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Set a Static IP Address on Ubuntu

It is not intuitively obvious how to assign Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx a a static IP address from the command line. However, much of Linux administration involves the editing of text files, and assigning a static IP address is no different. You’ll need to edit the following file:


Initially, the file only contains information about your local loopback address:

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

To assign a static IP address, you’ll need to make some changes to this file.

Let’s say you want to assign a static IP of to your eth0 network connection (the first Ethernet adapter on your system; if you only have one, it will be eth0), with a subnet mask of and a local gateway of First, make a backup copy of the interfaces file:

sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces ~

This will make a backup copy in your home directory in case something goes amiss during the editing process. Next, fire up a text editor:

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

(Obviously you can substitue emacs or your editor of choice.)

Once the file is open, add the following lines:

iface eth0 inet static

Once you’ve added these lines, save the interfaces file to disk, and exit your text editor. If you want to add a static DNS server, you’ll need to edit the /etc/resolv.conf file with this command:

sudo vi /etc/resolv.conf


NOTICE: nano /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/tail

this will keep your setting after reboot.


nano /etc/resolv.conf

To set a static DNS server with the address of, add this line to the file:


for u14 edit : /etc/resolvconf/resolv.conf.d/base and this will be permant

Save the file, and exit your text editor.

You’ll then to need have your system load the new IP configuration. You can do that by rebooting, but if that takes too long, you can use this command to force Ubuntu to re-read the configuration files:

/etc/init.d/networking restart

sudo ifup eth0

Your system will then have a static IP address.