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10 Useful Linux Networking Commands

10 Useful Linux Networking Commands

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Linux is a most powerful operating system, and networking is an essential part of servers.

It offers many inbuilt commands to diagnose for network issues.

In this article, I will show you useful Linux networking commands, which will help you in troubleshooting.


ifconfig utility is used to configure network interface parameters.

Mostly we use this command to check the IP address assigned to the system.

[[email protected] ~]# ifconfig -a
eno16777736: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
       ether 00:0c:29:c5:a5:61 txqueuelen 1000 (Ethernet)
       RX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
       RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
       TX packets 0 bytes 0 (0.0 B)
       TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING> mtu 65536
       inet netmask
       inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 scopeid 0x10<host>
       loop txqueuelen 0 (Local Loopback)
       RX packets 2 bytes 140 (140.0 B)
       RX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 frame 0
       TX packets 2 bytes 140 (140.0 B)
       TX errors 0 dropped 0 overruns 0 carrier 0 collisions 0
[[email protected] ~]#


traceroute print the route packets take to network host.

Destination host or IP is mandatory parameter to use this utility

[[email protected] ~]# traceroute
traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
1 ( 0.154 ms 0.074 ms 0.074 ms
2 * * *
3 * * *


dig (Domain Information Groper) is a flexible tool for interrogating DNS name servers.

It performs DNS lookups and displays the answers that are returned from the name servers.

[[email protected] ~]# dig
; <<>> DiG 9.9.4-RedHat-9.9.4-14.el7 <<>>
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 18699
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 2, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1
; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; MBZ: 0005 , udp: 4000
;                                   IN        A
;; ANSWER SECTION:                        5          IN        A                        5          IN        A
;; Query time: 6 msec
;; WHEN: Sun May 01 23:28:19 PDT 2016
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 74
[[email protected] ~]#


telnet connect destination host:port via a telnet protocol if connection establishes means connectivity between two hosts is working fine.

[[email protected] ~]# telnet 443
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.


nslookup is a program to query Internet domain name servers.

[[email protected] ~]# nslookup
Non-authoritative answer:
[[email protected] ~]#


Netstat command allows you a simple way to review each of your network connections and open sockets.

netstat with head output is very helpful while performing web server troubleshooting.

[[email protected] ~]# netstat
Active Internet connections (w/o servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address        State    
tcp       0     0   mirror.comp.nus.ed:http TIME_WAIT
tcp       0     0 ESTABLISHED
tcp       0     0 TIME_WAIT
tcp       0     0       TIME_WAIT
tcp       0     0     TIME_WAIT
tcp       0     0 TIME_WAIT


scp allows you to secure copy files to and from another host in the network.


scp $filename [email protected]:/$path


w prints a summary of the current activity on the system, including what each user is doing, and their processes.

Also list the logged in users and system load average for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.

[[email protected] ~]# w
23:32:48 up 2:52, 2 users, load average: 0.51, 0.36, 0.19
USER     TTY       [email protected]   IDLE   JCPU   PCPU WHAT
chandan :0       20:41   ?xdm?   7:07 0.13s gdm-session-worker [pam/gdm-password]
chandan pts/0     20:42   0.00s 0.23s 3.42s /usr/libexec/gnome-terminal-server
[[email protected] ~]#


nmap is a one of the powerful commands, which checks the opened port on the server.

Usage example:

nmap $server_name

Enable/Disable Network Interface

You can enable or disable the network interface by using ifup/ifdown commands with ethernet interface parameter.

To enable eth0

#ifup eth0

To disable eth0

#ifdown eth0

I hope above Linux Commands help you to gather network information or troubleshoot the networking issue. If you are looking to learn Networking in details, then check out this great online course by SONIC.

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