Customize your Umbrel SSH welcome screen

Hello all,

I’ve had my Umbrel node for a few months and a little while ago I adapted a few motd scripts to make a cool SSH welcome screen when I into my Umbrel. Here it is:

It’s alerted me on occasion to issues connecting when the total connections are not at 10. The storage stats are nothing new that the Umbrel GUI doesn’t provide now, but I originally built this before storage was available in the GUI.

If you’d like to create the same in a couple of minutes, here are the steps:

  1. SSH into your Umbrel and remove the existing motd file at /etc/motd with the command sudo rm /etc/motd this makes the welcome screen more appealing by removing the paragraph of standard legal language

  2. Go to /etc/update-motd.d/ with cd /etc/update-motd.d

  3. Create a file named 20-raspberry-umbrel with sudo nano 20-raspberry-umbrel

  4. Paste the text in this file into your new file 20-raspberry-umbrel.txt (1.5 KB) or transfer it over (make sure you remove the .txt extension)

  5. Make it executable with sudo chmod +x 20-raspberry-umbrel

  6. Log out and back in to see if it worked. It does take a second or two longer to log in and show the welcome screen, because it’s executing a docker command to obtain network information from bitcoind.

I hope you enjoy this and let me know if you have any questions or issues.

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