please tell me how to change ip address randomly in ubuntu through terminal.
thanx in advance

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What do you mean by "change IP randomnly"? You normally wouldn't do this since you need an IP in a certain Range with proper MAsk and Gateway for proper communications.

Do assign an IP via command line, you would use (for example):

ifconfig eth0 netmask
route add default gw
ifconfig eth0 down
ifconfig eth0 up


On Red Hat systems it is /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-Auto_ethN (where N is the NIC you want to set - usually eth0). You would edit that file to change the static IP address (IPADDR=IPV4address, such as - you can't do this with DHCP) and then run the "service network restart". Bingo! Your address has now been changed.

For Ubuntu, you would go to /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections. Each NIC (hardware or WiFi) will appear as the file named "* connection N" where the leading asterisk is "wired" for a hardwire connection, and the trailing N is a number for the connection #, such as 0 for eth0, 1 for eth1, etc). I'm not sure what a WiFi would appear as since I am running this in a virtual machine without WiFi... :-)

In the appropriate file you will find the section [ipv4] and an entry "addresses1=YourIPV4Address;YourGatewayAddress". Example (from my VM):


So, change the IPV4 address (leave the gateway alone), and then, as mentioned above, restart the network services, except that for Ubuntu you would use "service restart network-manager" either as root, or with sudo. Oops. I mean "service network-manager restart"... :-) Danged keyboard keeps mistyping for me!

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