How to customize the login message on Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS?

I want to customize the below login message.Please let me know which file do I need to edit.

root@'s password:
Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.19.0-25-generic x86_64)

 * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/

  System information as of Wed Oct 14 01:05:33 CDT 2015

  System load:    0.0             Processes:           117
  Usage of /home: 0.1% of 944MB   Users logged in:     1
  Memory usage:   4%              IP address for eth0:
  Swap usage:     0%

  Graph this data and manage this system at:

0 packages can be updated.
0 updates are security updates.

Last login: Wed Oct 14 01:05:35 2015 from

To customize the pre-login message, such as to create a login banner, you need to edit /etc/issue file.

To customize post-login messages, you can edit some of the files in /etc/update-motd.d. Such files as 00-header and 10-help-text in that directory are safe to edit.

Another possibility is to add a custom function/command to your .bashrc at the end of the file.

For instance, I have the following function defined at the top of my .mkshrc file :


  isTTY=$(tty | awk '{if ($0~/\/dev\/tty.*/) {print "true"}else{print "false"}}')

  if [ "$isTTY" = "true" ]; then
    printf "You are in virtual console\n"
    printf "current disk usage is"

And I call the function at the end of .bashrc with just testTTY. As you can see from the code, the function determines if I logged in into TTY or not, and if it is TTY, it shows appropriate message and output of dfcommand


The configuration files are in /etc/update-motd.d. motd stands for the message of the day.

  • Hello I want to remove these lines from login prompt and make my own customized message – Nidhi Oct 14 '15 at 7:03
  • Try to change the files and see what happens. For instance add a line 'printf "My custom message"' at the end of 00-header file. Take a look at printf lines and change them as you wish. – nobody Oct 14 '15 at 7:30

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