Brief: This tutorial will show you how to find the current hostname of the system. Also, how can you change the hostname of your Ubuntu and other Debian-based systems?
Changing the hostname on Ubuntu and Debian is a relatively simple process. However, if you want to make the hostname change permanent, you need to take a few extra steps to ensure that the new hostname survives reboots. In this article, we will show you how to change the hostname permanently on Ubuntu and Debian.
Step 1: Check the current hostname
Before changing the hostname, it’s a good idea to check the current hostname of your Ubuntu or Debian system. You can do this by opening a terminal window and running the following command:
This will display the current hostname, as well as other system information.
Step 2: Set the new hostname
Choose one of the below methods to change the system’s hostname permanently.
Method 1: Using hostnamectl command
To set the new hostname, you can use the `hostnamectl` command on Ubuntu or the hostname command on Debian. For example, to set the new hostname to “newhostname”, you can run the following command:
sudo hostnamectl set-hostname newhostname
This will change the hostname for the current session as well as update the /etc/hostname file.
Method 2: Editing /etc/hostname file
To make the hostname change permanent, you need to edit the hostname file on your system. This file contains the system’s hostname, and it is read during the boot process. To edit the file, you can use your favorite text editor. For example, to edit the file using nano, you can run the following command:
sudo nano /etc/hostname
This will open the hostname file in the nano editor. Replace the current hostname with the new hostname and save the file.
Step 3: Edit the hosts file
In addition to editing the hostname file, you also need to edit the “/etc/hosts” file on your system. This file maps IP addresses to hostnames, and it is read during the boot process. To edit the file, you can run the following command:
sudo nano /etc/hosts
This will open the hosts file in the nano editor. Look for the line that contains the old hostname and replace it with the new hostname.
Save the file and exit the editor.
Changing the hostname permanently on Ubuntu and Debian is a simple process that requires editing two files and restarting the system. By following the steps in this article, you can ensure that your new hostname survives reboots and is applied consistently across your system.