How To Set/Change Hostname in CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

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The System Name aka Hostname, is often set during the installation of the operating system by the system administrator or by the system build admin. But, sometimes, we may need to change the hostname name of servers for our requirements.

This guide will help you to set/change hostname in CentOS 8 / RHEL 8.

The hostname can be,

  • 64 character in a length
  • Recommend to have FQDN
  • Consists of a-z, A-Z, 0-9, “-”, “_” and “.” only

Change hostname in CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

We can change the hostname using different methods.

1. Using hostnamectl command
2. Using nmtui tool
3. Editing /etc/hostname file

Before you change the hostname, let’s check the current hostname.

[root@localhost ~]# hostname

Output:

localhost.localdomain

hostnamectl command

hostnamectl is used to change the hostname without rebooting the system.

Use the hostnamectl to change the hostname as it is far better than other methods and does not require to update the kernel about the change in the hostname.

[root@localhost ~]# hostnamectl status

Output:

   Static hostname: localhost.localdomain
         Icon name: computer-vm
           Chassis: vm
        Machine ID: a35862c3f73f451cbdf15fd2336fefcb
           Boot ID: 7e4c96cea89f40b8817d9a9cae1bc82d
    Virtualization: oracle
  Operating System: CentOS Linux 8 (Core)
       CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:centos:centos:8
            Kernel: Linux 4.18.0-80.el8.x86_64
      Architecture: x86-64

Set the hostname.

[root@localhost ~]# hostnamectl set-hostname client.itzgeek.local

Recheck the hostname (Close the session and open a new session using putty or console)

[root@client ~]# hostnamectl status

Output:

   Static hostname: client.itzgeek.local
         Icon name: computer-vm
           Chassis: vm
        Machine ID: a35862c3f73f451cbdf15fd2336fefcb
           Boot ID: 7e4c96cea89f40b8817d9a9cae1bc82d
    Virtualization: oracle
  Operating System: CentOS Linux 8 (Core)
       CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:centos:centos:8
            Kernel: Linux 4.18.0-80.el8.x86_64
      Architecture: x86-64

OR

[root@client ~]# hostname

Output:

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client.itzgeek.local
Change Hostname in CentOS 8 With hostnamectl command
Change Hostname in CentOS 8 With hostnamectl command

nmtui tool

NetworkManager tool (yum install -y NetworkManager-tui) is used to set the static hostname in /etc/hostname file.

nmtui

Select Set HostName

Set System Hostname
Set System Hostname

Set the hostname.

Enter Hostname
Enter Hostname

Hostname has been set.

Hostname is set
Hostname is set

Exit from the tool.

Quit
Quit

Check the hostname with the below commands.

[root@localhost ~]# hostname
client.itzgeek.local
[root@localhost ~]# cat /etc/hostname
client.itzgeek.local
Change Hostname in CentOS 8 With nmtui Tool
Change Hostname in CentOS 8 With nmtui Tool

/etc/hostname file

This method is simple but requires a reboot of the server to take effect.

Edit the /etc/hostname file.

vi /etc/hostname

Add the hostname, as shown below.

client.itzgeek.local

Reboot the machine to update the kernel about the change in the hostname.

reboot

Conclusion

That’s All. Please share your feedback in the comments section.

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