everything works and starts since the Burg Menu.

    Just a word..try it because it is just amazing!!!

    Snoopy from Nl

  25. All I got is that typical balck screen menu from grub!
    I had it working before updating to version 11.04.
    Any help is welcome

  26. I got problem with dependencies on Natty, and now the source list got error
    [code]E: Type ‘ain’ is not known on line 3 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/n-muench-burg-natty.list
    E: The list of sources could not be read.
    Go to the repository dialog to correct the problem.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.
    How to fix ?
    Thank you

  27. Krishna

    What is the main difference between GRUB and BURG ?

    What benefits do we get by installing BURG ?

    Do we really need BURG ?

  28. buntu 11.04 has a big problem for the grub, only way for this try another o/s.

    like suse, sebian,

  29. While installing it says that its built for Natty, would it work on 11.10 too?

  30. Unable to locate package burg…

    [code]ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package burg

    any suggestions?

  31. We do not want an otherr overcomplicated grub variant
    grub is and allways was the worst of unix

    with months of troublge it kills ubuntu 11.xx kompletely
    and this is not the firsy time. It is Not Kiss its design and
    architecture is stupid lost more time with stupid grub then ever gained with unix

    bam grub then you have my attention

  32. It causes my plymouth to change into text mode :(

  33. its work on my oneiric ocelot, but when I startup the ubuntu doesn’t exist, there’s only ubuntu recovery mode and windows 7 to choose. please help me how to fix it.
    if any ways to fix it I hope it’s can be fix by terminal, cause I can’t get into ubuntu at all
    please send me a message if any ways to fix it

  34. it’s same like me

  35. Samjclarke

    The line:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg sudo apt-get update

    should be:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg && sudo apt-get update

    but other than that it works great! Thanks!

  36. Hi, I have a question regarding the installation of Burg on a partitioned hard drive. I have one hard drive in my computer and recently partitioned some of it for Ubuntu 11.10. When it comes to this step: sudo burg-install “(hd0)”, would I still use hd0 as the hard drive where my MBR is installed? If it helps, I remember using “sd3” when partitioning my drive for Ubuntu.
    Also, as a follow-up question: will Burg replace the default Windows bootloader as well as the default Ubuntu bootloader?
    Thanks in advance!

  37. Shubham

    Windows probably has the boot loader installed to its partition, Burg installs on the MBR and chainloads the Windows Boot Loader.

  38. Thesalesandbuyers

    Hi first of all thanks for this post!  I have a question. How I do know where is the MBR (hd0, hd1, hd….etc.)?

  39. “sudo fdisk -l”  (fdisk -l, is list all disks)

    If you have windows and linux, two should be stared.  Find the one that says “LInux” under System.  ( You will see it rather quickly once you run the program!)

    Good luck

  40. Thesalesandbuyers

     Thanks Matt, it’s working great!  thanks very much. One question: how I do remove the recovery Windows icon? I looking around but nobody seems to know really how. even with the super boot manager.

  41. Giannis Avgeris

     You can install Grub Customizer to delete the unnecessary items like recovery mode or memtest

  42. Jaerick

    when I run:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg && sudo apt-get update

    I get:
    W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch  404  Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    And then the command:
    sudo burg-install /dev/sda2Returns:sudo: burg-install: command not foundHelp? Absolute beginner here!

  43. Joaquin

    Hey Guy’s, I don’t know whats up with my config, but I follow all the instructions and no error reporting, everything seems to be okay, but when I restart I have the same grub config… what can I do? Appreciate Your help & Support!

  44. Josh Mckibbin

     This doesn’t give you the hard drive #

  45. Smyth

    Hi, just replace that line with the following:
    sudo burg-install /dev/sdaThis worked for me and I have 4 partitions on my hard drive.Hope this helps!

  46. Smyth

     Hi, the following line:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg sudo apt-get update
    worked for me!

  47. Jkokko83


  48. Kasper

    This guide sucks. it fucked up my system for the second time…

    When I install burg, it opens a window inside the terminal window where it wants me to type a command. This is not part of the guide. I’m guessing that this is what fucks up my system…

  49. Hi thanks for your input.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg && sudo apt-get update
    worked for me!

  50. SonarSubs

    Just installed a fresh copy of the final release of Ubuntu 12.10 QQ
    Tried to install burg using:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg && sudo apt-get update

    Got this error:
    “W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.”

    Is there even a source out yet for burg on 12.10?

  51. first of everything, this will NOT work with Any OS because command:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg (this how it should be)
    sudo apt-get update

    Second, who said that ppl want to install Burg in/on “(hd0)” ?
    i understand that you want to help ppl(thank you so much for that), but you have to know there are a lot of noobs/beginner like me SIR.

  52. There is no source out for 12.10 Quantal…. Please check the repository before recommending it.

    Also correct the commands as suggested by samjclarke below.

  53. Adding the ppa is pointless in 12.10 at the moment since the ppa doesn’t include a repo for “quantal” yet so all you get is a 404 when you try to update.

  54. go back to windows, dumb boi

  55. ok;

    I am trying to install this through the live cd to the mbr of a raid0 hard disk. I have no way of booting into the system because grub2 failed to install on my mbr of the raid. How can I install this while in the live environment?

  56. what a waste of time.

  57. sudo burg-install /dev/sda

  58. Timophey

    it works in 12.10

  59. works great!

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