efibootmgr man page

efibootmgr — manipulate the EFI Boot Manager


efibootmgr [ -a ] [ -A ] [ -b XXXX ] [ -r | -y ] [ -B ] [ -c ] [ -d DISK ] [ -D ] [ -e 1|3|-1 ] [ -E NUM ] [ -g ] [ -i NAME ] [ -l NAME ] [ -L LABEL ] [ -m t|f ] [ -M X ] [ -n XXXX ] [ -N ] [ -o XXXX,YYYY,ZZZZ ... ] [ -O ] [ -p PART ] [ -q ] [ -t seconds ] [ -T ] [ -u ] [ -v ] [ -V ] [ -w ] [ -@ file ]


efibootmgr is a userspace application used to modify the Intel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) Boot Manager. This application can create and destroy boot entries, change the boot order, change the next running boot option, and more.

Details on the EFI Boot Manager are available from the EFI Specification, v1.02 or later, available from:

Note: efibootmgr requires that the kernel support access to EFI non-volatile variables through /sys/firmware/efi/vars or /sys/firmware/efi/efivars/.


The following is a list of options accepted by efibootmgr:

-a | --active
Sets bootnum active
-A | --inactive
Sets bootnum inactive
-b | --bootnum XXXX
Modify BootXXXX (hex)
-B | --delete-bootnum
Delete bootnum
-c | --create
Create new variable bootnum and add to bootorder
-d | --disk DISK
The disk containing the loader (defaults to /dev/sda)
-D | --remove-dups
Remove duplicated entries from BootOrder
-e | --edd30 1|3|-1
Force EDD 1.0 or 3.0 creation variables, or guess.
-E | --edd-device NUM
EDD 1.0 device number (defaults to 0x80)
-g | --gpt
Force disk with invalid PMBR to be treated as GPT
-i | --iface NAME
create a netboot entry for the named interface
-l | --loader NAME
Specify a loader (defaults to \\elilo.efi)
-L | --label LABEL
Boot manager display label (defaults to "Linux")
-m | --mirror-below-4G t|f
Set t if you want to mirror memory below 4GB
-M | --mirror-above-4G X
X percentage memory to mirror above 4GB. Floating-point value with up to 2 decimal places is accepted.
-n | --bootnext XXXX
Set BootNext to XXXX (hex)
-N | --delete-bootnext
Delete BootNext
-o | --bootorder XXXX,YYYY,ZZZZ
Explicitly set BootOrder (hex). Any value from 0 to FFFF is accepted so long as it corresponds to an existing Boot#### variable, and zero padding is not required.
-O | --delete-bootorder
Delete BootOrder
-p | --part PART
Partition number containing the bootloader (defaults to 1)
-q | --quiet
Quiet mode - supresses output.
-r | --driver
Operate on Driver#### variables instead of Boot#### variables.
-t | --timeout seconds
Boot Manager timeout, in seconds.
-T | --delete-timeout
Delete Timeout variable.
-u | --unicode | --UCS-2
pass extra command line arguments as UCS-2 (default is ASCII)
-v | --verbose
Verbose mode - prints additional information
-V | --version
Just print version string and exit.
-w | --write-signature
write unique signature to the MBR if needed
-y | --sysprep
Operate on SysPrep#### variables instead of Boot#### variables.
-@ | --append-binary-args
append extra variable args from file (use - to read from stdin). Data in file is appended as command line arguments to the boot loader command, with no modification to the data, so you can pass any binary or text data necessary.



Displaying the Current Settings (Must Be Root).

[root@localhost ~]# efibootmgr
BootCurrent: 0004
BootNext: 0003
BootOrder: 0004,0000,0001,0002,0003
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot0000* Diskette Drive(device:0)
Boot0001* CD-ROM Drive(device:FF) 
Boot0002* Hard Drive(Device:80)/HD(Part1,Sig00112233)   
Boot0003* PXE Boot: MAC(00D0B7C15D91)               
Boot0004* Linux

This shows:

BootCurrent - the boot entry used to start the currently running system
BootOrder - the boot order as would appear in the boot manager. The boot manager tries to boot the first active entry in this list. If unsuccessful, it tries the next entry, and so on.
BootNext - the boot entry which is scheduled to be run on next boot. This supercedes BootOrder for one boot only, and is deleted by the boot manager after first use. This allows you to change the next boot behavior without changing BootOrder.
Timeout - the time in seconds between when the boot manager appears on the screen until when it automatically chooses the startup value from BootNext or BootOrder.
Five boot entries (0000 - 0004), along with the active/inactive flag (* means active) and the name displayed on the screen.


Creating a New Boot Option

An OS installer would call efibootmgr -c. This assumes that /boot/efi is your EFI System Partition, and is mounted at /dev/sda1. This creates a new boot option, called "Linux", and puts it at the top of the boot order list. Options may be passed to modify the default behavior. The default OS Loader is elilo.efi.


Changing the Boot Order

Assuming the configuration in Example #1, efibootmgr -o 3,4 could be called to specify PXE boot first, then Linux boot.


Changing the Boot Order for the Next Boot Only

Assuming the configuration in Example #1, efibootmgr -n 4 could be called to specify that the Linux entry be taken on next boot.


Deleting a Boot Option

Assuming the configuration in Example #1, efibootmgr -b 4 -B could be called to delete entry 4 and remove it from the BootOrder.


Creating Network Boot Entries

A system administrator wants to create a boot option to network boot. You create the boot entry with: efibootmgr -c -i eth0 -L netboot [ -l '\filename.efi' ]


Please direct any bugs, features, patches, etc. to Peter Jones: https://github.com/rhinstaller/efibootm… .


This man page was generated by dann frazier <dannf@debian.org> for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, but may be used by others.

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11 January 2012