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How to set a static IP Address from the Command Line in GNU/Linux using ip addr and ip route

Assuming you want to make the following changes to the network device eth0

  1. Change the IP to the static value 192.168.1.2
  2. Set the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0
  3. Set the Default Gateway for the device to be 192.168.1.1

and you want to avoid using ifconfig and route that are obsolete you can perform these changes using the following two commands

sudo ip addr add 192.168.1.2/24 dev eth0;
sudo ip route add default via 192.168.1.1 dev eth0;

Please note that the netmask is given in CIDR notation (it is the /24 right after the IP of the device in the ip addr command).

A subnet mask (netmask) is a bitmask that encodes the prefix length in quad-dotted notation: 32 bits, starting with a number of 1 bits equal to the prefix length, ending with 0 bits, and encoded in four-part dotted-decimal format: 255.255.255.0. A subnet mask encodes the same information as a prefix length, but predates the advent of CIDR. In CIDR notation, the prefix bits are always contiguous, whereas subnet masks may specify non-contiguous bits.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classless_Inter-Domain_Routing


How to set a static IP Address from the Command Line in GNU/Linux using ifconfig and route

Assuming you want to make the following changes to the network device eth0

  1. Change the IP to the static value 192.168.1.2
  2. Set the Subnet Mask to 255.255.255.0
  3. Set the Default Gateway for the device to be 192.168.1.1

you can perform these changes using the following two commands

sudo ifconfig eth0 192.168.1.2 netmask 255.255.255.0;
sudo route add default gw 192.168.1.1 eth0;

ifconfig

ifconfig is an application that allows you to configure a network interface.
It is used to configure the kernel-resident network interfaces. and it is used at boot time to set up interfaces as necessary. After that, it is usually only needed when debugging or when system tuning is needed.
If no arguments are given, ifconfig displays the status of the currently active interfaces. If a single interface argument is given, it displays the status of the given interface only; if a single -a argument is given, it displays the status of all interfaces, even those that are down. Otherwise, it configures an interface.

route

route is an application that allows you to show and manipulate the IP routing table. The primary use of route is to set up static routes to specific hosts or networks via an interface after it has been configured with the ifconfig program.
When the add or del options are used, route modifies the routing tables. Without these options, route displays the current contents of the routing tables.