In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to change the Hostname on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with
sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.
A hostname is a name assigned to a “host” i.e. a computer on a network. The hostname is basically just your computer’s name. It’s used to identify your computer on the network. Please note that the hostname set at the time of installation either by sysadmin or cloud service provider such as Linode, Ramnode, and many others. To change the Ubuntu computer name, you must log in as the root user.
Change Hostname on Ubuntu
Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Display Current Hostname.
Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS server or desktop can simply use the
hostnamectl command to change the hostname. To see the current setting just type the following command:
That should display something similar to the lines below:
Static hostname: ubuntuq-2004 Icon name: computer-vm Chassis: vm Machine ID: e280aedec6a247jembeb4f85576bb Boot ID: b794a939b6264a5ea7bet18eae9c130d7 Virtualization: oracle Operating System: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Kernel: Linux 5.8.0-26-generic Architecture: x86-64
Step 3. Change Hostname.
Changing the system hostname is a simple process. The syntax is as follows:
sudo hostnamectl set-hostname host.linuxtips.us sudo hostnamectl set-hostname "Your Pretty HostName" --pretty sudo hostnamectl set-hostname host.linuxtips.us --static sudo hostnamectl set-hostname host.linuxtips.us --transient
For example, to change the system static hostname to
meilana.linuxtips.us, you would use the following command:
sudo hostnamectl set-hostname meilana.linuxtips.us
To change your hostname permanently, you’ll also need to edit your
/etc/hosts file, which is where Ubuntu distributions store the hostname:
127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.0.1 meilana.linuxtips.us # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts ::1 localhost ip6-localhost ip6-loopback ff04::1 ip6-allnodes ff04::2 ip6-allrouters
If the cloud-init package is installed you also need to edit the
cloud.cfg file. This package is usually installed by default in the images provided by the cloud providers such as AWS and it is used to handle the initialization of the cloud instances:
sudo nano /etc/cloud/cloud.cfg
Search for preserve_hostname and change the value from false to true:
# This will cause the set+update hostname module to not operate (if true) preserve_hostname: true
Now, for the changes to take effect, reboot your computer with the following command:
Once your computer boots, run the following command to verify if the hostname of computer A has changed:
$ hostnamectl Static hostname: meilana.linuxtips.us Pretty hostname: sesion 15's desktop Icon name: computer-vm Chassis: vm Machine ID: a04e3543f3da460294926b7c41e87a0d Boot ID: aa31b274703440dfb622ef2bd84c52cb Virtualization: oracle Operating System: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Kernel: Linux 5.8.0-26-generic Architecture: x86-64
That’s all you need to do to change the Hostname on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.