Permanently add static IP and default gateway

July 2, 2006

Red Hat Linux has made it fairly easy to set up network so that it will start automatically. There are a series of scripts in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts that will do most of the work.

1. Binding IP address

In “/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0”, add your IPADDR (IP address), NETMASK, NETWORK and BROADCAST address







2. Adding Default Gateway

In “/etc/sysconfig/network” add your default gateway.


You can now restart your network:

#/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifdown eth0

#/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup eth0
( please dont run the command remotely.. else you may have shutdown the interface and will be disconnected )

or in redhat:

#service network restart
# /etc/init.d/network restart

Check your “/sbin/route” (routing) to verify everything is in place and restarting your computer should hold your new settings.



  1. Please add on your comments to not /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifdown eth0 remotely. I was just following the tutorial, and realized the command by the time i pressed enter, and my connect went out! Great!
    Lucky my server is in the other room.
    Thanks for the help!

  2. Thank you nick0 … corrected it.

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  4. or just use ifdown eth0 && ifup eth0

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    #/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifdown eth0
    #/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup eth0


    I would replace with /etc/init.d/network restart as this works remotely

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