Add Text Art To Ubuntu Server Login Message Because.. Why Not?

Ever since I started using servers and seeing the login message in SSH terminal, I thought hey why not jazz things up a bit? The login message will display some general info and give us a spot to add anything we want. Why not add some text art displaying the domain name, the OS, or even some actual artwork?

We can simply change the message in /etc/motd. First let’s find a text art converter. A website like lets us enter text of our choice and shows us the output in text art. Check out for some actual small text art, like so.





You can just copy and paste it into:

nano /etc/motd

Now save the file (ctrl+x in nano), and reopen the terminal to see our new personalized login message.

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