Raspberry Pi Static IP Address (RP3)

So as you may have already found, things work slightly differently with the new Jessie based Debian OS. If you have hit my last Static IP post and thought things were just not quite right, this ones for you!

It seems that /etc/network/interfaces is overruled by dhcpcd meaning your soon to be static ip has to be set elsewhere.

In the /etc/network/interfaces file, your specific interface (iface) should be left as manual. In fact, if you are working with a fresh install the easiest way is just not to touch it at all! If curiosity gets the better of you, there is also a statement in there telling you to look elsewhere to change the settings.

Extract from /etc/network/interfaces
# Please note that this file is written to be used with dhcpcd
# For static IP, consult /etc/dhcpcd.conf and 'man dhcpcd.conf'

We do still have to know a few things so if you need a recap have a read of my last post on the subject and gather the info you need.

Particularly we are looking for the following
– netmask
– gateway
Obviously the IP address you want to set, provided it is within bounds is totally up to you.

Fire up /etc/dhcpcd.conf with your favourite text editor

Fairly simple… We are going to add 3 lines to the bottom

static ip_address=
static routers=
static domain_name_servers=
// In my case i am running a caching nameserver on localhost
// - Hence the directive of for the nameserver.
// In most cases nameserver will be the same address as your gateway

I hear you thinking “What is the /24 on the tail of the IP address?”
– Well i am going to say “Google It!

In this case it is shorthand for netmask of with a broadcast of 255.
If your netmask or broadcast is different, be careful… It may help to use a calculator to determine the leading count.
I feel the rest speaks for itself.

Save the file & restart networking or reboot.
Confirm we are good by running

route -n
cat /etc/resolv.conf //In most cases your gateway address

Raspberry Pi Static IP Address

– Things have changed a little with the new Jessie based image…
See my new tutorial for Jessie based systems

The tutorial below is suitable for all versions of the Raspberry Pi running a Debian based OS (Raspbian etc). Although the older Raspberry Pi’s such as Model A & Model A+ are near obsolete, the structure is the same. Tested on Raspberry Pi Model B, Model B+ & Raspberry Pi 2.

So you want to set your Raspberry Pi to have a static IP address. This is useful in so many ways whether it be for port forwarding, SSH logins or one of the many other reasons you want to have the same persistent address such as a dev server. The process described below is also the same for all debian based systems, including Ubuntu.

First of all some research needs to be done to determine current network settings so that the static address can be applied correctly. Run the following two commands

route -n


Once the above has been run we can collect the following information
– Gateway
– Netmask
– Network
– Broadcast

Once our needed information has been gathered, network interfaces needs to be modified & networking restarted (pi rebooted). As we are working on a fresh install and to keep it simple, i am going to be using the packaged text editor – nano. Run the following command, making sure it is launched as root.

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

We then want to edit our primary interface so that it defines a static ip with the necessary configurations. Make sure you change the address to that of your desired static ip. Obviously make sure it is within the bounds of your network. In my case eth0 is my primary interface, however if for example your primary interface was a wireless connection, the following would be configured under wlan0 and so on.

iface eth0 inet static

Mine ended up looking like this…


Make sure you then save and reboot (sudo reboot).