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How to Change an IP Address on Linux CentOS


How do I configure the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) for a network connection with a static IP address on servers running Linux? How do I configure static IP address for  Redhat / RHEL / Fedora / Redhat Enterprise Linux server

1. You can change the ip-address of the server temporarily using ifconfig command For example, the following changes the ip-address of the server on eth0 interface to

#      ifconfig eth0 to


2. You can change the IP Address permanently under the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts directory, you’ll see file for every network interface on your system. For example, if your interface is “eth0″, you’ll see ifcfg-eth0 file under this directory.

Modify the ifcfg-eth0 file with your favorite text editor (a lot of people prefer to use vi or nano) and change the IPADDR field accordingly as shown below to change the ip-address.

#      vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

Change the IP address to the correct IP, make sure that the Netmask and Gateway are configured correctly as well and save.

#    vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0








After you save the the ifcfg-eth0 you will have to restart the network. You can restart the network with the following command.

#      service network restart