Add a static IP to Redhat/Fedora/CentOS



Need to permanently assign a static IP address to a Linux box? This tutorial describes how to add any number of IP addresses to a network interface from the console. Login as root and change directory to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts and list the configurations of your network interface. In this example, we're assuming the network interface is eth0.
# cd /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts
# ls -l ifcfg-eth0*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 38 Dec  8  2009 ifcfg-eth0
Take note of the files listed. In the above example, eth0 only has one config file, but there could be many.
# cd /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts
# ls -l ifcfg-eth0*
-rw-r--r-- 5 root root 235 Sep 29  2009 ifcfg-eth0
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 237 Sep 29  2009 ifcfg-eth0:1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 237 Sep 29  2009 ifcfg-eth0:2
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 237 Sep 29  2009 ifcfg-eth0:3
Make a copy of the ifcfg-eth0 file and name the new file ifcfg-eth0:X where X is the next increment of the file names. For example, if there was only a single ifcfg-eth0 file, the new file should be named ifcfg-eth0:1. If the last config file was ifcfg-eth0:3, name the new file ifcfg-eth0:4.
cp ifcfg-eth0 ifcfg-eth0:1
Edit the new file and change/add the settings below. The DEVICE, NETMASK, IPADDR, GATEWAY settings must be set to your specific values. For example:
# DEVICE should be the network interface name and increment
Repeat these steps for each IP address you need to add. For each static IP address, create a new network interface config file named with the ":X" increment, and similarly set the DEVICE directive. If you're not using DHCP at all, you may need to add/edit your DNS servers. Open up /etc/resolv.conf and make sure the IP's of your DNS servers are in there. For example:
Finally, restart the network interfaces.
/etc/init.d/network restart
If you're SSH'd into the box, don't log out yet. Log into the box with a new SSH session to verify the network interface came back up. Once verified, try pinging the new IP from a different box.
# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.051 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.061 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.068 ms


  1. Bugsy

    Great, simple writeup!

  2. LC Davis

    Hi Tim, I am hoping you can help me. I am trying to set the host machine and the guest (KVM) client to have static IP addresses on the same subnet. Funny thing I can get both of them to see the www but they can't see (ping) each other on the same network, subnet, etc. I am using ifcfg-eth0 for both systems with their appropriate ip address, gateway, dns. Any help would be greatly appreciated. host machine gw=, Netmask I don't have the ifcfg-eth0 pointing to the ifcfg-br0 bridge, but it is needed because my KVM client wouldn't load without it.

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