Quickzi: How To Add a Welcome Message for SSH Users

Here is a quick tip on how to add a welcome message for your SSH users.

If you want users to see a banner welcome message when connecting to your SSH server, you need to turn on the banner configuration of SSHd and then create a banner file.

Step 1:

Create a banner file that contains text you want people to see when connecting to your SSH server.

Create and open the banner file:

# vi /home/adam/banner

Add your text:

This is the banner file for Foogazi.com! Welcome!

Write the file and quit:

:wq

Step 2:

Edit sshd_config to set a default banner path.

# vi /etc/ssh/sshd_config

then add the following to the config file:

Banner /path/to/banner

Write the file and quit:

:wq

Step 3:

Restart the sshd server.

# /etc/init.d/sshd restart

Step 4:

SSH to your server and test to see if the banner is working:

# ssh adam@foogazi.com
This is the banner file for Foogazi.com! Welcome!

adam@foogazi.com's password:
#

It’s working!

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