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A simple module to demonstrate managing /etc/motd or Windows Logon Message as a template


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Version information

  • 7.1.0 (latest)
  • 7.0.0
  • 6.3.0
  • 6.2.0
  • 6.1.0
  • 6.0.0
  • 5.0.0
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  • 1.1.0
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  • 1.0.0
released Jun 20th 2023
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.7.x, 2023.6.x, 2023.5.x, 2023.4.x, 2023.3.x, 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x
  • Puppet >= 7.0.0 < 9.0.0
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Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'puppetlabs-motd', '7.1.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add puppetlabs-motd
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install puppetlabs-motd --version 7.1.0

Direct download is not typically how you would use a Puppet module to manage your infrastructure, but you may want to download the module in order to inspect the code.

Tags: testing


puppetlabs/motd — version 7.1.0 Jun 20th 2023


Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Module Description - What the module does and why it is useful
  3. Setup - The basics of getting started with the motd module
  4. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  5. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how
  6. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  7. Development - Guide for contributing to the module

Module Description

The motd module configures a system message of the day. The module includes a default message template. Alternatively, you can specify a different template or a static string.


Beginning with the motd module

To configure motd on your system, include the motd class: include motd.


The motd module configures the message of the day on a wide variety of systems. The module populates either /etc/motd, /etc/issue and /etc/ (on POSIX systems) or a registry key (on Windows systems) with the contents of a basic template file.

By default, the module populates motd using the included template. Alternatively, you can specify a different template or a static string. For example, to use a custom template you would set the template parameter:

class { 'motd':
  template => 'mymodule/mytemplate.epp',

To specify a string as the message of the day:

class { 'motd':
  content => "Hello world!\n",




For an extensive list of supported operating systems, see metadata.json

Disabling dynamic motd is supported only on Debian.

A note on Windows

On Windows systems, the motd module populates the contents of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system\legalnoticetext and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system\legalnoticecaption. The legalnoticetext registry key is shown before login on a Windows system.


We are experimenting with a new tool for running acceptance tests. It's name is puppet_litmus this replaces beaker as the test runner. To run the acceptance tests follow the instructions here.

Puppet Labs modules on the Puppet Forge are open projects, and community contributions are essential for keeping them great. We can’t access the huge number of platforms and myriad hardware, software, and deployment configurations that Puppet is intended to serve. We want to keep it as easy as possible to contribute changes so that our modules work in your environment. There are a few guidelines that we need contributors to follow so that we can have a chance of keeping on top of things. For more information, see our module contribution guide.


The list of contributors can be found at: