How To Change Ubuntu Hostname?

The hostname is used to identify a computer or system in a network. The hostname is a user-generated value generally set as easy to remember the name. Operating systems generally set this name automatically during setup but also provide the ability to change it during Ubuntu installation. The hostname can be also changed after the Ubuntu installation. There are different ways to change Ubuntu hostname like hostname command, hostnamectl command, /etc/hostname file, etc.

Print Hostname with hostname Command

Before changing the Ubuntu hostname we can print or display the current hostname of the Ubuntu system. The hostname command is used to display the current hostname of the Ubuntu via the command-line interface.

$ hostname

Print Hostname with hostnamectl Command

Another way to list the current hostname of the Ubuntu is using the hostnamectl command. This command also provides extra information than the hostname like Kernel version, Architecture, Boot ID, Machine ID, etc. The hostname is provided via the Static hostname line.

$ hostnamectl
Print Hostname with hostnamectl Command

Change Hostname with hostname Command

The hostname command is used to print and set the hostname of the Ubuntu. We can use the hostname in order to change the Ubuntu hostname easily just proıviding the new hostname as a parameter. But the hostname change is an administrator operation and requires root privileges. The sudo command should be used with the hostname command in order to change the Ubuntu hostname.

$ sudo hostname linuxtect

Change Hostname with hostnamectl Command

The hostnamectl command is the next-generation command which is the successor of the hostname command. The hostnamectl command can be used to change hostname easily. The set-hostname parameter is used with the hostnamectl command in order to set the newly provided hostname for Ubuntu.

$ hostnamectl set-hostname linuxtect

Change Pretty Hostname with hostnamectl Command

In some cases, the hostname can be set as a numeric or mechanical value in order to manage a bunch of Ubuntu systems in a row. This type of hostname is not human-friendly and hard to remember or use. Instead of the pretty hostname can be used to set a hostname that is more human-friendly and easy to read. The --pretty option is provided to set the pretty hostname for the Ubuntu.

$ hostnamectl set-hostname linuxtect --pretty

Change Hostname via /etc/hostname File

The hostname of the Ubuntu is stored in the file /etc/hostname . The hostname and hostnamectl commands work with this file in order to display or change the hostname of the Ubuntu. We can change this file content directly in order to change the hostname of the Ubuntu. First, open this file with a text editor which is nano in this example.

$ nano /etc/hostname

Delete the current hostname and put a new hostname like below and save the file.

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Change Hostname via GUI

The hostname can be changed via the GUI by using the Settings tool. First, open the settings tool and then navigate to the About section via the left panel like below.

Ubuntu About Settings

In the About section click to the Device Name which opens the change screen.

Ubuntu Device Name

In the following screen set the hostname which is also called as device name and then click to the Rename button like below.

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