How to assign IP to network interface command line in linux

This article objective is provide you the way to assign the IP address to the network interface from the command line.

You can see the available network interfaces on your machine by using the simple command ifconfig

You can find the interfaces and their names and you can identify the name which is  preceded by colon(:) in the left side. Something like eth0, lo and wlan0 etc.  The network interface lo interface is the special interface where we called it as localhost and special IP assigned to it also called loopback IP.

Do you know? you can assign multiple IPs to single network interface. This is pretty useful when you need multiple IP addresses but you have only one network card.

We created new interface alias with IP assigned. We can do it simply by giving colon(:) and alias number.

Assign IP using ifconfig

This command will assign the specified IP to the give network interface. It is not a persistent change. The would change after reboot.


Get IP using dhclient

The program dhclient will get you the IP to the given interface using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). The IP which will be assigned to the given network interface which will be provided by gateway or router. If you won’t have any preference of having specific IP assigned to the network card, this can be used


Assign static IP

The IP we assigned above is not a persistent or static IP. Means you will lose that IP and will get an other different IP assigned after reboot. To make this IP permanent we have to edit the configuration files.

Ubuntu /etc/network/interfaces


CentOS /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

Unlike the distribution Debian, CentOS maintains the configuration in a separate file for each interface. The  file path would be something like  /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-<interface_name>.


How to check routes (routing table) in linux

The route is nothing but a path or way to the specific or range of destination IP addresses. Linux kernel maintains these routes called as kernel routing table and will route the traffic accordingly.

You can use any one of them to display the routing table


Command route

The command route is used to modify and check the existing routes. To check the routing table using route command,

This will display the list of routes currently configured

Command: route -n 

This will give the output with out resolving the names

Command netstat

This command gives the statistics about the network. With this command you can do more than just printing routing table,

Print network connections,
routing tables,
interface statistics,
masquerade connections,  and
multicast memberships

To check the routing table,

Command: nestat -rn


Option -r  is to display the routing table

Option -n is not to resolve the names. Print the IP addresses only

Command IP

To check routing table using command ip 

Command: ip route list

To find hops, route of the destination and how your machine is reaching the destination you use tracepath

Where you can replace with specific domain or IP address.


How to list IP addresses of all connected machines in local network

If you want to list valid connected IPs in your local network, you can do it by logging into your router if you have a password, else you can check  connected client IPs command line  using either of the following two commands.


Let’s see, how you can list connected systems IPs in your netowrk using these commands

List IPs using command namp

Basically this command namp is used to scan networks. It is most widely  used as port scanner. You can do many things with this command.

Auditing the security of a device or firewall by identifying the network

Identifying open ports on a target host

Network i maintenance and asset management.

Generating traffic to hosts on a network, response analysis and response time measurement.

Find and exploit vulnerabilities in a network

Ok, lets come to main thing listing IPs of connected systems in network

nmap -sP 192.168.1.*

Where,  you have to specify the IP range or subnet to scan to get the list of connected hosts. Options -sP  no port scan based on your version you can also use option -sn .

Warning:  Do not performs scans on a network without proper authorization.

List IPs using command arp

Basically arp is the protocol which stands for Address Resolution Protocol. Many linux boxes are loaded with command arp

Ping your network using a broadcast address i.e. “ping” if your IP is or something in same network. After that, perform “arp -a” to determine all the computing devices connected to the network

Note: You can find your broadcast IP in ifconfig output for corresponding network interface

You can use the following command to list connected clients after you ping your broadcast IP,

arp -a

This command will list most of the IPs found but it’s not that much accurate. Some times routers hide machines which are connected via wire to the machines which are connected via wifi network.