The Message of the Day (or MOTD if you like a good acronym) is the message box that is presented in the Team Select and Squad/Loadout Select screen when in a server for Squad. This is often used to have a set of rules displayed, thank a player for joining the server, or just to provide relevant information for the day (for example, if the server is coming down for maintenance at a certain time, or the names of administrators, or a Discord server link).

How to...

Modifying the MOTD for a server is relatively simple. It is as simple as modifying the file MOTD.cfg within the SquadGame/ServerConfig folder for your server. Changes to the MOTD.cfg file are not instant, and will require a server restart to take effect.

The MOTD.cfg supports a few different "special" formatting settings that are derived from the HTML programming language - primarily anchor text (or <a>)

When typing normally into the MOTD.cfg without any formatting, this wording will appear as white text, and will print exactly what you tell it to.


When the <a> flag is used for a line, for example, the below text would be presented as yellow instead of white:

<a>Yellow Text</a>


If you wish to insert a link into the MOTD (such as for a website or discord link) you can use the following to make a clickable link. For example:

<a href="">Click here to go to Southnode!</a>

The above would present the words "Click here to go to Southnode!" as a clickable link on the MOTD, that goes to


The MOTD is scrollable but does have a horizontal character limit. The following is noted:

  • The font in game is not monospaced, making this more than just a matter of counting straight characters. At best guess, the maximum characters in a line should be between 60-65 characters long.

Further Reading

How to add Admins to your Squad Dedicated Server

How to change the Map Rotation of your Squad Dedicated Server

How to change the name of your Squad Dedicated Server

How to setup RCON for your Squad Dedicated Server


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