LKBEN11023: Howto make a nice banner for a text console login on Linux


You would like a nice banner when sombebody makes a login on the server or client




You can install sysvbanner to create the banner in the first place.

To do this on a debian or Kubuntu or Ubuntu system you type in:

apt-get install sysvbanner

Now you can use the command banner to create a banner of some text, redirect it to a file and add the file to /etc/

 This will be shown when you login from the network. To make it work with ssh (secure shell daemon) you need to add  the line


Banner /etc/


to your sshd.config file. 



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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.