Change hostname in CentOS 7 via command line.

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Setting a proper hostname on a server is the first thing you should do after installing a new server. Most web panels, like cpanel or Vestacp, requires you to have a Fully qualified domain name for your hostname. A fully qualified domain name is in the form of or

Now to the important question. What is a hostname?

A hostname is a free form string up to the length of 64 characters. It should not begin or end with a dot. Also, can’t use two dots immediately following each other. You can choose any name for your hostname. But the best practice is to choose a fully qualified domain name as your hostname. for example or

Hostname Types.

CentOS 7 supports three types of Host Names:

Static hostname – The static host name is assigned or chosen by the user and is stored in /etc/hostname file.

Transient or Dynamic hostname – The transient/dynamic hostname is maintained by the kernel and assigned by DHCP and mDNS server at run time.

Pretty hostname – It is a free form UTF -8 hostname for the presentation to the user. For example, “Server 1 of DebYum”.

Red Hat recommends that both static and transient names match the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) used for the machine in DNS, such as


Change server hostname in CentOS 7.

If you want to change your server hostname to a new one then you should make sure that it is persistent. Means it can survive a reboot.

The process of setting up a new hostname in CentOS 7 is easy. There are many ways to change server hostname in CentOS 7. For example, you can use the command line or Text User Interface tools like NMTUI to change your hostname.

I prefer using the command line to manage hostnames on my server.

Here is a list of different ways to manage your hostname.


Method #1: Edit various files to manage your hostname.

Update the /etc/hostname file on your RHEL 7 or Centos 7 Linux instance with the new hostname.

[root@panel ~]# vi /etc/hostname


Update the /etc/sysconfig/network file on RHEL 7 or CentOS 7 Linux instance.

[root@panel~]# vi /etc/sysconfig/network
# Created by anaconda


Check the Hostname of your server.

[root@panel ~]# hostname



Method #2: Use hostnamectl command to manage your hostname.

Set static hostname on CentOS 7.

root@panel:~# hostnamectl set-hostname --static


The transient name is assigned by DHCP and mDNS server at run time.


Set pretty hostname on CentOS 7.

root@panel:~# hostnamectl set-hostname "Server 1 of Debyum"


Restart the systemd-hostnamed service.

root@panel:~# systemctl restart systemd-hostnamed


Reboot your server to make things permanent.


Check your hostname settings.

root@server1:~# hostnamectl status
Static hostname:
Pretty hostname: Server 1 of Debyum
Transient hostname: Server1
Icon name: computer-vm
Chassis: vm
Machine ID: 153a217486fe4jsu4r9u228db67ed581
Boot ID: 7fbe3ecfff094w9e81fr55c6a1bf3fe6
Virtualization: kvm
Operating System: CentOS Linux 7 (Core)
CPE OS Name: cpe:/o:centos:centos:7
Kernel: Linux 4.8.6-x86_64-linode78
Architecture: x86-64



Method #3: Use the nmcli command to manage your hostname.

First of all, check the hostname using the nmcli command:

root@engy:~# nmcli general hostname


Set a fully qualified domain name via nmcli command as root.

root@engy:~# nmcli general hostname


Check the new hostname.

root@engy:~# nmcli general hostname


Set a short name as your hostname using the nmcli command. The command is same as setting any kind of hostname in nmcli. (short or FQDN)

root@engy:~# nmcli general hostname panel


Check the new hostname in CentOS 7.

root@engy:~# nmcli general hostname


To force hostnamectl to notice the change in the static hostname, restart hostnamed as root:

root@engy:~# systemctl restart systemd-hostnamed


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