Ubuntu: Modify the SSH welcome message to include system IP address


I have had a couple of occasions where I was unable to remember the IP address for a given system but was, at the time, able to connect using the hostname. As an example, just now I wanted to set up port forwarding on my router and couldn't remember the IP for the target system.

I am wondering if it is possible to add the system's IP address to the welcome message that gets displayed on an SSH connection.

The default welcome message that I am trying to modify, in case that term is ambiguous, is"

Linux [hostname] 2.6.35-32-generic #64-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jan 3 00:47:07 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux    Ubuntu 10.10    Welcome to Ubuntu!      * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com/  

Somewhere in there I think I'd like to add the IP address of the system I just logged in to. Any suggestions? Other than trading in my brain for a newer model with more RAM?


The message you refer to is the "motd", or "Message of the Day". It's contained in /etc/motd.

This is generated by update-motd, documentation for which is here:


See this related question:

How do I edit the ssh motd?

To directly answer your question, you could add a file called /etc/update-motd.d/50-ip-address with this content:

#!/bin/bash  ifconfig |grep "inet addr"  

This will very simplistically add all the configured internet addresses on your system to the motd file.

The motd is updated "at each login" (as per man update-motd). You can play with the number as the first part of the script's name to decide the order in which the IP address will appear.

As the files in /etc/update-motd.d are simply shell scripts, you can write something as simple or as complicated as you want.


This may be more than you want/need, but the landscape-common package automatically adds system information, including IP addresses to the MOTD.

Welcome to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.4.0-28-generic x86_64)     * Documentation:  https://help.ubuntu.com   * Management:     https://landscape.canonical.com   * Support:        https://ubuntu.com/advantage      System information as of Tue Jul 12 10:21:51 MDT 2016      System load:  0.09                Users logged in:        1    Usage of /:   12.3% of 225.17GB   IP address for enp7s0:  192.168.X.XXX    Memory usage: 45%                 IP address for wlp9s1:  192.168.X.XXX    Swap usage:   0%                  IP address for docker0:    Processes:    397      Graph this data and manage this system at:      https://landscape.canonical.com/    0 packages can be updated.  0 updates are security updates.    Last login: Tue Jul 12 10:03:16 2016 from 192.168.X.XXX  

Specifically, it adds a symlink to /usr/share/landscape/landscape-sysinfo.wrapper in the /etc/update-motd.d/ directory.

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