Chapter 1. Introduction to Anaconda customization

1.1. Introduction to Anaconda Customization

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora installation program, Anaconda, brings many improvements in its most recent versions. One of these improvements is enhanced customizability. You can now write add-ons to extend the base installer functionality, and change the appearance of the graphical user interface.

This document will explain how to customize the following:

  • Boot menu - pre-configured options, color scheme and background
  • Appearance of the graphical interface - logo, backgrounds, product name
  • Installer functionality - add-ons which can enhance the installer by adding new Kickstart commands and new screens in the graphical and textual user interfaces

Also note that this document applies only to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and Fedora 17 and later.


Procedures described in this book are written for Red Hat Enterprise Linux  9 or a similar system. On other systems, the tools and applications used (such as genisoimage for creating custom ISO images) may be different, and procedures may need to be adjusted.