bootup - Linux


bootup is a powerful Linux command that provides detailed information about the system’s boot process. It offers insights into the hardware and software initialization sequence, allowing users to troubleshoot boot-related issues and optimize system performance.


bootup [options] [device]


  • -v, –verbose: Enables verbose mode, displaying additional boot messages.
  • -q, –quiet: Suppresses all messages except for errors.
  • -s, –summary: Prints a concise summary of the boot process.
  • -n, –no-logo: Suppresses the bootup logo.
  • -f, –follow: Continuously monitors the boot process, updating the output in real-time.
  • -h, –help: Displays help information.
  • -V, –version: Displays version information.


Simple usage:


Verbose output:

bootup -v


bootup -s

Monitor boot in real-time:

bootup -f

Specify boot device:

bootup /dev/sda

Common Issues

  • Missing device argument: If no device is specified, bootup may fail with a "No such file or directory" error.
  • Bootup hangs or freezes: This can be caused by hardware or software issues. Try rebooting the system and checking for errors in system logs.
  • Verbose output floods the screen: Use the -q option to suppress most messages.


bootup can be integrated with other commands for advanced tasks, such as:

  • bootup | grep: Filter boot messages for specific keywords.
  • bootup | less: View boot messages in a paginated format.
  • logger -f /dev/kmsg | bootup -f: Monitor kernel messages and display bootup information in real-time.

Related Commands

  • dmesg: Displays kernel boot messages.
  • systemd-analyze: Analyzes system boot and shutdown times.
  • bootchart: Generates a graphical representation of the boot process.