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3 Linux commands for you to work with network interfaces

I usually post terminal tips here at Diolinux, but I think it's very valid that you learn some "more advanced" Linux tricks to be able to use on a daily basis, of course. Everything that I am going to show here can be done via graphical interface as well, but as today's theme "terminal", which we will explore.

The commands I will teach you now can be used in any Linux distribution, however, in the tutorial I will use Linux Mint, which works the same way as Ubuntu. The commands are part of a package called net-tools, so if any of them are not recognized, it may be that the package is missing from your system and it's up to you to install it.

On Debian and Ubuntu derivatives (like Linux Mint for example) just install using APT:

$ sudo apt install net-tools

or as root:

# apt install net-tools

1 – Let's start with something simple, see your network connections with information like your IP (brodcast address, mac, etc.).

There are several ways to do this, some of the options are:


ip addr show

hostname -I

The Various Ways to See Your IP on Linux

2 – Enable and disable network interfaces

To do this you first need to know the name of your network interfaces, the command ifconfig mentioned before works very well for this. In fact, let's use the ifconfig Here, then to disable or enable a network interface, you can simply do this:

sudo ifconfig interface_name up or down

For example:

sudo ifconfig enp35s0 down

To disable the interface and:

sudo ifconfig enp35s0 up

To make it "rise" again.

There is a simpler variation of this command so you need to type less:

sudo ifdown interface_name


sudo ifup interface_name

3 – How to set a fixed IP for a network interface

If you are "kidding" about setting up a server, chances are you want to have a fixed IP on it, to do that via the command line you can do this:

sudo ifconfig interface_name

In the example would be:

sudo ifconfig enp35s0

Taking advantage of the momentum you might also want to put on a subnet mask, a broadcast address, maybe a custom MTU value, right?

That's pretty easy to do and the logic is pretty much the same.

For the mask:

sudo ifconfig interface_name netmask mask_value

For example:

sudo ifconfig enp35s0 netmask

To configure Broadcast Address:

sudo ifconfig interface_name broadcast

For example:

sudo ifconfig enp35s0 broadcast

To set the MTU value:

sudo ifconfig interface_name mtu value

For example:

sudo ifconfig enp35s0 mtu 1500

And of course, if you already turned on how the terminal works you should have realized that you can set it all up at once, following the example:

sudo ifconfig enp35s0 netmask broadcast mtu 1500


Although I promised 3 commands, in the end you learned a lot more than that, did you? I think this is not a problem, right? : D

Be aware that there are many other utilities besides ifconfig so you can work with your network interfaces and gather information as well.

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See you next time!

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