I have recently started a small Team Fortress 2 dedicated Windows Server on my PC for just a few friends to join. However if it may start to get popular, how would I send I private message to a user saying:

Welcome to my server <their Steam name>

Could I do this through a command in a cfg file or would I need some sort of server mod to send private messages with variables in (like their Steam name)?

Please ask if you need any more information.

1 Answer 1


What you are looking for is called Motd, which is message of the day, or motto of the day.

Way 1)

No mods needed but it is doesn't work thru chat.

I found a Steam Guide by Jimo about it. You basically create a png image, pick a background color, create an html for it (all available there), then you upload it to a website, save the URL to a txt file called motd.txt and then copy it to orangebox/tf.

This is how it'll look: motd by jimo Image courtesy Jimo.

Way 2)

Use a mod, which you can find from here.

  • Do most people not have HTML MOTDs off? Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 13:51
  • Or just use Txt motd. Don't put link in txt, put the text.
    – ave
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 14:19
  • Would it be possible to type the HTML directly into motd.txt? Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 14:30
  • AFAIK no, just get a github page (register to github, create a repository called thelinkyouwant.github.io, put html there, go to thelinkyouwant.github.io/thenameofthehtmlfile.html). Example: ardaozkal.github.io/richtest.html It is %100 free with 0 ads.
    – ave
    Commented Aug 19, 2015 at 17:37

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