Customize the Mac Login Screen Easily

Jan 3, 2011 - 12 Comments

customize the mac login screen

If you want to customize your Mac OS X login screen but don’t feel like getting your hands dirty mucking around in system files the old fashioned way, check out a free app called Ravissant.

You can easily customize and change your Mac login screen details including:

  • The login screen logo (see below for a copy of the retro rainbow Apple logo
  • Customize the Mac OS X text to say anything
  • Custom the login welcome text and message
  • Customize the login wallpaper background (much easier than doing this manually)
  • Host Info can be adjusted to show Date & Time, IP Address, Host Name, Build Number, Serial Number, System Version, and Network Account Status

The GUI is very easy to use, just click on things, type a new message, drag in a new wallpaper or logo, then click ‘Apply Changes’ and reboot to see your new custom login screen. Did I mention this is free?

Download Ravissant to customize your Mac login screen

The Ravissant developer doesn’t seem to have a website, so you’ll have to get it from MacUpdate or use this direct download link.

Here’s the retro rainbow Apple logo as a transparent PNG file used in the screenshot above:

Old-Apple-Logo

And if you’re curious how to type the Apple logo that is shown on both sides of the OSXDaily text in the screenshot, just hit Option+Shift+K to make 

Once you drag in your own background image, you can adjust the apps window size so you can get a preview of how the custom wallpaper will look in your login screen. Here’s a shrunk down screenshot to show the effect with a custom background:

mac login screen customized

Happy customizing!

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Manfred Von Finklestein says:

    Hey this is great, thanks a bunch

  2. Duus says:

    Thank you very much! My login is screwed up now:) but cool:D

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  4. Gus says:

    You can have multiple lines also. Click Edit > Special Characters… and search for “line feed (LF)”.

  5. Dale Hartlieb says:

    To get the  symbol, it’s option + shift + k

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  10. sridhar says:

    update me walls

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