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Fire MotD Generator for displaying custom system information


This tool displays useful system information after logging into a Linux system (or Windows with FireMotD.ps1), such as version, CPU information, memory, disk information, number of updates, and many more useful things.

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Production ready. Making sysadmins happy since 2014.

How To

Please check for more information on how to use this plugin.


In case you find a bug or have a feature request, please make an issue on GitHub.

Usage Help

 FireMotD [-v] -t <Theme Name>
 FireMotD [-v] -C ['String']
 FireMotD [-vhVs]

   -h | --help                          Shows this help and exits
   -v | --verbose                       Verbose mode
   -d | --debug                         Debug mode
   -V | --version                       Shows version information and exits
   -t | --theme <Theme Name>            Shows MotD with chosen theme
   -D | --Data                          Data template to use (basic or all)
  -TF | --TemplateFile <Template Path>  Shows MotD with chosen template file
   -C | --colortest                     Prints color test to screen
   -M | --colormap                      Prints color test including color numbers
   -S | --save                          Saves data to /usr/share/firemotd/data/FireMotD.json
   -R | --RenderTime                    Time to render FireMotD. Values van be cache (default) or live
   -G | --GenerateCache                 Generates cache for give theme. Values can be 'all' or a theme name
  -MT | --MultiThreaded                 Enable multithreaded Exploring. Experimental feature!
  -HV | --hideversion                   Hides version number (legacy themes)
 -sru | --skiprepoupdate                Skip repository package update (apt only)

256-color themes:

16-color themes:

HTML theme:

 sudo FireMotD -I -d
 sudo FireMotD -S -d -D all
 FireMotD -G all -d
 FireMotD -T Modern
 FireMotD -t html > /tmp/motd.html
 FireMotD -TF FireMotD-theme-Elastic.json
 FireMotD --theme Modern
 FireMotD --colortest
 FireMotD -M



Using yum
sudo yum install bc sysstat jq moreutils
Using apt-get
sudo apt-get install bc sysstat jq moreutils

Built-in Install function

Run this command from you homefolder:

curl -s -o /tmp/FireMotD && chmod 755 /tmp/FireMotD && sudo /tmp/FireMotD -I -d && /tmp/FireMotD -G all -d

Generating caches

To speed up things a bit, you need to generate cache files for the themes you are using. YOu can do this with the '-G' parameter. For example this will generate the cache for the Eline theme:

FireMotD -G Eline

Or this will generate caches for all available themes:

FireMotD -G all -d


You need to have make installed on the system, if you want to use the Makefile.

To install to /usr/local/bin/FireMotD
sudo make install

With this you can probably run FireMotD from anywhere in your system. If not, you need to add /usr/local/bin to your $PATH variable. To adjust the installation path, change the var IDIR=/usr/local/bin in the Makefile to the path you want.

To install bash autocompletion support
sudo make bash_completion

With this you can use TAB to autocomplete parameters and options with FireMotD. Does not require the sudo make install above (system install), but requires the bash-completion package to be installed and working. Then you should logout-login or source the bash completion file, eg. $ . /etc/bash_completion.d/FireMotD

If you don't have root access, just install everything on your user's folder and source the file from your user's .profile file

Crontab to get system information

Root privilege is required for this operation. Only /etc/crontab and the files in /etc/cron.d/ have a username field.

The recommended way to generate /var/tmp/FireMotD.json is by creating a separate cron file for firemotd like this:

sudo vim /etc/cron.d/FireMotD
# FireMotD system updates check (randomly execute between 0:00:00 and 5:59:59)
0 0 * * * root perl -e 'sleep int(rand(21600))' && /usr/local/bin/FireMotD -S &>/dev/null

But you can also put it in root's crontab (without the user field):

sudo crontab -e
# FireMotD system updates check (randomly execute between 0:00:00 and 5:59:59)
0 0 * * * perl -e 'sleep int(rand(21600))' && /usr/local/bin/FireMotD -S &>/dev/null

Apt configuration to update updates count

On systems with apt (Debian, Ubuntu, ...) add the following configuration lines to refresh the updates count after an apt action (install, remove, ...) was performed.

Create the apt configuration file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/15firemotd containing:

DPkg::Post-Invoke {
 "if [ -x /usr/local/bin/FireMotD ]; then echo -n 'Updating FireMotD available updates count ... '; /usr/local/bin/FireMotD -sru -S; echo ''; fi";

Adding FireMotD to run on login

Choosing where to run your script is kind of situational. Some files will only run on remote logins, other local logins, or even both. You should find out what suits best your needs on each case.

To add FireMotD to a single user

Edit the user's ~/.profile file, ~/.bash_profile file, or the ~/.bashrc file

nano ~/.profile

Add the FireMotD call at the end of the file (choose your theme)

/usr/local/bin/FireMotD -T Red
To add FireMotD to all users

You may call FireMotD from a few different locations for running globally.
Eg./etc/bash.bashrc, /etc/profile.

You may also create a initialization script which will call the FireMotD script in /etc/profile.d when logging in. You can put whatever you like in this script. Everything in it will be executed at the moment someone logs in your system. Example:

/usr/local/bin/FireMotD -T Digipolis


If you want to try up FireMotD even more, you can use the '-MT' switch, which will enable multi-threading for the Explore functions. THis is still a somehwat experimental feature and will result in the CPU Usage as reported relatively high, as multiple Explore functions are running while mpstat is calculating the average CPU usage.

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This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details at

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