Debian static ip address

Ronald Wechter rwechter at
Tue Jul 12 12:34:52 EDT 2005


Not sure of the "Debian Centric" way to do it but this is what I've done in
the past.  Here is the reference link I used -

To configure a static IP (an IP that will never change) in debian you must
edit the file,

/etc/networking/interfaces and put the following:

# /etc/network/interfaces (configuration file for ifup(8), ifdown(8))
# The loopback interface

auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The first network card - this entry was created during the Debian
# (network, broadcast and gateway are optional)
auto eth0

iface eth0 inet static

The last section is the most important, the top may or may not be the same
so don't play with it unless you get an error. In this case the IP of the
server is so if you run it as a DNS server for example, you can
set that in your router's config and not worry about it changing.

To apply this configuration type /etc/init.d/networking restart

You'll get a message that it's restarting the network interface, then you'll
get booted off ssh (because the IP changed) so reconnect using the new IP
and it should work.

Hope this Helps


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Phillips [mailto:linux478 at]
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:03 PM
To: nflug at
Subject: Debian static ip address

On a Debian system, how do you setup a static ip address?  I am using
to keep track of my external ip address.  I have my route setup for port
forwarding.  The problem is my debian system is not keeping an ip address.
help would be appreciated.


Michael D. Phillips - A computer science enthusiast
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