How to configure a static IP address on Ubuntu 18.04 CLI

This is a quick reference guide on how to configure a static IP address on Ubuntu 18.04

1. Check interfaces by typing ifconfig -a

root@VPS:~# ifconfig -a
eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
inet 10.10.0.102  netmask 255.255.255.0  broadcast 10.10.0.255
inet6 fe80::7ff:fe59:9a16  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20 	<link>
        ether 02:00:07:59:9a:16  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
RX packets 226  bytes 23624 (23.6 KB)
RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
TX packets 95  bytes 14736 (14.7 KB)
TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
inet 127.0.0.1  netmask 255.0.0.0
inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
loop  txqueuelen 1000  (Local Loopback)
RX packets 2  bytes 78 (78.0 B)
RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
TX packets 2  bytes 78 (78.0 B)
TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

You will need to specify the interface that you would like to statically assign an IP address to. In this scenario the interface is eth0.

2. Create a yaml file in /etc/netplan

Use nano to create and edit files – simply run the following command if you do not have it installed.

apt-get install nano

Create a yaml file under /etc/netplan – I have used network_config.yaml as my file name.

root@VPS:~# cd /etc/netplan/
root@VPS:/etc/netplan# nano network_config.yaml

Enter the following into network_config.yaml file using nano – make sure you change the interface to your ifconfig -a output (the interface you would like to configure your static IP on). My interface in this scenario is eth0.

You will also need to specify your default gateway and your dns servers. These are configured under the following headings: gateway4 and nameservers respectively.

network:
  version: 2
  renderer: networkd
  ethernets:
    eth0:
      addresses:
        - 10.0.125.10/24
      gateway4: 10.0.125.254
      nameservers:
          search: [mydomain, otherdomain]
          addresses: [10.10.0.1, 1.1.1.1]

3. Apply Netplan

root@VPS:/etc/netplan# sudo netplan apply

4. Check that you have received an IP address on the interface you have specified by running ifconfig.

root@VPS:/etc/netplan# ifconfig
eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet 10.10.0.102  netmask 255.255.255.0  broadcast 10.10.0.255
        inet6 fe80::7ff:fe59:9a16  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        ether 02:00:07:59:9a:16  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 770  bytes 77688 (77.6 KB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 271  bytes 38562 (38.5 KB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
        inet 127.0.0.1  netmask 255.0.0.0
        inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
        loop  txqueuelen 1000  (Local Loopback)
        RX packets 2  bytes 78 (78.0 B)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 2  bytes 78 (78.0 B)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

If you are new to the world of Linux, an avid Linux enthusiast or a student why not try our 0.99p per month Linux VPS.

Simply click on the screen shot below to find out more or navigate to https://piggybank.cloud

Thank you for reading and please feel free to leave any feedback.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s